London’s Shakespeare Globe has become the latest theatre to offer free performances online.
The venue has announced a series of screenings of past performances, using its Globe Player platform – which normally incur a charge.
From Monday, April 6 the theatre will make one play available for a fortnight stretch. The performances are:
- Hamlet (2018)
- Romeo & Juliet (2009)
- The Winter’s Tale (2018)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013)
- The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018)
- The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019)
The Globe Player will also host all 37 ‘Complete Walk’ short films for
free. These films celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, with an all-star cast in 10-minute short films shot on location in the real setting of each plot.
Also hosted for free will be all 34 Globe to Globe titles. These were filmed throughout the Globe to Globe festival of 2012, bringing together artists from all over the world, to enjoy speaking these plays in their own language on the Globe stage.
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said: “‘One touch of nature makes the whole world kin’ – nature has certainly touched all of our lives in recent months.
“In 1599, when Hamlet stood on a ‘distracted Globe’ and uttered the words: ‘Now I am alone’ – he would have been surrounded by up to 3,000 people. Now we are alone, but we are also in the company of billions, from all around the globe, finding the most inspiring ways to be alone, together.
“In these times of isolation, we will continue to reach people on our ‘distracted Globe’, providing community, joy, and wonder, remaining, albeit digitally for now, a place of connection for us all.”