Lovers of the performing arts are in for a treat as Marquee TV announces its launch in South Africa. CN&CO has been named the local PR partner for the service.
The on-demand streaming service brings the Royal Opera House, the Bolshoi Ballet, the Royal Shakespeare Company and Glyndebourne, among others, directly into your living room – or onto your computer, tablet or phone – anytime it suits you.
Launched in 2018, Marquee TV (www.marquee.tv) is an on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. Serving up a world-class catalogue of contemporary and classic masterpieces, including dance, opera, music, theatre, and documentaries, Marquee TV has been designed for a growing digital audience of determined culture lovers and the arts-curious.
Marquee TV was built to serve passionate, arts-hungry audiences who are underserved by other media outlets. The network features thousands of hours of content, including exclusive titles, behind-the-scenes content, early releases, directors’ cuts and shorts.
And now it is available in South Africa, offering lovers of arts and culture direct access to a variety of carefully curated, world-class contemporary and classic theatrical, dance, opera, and music performances from globally renowned artistic powerhouses.
The service gives viewers the opportunity to stream programming a multitude of ways. Whether you want to watch performances on a big screen or simply on your phone, there are plenty of platforms to use. Marquee TV is available to stream on its website, where subscribers can manage their subscriptions and also purchase gift cards. For viewers who want to stream straight from their phones, the platform is available on both iOS and Android. For those who want to stream on their TVs, Marquee TV is available on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.
“Watching performances on demand is a distinct experience from heading to the theatre and streaming is opening up cultural content to a new arts-curious generation,” says Simon Walker, co-founder and CEO of Marquee TV. “After successful launches in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, we’re thrilled to bring Marquee TV to South Africa, giving customers access to premier multi-genre performing arts content that is not available anywhere else.”
Marquee TV has been positioned as a complementary option to the range of live and cinematic performances that are regularly available to South Africans. However, these are not regular times. With theatres, auditoriums and cinemas across the country closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, Marquee TV offers a convenient and exciting addition to South Africans’ in-home viewing options.
An additional plus is that it’s available nationwide and not only in major centres – which is where most of the country’s live arts and culture performances tend to take place.
Marquee TV’s programming includes acclaimed productions such as the Bolshoi Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty starring Svetlana Zakharova and David Hallberg; Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II starring David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Jessica Jones”); The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; the Royal Opera House’s Madama Butterfly starring Ermonela Jaho; Glyndebourne’s The Barber of Seville starring Danielle de Niese and Alessandro Corbelli; New York City Ballet in Paris; Kidd Pivot/Electric Company Theatre’s Betroffenheit; and contemporary productions by Akram Khan, Robert Wilson and Mark Morris.
Premieres every Saturday
New releases premiere every Saturday, giving performing arts lovers something to look forward to every week.
Recent premieres have included La Traviata and Cavalleria Rusticana / Pagliacci from The Royal Opera; Swan Lake from The Royal Ballet, Giselle from English National Ballet and the Royal Shakespeare Company‘s Twelfth Night.
Shows to look out for in May include Romeo and Juliet from the Royal Shakespeare Company (9 May), Glyndebourne’s Vanessa (16 May) and Coppelia performed by the Bolshoi Ballet (30 May).
Marquee TV is available in South Africa for just R99.99 per month or R999.99 per year. New subscribers get the first 14 days free.
For a limited time only, Marquee TV is offering 30% off on annual subscriptions, which means it only costs R699.99 for the year. Plus, you still get the first 14 days free.
For more information and to sign up, visit www.marquee.tv.
Header image: Ermonela Jaho as Violetta Valéry (C) ROH-2019. Photographed by Catherine Ashmore