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A Midsummer Night’s Dream live streamed in a world first

First Published 8 September 2016, Last Updated 9 September 2016

Emma Rice’s inaugural production as Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be broadcast around the world as part of Shakespeare Lives, the online digital festival co-curated by the BBC and the British Council. The production will be streamed live on the BBC website on Sunday 11 September.

It is the first time any production has been streamed from Shakespeare’s Globe. Introduced by actress and comedian Meera Syal (recently seen on stage in Kenneth Branagh’s production of Romeo And Juliet at the Garrick Theatre), the show will also be available on-demand on the digital platform which can be accessed anywhere in the world, as well as on BBC iPlayer for UK viewers.

Emma said of the project: “I’m thrilled that my first production at the Globe is being filmed by the BBC in this innovative and energetic way… This is the best gift to the audience I can imagine and will catapult this amazing play and extraordinary venue into living rooms around the country. Magic indeed! Wonder indeed!”

Tune into the live stream on the BBC website from 6.30pm on Sunday 11 September.


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