Marquee TV Launches in the U.S.


The U.K.-based performing-arts streaming service Marquee TV has expanded into the U.S. market with the launch of its full slate of programming on Comcast’s X1 platform.

The network features thousands of hours of content, in addition to exclusive content, early releases, directors’ cuts and shorts. With this latest launch, Marquee TV will provide a new group of customers access to a variety of curated contemporary and classic theatrical, dance, opera and music performances from globally renowned artistic powerhouses.

Marquee TV’s programming includes critically acclaimed productions such as the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard II starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones); The Bolshoi Ballet’s Swan Lake starring Svetlana Zakharova and Denis Rodkin; The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and The Royal Opera House’s Madama Butterfly starring Ermonela Jaho, among others. The network also offers documentaries featuring notable artists Renee Fleming (opera star) and Darcey Bussell (ballerina), to name a few.

Newly acquired exclusives to Marquee TV making their national premiere in the U.S. include The Royal Swedish Ballet’s Eskapist by multi-award-winning choreographer Alexander Ekman, who is best-known in the U.S. for his production of 2018’s Midsummer Night’s Dream at The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago; The Batsheva Dance Company’s Sadeh21 by Ohad Naharin; Mariinsky Theatre’s Mazepa (opera); and a version of Le Corsaire (ballet) that features American Ballet Theatre guest artist Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva.

The U.S. launch of Marquee TV comes just under one year after its U.K. debut, with a more robust global rollout expected in 2020.

“Watching performances on-demand is a distinct experience from heading to the theatre and is opening up cultural content to a new arts-curious generation,” said Simon Walker, co-founder and CEO of Marquee TV. “Marquee TV’s availability on top tier platforms allows us to offer our customers access to premier multi-genre performing arts content that is not available anywhere else.”