The Bard goes online, for free, on the Globe Player.
The Globe Theater may be shut down in London, but there are still ways to get your fill of Shakespeare during our current period of quarantine. The famed wooden O has been recording their productions for years, and as right now, you’re able to stream some of these iconic performances, for free, on their Globe Player. (Featured image: @the_globe)
The free shows kicked off with an incredible production of the tragic play Hamlet, starring none other than Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry in the title role. Now, Romeo and Juliet has become the next production to head online, streaming free until May 3. It’s the 2009 Globe production, in which Dominic Dromgoole directed Ellie Kendrick as Juliet and Adetomiwa Edun as Romeo, to plenty of warm reviews.
The star-crossed lovers aren’t the only ones heading to Globe Player, as Romeo and Juliet will be followed by A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Winter’s Tale, The Two Noble Kinsmen, and finally, The Merry Wives of Windsor. They’ll arrive biweekly, and each of these performances will be available for free for two weeks on the Globe Player.
In addition, all of the productions from the Globe to Globe series will also be available for free. Along with a new series, called ‘Shakespeare & Love in Isolation’, which featured isolating artists sharing Shakespeare’s words for the Bard’s Birthday (on April 23).
Plus, there are loads of documentaries, music and a snippets of content for you to get lost in: plenty to keep you entertained during this pandemic. Since The Globe’s summer season was just around the corner, a prolonged closure is likely to be very tough on the iconic theatre – so any support, be it by renting a production, or simply donating something to the theatre itself, would be incredibly welcome.
All the world’s a stage, Shakespeare wrote, and since you can now turn your bedroom into the theatre, that’s never been more true…
See all content on the Globe Player here.