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Royal Shakespeare Company series coming to BroadwayHD

Shakespeare fans can stream the Bard's work to their heart's content.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The digital streaming service BroadwayHD has partnered with the Royal Shakespeare Company to allow global audiences to watch Shakespeare plays. So far, nine titles have been added to the service, with further RSC productions being added in the coming months.

Speaking about the collaboration, Royal Shakespeare Company artistic director Gregory Doran said: "Nothing can replace the experience of seeing a play live on stage. But with our theatres currently closed, and all of us spending much more time at home, we are delighted to be working with BroadwayHD to give audiences around the world the chance to experience RSC productions from home... Shakespeare speaks to us unlike any other writer, and this partnership with BroadwayHD will enable even more people to enjoy his work, bringing us together virtually at a time when many of us will be apart."

Based in Stratford-upon-Avon, the home of William Shakespeare, the Royal Shakespeare Company stage the Bard's productions as well as innovative, new works. Some of the finest British actors have been seen in RSC shows, and their performances can be enjoyed on BroadwayHD. Royal Shakespeare Company titles available to stream include:

Antony and Cleopatra: Performed in 2017, Josette Simon and Antony Byrne play the title lovers. The producton was performed in Stratford-upon-Avon and at London's Barbican.

Hamlet: Simon Godwin directs Paapa Essiedu in this 2016 revival, which he then reprised for a national tour and in Washington DC.

King Lear: Gregory Doran directs Antony Sher in the RSC's 2016 production, which was later filmed and streamed in cinemas worldwide.

Love's Labour's Lost: Staged as part of a double-bill with Much Ado About Nothing, this 2014 adaptation saw Shakespeare's play set before World War One.

Macbeth: Christopher Eccleston plays the eponymous Scottish general in a 2018 production, directed by Polly Findlay. Niamh Cusack stars as Lady Macbeth.

Measure for Measure: Gregory Doran directs a 2019 adaptation, incorporating the #MeToo movement into a story first told over 400 years ago.

The Merry Wives of Windsor: Fiona Laird directs a 2018 production, offering a modern take on Falstaff attempting to woo women.

Timon of Athens: Kathryn Hunter played Timon in a gender-reversed adaptation, first seen in 2018.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Simon Godwin directs this 2014 production, which was contemporarily adapted, including characters wearing modern dress.

As well as Shakespeare plays, a range of shows are available to watch on BroadwayHD. It's just one of multiple streaming services theatregoers can use. 

Photo credit: Love's Labour Lost (Photo by Manuel Harlan)

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