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Global Theatre

Productions by RSC, NT-Live, and The Globe which are broadcast globally as well as appearing at the theatre.

Review (****) Upstart Crow, Season 1, BBC 2016

By Alan Brown December 4, 2017   ‘Upstart Crow’, Series 1 is available In the UK: from Amazon.co.uk  as a DVD for £9.99. Series 1 & 2 are available to stream through Amazon Video UK  at £9.99 per series or £2.49 per episode, in HD. . In the US the same options are available at different prices at Amazon.com. . Upstart Crow would make a great Christmas present, but maybe …Read More

Review (***) The Hollow Crown, Henry V, Universal 2012

By Alan Brown November 16, 2017   The Hollow Crown (Series 1) is available: Streaming: The Hollow Crown’, Series 1, a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available for streaming on Amazon Video / Prime at $2.99 per episode. UK: ‘The Hollow Crown’, Series 1 (DVD), a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry …Read More

Review: (****) RSC production of Coriolanus

This production of Coriolanus runs at The Barbican in London, from Nov 6th to Nov 18th. This review is based on a performance of the same production at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon on 14th October. . There was a Cinema screening on 11th October ’17, so perhaps there will be ‘encore’ performances shortly. . Our Bottom Line: This is a full-scale production of Coriolanus  with a full cast of around 35 actors. …Read More

The Hollow Crown, Henry IV, Parts One & Two

 The Hollow Crown (Series 1) is available: Streaming: The Hollow Crown’, Series 1, a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available for streaming on Amazon Video / Prime at $2.99 per episode. UK: ‘The Hollow Crown’, Series 1 (DVD), a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available through Amazon.co.uk at £15.95 …Read More

Review: (****) The Hollow Crown, Richard II

The Hollow Crown (Series 1) is available: Streaming: The Hollow Crown’, Series 1, a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available for streaming on Amazon Video / Prime at $2.99 per episode. UK: ‘The Hollow Crown’, Series 1 (DVD), a 4 disc set of Richard II, Henry IV Parts I & 2, and Henry V is available through Amazon.co.uk at £15.95 …Read More

Review: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, RSC, 1968, ****

The classic  Peter Hall film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is available: To Stream (or download) for Amazon Prime Members for free at A Midsummer Night’s Dream As a DVD from Amazon.com for $19.49 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: A classic production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Peter Hall in 1968 with a cast from the RSC. The technical quality of the production is …Read More

Edinburgh Festival 2016 Opens

It’s August so the Edinburgh International Festival – and the Fringe – opened this week-end. Of course, a bit like the Olympics, a few shows had already started before the official opening. We saw the official light show which opened the Festival, lighting up the castle, on the way home from seeing the Kubrick film, ‘ Barry Linden’ (lease said, soonest mended). So what does the EdFest have in store for …Read More

Homer and Shakespeare

Arrival at Ithaka Recently, instead of Shakespeare, Homer has loomed large in my life. First of all, the Lyceum here in Edinburgh put on a moving performance of The Illiad, dramatised by Chris Hannan, from Homer’s original. This is the 50th anniversary of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Comany in Scotland,  and was also the last production by Mark Thomas as Artistic Director, so they pushed the boat out. The show had a cast of …Read More

Review The Globe’s production of The Tempest *****

The Globe’s production of The Tempest is available: As a DVD from Amazon UK  for £13.36 / ~$20.00. It does not seem to be available in the USA The Tempest can also be streamed from The Globe Player for £5.99 / ~$9.00 or purchased and downloaded as an MP4 for £9.99 / ~$15.00 Prices are indicative – check the actual price at the Vendors’ links above. Our Bottom Line: An extraordinary performance, everything one hopes …Read More

Review: Twelfth Night (*****) Trevor Nunn

Twelfth Night is available for streaming from Amazon.com for $8.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.co.uk for £3.99 DVD of Twelfth Night available from Amazon.com from  $15.74 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: This is a really fantastic version of this play. It isn’t the most accurate; if you’re looking to study it, go and …Read More

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