Virtual Performances and Digital Rights Requests

Many producing organisations have enquired about virtual/online performances and livestreaming/ broadcasting filmed in-theatre productions to their audiences. Our licence application process has been updated to intake these requests for virtual performances and additional digital rights.

Can you suggest specific titles for virtual performance requests?

Firstly, we'd recommend browsing these selections of suggested plays and musicals that are currently open to licence requests.

Are virtual performances and/or digital rights available for all titles?

Unfortunately, virtual/online, streaming and video rights aren’t available from Concord Theatricals for most shows. These rights are not held or controlled by Concord Theatricals, and we will have to send your proposal to the author’s representatives for approval on a case-by-case basis. We understand that many of these requests will be time-sensitive, and we will do our best to assist. There is no guarantee of this permission being granted.

Currently, we are not able to grant virtual performance and/or digital rights for the following titles due to existing film versions and other restrictions:

  • AMERICAN SON
  • BE MORE CHILL
  • THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Original and 2018 versions)
  • CABARET (1966, 1987, and 1998 versions)
  • CACOPHONY by Molly Taylor
  • A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
  • CHATROOM by Enda Walsh
  • CHICAGO / CHICAGO (HIGH SCHOOL EDITION)
  • COOKIES by Emily Jenkins
  • EDUCATING RITA
  • HELLO, DOLLY!
  • KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN
  • OUR TOWN
  • PETER PAN
  • QUARTET (Harwood)
  • ROCK OF AGES / ROCK OF AGES (HIGH SCHOOL EDITION)
  • THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW
  • RUTHLESS!
  • THE SPONGEBOB MUSICAL
  • TAKING SIDES (Harwood)
  • TALKING HEADS titles (Alan Bennett)
  • TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS
  • TORCH SONG TRILOGY / TORCH SONG
  • THE VISIT (Play Version)
  • THE WOMAN IN BLACK
  • WOMAN OF THE YEAR
  • ZORBA!
  • Titles by Agatha Christie
  • Titles by Annie Baker
  • Titles by August Wilson
  • Titles by Brian Friel
  • Titles by David Mamet
  • Titles by Edward Albee
  • Titles by Harold Pinter
  • Titles by Marc Camoletti
  • Titles by Neil Simon
  • Titles by Roald Dahl

PLEASE NOTE: This is not a comprehensive list of titles for which virtual performance and/or digital rights are not available. This list is being updated, and titles may be added or removed.

What’s the difference between virtual performances and digital rights?

Virtual performances: These performances are online only, with no performances in a theatre for a live audience. Virtual performances may be readings or off-book performances, and may be audio-visual or audio only.

Digital rights: These are additional permissions in conjunction with traditional in-theatre performances, including the livestreaming of performances and/or the recording of performances for digital distribution to audiences.

How does pricing work for virtual performances or digital rights?

Amateur virtual performance licenses and additional digital rights for amateur productions will be charged a flat performance fee per online performance and/or livestream/viewing of recorded performances. Professional producers should enquire directly with their professional licensing representative.

How do I apply for a virtual performance?

Virtual performance requests utilise the standard application form – with added questions specific to virtual performances on the Performance Details step in the process. Since these requests don’t adhere to our standard rights, there may be some duplicate data entry required. Thank you for your understanding.

To apply for a virtual performance, start the licence application process by clicking “Request Licence” on the title of your choice. You’ll be asked to select your producing organisation, billing organisation, and venue* before moving into the application.

*Venue Selection: you should still refer to your organisation’s physical performance venue. If you don’t have a physical performance venue linked to your account, you can create a new venue that is specific to your producing/billing organization location (example, Name of Theatre – Virtual). 

Performance Dates: Please note the start and end dates of your virtual performance run, as well as the number of performances.

Both Maximum Capacity of Venue and Expected Attendance fields can be populated with the total number of viewers you anticipate per virtual performance.

NEW QUESTION: Are you seeking permission for a virtual performance (i.e. online only, with no performances in a theatre for a live audience)? [Select yes for virtual performance]

NEW QUESTION: What online viewing platform would be used for the virtual performance (Zoom, Skype, etc.)?

NEW QUESTION: What is the estimated number of viewers of the virtual performance? (total number of viewers for entire virtual performance run)

NEW QUESTION: What ticket prices will you charge for access to the virtual performance? (Please include a range from lowest-highest ticket price.) (This can match the lowest and highest ticket price fields listed in fields above.)

NEW QUESTION: What date will the virtual performance take place? (Start Date of your virtual performance run)

NEW QUESTION: What dates will the virtual performance be available for viewing by an online audience? (To avoid additional questions from your licensing representative, please be as specific as possible about your virtual performance schedule.)

NEW QUESTION: How many total days will the virtual performance be available for viewing?

NEW QUESTION: What qualifies a viewer to access the virtual performance (ticket buyer, invited guest, etc.)? PLEASE NOTE: virtual performances must be made available via secure password-protected platforms and may not be posted publicly (unprotected YouTube, social media, etc.).

Once you have submitted your request, please allow time for your licensing representative to review the information and ask for appropriate clearances from the author(s) and/or their representatives. If the request has been approved, your licensing representative will issue your virtual performance agreement via email.

How do I apply for additional digital rights?

Digital rights requests utilise the standard application form – with added questions specific to digital rights on the Performance Details step in the process. Please utilise the standard application form to capture information related to your in-theatre performance for live audiences.

Note: For digital rights requests, please answer “No” to the Virtual Performances question.

NEW QUESTION: Are you seeking permission for digital rights in addition to traditional in-theatre performance rights (e.g. livestreaming of performances, recording for digital distribution to audiences)? PLEASE NOTE: THESE RIGHTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR ALL TITLES. [Select yes for digital rights]

NEW QUESTION: What is the estimated number of viewers for the digital rights? (This is the additional number of viewers who will access the performance via livestream/recording only.)

NEW QUESTION: What qualifies a patron to access the digital rights (ticketholder for live production, subscriber, etc.)?

NEW QUESTION: How would you handle distribution of the digital rights (password-protected link, hard copy DVD, etc.)?

NEW QUESTION: How do you plan to protect the digital rights from public release?

NEW QUESTION: Would there be any additional income or revenue generated from the digital rights?

NEW QUESTION: How many live performances would be captured in connection with the digital rights?

NEW QUESTION: If you are not granted approval for additional digital rights, are you still interested in proceeding with live performances?

Once you have submitted your request, please allow time for your licensing representative to review the information and ask for appropriate clearances from the author(s) and/or their representatives. If the request has been approved, your licensing representative will issue your performance agreement and a digital rights addendum via email.

PLEASE NOTE: Your performance agreement will not be issued until your licensing representative has received a response regarding your digital rights request.