• Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Vote for Shakespeare Republic in the Scenesaver Birthday Honours!

    2020 brought about a lot of fantastic initiatives from the Arts world, born out of the difficulties presented by the global pandemic, and one of the leading lights is the global showcase platform for theatre, Scenesaver.co.uk. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) has all 24 episodes listed on this fabulous resource of global theatre, which you can see for free here. Scenesaver is now heading towards it’s 1st Birthday and to celebrate, they’re giving out awards! Registered users of Scenesaver (it’s free!) can vote for their favourite productions in the following categories in the upcoming Scenesaver Birthday Honours Awards: Best Lead PerformanceBest Supporting PerformanceBest PlayBest MusicalBest DirectorBest Choreography / MovementMost…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Featured,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Shakespeare Republic #AllTheWebsAStage wins three more awards!

    It has been a rollercoaster ride for the latest season of Shakespeare Republic over the past six months. The new season, filmed entirely in lockdown in 2020 using a combination of internet technologies, smartphones and the innovation of our director, cast and crew has been having an amazing run on the international film festival circuit since November 2020, most recently winning three awards at the Unrestricted View Film Festival in the UK – Best Web Series (Special Mention), Best Actor in a Web Series (Mark McMinn) and Best Actress in a Web Series (Sally McLean). The season also received a Best Actor in a Web Series nomination for Frank Collison…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Episodes,  Project Updates,  Screenings & Festivals

    Four awards, twelve official selections and over 70,000 views – Shakespeare Republic #AllTheWebsAStage update

    Since we began broadcasting the new stand-alone season of Shakespeare Republic back in August, things have been going from strength to strength with the series. Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAStage (The Lockdown Chronicles) has now released 23 of it’s 24 episodes, featuring actors from all over the world, exploring Shakespeare’s characters in lockdown, all using Shakespeare’s original monologues and soliloquies. The new season has been officially selected for twelve international film festivals and webfests to date, including New York City Web Fest, Sydney Web Fest, Cinema Jove, Near Nazareth Film Festival and the Nightpiece International Film Festival. It has now won four awards to date, including Best International Series and Best Director…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Project Updates

    The experiment continues … #Shakespeare Republic – the global edition

    In what is now a tradition on the eve before the premiere of a new season, Shakespeare Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, reflects on the past four months and how she came to be directing a “surprise” edition of her critically acclaimed web series during a global pandemic while in lockdown. The pandemic that has the globe in it’s clutches right now has given us all a new sense of weird. When it first began, responses ranged from blithe dismissal to low-level anxiety. We distracted ourselves with baking (sourdough apparently a favourite), learning the limitations of Zoom, divesting supermarket shelves of toilet paper and reassuring ourselves that restrictions would only be…

  • Behind The Scenes,  Celebrating The Bard,  Project Updates,  Team,  Video

    New special season of Shakespeare Republic has launched! #AllTheWebsAStage #TheLockdownEdition

    On the final day of this anniversary week for the Republic, which culminated with a Republic history-making first – our first livestream launch for the series (see video above) – Republic Creator/Director, Sally McLean, muses on the journey so far … When I first had the idea for Shakespeare Republic, many moons ago just after I finished working for the BBC in London in the late 1990’s, little did I know what it would grow to become – once I found the courage and means to make it a reality. Fast forward to five years ago, after a round of phone calls to a few of my favourite actors in…