Bryan-Appleyard in the London Times reports on a new Website, digitaltheatre.com, at which, for $14, you can download hi-def, well-shot recent British productions.
Appleyard's first two paragraphs are a wonderful, concise explanation of why live theater is valuable and, on the other hand, why most "filmed plays" seem so listless and dead.
They use up to 13 cameras and multiple live-performance shots to "capture" the performances. You need to have Adobe and then download a DT Player, but three shows are already available, and more are coming from the likes of the RSC, the Royal Court and the Almeida.
Charles Spencer in the Telegraph weighs in here.
[ photo: from Regents American College London, bacl.ac.uk ]