Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

The Globe Goes Global

According to this article and their website, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre is now streaming full length productions online. You can rent the videos for about $6 or buy them for $13. Viewers can watch 50 Shakespearean productions from the comfort of their home.

According to Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, said, “The Globe is always looking for bold new ways to take Shakespeare out into the world…” Proud to be the first theatre offering full length plays on demand, The Globe hopes this tool will connect them with new audiences.

It will be interesting to see how they continue to use this tool and the impact the “Globe Player” has on annual revenue. I’m hoping the player finds its way into education. Similar to the Met’s on demand, Student Access feature, The Globe could offer benefits for educational institutions such as discounts, curated educational materials, artist interviews, quizzes, etc.

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2 comments on “The Globe Goes Global

  1. dianalfreeberg
    November 5, 2014

    I had the same thought, AmyJo! What a great resource for students. Outdated images of the Globe on useless powerpoints just don’t cut it, in my opinion, any more. This would allow to visualize the space in a whole new way, as opposed to hearing about how it was, and is, used, they can actually see it. I’ll be so interested to see how this takes off!

  2. laurenelizabethdickel
    November 5, 2014

    Great find! I tried to watch something, but apparently it is not available in my region yet.. so maybe not that global, yet! 🙂

    I also think this will be an asset to the theater and literature education scene. It will likely make a much larger impact in students minds than old pictures and articles about the theatre. It is a new and exciting world out there. I can’t wait to see where this goes.

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