Experience the Globe from the comfort of your own home. The Summer 2021 live streams at the Globe (June – October) include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Metamorphoses.
During lockdown, people have turned more to social media, online theatre and the internet to stay connected.
With the Globe Player attracting 2.7 million viewers worldwide and their subscriptions drastically increasing, the Globe suggests a greater demand for live streaming and online theatre experiences. The Globe Player is the digital platform for Shakespeare’s Globe and offers over 130 professionally filmed plays.
Digital theatre has developed during lockdown. Initially, large institutions such as the Globe simply offered free streaming of their pre-recorded productions. As time has progressed, an increasing number of original works of digital theatre have been created – live performances that are ticketed and paid for. Several theatres have since decided to stream live performances from their empty theatres.
In lockdown, as well as sharing their past productions, the Globe has now created two digital festivals featuring entirely new pieces of work. The Globe has consequently transformed their Sam Wanamaker Playhouse into a broadcasting studio for their online ‘Shakespeare and Race’ and ‘Shakespeare and Fear’ festivals.
For their approaching Summer 2021 season, the Shakespeare’s Globe is now live streaming performances to offer their work to audiences world-wide. This includes live broadcasts of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo & Juliet, Twelfth Night, and Metamorphoses to experience in the comfort of your own home.
Alongside these plays, the Globe is also offering a variety of digital activities, as well as encouraging further debate and discussion on current affairs. ‘Anti-Racist Shakespeare: Perspectives on the Plays’ is an online series that explores the relationship between race, social justice and Shakespeare. In ‘Behind Closed Doors’ the Globe takes their audience through a play’s journey from page to stage, offering an informed look into the rehearsal room and beyond.
Such developments suggest that lockdown could have a long-term impact on how we watch, read and study plays. Will regular ticketed live online streaming events continue after lockdown? Will lockdown help us better appreciate and understand plays by exploring them in different ways and from different perspectives?
For more information about the Summer 2021 live streams from the Globe, please see: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/discover/blogs-and-features/2021/06/04/how-to-watch-our-summer-2021-live-streams/
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