Globe Theatre to stream 2021 season online
James R | On 16, May 2021
Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre is preparing to open its doors once again this spring – but it will be opening its doors online too, streaming productions throughout its 2021 season for audiences at home as well as those inside the Wooden “O” on London’s Southbank.
The line-up begins with the Globe’s raucous 2019 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, featuring piñatas, streamers, glitter and a cacophony of brass instruments, continues with Romeo & Juliet, Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy of chance, destiny and fortune, then a new production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, directed by Sean Holmes, and finally the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse presents Metamorphoses, a new play inspired by Ovid’s powerful collection of myths.
Each stream is live and not recorded, so you cannot miss the start time. Tickets cost £10 each, with a limited number of £5 tickets available per show. You can book tickets until one hour before the start time and will receive an email with a link to access the film – although you can also sign in to your account on the Globe Theatre site and visit the “Digital Events” page to access the play.
Here’s the full guide to what’s streaming:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Streaming: 5th June, 25th September (7pm)
Four love-drunk teens, escaped from the confines of an oppressive regime, caught in a dispute of increasingly magical proportions. A posse of wannabe actors, determined to put on a play against the odds. The Fairy Queen and King at war, and one wild spirit hell-bent on causing as much havoc as possible. What could possibly go wrong?
Directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes and with music from Jim Fortune, performed by members of the Hackney Colliery Band.
The play runs from 19th May to 30th October, with two nights – 5th June and 25th September – streamed live from the theatre online, starting at 7pm. (The runtime is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes.)
Romeo & Juliet
Streaming: 10th July, 7th August (7pm)
Directed by Ola Ince and starring Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell, the 2021 production runs from June to October – with two of these performances, on 10th July and 7th August, live-streamed to the world, starting at 7pm. (The runtime is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.)
Streaming: 4th September, 23rd October (7pm)
Shakespeare’s classic comedy os infused with the mesmeric nostalgia and soulful music of the world of Americana.
The live performances will run from July to October – with two of these performances, on 4th September and 23rd October at 7pm, streamed online to the world. (The runtime is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.)
Livestream ticket prices start at £5 per household with an option to donate on top, with audiences emailed the day before with a streaming link.
Streaming: 29th October (7.30pm), 30th October (2.30pm)
Written bespoke to the candlelit Playhouse by the Globe’s first writers-in-residence in nearly four centuries, expect anarchy, shape shifting and a burning chariot of fire.
There are various live performances dates in September and October – with two of them (29th October at 7.30pm and 30th October at 2.30pm), streaming live online to the world. (The runtime is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.)