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How to Watch Free Shakespeare’s Globe Performances Online

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: September 2020
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Shakespeare’s Globe has launched its new Globe Player. Complete with six Shakespeare performances you can watch and stream for free.

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About Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is a world-renowned performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education centre located on the bank of the River Thames in London.

The new Globe Player adds to their already large bank of teaching resources, educational videos and workshops. Suitable for students of all age groups, the Globe’s education programme engages young people in the history and significance of Shakespeare. Their Primary and Secondary education hubs include insights, projects and workshops to bring Shakespeare’s texts to life.

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The Globe Player

The new Globe Player will host a past performance each week, starting with their 2018 production of Hamlet. The series includes some of Shakespeare’s most accessible and most loved pieces including Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer’s Night Dream.

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Hamlet (2018)

The Globe Ensemble, including Artistic Director Michelle Terry, bring to life Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Hamlet, in the Globe Theatre.

Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.

Streamed from 6 April – 19 April.

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Romeo and Juliet (2009)

Dominic Dromgoole’s production brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare’s most famous and best-loved tragedies, drawing out the contemporary relevance of this passionate teenage love story.

Ellie Kendrick, a truly youthful Juliet, and Adetomiwa Edun, a boyish Romeo, head an excellent cast whose period costumes point to the timelessness of parental disapproval, adolescent temperament, rivalry and violence.

Streamed from 20 April -3 May.

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The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018)

Inspired by the play’s Morris language and references, The Two Noble Kinsmen is set in a pastoral ‘Merrie England’.

Shakespeare and Fletcher’s tragicomedy is brought to life by former Northern Broadside’s Artistic Director, Barrie Rutter, with original music composed by acclaimed folk musician Eliza Carthy, and dance choreographed by Ewan Wardrop.

Streamed from 4 May – 17 May.

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The Winter’s Tale (2018)

Blanche McIntyre directs a new version of Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable.

Set in a world of monsters, gods and natural disasters, travel from the stifling atmosphere of the Sicilian court, to the unbuttoned joy of a Bohemian festival.

Streamed from 18 May – 31 May.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019)

The Merry Wives of Windsor is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land. This production draws influences from British 1930s fashion, music and dance, and with its witty mix of verbal and physical humour, rejoices in a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.

Directed by Elle White, this production stars Olivier

Streamed from 1 June – 14 June.

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013)

Dominic Dromgoole directs Michelle Terry and John Light as fairy royalty in a Renaissance staging of this much-loved comedy.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

Streaming from 15 June – 28 June.

Watch Shakespeare’s Globe production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

How to watch the films?

Watch each production for free on their YouTube channel. A new film will be available every other Monday. Productions can be watched live from 7pm or on-demand for the next 14 days.

Watch Shakespeare’s Globe production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Join their Shakespeare watch party

For the true Shakespeare fans, join their Shakespeare watch party. Live from 6pm each release day, they’ll be discussing the plays, sharing fun facts and exploring themes and insights.

Join in on Twitter, or in the live chat on the YouTube video.

For more information on the Globe Player, click here.

You can also follow along on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.

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