BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, will launch the full BBC Television Shakespeare Collection on May 26. This is the first time all 37 adaptations will be available to stream in one place.
The collection includes comedies and dramas such as “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and “As You Like It” with Oscar winner Helen Mirren; “Cymbeline” with Robert Lindsay; “Henry VI Part I” with Oscar winner Brenda Blethyn; “The Taming of the Shrew” with Emmy winner John Cleese; and “Romeo and Juliet” with late Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman.
BritBox is available for $6.99 per month — after an introductory free trial period — on Roku, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast and online. BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.
“Never before have all 37 of BBC’s Shakespeare collection been available in one place, as a huge Shakespeare connoisseur, selfishly I wanted this for myself, I hope everyone feels the same,” BritBox CEO Soumya Sriraman said in a statement. “We continue on our promise to be the only authentic British service available.”
Hamlet in the Golden Vale, New York-based theater company Roll the Bones’ film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, will come out on DVD, digital and VOD Oct. 8 from Random Media.
The production follows a team of actors to a 500-year-old castle in Co. Tipperary, Ireland, where — over the course of three weeks — an re-telling of Shakespeare’s greatest work emerges. The film tells a story-within-a-story, blurring the lines between the actors and their characters as eight actors living in close quarters are immersed in the world of Hamlet and the play’s search for meaning.
In addition to the feature, the team also tackled a 360 virtual reality experience with production support from theNational Theatre’s Immersive Storytelling Studio and presented two onsite immersive performances for the surrounding community.
As You Like It, a contemporary Western retelling of Shakespeare’s classic story with an all-male cast, will come out on Digital HD and VOD March 19 and DVD April 9 from Random Media.
The film, from writer-director Carlyle Stewart and shot entirely in Death Valley using the bard’s original language, is a romantic adventure in which the courtship of characters Rosalind and Orlando play out against a backdrop of rivalry, banishment and exile.
The all-male cast — as was the Shakespearean stage tradition and emphasizing themes and ideas in the original work that have been lost in modern adaptations — includes Grant Jordan, Zach Villa, Joseph Haro, Stephen Ellis, Tom Bower and Graham Greene.