To binge or not to binge? That is the question.
Fear not as you can now enjoy a free thirty-day trial of Marquee TV, a streaming service with a catalog of hundreds of dance, opera, and theater productions including those of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).
These productions have been made available so that audiences may still enjoy the stories of Shakespeare from the comfort of their homes even in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. The catalog includes 17 of the RSC shows and there will be weekly Saturday premieres for shows that have not yet aired on the platform.
The RSC productions currently available are:
- Antony and Cleopatra
- Henry IV Part 1 & Part 2
- Henry V
- Julius Caesar
- King Lear
- Love’s Labour’s Lost
- Love’s Labour’s Won (Much Ado About Nothing)
- The Merchant of Venice
- Richard II
- The Tempest
- Titus Andronicus
- The Two Gentlemen of Verona
The Royal Shakespeare Company is a major British theater company based in Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare himself. The RSC plays regularly in London, Stratford-upon-Avon, and on tour across the UK and internationally. The company produces works not only by Shakespeare and his contemporaries but also by modern artists. They also collaborate with educators to promote the appreciation of Shakespeare’s works among the youth.
RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran shared this message on the company’s website:
“Nothing can replace the experience of seeing a play live on stage. But with our theatres currently closed, and all of us spending much more time at home, we are pleased to be part of this initiative. This will give people from around the world the chance to see 18 of our recent productions for free at this time.
“We have been filming all of our Shakespeare plays since 2013, broadcasting them into cinemas and schools, and with some being accessible through Marquee TV. Shakespeare speaks to us unlike any other writer, and this partnership with Marquee will enable everyone to enjoy his work, bringing us together virtually at a time when many of us will be apart.”
Check out these clips from Hamlet and The Tempest: