Sometimes you hear about a classic theatre performance and you wish you could attend in person. However, due to distance, money, or any number of things, you aren’t able to see the show. That’s when you wish the performance was released on video (or maybe I’m the only one who wishes that?) so you can buy and watch it.
Shakespeare’s Globe understands your pain. Today it launched the Globe Player, which features more than 50 Shakespeare productions from the Globe, along with free interviews with actors such as Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Judi Dench, and James Earl Jones.
It costs US$5-7 to rent a video and $8-13 to buy one. There are also foreign language productions available to rent and buy.
The Globe says, “We are proud to be the first theatre in the world to be able to offer this kind of on-demand platform for digital content.” Will they be the only theatre to do this or do you think others may follow along? I imagine it could be a good revenue stream, yes? Please share your thoughts in the comments. In the meantime, I’ve got some As You Like It to watch.
(Image: Shakespeare’s Globe)