Matt Smith and Claire Foy on stage

Old Vic In Camera: streams Lungs with audio description

Old Vic: In Camera is a new artistic initiative combining a run of socially distanced performances of Lungs, followed by a major series of rehearsed play-readings, all streamed live from the iconic Old Vic stage with the empty auditorium as a backdrop.

Lungs, Duncan Macmillan’s 2011 two-hander about a young couple wrestling with the implications of starting a family on an overcrowded and endangered planet. The Old Vic’s Artistic Director, Matthew Warchus, directs Claire Foy and Matt Smith in this “hilarious, emotional rollercoaster of a play” which was a sellout last autumn.

For its lockdown return, the actors are socially distanced, and set, lighting and stage crew reduced to a minimum. The auditorium is empty as the performance is cast via Zoom to the laptops, tablets or phones of the audience sitting at home. (Zoom does not have a TV app, but it is possible to connecting your devices to a TV set: The Old Vic are sharing a how-to guide)

Each of the 90-minute performances will be available for up to 1,000 people to watch, reflecting the theatre’s usual seating capacity. Performance times follow a matinee and evening pattern, and tickets costing £10-£65 match the Old Vic’s usual price range.

The view is the same for all prices, and tickets are sold on a ‘pay what you choose’ basis, with the option of adding a donation. Purchasers are asked to increase availability by booking only one ticket per household, even if several people in the household intend to watch.

All performances are advertised with live audio description and captioning (you can turn on either in Zoom as needed). Roz Chalmers and Alison Clarke, who worked on the 2019 run, will deliver a live introduction and any minimal audio description that this ‘dialogue rich’ production requires.

All performances are advertised with live audio description and captioning (you can turn on either in Zoom as needed). For detailed information and to book tickets, visit the Old Vic website. Hurry, as tickets are selling out.

Once you’ve booked your ticket you’ll receive a confirmation – it’s important you check you’ve received this so they can be sure they have the correct email for you. At least 24 hours before your chosen performance you’ll then receive information on how to watch. You’ll then need to make sure you’re online in time to watch the performance live.

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