West End theatres could soon be getting wireless translation devices for tourists and those hard of hearing. Testing at the Shaftesbury Theatre has proved a great success during the latest run of the hit musical Hairspray.
The device in question is called Airscript, a wireless handheld screen that delivers translations in multiple languages to the theatre goer. So far Airscript supports translations in Italian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, French, German and English.
The device is also being touted as an aid to deaf viewers, allowing them to read along with the action onstage.