Experience Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” in Virtual Reality
You can experience a modern performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet today in virtual reality. Currently available for free at the WGBH YouTube channel, the new 360-degree video performance is called Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit.
Best experienced in a VR headset (such as Oculus Go or Google Daydream View), this one-hour experience provides an intimate first-person perspective of the performance. The New York Times has provided an in-depth article about the performance, excerpted below:
The film plays out in a single location, at the center of a large, run-down hall with a stage to one side. It is a cavernous room outfitted with lamps, a collection of shabby and ornate furniture, a patchwork of rugs and an old car.
Actors moves around the room, encouraging viewers to explore the space. Sometimes a sound that seems to come from over your shoulder is a prompt to turn around.
The 360-video can also be viewed in a standard web browser:
Roy Kachur is a Media Technologist, IT Architect, and VR Evangelist. He has worked in the information technology field since the 1990’s, and in the media industry since 2014. He believes that VR will play a significant role in the future of media.