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The 50 best stage shows to stream right now: Shakespeare

Top row: Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night, Catherine Tate and David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing. Photos: Marc Brenner/Tristram Kenton. Bottom row: Paapa Essiedu in Hamlet and Maxine Peake in Hamlet. Photos: Manuel Harlan/Jonathon Keenan
Top row: Tamsin Greig in Twelfth Night, Catherine Tate and David Tennant in Much Ado About Nothing. Photos: Marc Brenner/Tristram Kenton. Bottom row: Paapa Essiedu in Hamlet and Maxine Peake in Hamlet. Photos: Manuel Harlan/Jonathon Keenan

Lockdown has led to a boom in audiences for digital work. Natasha Tripney has chosen the best of the work streaming now: in this section she lists the best Shakespeare productions


 

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Orlando James and Natalie Radmall-Quirke in The Winters Tale. Photo Johan Persson
Orlando James and Natalie Radmall-Quirke in The Winters Tale. Photo Johan Persson

The Winter’s Tale

YouTube

Cheek by Jowl’s exhilarating and irreverent 2016 production of The Winter’s Tale, directed by Declan Donnellan and previously seen at the Barbican Centre in London, is now available to stream for free on YouTube.
Available at: cheekbyjowl.com

Harriet Walter in Julius Caesar. Photo: Pavel Antonov
Harriet Walter in Julius Caesar. Photo: Pavel Antonov

Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy

Marquee TV/Digital Theatre/BroadwayHD

Phyllida Lloyd’s prison-set productions of Julius Caesar, Henry IV and The Tempest feature an all-female cast including Harriet Walter and Jade Anouka. First staged at London’s Donmar Warehouse, they were later performed at the temporary Kings Cross Theatre.
Available at: digitaltheatre.com


Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

National Theatre

Director Simon Godwin’s take on Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity and unrequited love at London’s National Theatre is big on comedy set pieces and has a resplendent turn by Tamsin Greig as Malvolia, with a cast including Daniel Rigby, Tamara Lawrence, Doon Mackichan and Daniel Ezra. Photo: Marc Brenner
Available at: nationaltheatre.org.uk


Hamlet

Hamlet

Digital TV

The creative team of director Sarah Frankcom and actor Maxine Peake has produced some of powerful and memorable work. Their production of Hamlet proved pioneering in terms of casting across gender. The Stage said in its review of the production: “Peake delivers the familiar soliloquies with a freshness and immediacy that’s impossible to resist.” Photo: Jonathan Keenan.
Available here: digitaltheatre.com


Globe to Globe Festival

Globe to Globe Festival

Globe Player

All of the productions in Shakespeare’s Globe’s international festival of Shakespeare are now available for free, including Maja Kleczewska’s Polish production of Macbeth and As You Like It performed by Georgia’s Marjanishvili Theatre, as well as a range of work from all around the world. Photo: Ian Winstanley
Available at: shakespearesglobe.com


Hamlet 2

Hamlet

Marquee TV/Digital Theatre

Paapa Essiedu gave a blazing performance in Simon Godwin’s production for the Royal Shakespeare Company. “Mischievous and flirtatious, charismatic and sarcastic,” said The Stage, “he has that quality, that magical indefinable thing, that makes you sit up.” Photo: Manuel Harlan.
Available at: marquee.tv/series/shakespeare


Henry V

Henry V

YouTube

The Barn Theatre in Cirencester is streaming its production of Henry V. Originally presented at the Cirencester venue in May and June 2019, Hal Chambers’ production, starring Aaron Sidwell and Lauren Samuels, is available on YouTube and the Barn Theatre’s Facebook page. Photo: Eve Dunlop
Available at: youtube.com


Macbeth

Macbeth

Amazon Prime

Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood star in this screen version of Rupert Goold’s 2007 production, filmed for television after initially playing at Chichester Festival Theatre followed by stints on West End and Broadway. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Available at: amazon.co.uk/Macbeth-Patrick-Stewart


Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Digital Theatre

Josie Rourke directed David Tennant and Catherine Tate, fresh from their stints in Doctor Who, in this lovely and broadly comic take on Shakespeare’s play, performed in 2011 in the West End and set in 1980s Gibraltar. Photo: Tristram Kenton
Available at: digitaltheatre.com


Richard II

Richard II

Marquee TV

David Tennant returned to the Royal Shakespeare Company for Gregory Doran’s 2013 production, which also starred Oliver Ford Davies as the Duke of York and Michael Pennington as John of Gaunt. Photo: Kwame Lestrade
Available at: marquee.tv/series/shakespeare

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