26 March 2012 at 4.38pm | 7 Comments
Thanks to everyone that watched or got involved in last week's two major broadcast events - a live relay of Romeo and Juliet into cinemas; and Royal Ballet LIVE, a day of live streaming behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House attracting over 200,000 views.
Both events saw extensive social media coverage and commentary, with Royal Ballet LIVE trending on Twitter. Thousands of you posted tweets and we had a huge number of comments about Romeo and Juliet flying in from as far away as Buenos Aires - it was great to hear your thoughts on the ballet during the intervals and after the tragic finale.
Romeo and Juliet in cinemas
Our Romeo & Juliet cinema screening broke royal Opera House box office records in the UK and we invited six bloggers from A Younger Theatre behind the scenes to see what goes into putting a production onto the stage. During their visit they managed to pack in visits to the props, costume and broadcast departments, as well as having the opportunity to venture onto the stage to tread the boards themselves. We've collected together a pick of their tweets, with blogs on the experience to follow.
Those in cinemas were keen to offer their thoughts via Twitter (with the hashtag #ROHmeo) and we had a deluge of comments from around the world, a selection of which were featured on screen as part of the relay during intervals and curtain calls. It's something we're looking to repeat for future live screenings.
Royal Ballet LIVE
The day was presented by George Lamb and Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally and featured exclusive glimpses of morning class, rehearsals and interviews. The broadcast culminated in a live broadcast of an Insight event, a first glimpse of Wayne McGregor's collaboration with acclaimed musician/producer Mark Ronson entitled Carbon Life, followed by a Q&A session.
As well as giving an exclusive glimpse behind the scenes at the Royal Opera House, we also asked you to send in your attempts at a grand jeté, receiving entries from as far afield as Hawaii and Vancouver. A compilation of some of the entries has been uploaded to YouTube.
As our media partner for the event, the Guardian also curated a range of content including the opportunity to watch Wayne McGregor's acclaimed Chroma in full online. The ballet is set to music by The White Stripes and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland composer Joby Talbot.
If you missed the day, we've uploaded a number of highlights meaning that you're able to grab a glimpse into class or peek in on rehearsals whenever you like. Enjoy!