How to watch our free Globe Player films

  Join us for Shakespeare filled movie nights from Monday 6 April at 7.00pm on YouTube

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Experience the magic of the wooden O from the comfort of your very own home as we release six of our Globe Player films for free over the next couple of months.

From Monday 6 April at 7.00pm on YouTube, you’ll be able see some of our much-loved productions from Shakespeare’s most famous stage.

Hamlet (2018), Romeo and Juliet (2009), The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013), plus two previously unreleased titles The Winter’s Tale (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019), will all be available for free, one on rotation every two weeks.

How do I watch the films?

Each film will be streamed for free on our YouTube channel: subscribe now and set yourself a reminder to ensure you don’t miss out. Films will be available on demand from the date of their release for 14 days.

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You can view YouTube on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and most Smart TVs have a YouTube app.

All six films will have English subtitles. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer audio-description services, but we will have audio notes available from VocalEyes.

Join our Shakespeare watch party

From 6.00pm each release day, we’ll be discussing the plays, sharing facts about Shakespeare, and revealing insights from behind the productions. Follow us @The_Globe on Twitter, or join in the live chat on the YouTube video.

Our six Globe Player films

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

(2019)

Streaming from Monday 1 June, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 14 June.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land. This production draws influences from British 1930s fashion, music and dance, and with its witty mix of verbal and physical humour, rejoices in a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.

Directed by Elle White, this production stars Olivier Award-nominated Bryony Hannah as Mistress Ford, Sarah Finigan as Mistress Page and Pearce Quigley as Falstaff. The Windsor Locals appear courtesy of Soldiers’ Arts Academy, London Bubble and Clean Break.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

(2013)

Streaming from Monday 15 June, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 28 June.

Dominic Dromgoole directs Michelle Terry and John Light as fairy royalty in a Renaissance staging of this much-loved comedy.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.

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Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth (2020)

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Streaming from Monday 11 May, 7.00pm. Available until UK secondary schools reopen

A psychological thriller examining the dangers of political ambition, our Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth is a gripping, full-scale 90 minute performance in the Globe Theatre, created especially for young people.

Explore learning resources and engaging activities for the classroom and home with our tailor made site. An audio-described version of the video is also available.

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2012 Globe to Globe Festival 

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 shared for free.

Please stay tuned for further information to find out when these films will be available and how you can watch online.

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