Amazon-owned podcast and audiobook platform Audible has announced a new slate of five theatre shows coming to the world of audio this month.
The new slate is part of Audible’s commitment to deliver the live performance experience of theatre shows to listeners on the platform. In September this year, Audible Theatre celebrated its fifth anniversary with a number of productions performed at the Minetta Lane theatre in New York City.
Programmes that ran during the night include comedy show Center of the YOUniverse, created and performed by Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess and Tony Award winner Jane Krakowski, which is part of the December 2023 slate. Audible’s head of creative development Kate Navin said this show is a “perfect example of how we bring the live theatre experience to audio - with many laughs along the way”.
“I'm pleased that our final 2023 slate displays both the breadth and depth of Audible Theater's work as we boldly expand the possibilities of theatrical storytelling,” said Navin. “These global releases highlight the incredible range of audio theatre, and we can't wait for listeners everywhere to hear them.”
Other programs that have joined the slate include Broadway show Summer, 1976 by David Auburn and the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Fat Ham by James Ijames, both of which have been “beautifully adapted” for audio. Award-winning playwrights Robert Schenkkan and Asfaneh Gray have also both written plays made for the listening experience that are part of the slate.
The plays include Bob and Jean by Schenkkan on the story of his parents’ courtship in 1941, starring Santino Fontana, Peter Friedman, and Betsy Wolfe, and The Other Woman by Gray which is a dark and suspenseful story of the complicated entanglement between two women starring Robyn Addison, Viss Elliot Safavi, and more.
In addition to the Audible Theatre audio programs, Audible also launched an original podcast series in partnership with The National Theatre in August this year. The podcast titled New Voices featured 10 shortlisted and winning plays from the tenth-annual nationwide in-school playwriting programme New Views.