Well this is all quite frustrating... we all seem to be getting slightly different details. I've just had a different response, and it seems not everything they had is even currently available to them!
If you log in to your account, you will now see that you have access to your previously purchased productions. [...]
You may notice that your productions are listed as rentals in your production history, they are available for you to watch for the foreseeable future, and they will be automatically renewed when they expire in 10 years' time. [...]
Please accept my apologies as I was not able to restore all of them. Your copy of Merrily We Roll Along will be restored in the near future as we are still restoring access to certain productions on the site. We do not have an exact date as to when this will be completed, but rest assured we will be restoring them as soon as possible.
Ooh that would be good. It should be possible for NT Live - The Rocky Horror Show did a live broadcast (although granted their production scale isn't quite as grand). The actual performance was broadcast live, but the audience arrivals were from the evenings before.
i just went onto the site and got two tickets for October ...i tried yesterday morning at 8:30 and got to the front of the queue but browser threw me out! Ive wanted to see this for 30 years and I am very excited (tragic old show queen) I was at the last night of the last London production and Eartha Kitt had to sing 'I'm still here twice' ...If they had dropped a bomb on the Shaftsbury that night every Gay man in London would have gone to Jesus!
That sounds like a fantastic evening - but why did Eartha have to sing it twice?
I have wanted it to be staged somewhere like southwark or menier for a while now with a complete BAN on dressing up and audience participation. JUST so I could see it as it was intended to be seen. Plus I think it would make the piece a lot darker!
Oh yes! This is something I've dreamed about for years - I do adore the show, and love dressing up and participating, but I long for a production that takes it back to its roots. I'd love to see a gothic horror version, but I imagine it would be impossible to stop the audience callbacks and dressing up.
I think that's why I'll always love the film more than the show (and I do LOVE the show) because it's played serious rather than for laughs, and that makes a huge difference in my opinion.
"Shock Treatment" at the King's Head did a good job of audience interaction - never making fun of the audience, just interacting with them. I imagine it would have still been embarrassing if you hate that sort of thing, but they didn't seem to be doing it to make fun of the audience.
I remember seeing "One Man, Two Guvnors" in blissful ignorance (before things became more obvious) pitying the audience members and hoping they'd get some sort of compensation!