Shakespeare’s Globe has joined the digital revolution in British theatre by launching its productions on a video-on-demand platform.
Globe Player, a new online service offers full-length HD films of more than 50 of its Shakespeare productions to rent or buy, was launched this week.
The Globe is the first theatre in the world to offer this kind of on-demand platform for digital content.
Every foreign-language production from the 2012 Globe to Globe festival of international Shakespeare has been made available on film, alongside main productions from the 2009 to 2012 summer seasons.
From 2012 you can now enjoy the acclaimed Twelfth Night starring Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry; Henry V starring Jamie Parker and The Taming of the Shrew starring Samantha Spiro.
The 2011 season has Marlowe’s Dr Faustus, Much Ado About Nothing and All’s Well That Ends Well with Janie Dee.
Roger Allam and Jamie Parker appear in the 2010 production of Henry IV parts 1 and 2 and there’s Henry VIII with Miranda Raison.
In the 2009 season there are As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost and Romeo & Juliet.
The main 2013 titles will be made available on the Globe Player in the coming months.
Last year’s touring productions of the three Henry VI plays, directed by Nick Bagnall and live-streamed from Barnet battlefield on The Space, are available now.
Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “Whether we’re touring the world or inviting the world to the Globe, we are always looking for bold new ways to take Shakespeare out into the world and share his astonishing plays with as many people as possible.
“Globe Player will allow us to reach brand new audiences and to make access to our productions simple and seamless for anyone with the internet.
“We are delighted to be the first theatre with its own dedicated video-on-demand platform.”