The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has partnered with streaming service BroadwayHD to provide 30 streamed shows for its viewers this year.
Shows already available include King Lear (2016), Macbeth (2018), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2018), with many other shows to be added in the coming months.
Other performances already available to watch are Measure for Measure (2019), Timon of Athens (2018), and Antony and Cleopatra (2017).
The announcement comes following a challenging few months for the RSC, which saw their Tales for Winter series moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The RSC already have existing agreements with Marquee TV and Britbox, who also stream a number of their productions.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran said “nothing can replace the experience of seeing a play live on stage…[but] 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 his partnership with BroadhwayHD will enable even more people to enjoy his work, bringing us together virtually at a time when many of us will be apart.”
BroadwayHD streams both classic and modern productions across the globe. Their existing content includes a number of Shakespeare adaptations, along with performances from the Cirque du Soleil, and adaptations of musicals such as Cats and The Phantom of the Opera.
Words by Maddy Raine.
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