Arielle Tschinkel
Updated May 28, 2020
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One of the small comforts of remaining in quarantine for the foreseeable future is having so many incredible streaming options at our fingertips. It might be a while before live theater is back in action, but thankfully, it’s easier than ever to access your favorite plays and musicals. The Globe Theatre in London (you know, the place where William Shakespeare’s works came to life) is streaming some of his most iconic plays for free this month—so you can shake up quarantine boredom with Ophelia, Juliet, Lady Macbeth, and other famous Shakespearean characters.

As part of The Globe’s YouTube premieres, one play will be available for free every two weeks, all accessible on its YouTube channel.

Right now, you can stream the 2018 production of Hamlet. The 2009 production of Romeo and Juliet will be available beginning on April 20th. There will be rotating options available until the end of June, so you’ll never run out of titles to choose from.

If you’d prefer to browse the whole library, you can rent other plays for a fee. Make an account at the Globe Player to check out its expansive library of prerecorded tapings of Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and everything in between. Most are £5.99 (around $7 USD) to rent or £11.99 (around $14 USD) to buy—though there are also limited options to stream for free here, too.

Even the options available for rent or purchase are definitely more affordable than a theater ticket. Plus, supporting the arts—and the temporarily closed, historic Globe—is a win-win.

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