An entirely subjective top ten favourite online Shakespeare videos (undoubtedly subject to change as BardBox uncovers more).
1. Hamlet’s Soliloquy
Bright and engaging rendition of ‘To be or not to be’ performed by ten American sixth-graders (the Hillside Intermediate Players) on a playground.
2. H to the Rizzo
Fantastic rendition of Hamlet from Horatio’s point of view, told as a California-based hip-hop number that looks and sounds like the real deal.
3. Twelfth Grade (or whatever)
Inspired reimagining of Twelfth Night as a web series featuring modern-day American teenagers and their concerns.
4. Seasons Alter
Promotional film making ingenious use of dialogue between Oberon and Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2 Scene 1 to highlight the issues of global warming. Cherie Lunghi plays Titania, Lloyd Owen is Oberon, and Keira Knightley is their ‘daughter’ Helena.
5. The Many Coloured Messenger
An exquisite abstract animation produced by A-level student Mary Martin, inspired by Prospero’s words “We are such stuff as dreams are made on”.
6. Shakespeare in the Ghetto, Othello
Marcus Sykes gives a fine reading of Othello’s speech “He father loved me, oft invited me” (Act 3 Scene 1). One of a series of video monologues titled onscreen either Shakesphere in the Ghetto or Shakespeer in the Ghetto.
7. Nothing Much To Do
Charming modernisation of Much Ado About Nothing as a web series set among New Zealand high school students.
8. The Passenger
Enigmatic slacker interpretation of Troilus and Cressida, with no easy parallels between action and play.
Actor Dominic Kelly’s striking rendition of Posthumus’ speech “Is there no way for men to be but women / Must be half-workers?” while bicycling through London.
10. Midsummer Night’s Dream – Act III, Scene 1
A high school assignment to film Shakespeare that’s very different to the usual run of these things – Mike Knish and Zak Engel give us a stoner’s version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.