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Thursday 24 July

Shakespeare’s Globe announces new Artistic Director

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Michelle Terry will be its Artistic Director from April 2018.

 

Monday 12 June

Shakespeare's Globe announces one-off music gig from Plan B

Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce that Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, will take over the Globe Theatre on Monday 24 July for a live music gig. 

 

Thursday 1 June

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing. Set in revolutionary Mexico in 1910, the production stars Beatriz Romilly as Beatrice, Matthew Needham as Benedick, Anya Chalotra as Hero, Marcello Cruz as Claudio and Martin Marquez as Leonato.

 

Thursday 1 June 

2017 Sam Wanamaker Award celebrates two decades of volunteering at Shakespeare’s Globe

Two decades of volunteering will be celebrated at Shakespeare’s Globe on Saturday 10 June when 25 volunteers will receive the 2017 Sam Wanamaker Award. Shakespeare’s Globe, which was opened on 12 June 1997 by HM The Queen, relies on the enormous contribution of its volunteers; 650 volunteer stewards give over 60,000 hours a year to assist with theatre and education events. Each of this year’s Sam Wanamaker Award recipients has given twenty years of service to Shakespeare’s Globe.  

 

Tuesday 30 May

Shakespeare’s Globe announces ‘The Winter Selection’ in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the 2017 winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, entitled The Winter Selection.

 The season opens with Romantics Anonymous, a new musical directed by Emma Rice, with book written by Emma Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman, presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment. This will be followed by The Secret Theatre, a new play by Anders Lustgarten, directed by Matthew Dunster, and Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born, an alternative Christmas show from post-post-modern cabaret sensation Meow Meow. 

 

Friday 7 April

Kevin McNally to play King Lear in Nancy Meckler’s production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Kevin McNally will take the title role in Nancy Meckler’s forthcoming production of King Lear

 

Friday 31 March

Shakespeare's Globe announces the Festival of Independence

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the Festival of Independence, honouring those who have fought for independence, and those who continue to do so across the world today. Curated by award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta MBE, the festival aims to shine a light on struggles for personal, political and artistic freedom, and includes theatre, music, poetry and dance. It features a world premiere of Gupta’s new play Lions and Tigers, directed by Pooja Ghai, in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The festival will also feature a one-off gig in the Globe Theatre by Mobo award-winning Nitin Sawhney, a new production of Vijay Tendulkar’s revolutionary play A Friend’s Story directed by Akash Khurana, and an evening of words and music in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with Susheela Raman, William Dalrymple, Sam Mills and Pirashanna Theverajah.

 

Friday 24 February

Mark Rylance and Shakespeare's Globe announce special event at Westminster Abbey

Shakespeare’s Globe and Mark Rylance are delighted to announce All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits, a unique event at Westminster Abbey, in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday. On Friday 21 April and Saturday 22 April, Mark will join a company of 25 actors, as Shakespeare’s plays, poetry and song are brought to life in fifty fleeting and intimate encounters throughout the Abbey.

 

Thursday 2 February

Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice. Emma’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April with Romeo and Juliet, starring Edward Hogg as Romeo, and Kirsty Bushell as Juliet. Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night opens 18 May and will star Carly Bawden as Maria and George Ikediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat, as Feste.

 

Wednesday 14 December

Shakespeare’s Globe announces lead casting for John Webster’s The White Devil and Shakespeare’s Othello

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Kate Stanley-Brennan, Jamie Ballard, Joseph Timms, Paul Bazely and Michael Feast will star in John Webster’s The White Devil, from 26 January. Kurt Egyiawan, Sam Spruell, Natalie Klamar, Thalissa Teixeira and Joanna Horton will star in Othello, from 23 February. 

 

Thursday 24 November

'Problem play’ encourages teenagers to explore gender and relationships - 20,000 tickets given to schools in London and Birmingham

Globe Education’s production for the 2017 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank will be The Taming of the Shrew, opening at Shakespeare’s Globe on 28 February and running until 25 March. Over 20,000 free tickets are available for state secondary schools in London and Birmingham.

 

Tuesday 15 November

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Nick Drake’s All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, directed by Jonathan Munby

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, written by Nick Drake and directed by Jonathan Munby.  After an acclaimed 2015 run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse during Dominic Dromgoole’s penultimate winter season, this new production of All the Angels traces the incredible story of the world’s most popular choral work, Handel’s Messiah, from its first rehearsal in a Chester pub to the world stage. Performing as the chorus are Alumni from Genesis Sixteen, courtesy of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

 

Tuesday 25 October

Statement Regarding the Artistic Direction of Shakespeare’s Globe

The Shakespeare Globe Trust Board together with Artistic Director, Emma Rice, have determined that the current nature of work, which has characterised the period since Emma assumed the position of Artistic Director in April 2016, will conclude in April 2018, when Emma will be leaving the Globe following its 2017/18 Winter Season. 


Tuesday 25 October

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season ‘Summer of Love’

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marking the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April, with Romeo and Juliet, followed by Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn, Twelfth Night, Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica. 

 

 

Thursday 20 October

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, directed by Emma Rice

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Inspired by Andersen’s beautiful and devastating tale, and incorporating several of his other beloved stories – ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – it is written by the award-winning Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, Mikey the Pikey, Food, I Heart Peterborough).

 

Tuesday 4 October

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for John Milton’s Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity, directed by Lucy Bailey

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Milton’s Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity, directed by Lucy Bailey. The first production in Emma Rice’s inaugural winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Milton’s epic masque tells of an unnamed heroine lost in the woods who encounters Comus, God of Revelry. 

 

Monday 8 August

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full cast for Matthew Dunster’s Imogen

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Matthew Dunster’s Imogen. Award-winning actor Maddy Hill, in the lead role of Imogen, is best known for the recurring role of Nancy Carter in EastEnders (BBC), for which she won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards in 2015, and Best Newcomer in the British Soap Awards 2014, as well as being nominated for Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards 2014. Maddy will be joined by Jonathan McGuinness as Cymbeline, Ira Mandela Siobhan as Posthumus and Matthew Needham as Iachimo. Running from 17 September, Imogen is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline renamed and reclaimed. 

 

Friday 5 August

Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for John Wolfson’s The Inn at Lydda in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for The Inn at Lydda by John Wolfson, directed by Andy Jordan. Running from Friday 2 September, the production stars Stephen Boxer, Samuel Collings, Joseph Marcell and Richard Bremmer. The Inn at Lydda was first produced as part of the Globe's reading series with Samuel West and David de Keyser, and was also produced for BBC Radio 4. Based on a reference in the New Testament Apocrypha, the play follows Tiberius Caesar and a remarkable meeting with Jesus Christ in Judea.

 

Thursday 4 August

Adam Matthew and Shakespeare’s Globe announce landmark digitisation project of world-renowned theatre archive

Adam Matthew and Shakespeare's Globe are delighted to announce their collaboration on a landmark digital project - Shakespeare’s Globe: Performances and Practices. The project will see the digitisation of the majority of Shakespeare’s Globe’s archives, preserved since its opening in 1997. The collection will include an array of essential material for the study of Shakespeare, literature, theatre and performance, and will publish in Spring 2019, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Globe’s founder, Sam Wanamaker, born in June 1919.

 

Tuesday 2 August

International Shakespeare Scholars meet for 10th World Congress in London and Stratford Upon-Avon. 

Over 800 Shakespeare scholars from more than 48 countries are gathering in Stratford Upon-Avon and London for the 10th World Shakespeare Congress, to explore and honour the Bard’s work some 400 years after his death. 

 

Monday 25 July

Full casting announced for Kneehigh at the Globe’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, co-adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice. After a critically acclaimed 2015 run at Kneehigh’s Asylum, Emma Rice’s family show will be brought to London for the first time, before embarking on a major international tour of the UK and US. It tells the story of the rehearsed D-Day landings in Devon’s Slapton Sands, and stars Katy Owen as the heroine Lily, Mike Shepherd as her grandfather, Adam Sopp as the evacuee Barry, and Nandi Bhebhe and Ncuti Gatwa as American soldiers Harry and Adi.

 

Wednesday 20 July

Shakespeare’s Storms by Gwilym Jones wins the 2016 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award 

Globe Education has announced Shakespeare’s Storms by Gwilym Jones, published by Manchester University Press, as the winner of the 2016 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award. Storms occur in every Shakespeare play and this book is the first comprehensive study of the feature in Shakespeare’s work. The biennial award promotes the work of new scholars and is given to an author whose first monograph has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of Shakespeare, his theatre, or his contemporaries.

 

Monday 13 June

Telling Tales, the first family literary festival at Shakespeare’s Globe, celebrates storytelling with award-winning authors and illustrators

An award-winning literary line-up will gather at Shakespeare’s Globe from 29-31 July for Telling Tales, Globe Education’s first literary festival for families, to celebrate the art and excitement of storytelling. Authors and illustrators including the current and former children’s laureates Chris Riddell, Malorie Blackman, Antony Browne and Michael Morpurgo will lead a host of talks, interactive storytelling, workshops in illustration and creative writing, book signings and Q & A’s.

 

Friday 3 June

Shakespeare’s Globe names Gordon McMullan as the recipient of the 2016 Sam Wanamaker Award

Gordon McMullan, Professor of English at King’s College London, has been awarded Shakespeare’s Globe’s most prestigious prize, the 2016 Sam Wanamaker Award, established in the name of the theatre’s founder in 1994 to celebrate work that has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare. Scholarship and original research are central to Shakespeare’s Globe. It has an academic faculty which offers graduate courses and dramaturgical support for Globe productions.The Award will be presented on Saturday 11 June. 

 

Thursday 2 June

Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award 2016: Shortlist announced

In this year of world-wide Shakespeare celebrations, Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the shortlist for its 2016 Book Award. The biennial award supports Globe Education’s mission to promote the work of new scholars and is given to an author whose first monograph has made an outstanding contribution to the understanding of Shakespeare, his theatre, or his contemporaries.

 

Monday 23 May

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s inaugural winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Artistic Director Emma Rice’s inaugural winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The 2016-17 Wonder Noir Season will open with John Milton’s Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity, directed by Lucy Bailey, from 26 October. Next is Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales), directed by Emma Rice, John Webster’s The White Devil directed by Annie Ryan, and Shakespeare’s Othello, directed by Ellen McDougall. December will also see the return of Jonathan Munby’s acclaimed production of All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, after its sell-out run in the 2015 winter season.

 

Monday 9 May

Maddy Hill to star in Matthew Dunster’s Imogen at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Maddy Hill will star in the title role in Imogen, directed by Globe Associate Director Matthew Dunster. 

 

Thursday 5 May

Twitter’s Word by Word typewriter to write The Complete Works at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce its collaboration with Twitter on Word by Word as part of Twitter’s celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. From Thursday 5 May, a tweeting typewriter installed in the Globe’s foyer will type out The Complete Works of Shakespeare, sourcing its words from Tweets sent out in real time. As a Tweet appears somewhere in the world containing the next word, Word By Word will release it – until the Complete Works, including all 37 plays and 154 sonnets, have been gradually revealed. 

 

Tuesday 3 May

Shakespeare’s Globe announces new music series, including a Globe Theatre music gig from Róisín Murphy 

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Mercury Prize nominee Róisín Murphy will take over the Globe Theatre for a live music gig, on Monday 15 August. Róisín’s set will be introduced by a DJ set from Lauren Laverne. There will also be a series of music concerts dubbed Wonder Women, curated by Lauren Laverne and in association with The Pool, which will showcase both established and up-and-coming artists.

 

Saturday 23 April

President Barack Obama visits Shakespeare’s Globe on the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that President Barack Obama visited Shakespeare’s Globe on the morning of 23 April, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The President was welcomed into the Globe Theatre by the cast of Hamlet, home from their two-year tour to almost every country on earth.


Thursday 21 April

Shakespeare’s Globe to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death with 37 brand new short films and the return of its round-the-world tour of Hamlet

This weekend, 23 and 24 April, Shakespeare’s Globe will be showing specially created short films of every single one of Shakespeare’s plays for free along the banks of the Thames, between Tower Bridge and Westminster. The project, entitled The Complete Walk, stars some of the UK’s finest actors and includes footage shot in the real locations of the plays, from Athens to the Ardennes, Vienna to Verona, Towton to the Tower of London. The weekend will also see the return of the Globe’s worldwide tour of Hamlet, which has spent the last two years travelling to almost every country on earth. 

 

Tuesday 12 April 2016

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full cast for Caroline Byrne’s The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for Caroline Byrne’s The Taming of the Shrew. Featuring an all Irish company, the production marks the centenary of the Easter Rising by revisiting 1916 Ireland and remembering the role of women in the fight for independence. Encapsulating the rebellious spirit, Katherine will be played by Kathy Rose O’Brien, and Edward MacLiam will play Petruchio.

 

Wednesday 30 March 2016

Shakespeare’s Globe to collaborate with the BFI on Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film + Live Score

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce its collaboration with the BFI on Play On! Shakespeare in Silent Film. This feature-length celebration from the BFI National Archive brings together a playful compilation of scenes from the best surviving Shakespeare films of the silent era. The BFI has commissioned the musicians and composers of Shakespeare’s Globe to write a score for the film, with a different composer taking each of its five acts. Composers involved in the project include Stephen Warbeck, Jules Maxwell, Olly Fox, Alex Baranowski and Sophie Cotton. The film will premiere at BFI Southbank on Thursday 31 March at 7pm, before playing UK-wide in cinemas (with recorded score) and forming part of an international touring programme of Shakespeare films, presented by the BFI in partnership with the British Council. It will be released on DVD and Blu-ray by the BFI in the summer and will be available on BFI Player and Globe Player.

 

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Ruth Wilson, Gemma Arterton, David Harewood, Toby Jones, Alex Jennings, Douglas Hodge, Eve Best and Lindsay Duncan, amongst many others, for The Complete Walk films

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce further casting for the Complete Walk films, a series of 37 short films to be screened along London’s South Bank and in other national and international locations, including Madrid, Barcelona, Gdansk, Neuss, Carnuntum, Santa Barbara and Liverpool, throughout the weekend of 23-24 April 2016, the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The star-studded line-up includes Ruth Wilson, Gemma Arterton, David Harewood, Toby Jones, Douglas Hodge, Simon Russell Beale, Joanna Scanlan, Peter Capaldi, Jessie Buckley, Meera Syal, Dominic West, Eve Best, Alex Jennings, John Light, Michelle Terry, David Dawson, Will Keen, Nikesh Patel, Peter Capaldi, Sam West, Katherine Parkinson, James Norton, Ashley Zhangazha, Olivia Williams, Ben Miles, Ray Fearon, David Caves, Clare Higgins, Marty Cruikshank, Neil Maskell, Hayley Atwell, Danny Sapani, Aidan Gillen, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Lindsay Duncan.


Saturday 19 March 2016

Shakespeare's Globe's Annual Review: 12% of London's play-going audience, record income and international reach

Shakespeare’s Globe, which is self-funding and does not receive regular public subsidy, achieved an income of £23million in 2015, an increase of 4.6 percent on the previous year, according to its annual review for 2015. The Globe’s reach and impact is unprecedented. It engaged with well over 1million people in the year and achieved an average 94 percent audience capacity in the 140 countries to which it took its ground-breaking world tour of Hamlet during the period of the review. In London, audiences at the organisation’s plays approached half a million and represented 12 percent of London’s play-going

 

Thursday 03 March 2016

New Shakespeare title explores the hand and gesture as central to Shakespeare’s plays

Leading Shakespearean theatre historian Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, provides a ground-breaking and fascinating look at the way gesture is central to Shakespeare’s play and offers another level of interpretation to his work, in her new book The Hand on the Shakespearean Stage - Gesture, Touch, and the spectacle of Dismemberment, published by Bloomsbury Arden, on 21 April in paperback at £19.99.