Examining British Theatre: 6

A short one today, following on from yesterday’s post that touched on issues of accessibility in our theatre. As you know I have taken Sean Holmes’ speech announcing the launch of the Lyric Hammersmith’s Secret Theatre as inspiration for this week’s posts. Now I want to question this idea of a secret theatre, because doesn’t such a thing completely negate the quest to make theatre more accessible? Having a secret theatre where none of the works are advertised – the audience has to take a risk – surely locks out those who aren’t already part of the theatre world, doesn’t it? Will an audience who don’t trust theatre already take the risk at that which doesn’t unveil its identity? Or will the element of surprise, risk, excitement work to pull in audiences different from the norm? Will the secret theatre set everyone on an equal footing?

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