Kabuki for the West

This comprehensive introduction to Kabuki is designed for teachers and students wanting to understand the history and practice of a traditional Japanese performance form. This insightful documentary includes versions of popular Kabuki plays and explores the effects of applying Kabuki style, musicality and physicality to Western adaptations.
Leonard Pronko
(2009)
Documentary

Lyric 360

This unique and exclusive documentary opens the door to life at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith, west London, during summer and autumn 2017. DT+ goes behind the scenes to access all areas of the company, from their extensive young people’s programme to the key planning stages for their main house production of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Digital Theatre
(2017)
Documentary

Malabar Masque: A Study of Kathakali

This exclusive documentary provides a unique introduction to the South Indian dance-drama, Kathakali. Detailing the history and practice of this traditional form, David Bolland explains the importance of make-up and costume, and provides insight into the various stages of actor training.
David Bolland
(1975)
Documentary

Theatre of the Oppressed

This remarkable archival footage of early games and workshops run by Augusto Boal around the world shows the transformative, liberating nature of his work. Exploring three of his main methods – Invisible Theatre, Forum Theatre and Legislative Theatre – this documentary by Jeanne Dosse explains how each of these methods work in practice.
Augusto Boal
Instituto Augusto Boal
(1971)
Documentary

About the Production: Far from the Madding Crowd

How do you take a 40,000 word classic novel and transform it into a piece for the stage? Join the director, writer, composer and actors as they reveal how they took Thomas Hardy's classic Far from the Madding Crowd and made it work on the stage.

Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Documentary

About the Production: The Comedy of Errors

The Comedy of Errors - Shakespeare's most slapstick of plays - is a brilliant first time introduction to his work for younger students. Digital Theatre Plus goes behind-the-scenes revealing what happens in rehearsal and backstage talking to the director, designer, composer and actors about their work on the production.
Documentary, The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
Digital Theatre
(2012)
Documentary

Arthur Miller

Filmed in 1987, this exclusive interview sees BBC Omnibus talk to the great American playwright at his Connecticut home about the political and poetic nature of his plays, about being a writer in the US during the late twentieth century, and about his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
BBC Studios
(1987)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Derek Jacobi on Richard II

Derek Jacobi looks at Richard II and returns to a role he played 30 years ago. He helps actors at the Globe with aspects of the play, reveals why it might have cost Shakespeare his life, and shares some of the extraordinary political parallels within the play that still resonate today.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Ethan Hawke on Macbeth

Ethan Hawke sets out to prepare himself for the possibility of playing the role of Macbeth by uncovering the true story behind the play, seeing some of the greatest productions and discovering the extraordinary insights into the criminal mind that Shakespeare reveals.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Jeremy Irons on The Henrys

In Henry IV and Henry V, Jeremy Irons (who is playing Henry IV in the new BBC films) uncovers the extraordinary appeal of Shakespeare's History Plays. He unravels the differences between the real history and the drama that Shakespeare creates. He discovers what William's sources were - and how he distorts them!

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Joely Richardson on Shakespeare's Women

Shakespeare Uncovered: In Twelfth Night and As You Like It, Joely Richardson investigates (with a major contribution from her mother Vanessa Redgrave) the legacy of the two great comedies and the great comic heroines created by Shakespeare in those hugely popular plays.

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

Shakespeare Uncovered: Trevor Nunn on The Tempest

Director Trevor Nunn looks at the magical and mysterious world created in Shakespeare's last complete play, The Tempest. Trevor finds out where Shakespeare got his material from and the strange personal insights hidden within it. It is a truly experimental work but sadly perhaps also Shakespeare's farewell to the theatre. 

BBC Studios
(2012)
Documentary

T5: Rehearsal Process

Dominic Hill, artistic director of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, commissioned five staged readings; HiBROW captured the entire rehearsal process of all five plays, including this, T5, by Simon Stephens.
T5: Rehearsal Process
HiBROW
Documentary

The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 1

A brief glimpse of rehearsals for Raf Bonachela’s stage production of The Land of Yes and the Land of No.
The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 1
HiBROW
Documentary

The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 2

A brief glimpse of rehearsals for Raf Bonachela’s stage production of The Land of Yes and the Land of No
The Land of Yes and The Land of No Rehearsals 2
HiBROW
Documentary

Timelapse Set Build: LIFT

Filmed over a day in London's renowned Soho Theatre, this timelapse video chronicles the installation process of the intricate set for LIFT, a new musical developed by Perfect Pitch.

Featuring a raised floor and neon strip lighting, watch as technicians construct the set from scratch.

Created by Perfect Pitch. Filmed and edited by Wayne Eagles.

Technicians construct the LIFT set at Soho Theatre
Perfect Pitch
(2014)
Documentary