O, had I but followed the arts!

William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night

Sally McLean on Shakespeare in a Pandemic

The third season of Sally McLean’s award-winning Shakespeare Republic series sees actors perform monologues from Shakespeare in their own homes. The Australian director tells us about putting the season together in lockdown, and why Shakespeare resonates so strongly during the pandemic.

Award-winning Director Sally McLean Premieres New Digital Series Filmed on Three Continents Entirely in Lockdown

Twenty four actors from six cities around the world have been working remotely via the internet since April with Melbourne actor/director, Sally McLean, rehearsing and filming the latest season of her internationally award-winning web series, Shakespeare Republic.

Melbourne Shakespeare Digital Series Filmed on Three Continents And In Lockdown

In keeping with Shakespeare  Republic’s penchant for bringing Shakespeare into the 21st century, this new stand-alone season of the series places Shakespeare’s characters firmly in the middle of the 2020 pandemic, exploring a range of human experiences that currently connect us despite our physical separation – all using Shakespeare’s original text.

Award-winning Shakespeare Series Premieres Season Filmed On Three Continents Entirely In Lockdown

Shakespeare Republic: #AllTheWebsAstage (The Lockdown Chronicles) premiered online on Friday, August 7. The first two seasons of Shakespeare Republic have been officially selected and screened at over 80 international film festivals and won over 30 awards from over 70 nominations to date including Best Director, Best Web Series and Best Ensemble Cast in numerous festivals and industry awards around the world.

Creating, directing and
adapting a series over Zoom

She’s got a bit of a thing for Shakespeare. Sally McLean is an actor, writer and director who fondly remembers the chilly
winter days spent on her favourite Peninsula beach writing poetry. Kate Sears speaks to Sally about creating the web series via Zoom during a global pandemic, with both established and emerging actors from all over the world, and what led to this moment.

Award-winning director Sally McLean premieres new digital series filmed on three continents in lockdown

This new season of the work features professional actors based in Australia, the US & UK, with credits from Broadway, the West End, The Globe Theatre in London and Shakespeare in the Park (New York), as well as roles in mainstream film & TV 

Meet Sally McLean, the award-winning actress, screenwriter, director and playwright with a passion for Shakespeare

An award-winning actress, writer and director, Sally McLean is currently the Creator/Director and lead ensemble member of the critically acclaimed and internationally award-winning web series Shakespeare Republic, alongside fellow cast Nadine Garner, Michala Banas, Alan Fletcher, Christopher Kirby and Dean Haglund. 


Need that live theatre fix? Welcome to our Stage & Stream guide for the second week of September! 

This is our pick of streaming theatre, cabaret, podcasts and artist opportunities for the week ahead, with a focus on the best independent productions in Australia and NZ.