Almost 9,000 people in 76 countries watched a live-stream of a Welsh theatre company's take on the life of Bradley Manning, the US soldier accused of betraying his country by divulging secrets via WikiLeaks.
All public performances of the National Theatre Wales production, , were live-streamed through a dedicated free website, .
During the performance online audiences were able to click on web links to browse source material about Manning, who was born to a Welsh mother and spent his formative years in Haverfordwest, south-west . The online audience was able to contribute to a comment stream.
The theatre described the story of Manning as "one of the most important political and digital stories of our age". Director said the company was determined to make sure "digital presence" was at the heart of its work. "We have been thinking for a while about how best to incorporate live online viewing into our work, and Bradley Manning's story – with its huge news presence and direct relationship to digital information – was the perfect place to start. We are delighted to have reached such a wide global audience through this experiment, and we are looking forward to developing our live web presence."
The play opened at Tasker Milward school in Haverfordwest, where Manning, now 24, studied as a teenager. Manning's trial is scheduled for the end of September.