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By Sarah Ward
April 12, 2020
By Sarah Ward
April 12, 2020

Dust off your petticoat and get your doublets out of the attic — because London's historic Globe Theatre is heading online. You can't currently visit the site itself, which was originally built by Shakespeare's playing company and housed his greatest works; however you can watch six of the Bard's plays performed on its stages thanks to Shakespeare's Globe On Screen.

History buffs and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike now have the opportunity to soak in productions on the venue's YouTube channel, with a different pre-recorded performance made available every fortnight. And, checking out these acclaimed works won't cost you a cent, with the six plays streaming for free.

Until Sunday, April 19, ponder whether to be or not to be with a 2018 production of Hamlet. Then, between Monday, April 20–Sunday, May 3, revisit the star-cross'd romance of Romeo and Juliet, as performed in 2009.

The fortnight spanning Monday, May 4–Sunday, May 17 will be all about a 2013 version of A Midsummer Night's Dream, with The Two Noble Kinsmen (from 2018; streaming from Monday, May 18–Sunday May 31), The Winter's Tale (from 2018; streaming from Monday, June 1–Sunday, June 14) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (from 2019; streaming from Monday, June 15–Sunday, June 28) all following.

Top images: John Wildgoose / Shakespeare's Globe.


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