Ever dream of going to or going back to Shakespeare’s Globe to watch some of the world’s most talented Shakespearean actors perform the Bard’s work? Shakespeare geeks can rejoice. The Globe is releasing 50 of its productions on its newly launched Globe Player website, which will allow audiences to rent or buy via video on demand (VOD).
The roster includes: the Tony-award winning all-male production Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as Malvolio; an Italian version of Julius Caesar set in modern-day Rome (with English synopsis); As You Like It, directed by the award-winning director Thea Sharrock (at age 24 she became the artistic director of London’s Southwark Playhouse and later directed Henry V as part of BBC’s miniseries The Hollow Crown); two versions of All’s Well That Ends Well: one is set in Elizabethan England, and the other is set in India and performed in the style of Bhangwadi theatre. In the latter plays, the stories remains the same: Our heroine cures a king and asks for a young man’s hand as her reward. As might be expected, Bertram or Bharatram attempts to escape the bargain.
Globe Player also includes the Globe’s documentary A Summer Hamlet, which follows eight actors, three crew members and their director Dominic Dromgoole, the Globe’s artistic director, as they tour Hamlet across the U.K. and Europe to 19 venues and 85 performances.
This isn’t the Globe’s first foray into VOD. A few of its productions have been offered on Digital Theatre, which offers theatrical plays from around London to rent or buy via VOD. Digital Theatre’s “Globe Collection” includes Romeo and Juliet starring Ellie Kendrick and Adetomiwa Edun as the star-crossed lovers as well as Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Merry Wives of Windsor, As You Like It, Henry IV Part 1 and 2, and Henry VIII. These are also available on Globe Player.