News & Press Releases
Friday 12 October
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the full ensemble for Richard II, opening 22 February 2019. Who are we as a nation post-Empire and pre-Brexit, and how do we speak truth to power? Who made this country and how do we move forward together? As we wrestle with questions of identity and ownership, we turn to our greatest playwright to reflect on 'This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England' as staged by the first-ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage. Co-directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton, Adjoa will also play the titular role.
Thursday 4 October
Merian Global Investors has today revealed it will collaborate with Shakespeare’s Globe as the sole principal partner of its summer season, 2019.
Wednesday 19 September
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for the Winter Season 2018, its plans for a year-long cycle of history plays from February 2019, and Globe Associates, to include Sean Holmes, who is to become Associate Artistic Director.
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said: “As the UK approaches its exit of the EU, our theatre will present a cycle of history plays, providing a unique opportunity to rediscover how Shakespeare perceived ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’. Richard II in this year’s Winter Season begins a year-long exploration of what our sceptered isle looks like now, presenting a journey through history via Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III.
I am so proud to announce my core team of Associate Artists who will help guide and deliver on the season, as well as support the development and continuing exploration of The Globe Ensemble. The Ensemble allows us to truly explore the DNA of Shakespeare’s plays, all of which were written bespoke for a company of players and made for the architecture of our unique play houses. Most of the artists have worked with us in some capacity this season and I am so excited to welcome Sean Holmes to the Globe family. Sean’s unprecedented experience on Secret Theatre will provide invaluable insight into a process and a practice that is so important to me and to the work that we are experimenting with at Shakespeare’s Globe.”
Sean Holmes said: “Michelle’s vision for the Globe is exciting, inclusive and bold - focused on the centrality of ensemble and the honest and open relationship between actors and audience that it engenders. It’s an honour and a privilege to be invited to join Michelle’s team and to help deliver this vision in all its surprising, dynamic and enjoyable glory.”
Tuesday 4 September 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the launch today of Such Stuff, a brand-new podcast. Such Stuff is hosted by Artistic Director Michelle Terry, producer Imogen Greenberg and Head of Higher Education and Research Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper.
Tuesday 7 August 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting forMatt Hartley’s new play Eyam, directed by Adele Thomas, opening in The Globe on Saturday 15 September. When the plague arrives surprisingly in the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665, the community face a moral dilemma. They must decide whether to flee and risk spreading the vicious disease, or stay, protect others from the risk, and face the potential of their own slow and painful death.
Monday 30 July 2018
Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625, by Simon Smith and published by Cambridge University Press (2017), is the winner of the 2018 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award.
Monday 23 July 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the programme for 'Shakespeare and Race', a new festival of events opening 11 August. This is the first time in the Globe’s twenty-year history that the topic will be explored in depth over a week.
Thursday 19 July 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Nick Bagnall's Love's Labour's Lost, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 23 August.
Wednesday 20 June 2018
The International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare's Globe are delighted to release a new short film to mark World Refugee Day. A unique performance of Shakespeare's speech 'The Strangers' Case' from The Book of Sir Thomas More, the film features refugees from Syria, Sierra Leone and South Sudan alongside renowned actors including Kim Cattrall, Lena Headey, Noma Dumezweni and Jamael Westman in an expression of unity with all those who have fled conflict overseas.
Monday 18 June 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce its Winter Season for 2018/19 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Featuring two pairings of plays by William Shakespeare and his celebrated counterpart, Christopher Marlowe, this call and response season opens on 7 November 2018. Throughout the season we are also inviting today’s artists to examine, rework and elaborate on these 400-year-old provocations with new work written in response to Shakespeare and Marlowe.
Saturday 16 June 2018
The 2018 Sam Wanamaker Award will be presented to British theatre producer Thelma Holt CBE by Shakespeare's Globe Chief Executive, Neil Constable, and Director, Globe Education, Patrick Spottiswoode, in the Globe Theatre on Saturday 16 June. The award ceremony will follow the relaxed matinee performance of The Two Noble Kinsmen and will be coupled with ‘The Globe Remembers’: a roll call of those who have made a significant contribution to the work of Shakespeare’s Globe and who have sadly died in the last 12 months. This year’s commemorations include Sir Peter Hall CBE, with whom Thelma worked at the National Theatre.
Tuesday 5 June 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce a new line-up of acclaimed authors, illustrators and performers for its annual family storytelling festival, Shakespeare's Telling Tales, taking place from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 July. Families are invited to join rescued elephants, pirate queens and a host of Shakespeare characters for a weekend celebrating the joy of storytelling.
Monday 4 June 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Othello, directed by Claire van Kampen, opening in the Globe on Friday 20 July.
Tuesday 15 May 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the full casting for Blanche McIntyre's The Winter's Tale, opening in The Globe on Friday 22 June.
Monday 14 May 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the programme for a new festival of events marking Refugee Week between Sunday 17 and Sunday 24 June. One-off performances, discussions and storytelling sessions throughout the week will explore Shakespeare's response to refuge and refugees.
Tuesday 1 May 2018
The outstanding quality of entries to the 2018 Shakespeare's Globe Book Award, which seeks to celebrate new scholarship and help to extend its readership, has resulted in a shortlist of four monographs.
Monday 23 April 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is working with 69 students from four Southwark schools and 25 adults from The People's Company, a drama group for over 25s in Southwark, to stage As You Like It in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 12 July.
Monday 16 April 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Barrie Rutter's The Two Noble Kinsmen, by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare, opening in The Globe on Friday 25 May. This will mark Barrie's first production since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides.
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce casting for Hamlet and As You Like It, the opening shows of Michelle Terry's first season as Artistic Director. Opening the season on 25 April will be Hamlet, which will play alongside As You Like It from 2 May. Both written around 1599, the year the original Globe was built, these plays will be presented by the Globe Ensemble and directed by Federay Holmes and Elle While.
Thursday 29 March 2018
Friday 23 March 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the return of guitar virtuoso John Williams for a weekend of candlelit concerts in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 21 and Saturday 22 July 2018. Following sell-out shows in 2014 and 2015 described as 'pure magic' (Evening Standard), John Williams will return to the Globe this summer to play a pair of concerts alongside two fellow world-renowned musicians, Berta Rojas and Paco Peña.
Friday 23 February 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce full casting for its 2018 tour, directed by Brendan O'Hea. From 7 May, a company of eight actors will embark on a national and international tour of Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice, beginning and ending at The Globe. In the spirit of Shakespearean tradition, the company will allow the audience to decide which of the three plays they would like to see, with a voting mechanism to be determined over the course of rehearsals.
Tuesday 6 February 2018
The Board of Shakespeare's Globe has appointed Margaret Casely-Hayford as its new Chair. The Globe is recognised internationally as the authority on Shakespeare's work in performance. Its operation includes the iconic Globe Theatre, candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, exhibition and tour, as well as extensive education resources and research. Margaret Casely-Hayford takes over from Lord Bichard, who has served three years as Chair and ten years as a trustee.
Thursday 4 January 2018
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce Michelle Terry's first season as Artistic Director. 2018's Shakespeare productions include Hamlet, As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter's Tale, Othello and Love's Labour's Lost. A premiere of three new plays, a national and international tour of Shakespeare and other performances on and off site are announced together with a year-long programme of events exploring the history and future of theatre censorship, as well as a series of events looking at race, refuge and refugees in relation to Shakespeare.
Friday 17 November 2017
Opening at Shakespeare's Globe on 23 February and running until 21 March, Much Ado About Nothing urges teenagers to search for truth, learn from mistakes and forgive. Over 20,000 free tickets are available for state secondary schools in London and Birmingham.
Tuesday 10 October 2017
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for the world premiere of Anders Lustgarten's The Secret Theatre in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse directed by Matthew Dunster. As the nation's relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Elizabeth I's spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, adopts extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. Set in a world of espionage, double-crossing and blackmail, The Secret Theatre asks what we are prepared to sacrifice to ensure our safety.
Thursday 28 September 2017
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce that Barrie Rutter will play the role of The Emperor in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen, a Shakespeare's Globe and Northern Broadsides co-production in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Friday 22 September 2017
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the launch of Globe on Screen in China, in collaboration with ATW Culture.
Friday 8 September 2017
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce the full cast of Romantics Anonymous, a new musical in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse directed by Emma Rice, with book written by Emma Rice, lyrics written by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman, presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment.
Thursday 27 July 2017
Gina McKee to play Boudica in new production at Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare's Globe is delighted to announce that Gina McKee will be playing the title role in Eleanor Rhode's forthcoming production of Tristan Bernays' new play Boudica, opening Friday 8 September. The final production of Emma Rice's Summer of Love season, Boudica charts the story of one of Britain's most famous warrior queens.
Monday 24 July 2017
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce that Michelle Terry will be its Artistic Director from April 2018.