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INTRODUCTION

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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE LONDON, UK

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NATIONAL THEATRE BACKSTAGE, LONDON, UK

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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OPÉRA ROYAL DE WALLONIE, LIÈGE, BELGIUM

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BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER, MÜNCHEN, GERMANY

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TEATRO REAL, MADRID, SPAIN

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PLAYBILL PASSPORT

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VOLKSOPER WIEN, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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MET OPERA ON DEMAND, NEW YORK, USA

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Therefore it is no surprise that many venues have their own app to reach audiences. The app stores are filled with apps for the performing arts and many allow you to just buy the tickets after you have looked through the timetable. Others go the extra mile to entertain you by offering exclusive content.

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But which ones are worth downloading?

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EDITORIAL TEAM

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We’ve looked at various apps that enhance your visit to the arts. With some of these you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy some wonderful performances from the best stages in the world.

Being a lover and avid user of everything digital. Do you know this app? is something you often hear me say to friends. I track, I check, I buy from and I scroll through them daily. I can get around without my wallet, but certainly not without my smartphone and I’m not alone. There is an abundance of studies out there how daily life and our behaviour has changed.

© 2016 Spectacle. All rights reserved. All material in this magazine may not be reproduced, transmitted or distributed in any form without the written consent of Spectacle. DESIGN & LAYOUT Annie Kruse, Stylejuicer.com

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YVONNE DEWERNE EDITOR IN CHIEF / SPECTACLE

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Being a lover and avid user of everything digital. Do you know this app? is something you often hear me say to friends. I track, I check, I buy from and I scroll through them daily. I can get around without my wallet, but certainly not without my smartphone and I’m not alone. There is an abundance of studies out there how daily life and our behaviour has changed.

But which ones are worth downloading?

YVONNE DEWERNE EDITOR IN CHIEF / SPECTACLE

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Enjoy! And don’t forget to follow us on our social media channels. We'd love to hear from you.

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We’ve looked at various apps that enhance your visit to the arts. With some of these you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to enjoy some wonderful performances from the best stages in the world.

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Therefore it is no surprise that many venues have their own app to reach audiences. The app stores are filled with apps for the performing arts and many allow you to just buy the tickets after you have looked through the timetable. Others go the extra mile to entertain you by offering exclusive content.


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SHAKESPEARE’S GLOBE THEATRE LONDON, UK 2016 marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and what better way to enjoy his work than in a realistic reconstruction of the theatre of his time? Click on special marked points within this app and learn more about the building. Use the app at home to watch live streams or at the theatre itself and scan the logo to unlock more content.

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WEBSITE www.shakespearesglobe.com

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LANGUAGE English IN APP PURCHASES Access all areas pass, that unlocks hidden areas: 0,99€ WHAT YOU GET

+ Virtual tour, interactive content is marked with an i + Augmented reality. You scan the Globe logo at the theatre and bring it to life in front of you

+ Lots and lots of information about productions, but also about the house itself

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PRICE Free


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NATIONAL THEATRE BACKSTAGE LONDON, UK The Royal National Theatre, short National Theatre or even shorter NT, is one of the most prominent venues in the UK. Right at the banks of the Thames, it has also made its name in recent years by broadcasting plays live into cinemas around the World. The National Theatre Backstage app gives you a free behind the scenes look with videos and photos. But you can also buy the digital programs to various productions of the NT, perfect if you can’t watch the play in the theatre itself.

WEBSITE www.nationaltheatre.org.uk DOWNLOAD APPLE STORE GOOGLE PLAY FOR IOS ONLY PRICE Free LANGUAGES English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Russian, Turkish and many more IN APP PURCHASES Digitally enhanced programmes for 6,99€ WHAT YOU GET

+ Exclusive content, photos and articles that accompany each production

+ Free backstage articles about the National Theatre + Behind the scenes videos


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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA The app brings you inside this iconic venue. Book a tour or read the menu of their restaurants. The scrumptious food photography that goes with it will make your mouth water.

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Sydneys opera house is one of the most beautiful houses around. Under its roof it houses several venues, but also restaurants and bars.

WEBSITE www.sydneyoperahouse.com DOWNLOAD APPLE STORE DOWNLOAD GOOGLE PLAY PRICE Free LANGUAGE English IN APP PURCHASES none WHAT YOU GET

+ Virtual tour of the many venues and facilities, but you can also book a real tour when you visit

+ See the menu of various restaurants with beautiful food photography + Detailed events calender


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OPÉRA ROYAL DE WALLONIE LIÈGE, BELGIUM For a small country, Belgium certainly outperforms when it comes to opera houses. Belgium is home to four notable houses but it's the Opera Royal de Wallonie's app that takes central stage. The virtual tour of the foyer's architectural masterpieces alone makes the app worth the download, but the ability to follow all of the social media channels and read up on their productions brings it to life further. Don't forget to check out what's on the menu at the "Zauberflote" restaurant, that way you'll be prepared when you visit!


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WEBSITE www.operaliege.be

PRICE Free

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LANGUAGE French

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IN APP PURCHASES None WHAT YOU GET

+ Short summary of each production + See what the opera posts on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter

+ Tour the house


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BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER MĂœNCHEN, GERMANY Home to more than 350 productions annually, Munich's Bayeriche Staatsoper draws some of the most famous names on stage around. And it's not just the inside of this theater that counts; during the summer months, broadcasts are streamed live outside in the warm evening air. The Bayerische Staatsoper app lets you set up a personal profile so that you don't miss your favorite performers take the stage. It also boasts an extensive library that users can access to catch up on any past performances.


WEBSITE www.staatsoper.de DOWNLOAD APPLE STORE DOWNLOAD GOOGLE PLAY

LANGUAGE German IN APP PURCHASES None

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WHAT YOU GET

+ Extensive multimedia library, that includes podcasts and videos

+ Buy your tickets through the app + Latest news

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favourite artist, composer or production is scheduled

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+ A virtual tour of the house + Set up a profile and be notified, when your


TEATRO REAL MADRID, SPAIN

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When it comes to the Royal Theater of Madrid, the question isn't who has performed there, but rather, who hasn't? The stage was even home to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1969, which boasted just as many fire stunts and glitzy costumes as a real opera! After re-opening in 1997, this venue in Madrid has been rightfully reclaiming its old glory and continues to welcome the creme de la creme to the stage. The new app welcomes you via virtual tours and detailed notes and information about current productions.


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WEBSITE www.teatro-real.com

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PRICE Free

IN APP PURCHASES None WHAT YOU GET

+ Facebook and Twitter integration + Details about the productions + Virtual tour

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LANGUAGE Spanish


PLAYBILL PASSPORT Playbills belong to theatre, like Big Ben belongs to London. Handed out for free to patrons, these iconic programs feature artists, plays and special attractions for over 130 years. The Playbill Passport lets you experience your evening in the theatre in a new way. Scan the program cover and get exclusive content, learn about the theatre or be notified when the play is about to start.

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GOOGLE PLAY FOR IOS ONLY Android app will follow soon

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WEBSITE www.playbill.com

PRICE Free LANGUAGE English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish IN APP PURCHASES None

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+ Scan the playbill cover of a production and get behind the scenes info + Learn about the various theatres on Broadway + Enjoy a unique theatre experience and get valuable information on the venue you will be visiting


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VOLKSOPER WIEN VIENNA, AUSTRIA The app is features design discussions , interviews with directors and singers , sample videos and backstage reports ensuring that you enjoy the performance long before - and after - you've seen it onstage.an extensive library that users can access to catch up on any past performances.

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If you delight in operettas as well as operas, look no further than the Volksoper Wien. Hosting a performance nearly every day of the year, it's app brings the performances to life via multimedia content and information that is even available offline.

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DOWNLOAD APPLE STORE DOWNLOAD GOOGLE PLAY PRICE Free LANGUAGE German IN APP PURCHASES You can buy the digital programmes for 0,99€ each, with information about the production, plus backstage videos. WHAT YOU GET

+ Download and read the in house magazine, Volksoper Wien Zeitung + Digital programmes (0,99€) + Buy tickets straight from the app

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WEBSITE www.volksoper.at


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MET OPERA ON DEMAND NEW YORK, USA

WEBSITE www.metopera.org

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For most people, the Met is the Mount Olympus of opera, not only for artists, but for opera lovers around the world. But not everybody gets to dress up and listen to the best of singers. This app brings you an unmatched collection of live, tv and radio broadcasts from as early as 1935. Enjoy in your pyjamas or dress up after all.

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DOWNLOAD GOOGLE PLAY PRICE Free LANGUAGE English IN APP PURCHASES You need to subscribe, if you want access to the complete content

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+ Streaming of live events + Extensive library of more than 500 video and audio clips listed in various categories

+ Many productions in full length, but you can also watch just clips + Previews of productions + Create your own library by marking your favourite videos

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RENテ右 FLEMING If you're the type to follow a performer more than a venue, the app devoted to American soprano Renee Fleming should be in your collection. The app allows to keep up with singer's schedule for stage and concert performances, and gives you access to her repertoire of previous work.

WEBSITE www.reneefleming.com DOWNLOAD APPLE STORE

PRICE Free LANGUAGE English IN APP PURCHASES None

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+ Follow Renee around the World + Listen to her albums and buy them through the app + Sign up for the newsletter and see her social media channels

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WHAT YOU GET


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NATIONAL THEATRE BACKSTAGE, LONDON, UK

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SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE, SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

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OPÉRA ROYAL DE WALLONIE, LIÈGE, BELGIUM

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BAYERISCHE STAATSOPER, MÜNCHEN, GERMANY

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TEATRO REAL, MADRID, SPAIN

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PLAYBILL PASSPORT

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VOLKSOPER WIEN, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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MET OPERA ON DEMAND, NEW YORK, USA

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EDITOR IN CHIEF / YVONNE DEWE RNE EDITORIAL TEAM / ANASTASIA BENKO, BRIDGEE MELLING S TYLING & PHOTOGRAPHY / ANASTASIA BENKO DESIGN & LAYOUT / ANNIE KRUSE

© 2016 Spectacle. All rights reserved. All material in this magazine may not be reproduced, transmitted or distributed in any form without the written consent of Spectacle.

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