Joy and wonder in a time of isolation

 Stay connected to Shakespeare’s Globe with our new digital content, free Globe Player films, and education resources

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Since our closure on Wednesday 18 March, we’ve been exploring new ways to stay connected and share digital joy and wonder with you, our extended Globe family.

Love in Isolation will see artists share Shakespeare’s works from their places of sanctuary.

  Love in Isolation

We’re thrilled to announce a new series Love in Isolation which will see artists, including Christmas at the (Snow) Globe creators, Sandi and Jenifer Toksvig, and award-winning actress and director Kathryn Hunter, share some of the greatest words ever written by Shakespeare from their places of solitude and sanctuary.

Our 2009 production of Romeo and Juliet will be available for free along with five other Globe Player titles.

  Free Globe Player releases

Join us for Shakespeare filled movie nights, as from Monday 6 April, we’ll be releasing six free  Globe Player films for free, one on rotation every two weeks, including: Hamlet (2018), Romeo and Juliet (2009), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018), plus two previously unreleased titles The Winter’s Tale (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019).

What’s more, all 34 productions from our 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, which welcomed artists from all over the globe to perform Shakespeare’s works in their own language on the Globe Theatre stage, will also be available.

Not only that, but all 37 films from The Complete Walk will also be available to watch online. From Verona to Athens to Denmark, these 10-minute short films were set in the locations Shakespeare imagined, and featured an all-star cast including James Norton, Gemma Arterton, Meera Syal and Simon Russell Beale.

The Complete Walk, our series of 37 films to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016, will also be available for free.

  Education resources

For students studying Shakespeare at home we have a wealth of activities, including Teach Shakespearehelping to support parents who are home-schooling. Other activities include the Globe Playground perfect for younger children and Staging It! for budding directors wanting to put on their own play.

  Season five of our podcast, Such Stuff

Our much-loved podcast, Such Stuff returns for its fifth season, launching on Tuesday 31 March with an episode on everyone’s favourite teen-Shakespeare adaptation, 10 Things I Hate About You. As well as continuing to bring Shakespeare and our work to life for listeners across the globe, this season will also include a brand new feature Shakespeare Diaries with Michelle Terry and Paul Ready, where they’ll discuss some of their favourite plays and why art, theatre and Shakespeare remain important in times of global crisis.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.

“Nature has certainly touched all of our lives in recent months. Whilst everything seems so uncertain, one thing we know for sure is that the world will never be the same again. In 1599, when Hamlet stood on a “distracted Globe” and uttered the words: Now I am alone – he would have been surrounded by up to 3,000 people. Now we are alone, but we are also in the company of billions, from all around the globe, finding the most inspiring ways to be alone, together. In these times of isolation, we will continue to reach people on our ‘distracted Globe’, providing community, joy, and wonder, remaining, albeit digitally for now, a place of connection for us all.”

— Michelle Terry