The Bard goes online, live-streamed

Published: 18 March 2020
Reporter: David Chadderton

The Show Must Go Online

Actor Robert Myles has launched The Show Must Go Online, an online group that will read the complete plays of William Shakespeare in the order they were written, live-streamed on YouTube.

The Show Must Go Online readings are described as "a fun, sociable way for actors and theatre makers to stay connected and creative during these unprecedented times." The first livestream will be of The Two Gentleman of Verona, introduced by Ben Crystal, on Thursday 16 March, 7PM GMT.

Myles said, “the response to The Show Must Go Online has been overwhelming—so many professional actors and experienced amateurs were willing to donate their time to entertain each other, and an audience. The mix of people, the mix of experience, many of whom will be meeting each other for the first time, some of whom are from America and Europe—but all brought together by their love of Shakespeare—these are sights you'd never normally see in a regular production.”

The readings can be viewed live as they are performed on YouTube.