Shakespeare fans in the UAE can stream famous plays for free

The performances are from London's famous Globe theatre

Shakespeare fans in the UAE can stream famous plays for free

If you're in the UAE and craving a bit of William Shakespeare in your life, then listen up.

London's Globe theatre is streaming a classic play every fortnight, with Hamlet being available until Sunday (April 19).

You can catch it on the famous venue's YouTube channel here.

Ordinarily, users would have to rent or buy digital versions of plays from the Elizabethan-style outdoor theatre via its digital service, Globe Player, but now it will be offering up performances from the archives on its YouTube channel.

The 2018 production of Hamlet that’s being streamed starred Globe boss Michelle Terry in the main role. Known as Shakespeare’s longest and perhaps best-loved play, the tragedy, first performed around the year 1600, centres on the complex and ultimately doomed Danish prince and the revenge of his father’s murder.

Back in 2018, Time Out London's theatre editor Andrzej Lukowski had this to say about the Globe production:

"Terry plays Hamlet as sort of sulky, possibly a teenager, possibly an older princeling emotionally stunted by their privilege... Her Hamlet seems passionately unhinged, bona fide disturbed."

Once the digital run of Hamlet comes to a close, viewers will be able to tune in for the next free performance, Romeo and Juliet, which is being released on Monday April 20. But until then... To stream or not to stream? That is the question.

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