Here’s where to get your fix for everything Shakespeare ONLINE during these strange times!
Enter Sofa Shakespeare
San Diego Shakespeare Society’s very own member, Julia Giolzetti, has struck a chord with cooped-up Shakespeare lovers all over the world. She is arranging full-play compilations from 1-minute videos shot by folks across the globe and from their couch!
The Show Must Go OnLine
Actor, writer, and videographer, Rob Myles, is bringing actors and audiences together to collectively enjoy and experience Shakespeare LIVE on YouTube. “The Show Must Go OnLine” is producing the complete plays of Shakespeare in the order they were written.
The Old Globe’s “On Book” Shakespeare Reading Group
Audiences are invited to explore Shakespeare’s plays in On Book: The Old Globe’s Shakespeare Reading Group on Facebook! Beginning with the two plays announced for the Globe’s 2020 Summer Shakespeare Festival, The Taming of the Shrew and Henry V, the group will offer an online space to read and discuss Shakespeare’s works with directors, actors, and other artists who have tackled these great masterworks for the Globe’s stages. The roster of artists and schedule of upcoming live broadcasts will be announced on the group’s page, so check back frequently!
The Stratford Festival and The National Theatre go online!
Kicking off April 23rd (Shakespeare’s birthday!), The Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada is releasing 12 of their shows on YouTube (the graphic below is their schedule)! Find more posts and pictures about it on their Facebook page.
PLUS, the National Theatre “at Home” in London will stream their production of Twelfth Night, featuring Tamsin Greig, from April 23 – 30! More info here, and watch it on YouTube here (clips and trailers are already online to check out)!
Undiscovered Shakespeare from UCSC, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, and The Humanities Institute
Join actors, scholars, and friends for ten live readings and discussions focused on the plays about a divided society and a civil war that made Shakespeare famous in the London theater. Running July 1 – September 2. Register now!
Shakespeare @ Home creating “radio” episodes
Conceived as an homage to the heyday of serialized radio drama of the 1930s and 40s, Shakespeare@ Home delivers our same acclaimed tradition of providing accessible interpretations of classic works for a new audience. Their first production is Richard II. Learn more and follow along!
Stream Your Heart Out
How runs the stream? Amazon Prime, Netflix, HBO Go, Hulu, and even Disney+ (if you consider the Lion King a mix of Hamlet and Henry IV), have dozens of streamable Shakespeare films that are guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours. Amazon Prime clocks in with the most options by offering a queue of almost 20 plays, spinoffs, and spoofs to choose from (as of March 17, 2020). Take a look at Ben Lauer’s great round-up for all your Shakespeare streaming options → Shakespeare and Beyond
Sir Patrick Stewart’s “Sonnet a Day”
Yes, Captain Picard (and Royal Shakespeare Company member!) has taken to Twitter to share each of Shakespeare’s Sonnets during these times. It’s wonderful to hear his thoughts, insights, and even challenges as he goes! Follow along with him here!
Listen to full plays from The Folger Shakespeare Library
Because so many Shakespeare lovers and students are homebound, the Library is sharing seven complete audio performances of Shakespeare plays, available for free streaming until July 1, 2020. These productions were performed by the professional actors of Folger Theatre, in consultation with the editors of The Folger Shakespeare. Listen now!
and even more from Marin Shakespeare Company!
This wonderful company in Northern California has created their own page of Shakespeare resources, with videos and documentaries to watch and podcasts and audios to hear! So much great content out there, and we hope all of this lifts your spirits during this time!