City Screen signs Edinburgh deal

U.K. chain also secures opera from Glyndebourne

LONDON — City Screen, which runs Blighty arthouse chain Picturehouse Cinemas, has secured exclusive international rights to broadcasting theater from this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe on its screens.

The live transmission, dubbed “Traverse Live!,” will see a one-off live broadcast of the Traverse Theater’s “Impossible Things Before Breakfast” — five specially commissioned new plays by Marina Carr, David Eldridge, Linda McLean, Simon Stephens and Enda Walsh — on Aug. 23.

The script-in-hand readings will film through Hibrow Prods., an Internet platform dedicated to streaming performing arts online.

City Screen/Picturehouse has also inked a deal with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, which will see it screen live “The Rake’s Progress” on Aug. 21 and pre-recorded operas “Billy Budd” (Aug. 24) and “Hansel and Gretel” (Aug. 26).

City Screen owns and operates 19 cinemas as well as programming pics for an additional 36 venues independently operated throughout Blighty. Picturehouse Cinemas is the territory’s largest circuit of independent cinemas.

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