Tuesday, December 1, 2009

1st Time in London Theater

A new closed-captioning system is being introduced on Broadway for the first time. The West End production of Hairspray at the Shaftesbury Theatre in London is offering the AirScript system. It displays subtitle translations in multiple languages through wireless link to widescreen personal handset devices in real time. Not only are translations offered in English but also French, Spanish, Italian, German, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. The devices can be rented for a fee.


Plover said...

Is there a Shaftesbury Theatre in New York? I know there's one in London, and I read an article about the Hairspray production with AirScript captioning there (http://www.itproportal.com/portal/news/article/2009/11/26/londons-hairspray-performance-gets-live-captions-eight-languages/showall/), but I haven't heard of anything similar in New York. Could this be an error?

Deaf News Today said...

You are right. That was an oversight we'll correct. Thanks for pointing it out.