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[Oct. 21st, 2012|12:36 pm]
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Dear the internet,

Between April and June 2012, the Shakespeare's Globe theatre ran a particularly splendid festival where companies from around the world were invited to perform Shakespeare plays in their native language and in whatever style they chose. I saw 16 of these productions live, and it was a flipping excellent experience. Then came the news that these productions were going to be made available online for people to watch later. Woo! You can find all of these videos here, complete with subtitles.

However, there is always a snag, and that snag is that this website will be taking down these videos at the end of the month. If you want to watch them with subtitles, you must do so within the next ten days or miss out possibly forever.

If you don't have time within the next ten days to watch a ton of Shakespeare, and you don't really care whether you have subtitles or no, read on.

Sometimes, I'm a little bit good at the internet, and I figured out how to save the videos from the website to keep on my hard-drive forever and ever. Subtitles aren't included, but then, they weren't included in the theatre either, and if you know the plays well enough, then in most cases you really won't need them.

So here are some links! Pick your file size, pick your play, right-click, and "save as". It would've been more work than I was willing to expend to be more accurate with file sizes, hence giving a range rather than specifics. The Introduction video is well worth a download too (approximately 60MB, 40MB, and 20MB respectively) so don't overlook it.

There are two productions missing - Henry V was part Globe to Globe and part season-normal, so I think we just have to wait for a DVD release there, and the decision was made not to upload The Comedy of Errors, because it seemed like an appalling idea to have Afghan actresses playing risque roles on the internet where anyone anywhere in the world could see. My completionist heart bleeds for this decision, but considering the world we live in, I really really cannot disagree with it.

If you only have time, space, or inclination to grab a handful of these, I recommend Venus and Adonis, Richard III, Richard II, Henry VI Part 3, Othello: The Remix, Love's Labour's Lost, and Troilus and Cressida. Yes, I'm biased towards ones I saw live, yes, I'm biased towards Histories. That CANNOT have come as a surprise to anyone.

So um... get downloading! And tell your friends!

Quite large - between 2.79GB and 1.4GB
Introduction to festival
Venus and Adonis
Measure for Measure
Pericles
Twelfth Night
Richard III
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Julius Caesar
Richard II
The Tempest
Henry IV Part 1
Henry IV Part 2
Romeo and Juliet
Henry VI Part 1
Henry VI Part 2
Henry VI Part 3
Merry Wives of Windsor
Titus Andronicus
King John
King Lear
As You Like It
Coriolanus
Othello: The Remix
Love's Labour's Lost
All's Well That Ends Well
The Taming of the Shrew
Antony and Cleopatra
Henry VIII
Timon of Athens
The Winter's Tale
Much Ado About Nothing
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Cymbeline
The Merchant of Venice
Troilus and Cressida
Macbeth
Hamlet

A nice midway - between 1.8GB and 951MB
Introduction to festival
Venus and Adonis
Measure for Measure
Pericles
Twelfth Night
Richard III
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Julius Caesar
Richard II
The Tempest
Henry IV Part 1
Henry IV Part 2
Romeo and Juliet
Henry VI Part 1
Henry VI Part 2
Henry VI Part 3
Merry Wives of Windsor
Titus Andronicus
King John
King Lear
As You Like It
Coriolanus
Othello: The Remix
Love's Labour's Lost
All's Well That Ends Well
The Taming of the Shrew
Antony and Cleopatra
Henry VIII
Timon of Athens
The Winter's Tale
Much Ado About Nothing
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Cymbeline
The Merchant of Venice
Troilus and Cressida
Macbeth
Hamlet

Not too huge at all - 1.05GB or less
Introduction to festival
Venus and Adonis
Measure for Measure
Pericles
Twelfth Night
Richard III
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Julius Caesar
Richard II
The Tempest
Henry IV Part 1
Henry IV Part 2
Romeo and Juliet
Henry VI Part 1
Henry VI Part 2
Henry VI Part 3
Merry Wives of Windsor
Titus Andronicus
King John
King Lear
As You Like It
Coriolanus
Othello: The Remix
Love's Labour's Lost
All's Well That Ends Well
The Taming of the Shrew
Antony and Cleopatra
Henry VIII
Timon of Athens
The Winter's Tale
Much Ado About Nothing
The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Cymbeline
The Merchant of Venice
Troilus and Cressida
Macbeth
Hamlet



(I find it very wacky that I only have one Globe-related userpic. Also, if anyone has a hotline to someone who grants wishes, I am SO in need of the Frow The Taming of the Shrew on DVD that it simply IS NOT FUNNY.)
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[User Picture]From: lareinenoire
2012-10-21 06:14 pm (UTC)

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BRILLIANT! I will definitely be downloading some of these! You should put a post on thisengland for it. :)
[User Picture]From: allochthonous
2012-10-21 07:16 pm (UTC)

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You are a total legend for uploading all of these - there are so many I meant to catch but just haven't had time!
[User Picture]From: zwoelfchen
2012-10-22 04:14 pm (UTC)

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Oh my goodness! Thank you for all these links!
[User Picture]From: ricardienne
2012-10-24 01:53 am (UTC)

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(Here from the post on thisengland)

You are the BEST! I watched some of these as they went up early in the summer, but then exams intervened, and...but now I can catch the ones I missed! Thank you thank you thank you!
[User Picture]From: weekend
2012-10-25 09:44 pm (UTC)

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I came here via thisengland, and this is amazing -- thank you so much for uploading these! :D