Ian McKellen in King Lear

BroadwayHD Celebrates Shakespeare’s Birthday

With William Shakespeare’s 456th birthday coming up on April 23, BroadwayHD is encouraging viewers to celebrate the iconic poet and playwright’s work with dozens of productions of Shakespearean classics available for streaming on their platform. And while it’s no live reading or performance in the park, these streaming options offer you a front-row feel to some incredible and iconic productions starring fan-favorite performers including Orlando Bloom, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and more. Here are some of the notable productions you’ll have access to on BroadwayHD for Shakespeare’s big day:

Macbeth — Sir Patrick Stewart stars in director Rupert Goold’s visionary take on William Shakespeare’s classic play, which shifts the action to a foreboding purgatory in order to explore mankind’s eternal struggle for power. Based on the production originally performed at the famed Chichester Festival Theater in England, this production co-stars Kate Fleetwood as Lady Macbeth.

King Lear — Ian McKellen gives a tour-de-force performance as Shakespeare’s tragic titular monarch in this special television adaptation of the Royal Shakespeare Company production of one of the playwright’s most enduring and haunting works. Interesting theater fact: King Lear was actually written while Shakespeare was in self isolation during the Plague.

Romeo and Juliet — Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad take on the title characters in a modern adaptation of this timeless classic, which was performed on Broadway in late 2013. This updated interpretation of this Shakespeare classic depicts Romeo and the Montague family with white actors while Juliet and the Capulet family are played by black actors. The overall style of the production design is also modernized.

In addition to these special performances, BroadwayHD offers over 50 Shakespeare films and performances, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing, among others. To view the full list of Shakespeare offerings, check out BroadwayHD’s Shakespeare category page.