The (Shakespeare) Show goes online weekly

Published: 27 March 2020
Reporter: David Chadderton

The Show Must Go Online

Following its opening live reading of Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Show Must Go On will live-stream weekly Shakespeare readings until November.

The aim of the readings is, "to bring actors and audiences together to collectively enjoy and experience Shakespeare at a time when connecting in a traditional theatre space isn’t possible." The reading of The Two Gentleman of Verona now has more than 24K views on YouTube and was watched live by audiences from more than twenty-five different countries.

The readings are free to watch on the company's YouTube channel, but there is a Patreon account for donations, which will act as an opt-in hardship fund for the actors taking part. Actors can apply online to take part in the readings.

All performances are streamed from 7PM on the following dates:

  • 26 March: The Taming of the Shrew (1590–1591)
  • 2 April: Henry VI, Part 1 (1591–1592)
  • 9 April: Henry VI, Part 2 (1591)
  • 16 April: Henry VI, Part 3 (1591)
  • 23 April: Titus Andronicus (1591–1592)
  • 30 April: Richard III (1592–1593)
  • 7 May: The Comedy of Errors (1594)
  • 14 May: Love's Labour's Lost (1594–1595)
  • 21 May: Love's Labour's Won (1595–1596)
  • 28 May: Richard II (1595)
  • 4 June: Romeo and Juliet (1595)
  • 11 June: A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
  • 18 June: King John (1596)
  • 25 June: The Merchant of Venice (1596–1597)
  • 2 July: Henry IV, Part 1 (1596–1597)
  • 9 July: The Merry Wives of Windsor (1597)
  • 16 July: Henry IV, Part 2 (1597–1598)
  • 23 July: Much Ado About Nothing (1598–1599)
  • 30 July: Henry V (1599)
  • 06 August: Julius Caesar (1599)
  • 13 August: As You Like It (1599–1600)
  • 20 August: Hamlet (1599–1601)
  • 27 August: Twelfth Night (1601)
  • 3 September: Troilus and Cressida (1600–1602)
  • 10 September: Measure for Measure (1603–1604)
  • 17 September: Othello (1603–1604)
  • 24 September: All's Well That Ends Well (1604–1605)
  • 1 October: King Lear (1605–1606)
  • 8 October: Timon of Athens (1605–1606)
  • 15 October: Macbeth (1606)
  • 22 October: Antony and Cleopatra (1606)
  • 29 October: Coriolanus (1608)
  • 5 November: The Winter's Tale (1609–1611)
  • 12 November: Cymbeline (1610)
  • 19 November: The Tempest (1610–1611)
  • 26 November: Henry VIII (1612–1613)