How to watch our free Globe Player films

  Join us for Shakespeare filled movie nights from Monday 6 April at 7.00pm on YouTube

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Experience the magic of the wooden O from the comfort of your very own home as we release six of our Globe Player films for free over the next couple of months.

From Monday 6 April at 7.00pm on YouTube, you’ll be able see some of our much-loved productions from Shakespeare’s most famous stage.

Hamlet (2018), Romeo and Juliet (2009), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013) and The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018), plus two previously unreleased titles The Winter’s Tale (2018) and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019), will all be available for free, one on rotation every two weeks.

How do I watch the films?

Each film will be streamed for free on our YouTube channel: subscribe now and set yourself a reminder to ensure you don’t miss out. Films will be available on demand from the date of their release for 14 days.


You can view YouTube on a computer, tablet, or smartphone, and most Smart TVs have a YouTube app.

All six films will have English subtitles. Unfortunately we will not be able to offer audio-description services, but we will have audio notes available from VocalEyes.

Join our Shakespeare watch party

From 6.00pm each release day, we’ll be discussing the plays, sharing facts about Shakespeare, and revealing insights from behind the productions. Follow us @The_Globe on Twitter, or join in the live chat on the YouTube video.

Our six Globe Player films

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Streaming from Monday 6 April, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 19 April.

The Globe Ensemble, including Artistic Director Michelle Terry, bring to life Shakespeare’s most famous tragedy, Hamlet, in the Globe Theatre.

Encompassing political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humour, Hamlet is a colossus in the story of the English language and the fullest expression of Shakespeare’s genius.


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Romeo&Juliet blog

Romeo and Juliet


Streaming from Monday 20 April, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 3 May.

Dominic Dromgoole’s production brings refreshing clarity to one of Shakespeare’s most famous and best-loved tragedies, drawing out the contemporary relevance of this passionate teenage love story.

Ellie Kendrick, a truly youthful Juliet, and Adetomiwa Edun, a boyish Romeo, head an excellent cast whose period costumes point to the timelessness of parental disapproval, adolescent temperament, rivalry and violence.



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A Midsummer Night's Dream


Streaming from Monday 4 May, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 17 May.

Dominic Dromgoole directs Michelle Terry and John Light as fairy royalty in a Renaissance staging of this much-loved comedy.

Shakespeare put some of his most dazzling dramatic poetry at the service of this teasing, glittering, hilarious and amazingly inventive play, whose seriousness is only fleetingly glimpsed beneath its dreamlike surface.



A group of actors in colourful Morris-inspired costumes stand on a stage

The Two Noble Kinsmen


Streaming from Monday 18 May, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 31 May.

Inspired by the play’s Morris language and references, The Two Noble Kinsmen is set in a pastoral ‘Merrie England’.

Shakespeare and Fletcher’s tragicomedy is brought to life by former Northern Broadside’s Artistic Director, Barrie Rutter, with original music composed by acclaimed folk musician Eliza Carthy, and dance choreographed by Ewan Wardrop.



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The Winter's Tale


Streaming from Monday 1 June, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 14 June.

Blance McIntyre directs a new version of Shakespeare’s great play of the irrational and inexplicable.

Set in a world of monsters, gods and natural disasters, travel from the stifling atmosphere of the Sicilian court, to the unbuttoned joy of a Bohemian festival.



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The Merry Wives of Windsor


Streaming from Monday 15 June, 7.00pm. Available until Sunday 28 June.

The Merry Wives of Windsor is the only comedy that Shakespeare set in his native land. This production draws influences from British 1930s fashion, music and dance, and with its witty mix of verbal and physical humour, rejoices in a tradition that reaches right down to the contemporary English sitcom.

Directed by Elle White, this production stars Olivier Award-nominated Bryony Hannah as Mistress Ford, Sarah Finigan as Mistress Page and Pearce Quigley as Falstaff. The Windsor Locals appear courtesy of Soldiers’ Arts Academy, London Bubble and Clean Break.



2012 Globe to Globe Festival 

34 productions from our 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, which welcomed artists from all over the globe to perform Shakespeare’s works in their own language on the Globe Theatre stage, will also be shared for free.

Please stay tuned for further information to find out when these films will be available and how you can watch online.

The Complete Walk

All 37 films from The Complete Walk will also be available to watch, free, online. From Verona to Athens to Denmark, these 10-minute short films were set in the locations Shakespeare imagined, and featured an all-star cast including James Norton, Gemma Arterton, Meera Syal and Simon Russell Beale.

Please stay tuned for further information to find out when these films will be available and how you can watch online.



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