BBC iPlayer opens up to first partners in Shakespeare celebration

The BBC is airing content from external partners for the first time, as it endeavours to become an "open BBC," showcasing the best of British arts.

BBC iPlayer: part of the BBC's efforts to become more open
BBC iPlayer: part of the BBC's efforts to become more open

On 23 April, the BBC will be showing a range of TV and radio programmes from various non-for-profit arts organisations on BBC iPlayer, for its Shakespeare Day Live. These include the British Film Institute, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Royal Opera House.

Presenters across the UK will be leading the programming. This will include visits to Shakespeare’s Globe and an online exclusive of David Tenant’s performance as Richard II.

Shakespeare Day Live is the inaugural event of the BBC’s six-month Shakespeare Festival, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the playwright. 

The BBC announced its plans to become a platform for the UK’s best cultural institutions, universities, museums and festivals. In doing so, the BBC hopes to provide richer content for its audiences, while fostering growth in the creative industries.