World Theatre Day – Live Theatre Collections

We have access to a number of collections of live theatre performances that you can enjoy in your own home.

Digital Theatre Plus captures the moments before the curtain rises and after the curtain falls, providing valuable insight into the play making process. We share the hidden drama of the weeks, days, and hours before ‘lights up’ on stage. By revealing the world of the rehearsal room, dressing room, backstage and beyond, our documentaries and interviews introduce theatre as a vibrant, exciting art form through a familiar and accessible medium.

Drawing on 10 years of NT Live broadcasts, alongside high-quality archive recordings never previously seen outside of the NT’s Archive, the National Theatre Collection now contains 24 films.

  • Comedies: She Stoops to ConquerOne Man, Two Guvnors, and London Assurance
  • 20th century classics: YermaThe Cherry OrchardThe Deep Blue Sea and Les Blancs
  • Shakespeare plays: HamletOthelloKing LearMacbethJulius CaesarCoriolanusTwelfth NightThe Winter’s Tale and Romeo and Juliet
  • Literary adaptations: FrankensteinJane EyreTreasure Island and Peter Pan
  • Greek classics: Antigone and Medea
  • World historical drama: Dara

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen

JULIUS CAESAR * HENRY IV * THE TEMPEST

Harriet Walter leads an all female cast in these three productions set in a women’s prison.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1 (2008-2015) and 2 (2016-2018)

This collection features 21 films recorded live on the Globe stage from leading actors including Mark Rylance, Stephen Fry, and Roger Allam’s Olivier Award-winning role as Falstaff in Henry IV.  Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare’s Globe is dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare’s work and the theatre for which he wrote.

Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) includes 9 landmark productions from the theatre’s most recent seasons, including two productions from Emma Rice’s tenure as Artistic Director and the first production from the indoor Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The RSC Live Collection.

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. The RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

New e-resource : Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen

Through the support of anonymous donors the University of Cambridge now has full access on and off campus to the Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy on Screen.

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy began in 2012 with an all-female production of Julius Caesar led by Dame Harriet Walter. Set in a women’s prison, the production asked the question, ‘Who owns Shakespeare?’ Two further productions followed: Henry IV in 2014 and The Tempest in 2016, all featuring a diverse company of women. The Trilogy enthralled theatre audiences in London and New York and was shared with women and girls in prisons and schools across the UK. The film versions were shot live in a specially built temporary theatre in King’s Cross in 2016.

Julius Caesar

Link to Donmar Trilogy on Screen via a picture of the Julius Caesar poster

Power, betrayal, justice. Phyllida Lloyd directs a cast including Harriet Walter in Shakespeare’s great political drama, part of the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy.

Set in the present-day in the world of a women’s prison, Julius Caesar could not be more timely as it depicts the catastrophic consequences of a political leader’s extension of his powers beyond the remit of the constitution. As Brutus (Harriet Walter) wrestles with his moral conscience over the assassination of Julius Caesar (Jackie Clune), Mark Antony (Jade Anouka) manipulates the crowd through his subtle and incendiary rhetoric to frenzied mob violence. There follows the descent of the country into factions and the outbreak of civil war.

Henry IV      

WhLink to the Donmar Trilogy via poster from productionat makes a king? What makes a father? Shakespeare’s monumental history play travels to the heart of family, duty and country.

This innovative film, recorded before a live audience, documents the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female stage production, adapted from William Shakespeare’s two plays about King Henry IV, Prince Hal and Falstaff.

The bold, contemporary production is presented as if played by inmates of a women’s prison and was described by critics as ‘unforgettable’. The director for both stage and screen is Phyllida Lloyd, and Dame Harriet Walter is Henry IV.

The Tempest

Link to the Donmar Trilogy via an image of the poster for the TempestThe final instalment in the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy sees Harriet Walter take on the role of Prospero in this evocation of the eternal struggle for freedom, morality and justice.

Directed for both stage and screen by Phyllida Lloyd. Set on an isle ‘full of noises’, this magical production features a glowing score by Joan Armatrading. Critics celebrated the original staging as ‘A glorious reminder that genuine diversity offers astonishing creative benefits’.

 

Text taken from the Bloomsbury Drama Online platform.

 

New e-resource : Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018)

Through the support of anonymous donors the University of Cambridge now has full access on and off campus (via Raven) to Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018).

Link to Globe on SCreen 2 via a poster image for the platformShakespeare’s Globe on Screen 2 (2016-2018) includes landmark productions from the theatre’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons, including the first production from the indoor Jacobean theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

This new collection of nine productions has been added to the productions already available to view on Drama Online from the Shakespeare’s Globe on Screen 1 (2008-2015) collection.

 

 

 

Productions available include Measure for Measure:

Link to the Cambridge Digital Library digitised copy of Measure for Measure

 

“Our doubts are traitors,

And make us lose the good we oft might win

By fearing to attempt”

 

Lucio (Act 1, Scene 5)

 

 

 

 

 

Text image credit: ” Mr. VVilliam Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies; Mr. William Shakespeares comedies, histories, & tragedies” Classmark SSS.10.6 held at Cambridge University Library. Available from the Cambridge Digital Library

New e-resource: Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Live Collection

The University of Cambridge now has full access to the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Live Collection on the Bloomsbury Drama Online platform via this link.

In 2013 the company began live screenings of its Shakespeare productions, captured in The RSC Live Collection. In 2016-17 the company collaborated with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios to stage The Tempest, bringing performance capture to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for the very first time.

The collection of video films of the most recent RSC productions will support the study of Shakespeare in performance and of drama in general, as well as in the growing area of study in digital performance per se.

Detail of Johann Heinrich Ramberg painting of the Tempest – Stephano, Trinculo and Caliban

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. The RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers

Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection on Drama Online: Trial access

Trial access is now available to the Royal Shakespeare Company Live Collection on Drama Online.

Access the trial on campus here or off campus here

The trial is active now and runs until 31 May 2018.  Please send your feedback to: efllib@hermes.cam.ac.uk.

The Royal Shakespeare Company creates theatre at its best, made in Stratford-upon-Avon and shared around the world. The RSC produces an inspirational artistic programme each year, setting Shakespeare in context, alongside the work of his contemporaries and today’s writers.

In 2013 the company began live screenings of its Shakespeare productions, captured in The RSC Live Collection. In 2016-17 the company collaborated with Intel and The Imaginarium Studios to stage The Tempest, bringing performance capture to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre for the very first time.

The Hollow Crown

The University of Cambridge now has access to The Hollow Crown, filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges , on the Drama Online platform.

The first series of The Hollow Crown brings together Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play.

In Series 2, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of ‘The Wars of the Roses’, an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and powerful language.

The series was executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBC Universal.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses – Gloucester (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Margaret (SOPHIE OKONEDO), Richard III (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Cecily (JUDI DENCH), Henry VI (TOM STURRIDGE) © BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky

New Oxford Shakespeare

The University of Cambridge now has access to the New Oxford Shakespeare online.

Access the New Oxford Shakespeare at this link.

Now in October 2016 the text of the plays in this edition is available online from the Oxford Scholarly Editions Online platform.  To follow in December 2016 will be the Critical Reference Edition and the Authorship Companion.  To keep up-to-date sign up to the OSEO news feed.

In the Shakespeare 400th-anniversary year, The New Oxford Shakespeare presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare’s works, edited from first principles from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship.

The New Oxford Shakespeare addresses ‘the great variety of readers’–students, scholars, actors, writers, artists–in multiple formats, at multiple levels. It combines the best of previous scholarship with twenty-first century tools to find better solutions to old problems.”
–Gary Taylor, General Editor

2 Daria Klimentová and Vadim Muntagirov as the young lovers in Prokofiev’s ballet (1935), choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev (1977), in the English National Ballet production at the Coliseum (2011). Photo by Annabel Moeller.