The Famed Globe Theatre in London is Now Streaming Shakespeare’s Plays Online
The world-renowned performing arts venue and cultural attraction in London may have closed to the public for the time being, but that hasn’t stopped Shakespeare’s Globe from sharing a dose of culture and entertainment with the public.
According to Londonist, the Globe Theatre will be joining other arts and culture leaders around the world by opening up its expansive collection of art for the public to stream online from the comfort of their home.
“Whilst our doors are closed, our hearts, minds and imaginations are very much open, and we are finding and creating ways in which to stay connected and hopeful with you.” the theatre wrote in a statement on its website.
Globe Player will showcase a selection of pre-recorded tapings of many of its past Shakespeare adaptations, including crowd-pleasers like A Midsummer Night's Dream and a female-led production of Hamlet, as well as lesser-known plays like Titus Andronicus. In total, Globe Player includes 74 productions available to stream as of now.
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In order to keep the theatre running financially through the quarantine, the Globe Theatre hopes would-be theatre-goers will be happy to spend on a rented performance in lieu of a theatre ticket. The Globe Player streaming service will charge £5.99 per rental performance viewing—or you can purchase a copy of the performance for £11.99.
Free bonus documentary-style content is also available for theatre buffs particularly interested in learning the ins-and-outs of how the South Bank theatre usually runs behind the scenes.
“Shakespeare gave us the gift of stories, and stories have never been more important than now,” the theatre wrote.