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Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1 and 2

A Midsummer Night's Dream production image
Duchess of Malfi production image
Merchant of Venice production image

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1 (2008-2015)

21 plays recorded live on the Globe stage from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier Award-winning Falstaff in Henry IV. Inspired and informed by the unique historic playing conditions of two beautiful iconic theatres, Shakespeare’s Globe’s diverse programme of work harnesses the power of performance, cultivates intellectual curiosity, and excites learning to make Shakespeare accessible for all.

Shakespeare's Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018)

9 landmark productions from the theatre’s most recent seasons, including two productions from Emma Rice’s tenure as Artistic Director and the first production from the indoor Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. These films showcase the Globe’s two unique playing spaces on Bankside and how different artists respond to them. Each performance transports viewers directly into the standing yard of the world famous Globe or the magical candlelit interior of the captivating new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Each collection is available as a separate subscription or separate perpetual access purchase.

Pair the films with other performances, playtexts and critical texts including those in:

Highlights of the collection include:

  • Twelfth Night: This Tony award-winning production, under the direction of Tim Carroll, features the hilarious tale of misdirection and deception performed here by an all-male cast, among whom we find Mark Rylance as Olivia and Stephen Fry as the pompous Malvolio.
  • Henry IV: The first installment of what is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare’s greatest historical saga, Henry IV 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 and the comical mentor to Jamie Parker’s Prince Hal.
  • The Duchess of Malfi: Featuring Hollywood star Gemma Arterton in the title role, is a thrilling combination of brilliant coups de théâtre, horrific set-pieces, and vivid characters, all lit by Webster’s obsessional imagination. This most intimate Jacobean tragedy proved a truly sensational curtain-raiser for the Globe’s very first season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. This is the first ever theatrical production to be filmed entirely in candlelight.
  • Richard II: Simmering with both violence and comedic irony, Simon Godwin’s Richard II features a tour de force performance from Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey, Philomena) in the title role. A production that delves into the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it, the rich colours and lavish costumes of this sumptuous historical masterpiece transfer superbly to the screen.
  • Measure for Measure: Boasting a superb cast and marking the final summer production from artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, the play is a wickedly black comedy of secret identities, sexual politics, and manipulation. The production features stellar performances from Mariah Gale as Isabella, Dominic Rowan as Duke Vincent, and Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo.
  • The Merchant of Venice: Multi Tony- and Olivier Award-winning stage and screen star Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones, Wolf Hall) takes the role of enigmatic Shylock alongside his own daughter Phoebe Pryce, playing Jessica, in Jonathan Munby’s moving production of The Merchant of Venice. This iconic tale of the battle between greed and love, paired with Pryce’s memorable interpretation, makes this a must see production.