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02 Nov 2015

Digital Theatre joins Big Clever Learning's impressive cast

Big Clever Learning is delighted to announce the acquisition of Digital Theatre, the world's leading digital performing arts platform.

Founded in 2009, Digital Theatre provides consumers, schools and universities across the world with access to a high quality and comprehensive selection of streamed and on-demand plays, operas, classical music and dance productions.

Big Clever Learning’s Chairman, Justin Cooke, commented, “The team at Digital Theatre has transformed the performing arts through its high quality capture of live performance and its use of technology. British performing arts is a critical cultural export and Digital Theatre’s fantastic digital platform ensures it will continue to thrive by making the very best content accessible to millions more people around the world, as well as providing the arts industry with a new revenue stream.”

Robert Delamere, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Digital Theatre, said, “From Much Ado About Nothing starring David Tennant, to the critically acclaimed The Old Vic production of The Crucible starring Richard Armitage, our library is second to none. We will continue to add the greatest international content to our existing library of world-class productions, whilst ensuring the best possible user experience by leveraging leading-edge technology.”

Fellow Co-Founder and Executive Producer, Tom Shaw, who will leave the company, returning to his first passion, and career, as an independent producer, added,This investment is a major step forward for Digital Theatre and further extends the reach of British performing arts on the global stage. With the new investment the company will continue to grow, reinforcing its position as the world’s leading online platform for theatre and the arts.”

Digital Theatre enriches and enhances the experience of watching a show with unique and bespoke content developed in partnership with some of the leading figures from the worlds of performance and academia. Behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive interviews, captioning and a distinctive range of educational resources, enable the viewer to deepen their understanding of performers, performances and productions.

The new investment enables Digital Theatre to continue to broaden and deepen its unparalleled teaching and learning resources. “We will continue to explore the relationship between theory and practice. Our provision of curriculum-mapped resources, created in collaboration with renowned arts organisations, practitioners and scholars, including Fin Kennedy, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Professor Carol Chillington Rutter, has made Digital Theatre an essential resource for academics, teachers and students of English and the Performing Arts”, commented Fiona Lindsay, Digital Theatre’s Product Director.

The Digital Theatre team will be bolstered by Big Clever Learning’s team of entrepreneurs, education and technology specialists. A number of further key hires will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you are a school, college, university, institution or corporation looking to sign up for a free trial or subscribe to Digital Theatre, visit www.digitaltheatreplus.com, email sales@digitaltheatre.com or call +44 (0)203 794 4453.

If you love the performing arts and are looking to access the highest quality and most comprehensive selection of streaming and on-demand plays, operas, classical music and dance productions, visit www.digitaltheatre.com.

Big Clever Learning is a business focused on acquiring, developing and building the next generation of digital education brands for children, young adults and students. Backed by a world-class team of entrepreneurs and specialists, and using a variety of digital media, it fuses excellent educational content and technology to create products and services that enable learning in fun, innovative and effective ways. Its brands currently include Sherston, Kizzu and Digital Theatre. For more information visit www.bigcleverlearning.com or contact us on +44 (0)203 794 4450.

Digital Theatre has the world’s most comprehensive digital performing arts content platform.With a simple and straightforward objective to make arts accessible regardless of geographical, social or economic boundaries, the team at Digital Theatre has filmed, acquired and distributed the very best in captured live entertainment. Digital Theatre enriches and enhances the experience of watching a show with unique and bespoke content developed in partnership with some of the leading figures from the worlds of performance and academia. Each production is available to rent online and the entire catalogue can be accessed via an annual subscription.