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A midsummer night's stream: Globe Theater offers Shakespeare on demand

Good news for anyone who's ever had a late-night hankering to watch a bit of Shakespeare: instead of scouring Netflix or hoping for a lucky broadcast on the BBC, you can now get the Bard on demand. The Globe Theater in London, the most famous Shakespeare venue in the world, is now streaming select performances on its new Globe Player website.£4 (about $6) lets you rent a play for a week, and twic
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Good news for anyone who's ever had a late-night hankering to watch a bit of Shakespeare: instead of scouring Netflix or hoping for a lucky broadcast on the BBC, you can now get the Bard on demand. The Globe Theater in London, the most famous Shakespeare venue in the world, is now streaming select performances on its new Globe Player website.

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£4 (about $6) lets you rent a play for a week, and twice that gets you a copy to keep. Right now the selection is a little short on tragedies, but has a good variety of excellent comedies, and if you like Kings named Henry, there are six or seven histories that may pique your interest.

There are also quite a few plays performed in other languages: "Antony & Cleopatra" in Turkish, "Richard III" in Mandarin, "The Merry Wives of Windsor" in Swahili. Lastly, if you'd rather not spend any money, there are a number of free features for Bard lovers, including extended interviews with celebrated actors like Ian McKellen and Judi Dench. Just head down to "free content" and click away.