Watch Romeo and Juliet for free on YouTube
Shakespeare’s most famous story of love at first sight will be streamed for free on YouTube for schools, families and young people around the world this September
During this period of uncertainty, and after six months of online teaching and homeschooling, we know it’s been a difficult couple of weeks for all teachers and students heading back to school for the new academic year this September – so we’ve been looking at ways we can share some Globe love to help make teaching and learning a little brighter during this time.
That’s why we’re absolutely delighted to make our 2019 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Romeo and Juliet available to watch, for free, on our YouTube channel from Monday 28 September 2020 7.00pm BST until February 2021.
One of the most impactful and longest running cultural education projects in the UK, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank is now in its fourteenth year, and is our flagship project for secondary and post-16 further education students. Supported by Deutsche Bank as part of Born To Be, their global youth engagement programme which aims to help young people prepare for the future and unlock their potential, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank sees Shakespeare’s plays adapted in to fast-paced productions with young people in mind.
After the success of our stream of our 2020 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Macbeth on our YouTube channel earlier this May – July, which had over 470,000 views, we turn to our thirteenth Playing Shakespeare production, Romeo and Juliet, which was originally performed in spring 2019 to students and young people from across Birmingham and London.
Now, thanks to the wide-reach of digital technology, we’re thrilled students, families and young people from around the world will be able to watch Romeo and Juliet to further support their education and learning. Packed with love, family feuds and a dose of comedy, our Romeo and Juliet is a full-scale, fast-paced 90 minute performance in the Globe Theatre, and is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare.
How do I watch Romeo and Juliet?
Romeo and Juliet will be streamed for free on our YouTube channel: subscribe now and set yourself a reminder to ensure you don’t miss out. The film will be available on demand from the date of its release (28 September 2020) until February half-term 2021.
You can view YouTube on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and most Smart TVs have a YouTube app.
Romeo and Juliet will have English subtitles, and an audio-described version will also be available from VocalEyes.
Join our Shakespeare watch party
From 6.00pm on Monday 28 September, we’ll be discussing the play, sharing facts about Shakespeare, and revealing insights from behind the production. Follow us @The_Globe on Twitter, or join in the live chat on the YouTube video.
Our partnership with Deutsche Bank goes beyond just performances. From 19 September 2020 we’ll also be continuing our professional development (CPD) courses for teachers online. Our 90 minute and three-hour dynamic workshops go hand-in-hand with our Romeo and Juliet stream, and offer the opportunity to explore strategies for unlocking Shakespeare’s most famous text and to develop practical toolkits.
What’s more, we’re also offering a series of family workshops for ages 9–12 and 12+ to support this stream, that bring this famous tragic tale to life.
Furthermore, we have a host of free resources for Romeo and Juliet online to support GCSE and A-Level curricula, that will not only be available during the run of the stream, but that will be freely available in the years to come. Our previous award-winning resources for past Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank projects are still available now. Explore key themes, characters, language, blogs and more to unlock a deeper understanding of the play.
Our mission with this project has always been to give students the opportunity to see a Shakespeare play as he intended: live and unplugged, and we cannot wait for students, families and young people from across the globe to tune in to our YouTube channel to see Romeo and Juliet this September.
Our 2019 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Romeo and Juliet will be available to watch for free on YouTube from Monday 28 September 2020 7.00pm BST to February 2021. Set a reminder.
Discover more about the play and resources for the production on our dedicated microsite.