Sky Arts 2 HD and Sky Arts 2 are to broadcast a new season of live plays from June 9th including a piece by Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues. Other playwrights to be featured are Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Frank McGuiness, Mark Ravenhill, who penned the satirical shock-fest, Shopping and F**king and Alia Bano.
Each play will also preview at the Riverside Studios for four nights ahead of the live broadcast and on Fridays Sandi Toksvig will host a post show discussion for each play.
“With Playhouse: Live, we’re staying true to the theatrical experience whilst simultaneously ensuring that we successfully marry the components of theatre and television that make each experience so unique,” commented Sandi Toksvig, artistic director of Sky Arts Playhouse: Live.
“We’re thrilled to have such an extraordinary range and calibre of playwrights on board, and are delighted about partnering with the Riverside Studios to give the creative teams an opportunity to preview each play.”
John Cassy, director of Sky Arts, said: “Our audience is telling us it wants something different and this is TV to stretch the imagination, it’s five leading creative talents with five groundbreaking new TV dramas. There’ll be nowhere to hide. From the moment we go live, it promises to be a thrilling ride and completely unlike anything else on TV.”