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Discover the magic of live theatre with our stunning new films exclusive to Drama Online...

  • Twenty one productions filmed live on stage at the world-famous Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
  • Curriculum relevant content, the major works of Shakespeare alongside early modern drama titles such as the Doctor Faustus
  • Critically acclaimed, award-winning productions with performances from Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry
  • 55 hours of content filmed in high definition and surround sound
Titles included:

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare centres on the tale of Helena's quest to marry the man she loves. The production, directed by John Dove, stars Sam Crane and Ellie Piercy as Bertram and Helena, and includes performances by James Garnon as troublemaker Parolles and Janie Dee as Bertram's interfering mother, the Countess of Roussillon. With lavish staging and costume, the production is a triumph that, according to The Independent, ‘leaves the audience reeling with happiness by the end.' Run time: 166 mins

A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare with John Light, Pearce Quigley, Michelle Terry, Luke Thompson and Matthew Tennyson. Hermia loves Lysander and Helena loves Demetrius but Demetrius is supposed to be marrying Hermia... When the Duke of Athens tries to enforce the marriage, the lovers take refuge in the woods and wander into the midst of a dispute between the king and queen of the fairies. 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. Run time: 172 mins

As You Like It by William Shakespeare starring Brendon Hughes, Jack Laskey, Trevor Martin, Jamie Parker and Naomi Frederick. Thea Sharrock's irresistible production of Shakespeare's popular romantic comedy stirs wit, sentiment, intrigue and love into a charming confection which challenges the traditional rules of romance. Run time: 147 mins

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Famous for being the first dramatized version of the Faustus tale, the play depicts the sinister aftermath of Faustus's decision to sell his soul to the Devil's henchman in exchange for power and knowledge. In the first-ever staging of this menacing drama at the Globe Theatre, Matthew Dunster's production features Paul Hilton as the arrogant, power-hungry Faustus and Arthur Darvill as the sardonic Mephistopheles, and includes several impressive magical stunts along the way. Run time: 166

Henry IV Part 1 by William Shakespeare. The first instalment of what is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare’s greatest historical saga, Henry IV Part 1 is an epic tale of power, treachery and war, exploring the complexity of father-son relationships. Featuring an Olivier Award-winning performance from Roger Allam as Falstaff, the comical mentor to Jamie Parker’s Prince Hal, this is a celebrated presentation of the English classic, expertly directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Run time: 171 mins

Henry IV Part 2 by William Shakespeare. Dominic Dromgoole’s acclaimed Olivier Award-winning production is brought to its conclusion in Part 2 of Shakespeare's historical masterpiece. Henry IV is a thrilling tale of family, treachery and war that surveys the entire panorama of English life. Staged with 'terrific aplomb' (Daily Telegraph) and featuring a stellar line-up, this magnificent Globe Theatre performance showcases some of the Bard’s deftest dramatic skill, and confirms why Henry IV is regarded as one of Shakespeare's finest works. Run time: 177 mins

Henry V by William Shakespeare Capped by one of the most famous speeches ever written, King Henry V recalls the momentous English victory at Agincourt. With comic sub-plots to be found among Henry's soldiers, the production boasts some terrific performances including Sam Cox as the ‘splendidly unhinged' Pistol (Telegraph). In the title role is Jamie Parker, who ‘casts such a rapt spell that you feel the entire audience would rise up to march behind him.' (Independent). Run time: 164 mins

Henry VIII by William Shakespeare is one of Shakespeare’s final plays, a political thriller based on the power struggle between the Tudor court and the eponymous king’s ambitious first minister, Cardinal Wolsey. Mark Rosenblatt’s spectacular 2010 production was the Globe Theatre’s first staging of the historical drama since 1613. Featuring stellar performances from Dominic Rowan, Miranda Raison and Anthony Howell, it bursts with intrigue. Run time: 161 mins

Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare with Philip Cumbus, Trystan Gravelle, William Mannering and Jack Farthing.  Using every kind of verbal gymnastics to poke fun, Shakespeare’s most intellectual comedy is brought to hilarious life in Dominic Dromgoole’s highly entertaining production, rich in visual humour and sexual innuendo. Run time: 167 mins.

Macbeth by William Shakespeare featuring Joseph Millson, Samantha Spiro, Stuart Bowman, Billy Boyd, Gawn Grainger. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to occupy the throne of Scotland, he and his wife choose to become the instruments of their fate and to kill the first man standing in their path, the virtuous King Duncan. But to maintain his position, Macbeth must keep on killing. From its mesmerising first moments to the last fulfilment of the witches' prophecy, Shakespeare's gripping account of the profoundest engagement with the forces of evil enthrals the imagination. Run time: 150 mins

Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare contrasts the happiness of lovers Claudio and Hero, and the cynicism of sparring partners Beatrice and Benedick, who are united in their scorn for love. Marking the debut of director Jeremy Herrin at the Globe Theatre, this production features Eve Best as the feisty and high-spirited Beatrice and Charles Edwards as her cynical counterpart, Benedick. Run time: 166 mins.

Othello by William Shakespeare featuring Eamonn Walker and Tim McInnerny. One of Shakespeare’s most exciting, atmospheric and heart breaking plays. This is a tale of uncontrollable jealousy, deception and murder driven by one of theatre’s greatest villains. Run time: 180 mins.

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare with Adetomiwa Edun, Ellie Kendrick, Philip Cumbus, Penny Layden, Rawiri Paratene Dominic Dromgoole's production brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare's most famous and best-loved tragedies, drawing out the contemporary relevance of this passionate teenage love story. Run time: 171 mins

The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare with Christopher Benjamin, Serena Evans, Sarah Woodward, Nathan Amzi, Gareth Armstrong and William Belchambers. The only one of Shakespeare’s plays to be set within his own class and country, this critically-acclaimed production was described by the Daily Telegraph as `brimming with humanity, ingenuity and irresistible charm’. Run time: 145 mins

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare tells the tale of the sharp-tongued Kate, who must marry before her younger sister, Bianca, is allowed to find a suitor. Undaunted by her waspish reputation, Petruccio attempts to woo the not-so-fair maiden, but is faced with a tirade of poisonous insults. Samantha Spiro stars as cantankerous Kate, capable of knocking a grown man down with her fist. With a stellar supporting cast, the production is a triumph, thanks to its 'riotous mixture of verbal dexterity and slapstick' (The Daily Telegraph). Run time: 167 mins

The Tempest by William Shakespeare. Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by his spirit Ariel and his deformed slave Caliban. When Prospero raises a storm to wreck this perfidious brother and his confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach. Run time: 161 mins.

Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. Under the direction of Tim Carroll the hilarious tale of misdirection and deception is performed here by an all-male cast, among whom we find Mark Rylance as Olivia and Roger Lloyd-Pack as Sir Anthony Aguecheek. The production also marks Stephen Fry's triumphant return to the stage as the pompous Malvolio. Run time: 164 mins

The collection will grow with more titles added over time.

Hamlet the Film starring Maxine Peake

  • A ground-breaking and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet at the Royal Exchange, Manchester.
  • Starring BAFTA-nominated actor Maxine Peake in the title role
  • Expertly filmed in high definition with eight cameras (including one overhead) 
  • Captures the intensity of the stage production with the polish and care of a feature film

This stripped-back, fast-paced version with moments of humour is a captivating production that rebalances gender casting. Peake’s Hamlet is a female character who takes on a male mantle, a fierce and textured Hamlet who imbues the role with anger, indignation and purpose. 

'A milestone Hamlet' Manchester Evening News

Stage on Screen's Doctor Faustus, Duchess of Malfi, School for Scandal and Volpone

  • Four key set drama and literature texts: The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster, Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan and Volpone by Ben Jonson.
  • Directed, designed and performed by talented and experienced theatre professionals.
  • Recorded live on stage in high definition and surround sound
  • Critically acclaimed, visually stunning stage productions 
  • Accompanied by cast and crew interviews, costume and set design images

Highly regarded education materials

   ‘…a godsend, English Departments should order immediately.’ National Association of Teaching English.

   '...fantastic inspiration for students.’ Teaching Drama Magazine

   ‘A gem of a resource.’  International Schools Theatre Association

   ' Exciting new teaching resources' Shakespeare Bulletin

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe. Using the unabridged text version of the play, this lucid, stylish and energetic production captures perfectly both the horror and dark humour of Marlowe’s tragic work. Having decided he has accumulated all he can of conventional knowledge, Doctor Faustus turns to magic in a quest for greater truths. Before long, he ends up selling his soul to the Devil.  Run time: 158 mins, cast and crew interviews: 48 mins

School for Scandal by Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Often hailed as the best comedy of manners in English, The School for Scandal has been a crowd-pleaser for centuries. With its themes of deceit, pride, love, gossip and capriciousness, it showcases Sheridan's mastery of farce, witty dialogue and delight in satirising upper-class pretension and affectation.  Using the full text, this effervescent, hilarious and beautifully staged production moves at high speed, challenging the audience to keep up with the intricately wrought and brilliant comedy of Sheridan’s masterpiece. Play run time: 154 mins, cast and crew interviews: 62mins   

The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster. This frightening and savage production proves why the play is considered one of the greatest achievements of English drama. Set in Italy in the early fifteenth century, it begins as a love story, with the Duchess marrying beneath her class. However, her two brothers, one cool and corrupt, the other violent and warped, have other ideas. With incredible plot twists along the way, the play ends in utter tragedy. Play run time: 156 mins, cast and crew interviews: 85 mins

Volpone by Ben Jonson.  Volpone has long been a popular choice as a set text for students. First produced in 1606 the action takes place in seventeenth-century Venice, over the course of one day. Volpone, a rich libertine and conman, and Mosca, his self-seeking servant cause chaos with an audacious fraud designed to part the city's wealthiest from their fortunes. Considered among the finest of Jacobean comedies, this brilliantly staged production is a merciless satire of greed and  lust . Play run time 159 mins, cast and crew interviews: 64mins

Shakespeare in the Present, an acting Masterclass with Patsy Rodenburg 

“The best thing you can possibly have is a class with Patsy.”  Dame Judi Dench

“Patsy Rodenburg wants to free your voice so that you can express yourself fully and honestly.” Sir Ian McKellen

  • Experience the acclaimed work of master teacher Patsy Rodenburg in an intimate workshop setting. 
  • Filmed on the stages of Michael Howard Studios in New York and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London
  • Explore Patsy's highly sought-after techniques and exercises in Movement, Speech, Body and Vocal Warmup. 
  • Patsy works one-on-one with actors performing speeches from Hamlet, Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth, King Lear, and many more. Watch Patsy's techniques come to life through renowned actors Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love, Elizabeth), Lynn Cohen (Munich, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire), Jay O. Sanders (Revolutionary Road, Green Lantern), and others.

Patsy Rodenburg is this generation's premiere teacher of voice. Voted one of the top 15 most powerful people in the UK theatre industry and awarded the prestigious Order of the British Empire (OBE), Patsy has worked with the world's leading actors, politicians, and business executives. She is Head of Voice at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, teaches at Michael Howard Studios in New York, and has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the Royal Court Theatre. Patsy is the author of Speaking Shakespeare, The Second Circle and other noteworthy books on acting and voice.