Hampstead Theatre today announces that its acclaimed production of Wild, Mike Bartlett‘s new play inspired by Edward Snowden, will be streamed worldwide, free, and live on its final night, this Saturday 23 July 2016 at 7.30pm GMT, in association with The Guardian.
Any member of the public will be able to watch at hampsteadtheatre.com and at theguardian.com/stage. An on-demand version of the Wild free-stream will then be available to watch for free on demand for 72 hours immediately after the live event on Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian‘s website.
Playwright Mike Bartlett commented:
“I’m hugely excited to see Wild free-streamed online. Amongst other things, the play is about role of the internet in democratising information and opening up to hitherto private rooms. In that way, this feels like the ideal way for this production to reach a wider audience – completely free of charge. Hampstead Theatre’s free-streams are a wonderful initiative and I hope those watching, wherever they are in the world, enjoy the play, and that it starts as much a conversation at home, as it has in the foyer of the theatre itself.”
Hampstead Theatre’s Artistic Director Edward Hall added:
“I am delighted that Wild is to join the body of work already shown in Hampstead Theatre’s free-streaming programme. Since our first free-stream in 2013, of Howard Brenton’s The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, we have attracted over 60,000 views in over 80 countries. Thousands of people around the world have enjoyed Hampstead productions at their kitchen tables, in their classrooms, on their commutes – even from their hospital beds. I’m immensely proud that Hampstead continues to provide this free access to high quality theatre and we will endeavour to continue to do so whenever financially viable. I’d like to thank Mike Bartlett and the Creative Team, Cast and Company for allowing us to show their work in this innovative way for all of you to enjoy.”
Wild explores the unexpected, bewildering, and life-changing consequences of challenging the status quo at a global level. As the State grows more powerful because of technology, and technology grows more powerful because of the State, where do the self-appointed protectors of the rights of the citizen stand? Heroes? Or traitors?
Last week, Andrew was that guy with his girl lunching in KFC, discussing apartments and making plans for the future. Today he’s in Moscow, in an undisclosed hotel room, on the run and at risk of assassination. Last week, a nobody. This week, America’s Most Wanted: a man who humiliated his country with one touch of a button.
Directed by James Macdonald, the full cast of Wild features Jack Farthing, Caoilfhionn Dunne and John Mackay.