The first UK professional theatre production cancelled because of the Covid-19 pandemic is to be broadcast online.

A private performance of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days, directed by Professor David Thacker, was filmed at the University of Bolton and will be available on YouTube after its official online premiere on Thursday 13 August at 7pm.

The production, sponsored by the University of Bolton, was due to open at the Bolton Library Theatre in March.

Happy Days was produced by a professional theatre company assembled by David, which gave students the unique opportunity to follow a production from start-to-finish.

David said: “Five students had placements on the original production, as Assistant Director, Assistant Producer, Marketing Assistant, Education Assistant and Administration Assistant. Another two students would have supported the technical team.
“These seven students were in their final year and were devastated by the cancellation of the production. Six second-year students were observing rehearsals and attending planning and production meetings as part of their studies.”

David invited three Film and Media Production students to film the private performance. During lockdown, the student Director of Photography, Anthony Mercer, spent hours collaborating with David to edit the film.

David said: “This will give theatre-goers the rare opportunity of seeing Samuel Beckett’s wonderful play, albeit in film form for the moment.”

To watch Happy Days, from Thursday 13 August at 7pm: click here.

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