The Royal Shakespeare Company’s productions of The Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It and Measure for Measure are to be streamed on Marquee TV.
The performances from the RSC’s 2019/2020 season are being broadcast as part of a Shakespeare Festival hosted by the online channel, which will take place from July 31 to August 2.
All three productions had been due to tour internationally this year, but the tours were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
They will be available on Marquee TV for the duration of the festival, with a ’watch-along’ event each evening at 7.30pm.
Justin Audibert’s gender-flipped production of The Taming of the Shrew will have a watch-along event on July 31, while Kimberley Sykes’ production of As You Like It, starring Lucy Phelps, will be streamed on August 1.
Measure for Measure, which is directed by the RSC’s artistic director Gregory Doran, will have a watch-along event on August 2.
Doran said: “It’s almost impossible to imagine no Shakespeare productions on our stages this summer.
"Shakespeare’s plays were performed here throughout the Second World War, meaning they have been on our stages for the last 140 years in a nearly unbroken line.
"Whilst we look forward to a time when we can safely re-open our buildings to the public, we are delighted that Marquee TV can bring these fantastic productions to a global audience this summer while theatres everywhere remain closed to the public.”
Chief executive and co-founder of Marquee TV, Simon Walker, said: “This has been one of the most challenging periods in history for arts and culture, particularly the performing arts sector.
"I’m pleased that through Marquee TV we’ve been able to help ensure that audiences are still exposed to this vital content of our much-loved institutions, many of which we are working with in hand in hand to build a more sustainable future model, in both the physical and virtual worlds."