News: Magic Leap Teams with Royal Shakespeare Company to Reinvent Modern Theater Productions

Magic Leap Teams with Royal Shakespeare Company to Reinvent Modern Theater Productions

All the cash Magic Leap is amassing is probably going a long way toward hardware development and manufacturing, but it's also becoming increasingly clear that a large portion of that cash will be devoted to content. The latest proof is a new partnership between Magic Leap and the UK's Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).

Revealed on Wednesday, March 7, on RSC's official site, the pairing is being described as an effort to "look at how spatial computing can change the way audiences experience theatre." Specifically, the partnership will include a fellowship for recent RSC graduates and students, which will launch in the fall.

"Spatial computing uses technology that can detect and respond to the environment, creating a seamless blend of the real and the digital," reads the official RSC announcement. "The Fellows will receive support and training as they investigate how this technology can be applied to live performances."

No details have been shared regarding exactly what kind of training will be involved, but Magic Leap's recent NBA video presentation gave us a tiny peek at what the company's production process looks like behind the scenes. Based on that short glimpse, the training will likely include green screen production techniques as well as desktop software production instruction.

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If you're not familiar with RSC, you should be. It's one of the most respected theater companies on the planet, boasting live theater performances from leading film actors including Gary Oldman (Darkest Hour, The Dark Knight), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange), Jude Law (The Young Pope, Sherlock Holmes), Sir Ian McKellen (Lord of the Rings, X-Men), Dame Judi Dench (James Bond), David Tennant (Doctor Who), and many others.

"This partnership will build on our many years of innovation through performance and our pioneering digital work," said RCS artistic director Gregory Doran. "I am delighted that this journey begins with an opportunity for young people to join us as we explore the vast opportunities that spatial computing will open up to us."

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