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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

Review: Othello (*****) BBC Shakespeare Collection

The BBC’s Shakespeare Collection production of Othello is available: – For streaming from Ambrose Digital ($25 / £16) – For streaming from Amazon.com ($1.99 / ~£1.25) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £18.93 (£9.90 used) / Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: Despite its age (made in 1981), and the limitations of the production environment …Read More

Review: The Globe Production of Henry IV Part I (****)

The Globe’s production of Henry IV Part I is available: – For streaming from The Globe Player (£6 /~ $9) – For purchase and download as an MP4 from The Globe Player (£10 / ~$15) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  £20 / ~$30.00 and from Amazon.com  for $19.59 Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above.  If you want to know …Read More

Review: Love’s Labour’s Lost (****) BBC Shakespeare Collection

The BBC’s Shakespeare Collection production of Love’s Labour’s Lost is available: – For streaming from Ambrose Digital ($25 /~£16) – As a DVD from Amazon.co.uk for  ~$360 / £2.40 ) Note that prices quoted are indicative and subject to change. Check the prices on the Vendors’ pages at the links above. Our Bottom Line: Love’s Labour’s Lost is a difficult play for a modern audinece to ‘get’  – or at least it was for …Read More

Our MFFE V5 release – Parts and Cues + examples

Our MFFE V5 release plan Our release of Modern First Folio Edition, Version 5 (MFFE V5) is getting very close. Currently: We have eight plays converted to MFFE Version 5 format, including: The Tempest Twelfth Night Othello King Lear A Midsummer Night’s Dream Much Ado About Nothing Henry IV Part I Henry IV Part II and we’re currently working on Romeo and Juliet We are also very close to having an online MFFE …Read More

Review: Juliette Binoche in Antigone, BBC (****)

The BBC film of  Juliette Binoche playing Antigone is available on the BBC iPlayer for free until around 25th June. As far as we’re aware, it is  not available on DVD. Our Bottom Line: A powerful production of Antigone with a very strong and even cast. Not faultless, but if you’re at all interested in Greek tragedy or theatre, it’s a must to watch, if you can. If you can’t, come to the …Read More

Review: The Globe’s Julius Caesar (***)

The Globe Theatre’s production of Julius Caesar (July 2014) is not yet available for streaming. As far as we’re aware, it is also not available on DVD. We’ll let you know if / when that changes. It will be available, broadcast in cinemas, in Australia (6th / 7th June & 20th 21st June), and New Zealand (14th, 15th, 17th, & 20th June) Our Bottom Line: Director Dominic Dromgoole wants you in on …Read More

Keep celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday

We know Shakespeare’s birthday is supposed to be 23rd April (St George’s Day 1564), but there’s some doubt as to when he was born and when he died (again supposed to be St George’s Day, but 52 years later). The safest thing to do, is to celebrate all week-end, and you’re pretty sure to cover his real birthday. Besides, we’re publishing a lot of things you can celebrate with: Review …Read More

Help with watching a Globe Shakespeare Production wherever you are

Following the launch of the Globe Player which lets you  stream Globe productions to your home, we are launching a service which helps you select the show you want to watch (you don’t want to spend 3 hours watching a not very good show), and then helps you watch it. In the words of the song, we offer you ‘Three Steps to Heaven’: Step 1: Select the  show you want to watch Step 2: …Read More

The Rite of Spring: The Dhiagelev / Nijinsky / Stravinsky production

Whilst we were away at Easter, in East Anglia, we went to an exhibition in Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge (well worth a visit if you’re near Cambridge) about  Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, a sculptor and artist about whom I knew very little. As well as his work, there were other  exhibits which were relevant to his work. Two of these caught my eye. The first was a very early film of tango dancing, …Read More

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