Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Concerts by Candlelight Trailer

Well it has something in common with little Italian theatres and opera houses because they’re all built as the Sam Wanamaker is: very high, three levels. As soon as you go in there you know this is no ordinary concert This is leaving history. The really remarkable thing about the theatre is that the audience are right there they’re so close. It’s so intimate. They become part of the actual performance. Another aspect of this performing space, of course, is the candlelight. This gives a very special quality of stillness and that seems to me to bring the audience even closer. It’s rare in any space that an audience member feels the degree of immediacy that there is in the Wannamaker. But I also come back to that business of the candlelight because it takes us right away from our modern world and that gives an extraordinary quality.

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