Whether we watch dramas in the cinema, on TV, a DVD or Blu-ray Disc player, a laptop computer, a tablet, or even a smart phone, the visual images we see are mediated by screens. So why not use the term ‘Shakespeare on screen’ to embrace all these media? It is convenient to do so in a broad sense, particularly as the quality of images has improved so significantly on small screens with twenty-first-century developments in digital technology. Yet even with the HD (High Definition) digital revolution, where picture clarity for theatrical and smaller ‘domestic’ screens share the same high quality, there are some differences to be pointed out, primarily in the differing contexts of audience locations for watching Shakespearean drama. Having begun to explore the practices of communicating Shakespeare on stage and film in Part I, I begin this concluding part with a discussion of how TV Shakespeare contrasts with ‘film’ Shakespeare.
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