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Shakespeare’s Globe launches online video-on-demand service

The inside of Shakespeare's Globe's open-air theatre. Photo: John Haynes
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Shakespeare’s Globe has launched a video-on-demand service allowing more than 50 of the theatre’s plays to be streamed online for the first time.

Globe Player currently offers the theatre’s main summer season productions from 2009 through to 2012, including Twelfth Night with Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance, and Henry IV parts one and two with Roger Allam.

Also available on the service is every play performed in the theatre’s 2012 Globe to Globe season, which showcased foreign language productions of Shakespeare plays.

Viewers can rent a filmed play for a week, which costs £3.99, or buy a film to stream freely for £7.99 – with each title available in high definition.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “The Globe is 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.”

Since 2007 Shakespeare’s Globe has filmed a number of its productions for cinema screenings and DVD releases.

The theatre’s main 2013 titles – including The Tempest with Colin Morgan and Roger Allam, the Dominic Dromgoole-directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Eve Best’s Macbeth – will be made available on Globe Player in the coming months.

In addition to paid content, the service offers free-to-view interviews with actors including Fiona Shaw, Ian McKellen and Judi Dench.

In May last year Digital Theatre launched a Youtube channel allowing viewers to pay to watch full length plays by companies including the RSC, Almeida, Royal Court and Young Vic.

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