Watch Shakespeare on demand with Globe Player.
Our newly released app lets you:
- Rent or buy over 50 filmed stage productions from Shakespeare's Globe to watch on your iOS mobile or tablet.
- Buy and download films to your device and watch on the move.
- Rent and stream online, whenever you want, for 7 days.
- Watch productions performed as part of our 2012 Globe to Globe Festival in various languages.
How can we make this app more awesome?! Let us know, or if you are experiencing any issues at all, then please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Fixed a bug where multiple instances of the same play were showing up in the Library.
- Fixed an issue where the ‘Remove Download’ button did not result in the download being removed.
- Added a new reminder message when an internet connection is required.
Ratings and Reviews
Lackluster App with some good plays
The plays themselves are, for the most part, rather good. I am rather annoyed, however, that the languages of the plays aren’t marked clearly. I purchased “Troilus and Cressida” only to find out afterwards that it is performed in Maori not English which means I can’t understand a word the characters are saying. Should have been marked better.
Aside from the language issue on certain plays (I haven’t yet faced another play with this problem, but there are likely others), the app itself is not very good. Once you purchase a play, you have the ability to download it to any device for, I believe, 30 days. After that, you need to purchase the play again if you want to download it. In order to watch the play, you must download it, you can’t watch it online like you can with iTunes movies or any other service. On the bright side for this, it does mean you can download it to computer or storage unit and have it forever.
The App also doesn’t work at all without internet. I mentioned previously you must download the video to watch it. If you are on your phone or iPad, you still need internet to open the app which means if you are traveling with an iPad without cellular, you do not have access to the plays despite them being stored on your device.
I hate this app, but the plays themselves are rather good. I particularly enjoy the production of 1 Henry IV and this is the only place you can get a copy of it.
The Thrill of Live Theater
I really find this app a theater-lover’s dream. I’ve been reading through Shakespeare’s tragedies and watching the Globe productions: Titus Andronicus and Macbeth, so far. The productions are great—I especially loved Titus for its humor, and the staging of actors mingling with the audience (and Indira Varma sizzling as Tamora! Yay!). You can see the modern audiences dazzled by the plays. I had a technical issue at one point, but technical support was prompt and responsive, and the issue was quickly resolved. All in all, I would love to watch these plays live at the Globe, but until I get the opportunity, this app is the next best thing.
Would not download or play
The buttons are there, but nothing happens when you press them. There is no support or profile to consult.
- The Shakespeare Globe Trust
- 24.2 MB
- Requires iOS 8.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 12+ for the following:
- Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
- Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
- Infrequent/Mild Profanity or Crude Humor
- Infrequent/Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References
- © The Shakespeare Globe Trust, London
- In-App Purchases
- Twelfth Night $12.99
- Henry IV, Part 1 $12.99
- A Midsummer Night's Dream $12.99
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.