Shakespeare’s Globe has unveiled a programme of work to take place while its building is closed, including a new digital series, free on-demand productions and educational content for home schooling.
Digital content made available for audiences will comprise a series of Shakespeare performances, recorded in isolation by artists including Sandi and Jenifer Toksvig and Kathryn Hunter, and a programme of free-to-watch productions via the theatre’s on-demand platform, Globe Player.
Six filmed productions will be added to the service and will rotate every two weeks. Globe Player will also host all 37 short films from its Complete Walk project, which featured readings from each of Shakespeare’s plays in celebration of the playwright’s 400th birthday in 2016, and productions in 37 different languages from the 2012 Globe to Globe festival.
The theatre said it is also exploring ways to allow Mark Rylance’s Shakespeare Walks – which takes place annually on Shakespeare’s birthday on April 23 – to go ahead this year as a physical event will not be possible.
Elsewhere, the Globe’s podcast, Such Stuff, will broadcast new content, featuring artistic director Michelle Terry and actor Paul Ready, while the theatre’s education department has developed activities for parents who are home schooling.
Teach Shakespeare includes activities for both younger and older children, while the Globe’s higher education and research team are creating online lectures and workshops for people studying at home.
Patrick Spottiswoode, director of Globe Education, said: “Since we opened in 1997, we have explored ways of sharing the wonder of the Globe with people who may not be able to visit the theatre for themselves. Our online activities, classes and research materials will help in some way to keep our Globe doors open for all, whether primary children, post-graduates, or pensioners.”