Production firm Fane has launched a digital programme of live streamed events featuring stars including Arsène Wenger, Armistead Maupin, Ian McKellen, Elizabeth Day and Graham Norton.
Fane Online will feature authors, actors and podcasters in partnership with eight regional theatre organisations and four UK indie bookshops.
Tickets (and books) are available via the box office from 10 a.m. today (17th July). Worldwide viewing is available and the platform can host up to 100,000 viewers at any one time.
Fane m.d. Alex Fane said: “It has been a tough few months for everyone involved in the arts, so it gives us huge joy to be able to collaborate with so many areas of the industry to deliver a new, creative, exciting proposition. Fane Online offers an unparalleled quality of at-home viewing with an incredibly broad list of shows. We believe that as soon as it is safe to do so audiences will rush back to theatres in great numbers, but until that point is reached we hope this comes as close as possible to being in the room with your favourite author, podcaster or actor.”
The programme kicks off on 1st August with a livestream with Fortunately Podcast, the hit Radio 4 podcast from Jane Garvey and Fi Glover. Also in the line-up is Maupin in conversation about his career with Ian McKellen on 12th August.
On 12th October, former Arsenal boss Arsène Wenger tells his story to mark the publication of his autobiography, My Life in Red and White (W&N). Further events feature The Vanishing Half (Dialogue) author Brit Bennett, Sir Trevor McDonald, Stephanie Yeboah, Jay Rayner, Ovie Soko, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Lady Glenconner and William Boyd.
Most of the book fulfilment will be done through At Home with 4 Indies, a partnership between Forum Books, Booka Bookshop, Linghams Booksellers and Book-ish.
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