Theatre producers Chris Wheeler and Paul Morrissey announce a brand-new digital subscription platform, A Spotlight On.
This eagerly anticipated announcement took place today in the heart of London’s West End at the Prince of Wales Theatre. A Spotlight On is a brand-new subscription based streaming service aiming to shine a light on everyone who makes theatre possible.
However, the Co-Founders were keen to emphasise, A Spotlight On is more than a video streaming service. It is an entertainment hub and an educational resource. A place where you can get to know the storytellers, through masterclasses and never before seen interviews to unique concerts and much more besides.
Available from today, theatre enthusiasts from across the globe can celebrate their passion for theatre by subscribing.
Inspired by the UK’s theatre industry, A Spotlight On showcases its vital importance. Theatre is neither niche, nor non-viable and neither is the army of workers, creatives and fans.
A Spotlight On has launched with a selection of carefully curated interviews that will inspire, educate, and illuminate. Hosted by Radio and TV broadcaster Penny Smith, TV and West End theatre star Mel Giedroyc and deputy editor of The Stage, Matt Hemley.
These candid, personal interviews break the fourth wall and place the spotlight directly on the artists working in theatre. Episodes streaming now: actress and award-winning playwright Lolita Chakrabarti OBE (Life of Pi, Hamnet), Sir Simon Russell Beale CBE (The Lehman Trilogy), Olivier nominated Queen Natalie May Paris (SIX) and currently starring in Newsies as Jack Kelly Michael Ahomka-Lindsay.
The joint founders and CEOs of A Spotlight On announced audiences will be able to access over 100 hours of never-before-seen content over the next twelve months, and with thirty-seven additional interviews to be announced, there will be something to pique the interest of every theatre lover.
The joint founders and CEOs of A Spotlight On said: “A Spotlight On is like Disney+ but exclusively for theatre. The service has everything you’ve come to know and love about Netflix and Amazon Prime. An elegant and simple design, easy to navigate libraries and collections, uninterrupted streaming technology and secure payment and data handling. However, A Spotlight On has a whole lot more. Within the platform, you have the ability to personalise and customise your experience. All of our content is presented in multiple ways. So, whether you want to sit back, cast to your smart TV, and binge our cinema-quality content in one go, or dive into our bitesize clips from time to time, with A Spotlight On, that’s all possible.
With our unique tagging features and soon to be released iOS and Android apps, you can build your own playlists, tailored to what you want watch. So, whether you are an early career writer wanting to collate inspirational tips from Patrick Marber and Lolita Chakrabarti or a super fan of musical theatre wanting to save your favourite anecdotes from Charlie Stemp or Natalie Paris – with A Spotlight On – you can.
With our community pages you can share, discuss, and celebrate our content and your passion with like-minded individuals. As a member of our community and subscriber to A Spotlight On, you will receive exclusive member benefits such as the chance to attend our filming sessions, discounts at partner organisations and meet and greets throughout the year.”
Not only will A Spotlight On bring you world leading actors, writers, directors, and designers, but through a partnership with blogger and writer Mickey Jo Boucher (Mickey Jo’s Theatre Blog), A Spotlight On will also shine the light on the unsung heroes of theatre, including Rebecca Pitt (Graphic Designer), John Bullied (Illusion Designer), Tome Levi (Injury Prevention Consultant) and Danny Kaan (Photographer).
The joint founders and CEOs for A Spotlight On also announced that production on an exciting new series of Industry Masterclasses will begin soon.
They are thrilled to be collaborating on a series of exclusive masterclasses with musical maestro Stephen Brooker (Les Misérables, London, Broadway, Motion Picture, Miss Saigon and Mary Poppins), writer, director, and acclaimed previous Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Stratford East Kerry Kyriacos Michael MBE, and the League of Independent Producers.
As well as a series of unique and original concerts and performances from the stars of the West End and Broadway, featuring Alexia Khadime, Christina Allado, Emma Hatton, Dan Koek, Carl Man and Ashley Stilburn.
A Spotlight On is available to stream, download and enjoy now.