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Saturday 30 January 2016

Shakespeare’s Globe performs Hamlet at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, in partnership with Good Chance

At 2.30pm on Wednesday 3 February 2016, Shakespeare’s Globe will perform their worldwide touring production of Hamlet at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. The show will be performed to residents of the camp, in partnership with Good Chance, a temporary theatre based in the Jungle which offers a varied programme of art, theatre and music events. 


Monday 25 January 2016

Deutsche Bank extends its 10-year partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe   

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, one of the largest and longest running education projects made possible by a partnership between a corporate organisation and an arts organisation, will be extended by a further three years. 

Tuesday 19 January 2016

UAE schools learn about the Bard from Shakespeare’s Globe – the iconic theatre in London for which he wrote

Schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai will have the opportunity to learn about the Bard’s plays from a Globe Education Practitioner visiting the UAE direct from the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe on the banks of the Thames in London.

Monday 11 January 2016

A surfeit of Shakespeare? Globe Education looks beyond the death of Shakespeare to discover why 1616 really was A Momentous Year

Anyone concerned about suffering from a surfeit of Shakespeare this anniversary year should visit Shakespeare’s Globe and discover how 1616 was A Momentous Year for theatre in spite of Shakespeare’s death.

Tuesday 5 January 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s inaugural season as Artistic Director

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Emma Rice’s inaugural season as Artistic Director. The 2016 Wonder Season will open with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday 30 April, followed by The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Imogen. Jonathan Munby’s The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce, will open at the Liverpool Playhouse, tour nationally and internationally, and return to the Globe stage in October. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host a touring production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk

Monday 21 November 2015

Casting announced for Dominic Dromgoole’s The Tempest and Michael Longhurst’s The Winter’s Tale in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse 

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest in Dominic Dromgoole’s quartet of late plays for his final season. Tim McMullan will play Prospero and Pippa Nixon will play Ariel in Dominic’s production of The Tempest from 17 February, his last as Artistic Director. John Light (King Leontes), Rachael Stirling (Hermione) and Niamh Cusack (Paulina) will star in Michael Longhurst’s The Winter’s Tale from 28 January.


Thursday 19 November 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces The Complete Walk to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

Over the weekend of 23 - 24 April 2016, specially created short films of each of Shakespeare's plays will be shown on screens along the banks of the Thames. Dubbed The Complete Walk, the project will extend from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge. The anniversary weekend will also mark the return of the unprecedented world tour of Hamlet, after an extraordinary two years performing in every country in the world.


Friday 13 November 2015

Twelfth Night will be Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank’s tenth production at Shakespeare’s Globe – 25 February to 19 March 2016

Globe Education’s tenth production for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank will be Twelfth Night, opening at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2016 on 25 February and running until 19 March. Over 20,000 free tickets are offered to every state secondary school in London and Birmingham. Not just a free ticket, alongside the production Globe Education runs student workshops and continuing professional development for teachers, as well as providing award-winning free online resources for students and teachers that support the GCSE and A Level curriculum.

Monday 2 November 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe appoints Matthew Dunster as Associate Director

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Matthew Dunster has been appointed as Associate Director. Matthew takes up his position today, Monday 2 November, as Emma Rice officially begins her role as Artistic Director Designate.


Monday 26 October 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe performs Hamlet to audience of Syrian refugees at Zaatari camp in Jordan, in partnership with UNESCO

At 11am local time on Sunday 25 October, Shakespeare’s Globe performed their worldwide touring production of Hamlet at the Zaatari Refugee Camp in Jordan. The show took place at the International Research & Development site in District 2 of the camp, with an audience of around 200 refugees. 


Friday 23 October 2015

Extraordinary contributions to Shakespeare and theatre acknowledged with Shakespeare’s Globe Senior Research Fellowships

On Wednesday 21 October, a prestigious line-up of expertise was celebrated at Shakespeare’s Globe with the first Globe Senior Research Fellowships, created to recognise the extraordinary contribution to knowledge of Shakespearean theatre through their work at and for the Globe over two decades or more. 


Monday 19 October 2015

 Shakespeare’s Globe announces lead casting for Dominic Dromgoole’s Pericles and Sam Yates’ Cymbeline in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this winter

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that James Garnon, Simon Armstrong and Sheila Reid will star in Pericles from 19 November, and Joseph Marcell, Pauline McLynn, Jonjo O'Neill and Emily Barber will star in Cymbeline from 2 December.

Tuesday 6 October 2015

Jessica Swale’s Thomas Tallis returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the return of Jessica Swale’s Thomas Tallis, opening on Thursday 22 October. Specially commissioned for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, this play with music was described as “glorious” and “a skin-tingling pleasure” in reviews of its first run last year. Jessica’s exploration of the life and work of the celebrated English composer follows him through the religious and political shifts of four Tudor monarchies. Directed by Adele Thomas, the production stars Katy Stephens, Brendan O’Hea, Simon Harrison and Guy Amos. It also features six members of The Sixteen.


Friday 28 August 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces release of Silent Shakespeare on Globe Player in collaboration with BFI Southbank

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the release of Silent Shakespeare on Globe Player. This new collaboration between riverside neighbours BFI Southbank and Shakespeare’s Globe marks the first time the film has been available for download and streaming online.


Thursday 13 August 2015

Alex Jennings, Tim Pigott-Smith, Meera Syal, Hattie Morahan and Jamie Parker to appear in ‘The Voice and the Echo’ series at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce an all-star line-up for ‘The Voice and the Echo’, a series of candlelit evenings in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in which work by some of the country’s greatest living poets is read alongside the poems of John Donne, George Herbert, William Blake and Gerard Manley Hopkins. 


Monday 10 August 2015

Creative heavyweights from across the UK to meet York’s SMEs on 9 September as part of Interface 2015. 

On 9 September 2015, ten of the biggest names in the UK’s cultural and creative industries will gather in York to meet and commission local creative start-ups and SMEs at Interface, created by Shakespeare’s Globe and hosted this year by York, UNESCO City of Media Arts. 


Friday 7 August 2015

All of Southwark invited to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe in A Concert for Winter.

Applications are now open for all who live, work, and learn in Southwark to perform on stage at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of the annual celebration of Southwark, A Concert for Winter. Schools, societies and community groups are invited to apply with their contribution of music, movement or spoken word, inspired by this year’s theme Sweet Thames, Run Softly. The concert itself will take place on 10 December at 1pm, in the Globe Theatre, for free, and for all.

Tuesday 21 July 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe hosts the first Chinese event for China-UK 2015 

On 20 July 2015 Neil Constable, Chief Executive at Shakespeare’s Globe, welcomed both the Chinese Ambassador, HE Ambassador Liu Xiaoming, and the Rt Hon. Ed Vaizey, Minister of State at the Department for Culture Media and Sport, to Shakespeare’s Globe for the first of 66 Chinese events in the UK, celebrating the cultural year of exchange, China–UK 2015. 

Thursday 16 July 2015

Full casting announced for Rory Mullarkey’s new adaptation of The Oresteia

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Rory Mullarkey’s new adaptation of The Oresteia, directed by Adele Thomas.


Friday 3 July 2015

Gugu Mbatha-Raw to star in Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Gugu Mbatha-Raw will star as Nell in Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, directed by Christopher Luscombe. 


Tuesday 30 June 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe appoints new CFOO and strengthens board with two new trustees 

Shakespeare's Globe has appointed Ian Dixon, currently Chief Operating Officer at the Serpentine Gallery, as Chief Finance and Operations Officer. Joanna Mackle, Deputy Director at the British Museum, and Daniel Heaf, Senior Vice President, Digital Commerce at Burberry, join the Board of Trustees.


Wednesday 17 June 2015

Shakespeare's Globe names Christopher Plummer as the recipient of the 2015 Sam Wanamaker Award

Internationally-acclaimed actor Christopher Plummer has been awarded Shakespeare’s Globe’s most prestigious prize, the 2015 Sam Wanamaker Award, established in the name of the theatre’s founder to celebrate work that has increased the understanding and enjoyment of Shakespeare.


Tuesday 16 June 2015

Full casting announced for Helen Edmundson’s The Heresy of Love

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Helen Edmundson’s The Heresy of Love, opening at the Globe on 31 July. The play premiered to great acclaim at the RSC in 2012, but has never been seen by London audiences. This new production stars Naomi Frederick as Sor Juana, Anthony Howell as Bishop Santa Cruz and Gabrielle Lloyd as Madre Marguerita.


Thursday 11 June 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe to offer two Chinese-language Shakespeare productions this summer

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to welcome back two Chinese companies from the hugely successful Globe to Globe festival of international Shakespeare this summer. From 20 to 25 July, the National Theatre of China will perform their Richard III in Mandarin. Then from 17 to 23 August, the Tang Shu-wing Theatre Studio from Hong Kong will stage their brand new production of Macbeth in Cantonese. Both productions will have scene synopses in English.


Tuesday 2 June 2015

Full casting announced for Simon Godwin’s new production of Richard II at Shakespeare’s Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Simon Godwin’s forthcoming production of Richard II, starring Charles Edwards in the title role.


Thursday 28 May 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director. For the first time, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host Shakespeare as part of the main season. Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest will play in the candlelit indoor theatre between November 2015 and April 2016. Multi award-winning actress Eileen Atkins will also return with her critically-acclaimed Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins in January and February 2016. 


Monday 11 May 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe and BECTU: Guides’ Pay Claim Statement

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Friday 8 May 2015

Kill Shakespeare at Shakespeare’s Globe: co-creator of graphic novel series presents at Shakespeare’s Globe in London

On Thursday 21 May at 7pm, two worlds collide as graphic novel Kill Shakespeare comes to London’s historic Shakespeare’s Globe.


Friday 1 May 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces new Artistic Director

Shakespeare’s Globe today announces Emma Rice as its new Artistic Director. In April 2016, Emma will take over from Dominic Dromgoole, who will complete the recently opened Summer season and one more Winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, departing once the Globe to Globe Hamlet tour completes its two-year adventure next April.


Wednesday 22 April 2015

The Globe’s unprecedented worldwide tour of Hamlet reaches halfway point on Shakespeare’s birthday tomorrow

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that its unprecedented two-year global tour of Hamlet  to every country in the world reaches its halfway point on 23 April 2015. The company will perform at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, celebrating 80,000 miles, 96 countries and over 150 shows. 


Wednesday 15 April 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces new productions for the 2015/16 Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season and casting for Measure for Measure at the Globe this summer.

Dominic Dromgoole’s new production of Measure for Measure will star Mariah Gale, Dominic Rowan and Kurt Egyiawan, and the 2015/16 Winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will include Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus, Simon Armitage’s The Odyssey, and revivals of Thomas Tallis and Omeros.


Thursday 9 April 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe releases ‘Shakespeare’s Globe 360’ giving users a 360-degree virtual experience of the historic London venue.

Shakespeare’s Globe is releasing a free app that allows anyone in the world to stand inside and explore a 360-degree photo-real virtual version of the famous ‘Wooden O’ theatre.


Wednesday 1 April 2015

York chosen by Shakespeare’s Globe to host Interface - its annual networking event for top cultural brands and regional digital creatives

In the year that York celebrates being the UK’s first City of Media Arts, Shakespeare’s Globe has chosen the city to host Interface, its annual networking event bringing together the country’s top cultural brands to meet creatives, artists, agencies and developers from the digital industries.


Wednesday 1 April 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe to celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday and half-way point of Globe to Globe Hamlet tour

On Sunday 19 April, Shakespeare’s Globe will celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday with its annual day of free family events. As the unprecedented Globe to Globe Hamlet tour celebrates its half-way point in Madrid, the Globe will be throwing open its doors for a Hamlet-themed day of celebrations on Bankside. 


Tuesday 24 March 2015

Shakespeare Inspired! Summer events at Shakespeare’s Globe inspire families, scholars, students and all.

Globe Education’s summer season of events, Shakespeare Inspired explores the works that inspired Shakespeare as well as works and people who have, in turn, been inspired by him.


Tuesday 24 March 2015

China and America join the UK’s biggest celebration of young acting talent at the 10th Sam Wanamaker Festival, Sunday 29 March 4.00pm

The UK’s biggest celebration of young acting talent, the Sam Wanamaker Festival, takes place at Shakespeare’s Globe on Sunday 29 March at 4pm.


Monday 16 March 2015

New summer events in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, featuring Julian Glover, Angela Hewitt, John Williams and Jonathan Pryce

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce new music and spoken word events for summer 2015, as well as a series of Globe Outside In productions, in which Shakespeare productions from the outdoor theatre are brought into our intimate candlelit space for special limited runs. 


Wednesday 11 March 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for The Merchant of Venice

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for The Merchant of Venice, directed by Jonathan Munby and starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock. This new production of one of Shakespeare’s most poetically dazzling and morally ambivalent plays will be designed by Mike Britton and composed by Jules Maxwell.


Friday 6 March 2015

Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King with Mark Rylance to transfer to the West End

Shakespeare's Globe and Sonia Friedman Productions are delighted to announce the West End transfer of Claire van Kampen’s critically-acclaimed new play Farinelli and the King, directed by John Dove, designed by Jonathan Fensom and starring Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall, Jerusalem) as King Philippe V of Spain.  


Monday 2 March 2015

2014 Annual Review: Press Release

Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates five year box office high and plays the lead in promoting one of the UK’s top culture brands, as reported by the 2014 Annual Review.  The Globe celebrates its fifth year of exceptional box office sales and record audience numbers, making almost a 10 percent share of total London play-going, and is performing Shakespeare in more countries than any other organisation, almost 700 performances in over 80 countries.


Friday 27 February 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for Richard II, King John and As You Like It

Charles Edwards will be taking the lead in Simon Godwin’s Richard II, opening at the Globe 11 July. Jo Stone-Fewings will take the title role with Alex Waldmann playing The Bastard in a co-production with Royal & Derngate of James Dacre’s King John. Johnny Flynn will be composing for period instruments for the first time in Blanche McIntyre’s As You Like It, opening 15 May


Monday 23 February 2015

Saint-Omer First Folio to be exhibited at Shakespeare’s Globe in 2016

The recently discovered Saint-Omer First Folio – one of the rarest and most valuable books in the world –  will be exhibited at the Globe for 2 months in 2016, the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. 


February 2015

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank presents young people with timeless issues of prejudice, violence and conflict in a World War One Othello 

Othello opens at Shakespeare’s Globe on 26 February, presenting issues of prejudice, violence and conflict in a First World War setting especially for a young audience of 11 to 18 year olds. 


Wednesday 28 January 2015

Rory Mullarkey to adapt Aeschylus’s Oresteia for Shakespeare’s Globe this summer

Award-winning playwright Rory Mullarkey has been commissioned to adapt Aeschylus’s Oresteia for Adele Thomas’s forthcoming production, playing at the Globe from 29 August 2015. 


Thursday 15 January 2015

Amy Morgan, Owen Teale and Luke Thompson to star in Caroline Steinbeis’ forthcoming production of The Broken Heart

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for The Broken Heart, to be directed by Caroline Steinbeis. Starring Amy Morgan (Mr Selfridge) as Penthea, Owen Teale (Game of Thrones) as Bassanes and Luke Thompson (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher) as Ithocles, Ford’s tragedy explores the devastating consequences of virtue’s attempts to resist desire in a world of stifling restraint and repression.   

Monday 12 January 2015

February Half Term at Shakespeare’s Globe: Award-winning family show Muse ofFire returns for the final time.

This Half Term, intrepid families will have one last chance to see the multi-award winning familytheatre experience Muse of Fire at Shakespeare’s Globe.


Tuesday 6 January 2015

Jonathan Pryce to play Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and Michelle Terry to play Rosalind in As You Like It at Shakespeare’s Globe this summer

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that multi-award-winning actor Jonathan Pryce will play Shylock in Jonathan Munby’s forthcoming production of The Merchant of Venice, opening the Globe’s 2015 summer season on 23 April. Oliver Award-winning actress Michelle Terry will star as Rosalind in Blanche McIntyre’s As You Like It, opening 15 May. 


Monday 5 January 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe opens recruitment for its new Artistic Director, to be appointed in Spring 2015

Shakespeare’s Globe today opens recruitment for its new Artistic Director, who will replace Dominic Dromgoole when he steps down on 23 April 2016. Applications will close on 14 February 2015 and first round interviews will be held during the week commencing 16 March. The search and recruitment process will be led by two members of the Globe’s Board of Trustees: Jenny Topper OBE and Emma Stenning, alongside Shakespeare’s Globe Chief Executive Neil Constable.