“What Shakespeare is tapping into is some of the latest cutting-edge technology in 1610 and referencing that in his work. I am absolutely sure that if Shakespeare was alive today he’d be going, ‘Give me some more of that.'”

Theatre has traditionally embraced technology. In Victorian times, John Henry Pepper showed off a technique that became known as Pepper’s Ghost at a theatrical production of Charles Dickens’s The Haunted Man and theatregoers were suitably impressed.

Reaction from a digitally cynical 21st Century audience was, according to Mr Doran, equally good.

‘There were some pretty astonished faces. It is quite mind-blowing when you see it for the first time. It is amazing technology when you can harness it. It takes quite a while to harness it but I think it is a brave new world.”




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