Today is #LoveTheatreDay on Twitter!
The ‘virtual celebration of all things theatre’ returns for its second year today, Wednesday 18th November 2015, following the success of its Twitter debut last year. #LoveTheatreDay is a 24-hour online event that brings the theatre community together to celebrate the industry, with over 300 theatres, groups and venues from all over the world signed up to take part this year. The event is open to anyone who wants to get involved though, including the theatre-going public. #LoveTheatreDay debuted in November 2014, and during that first event, more than 40,000 tweets were sent and it was trending in 18 countries around the world.
This year, the #LoveTheatreDay hashtag will guide the conversation on Twitter throughout the day, with three specific themes connected to the event run under the additional sub-hashtags:
Sheffield Theatres, the largest theatre complex outside of London, celebrates #lovetheatreday by releasing a new short film (http://bit.ly/
This will offer audiences and other arts pros a glimpse into how a production comes together in the weeks and months leading up to the big night.
This will offer a unique opportunity for theatre fans and aspiring actors to hear first-hand from the individuals and groups that make the magic happen.
This will give those who can’t make it to a theatre the chance to sit in the virtual stalls to experience a performance, or several, via Twitter.
During the course of the day there will be Twitter Q&As with casts, crew, directors and other individuals, as well as behind-the-scenes peeks into various productions and venues, and backstage photos/commentary from cast and crew members during evening performances. For instance, between 12-1pm the Crucible Theatre will be live-streaming rehearsals for the upcoming production of Show Boat, starring such West End performers as Michael Xavier, Gina Beck, Ian Carlyle and Rebecca Trehearn. The Theatres Trust, which is the National Advisory Board for Theatres, will be exploring their archives for the event.
There are over 333 theatres, groups and venues taking part in the 2015 event though, including the major West End venues and such West End shows as Sunny Afternoon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Billy Elliot and many more. Along with most of the main London-based theatres, an assortment of regional theatres, performing arts schools and theatre companies have also signed up. There is also an international presence from such countries as US, Canada, New Zealand, Chile, France, Ireland and Spain.
The full list of participating organisations, groups and theatre companies that have signed up for #LoveTheatreDay 2015
Audiences are also encouraged to get involved by sharing their theatre memories and experiences – tweeting about a favourite show, posting photos taken with a popular stage performer, or in any other manner they wish.
#LoveTheatreDay is run in partnership by the Guardian Culture Professionals Network, Twitter UK and CultureThemes.
Follow the event on Twitter throughout the day via the hashtag #LoveTheatreDay.