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Richard III (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Wang Xiaoying

The National Theatre of China return to the Globe with Richard III, Shakespeare’s hilarious horror-show of power and paranoia.

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Much Ado About Nothing (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Max Webster

After delighting audiences in 2014, Much Ado About Nothing returns to the Globe and touring on an Elizabethan inspired stage. A handful of players reinvent renaissance touring theatre for the 21st century with Shakespeare’s timeless comedy.

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Richard II (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Simon Godwin

Richard II invests a weak and self-dramatising man with tragic status and represents Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of the meaning of kingship.

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Measure for Measure (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole

Injustice, hypocrisy and the challenge of inflexible virtue combine in Shakespeare’s most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice.

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King John (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: James Dacre

The remotest in time of all Shakespeare’s English history plays, King John, with its cynical allegiances and ruthless politicking, now feels his most abrasively modern.

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As You Like It (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Blanche McIntyre

A firm favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies, and featuring some of his best-loved characters, As You Like It runs the glorious gamut of pastoral romance: cross-dressing and brilliant conversation, gentle satire, forgiveness and reparation.

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The Merchant of Venice (2015)

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Playwright: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Jonathan Munby

In some of his most highly-charged scenes, Shakespeare dramatises the competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy.

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Dido, Queen of Carthage (2015)

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Playwright: Christopher Marlowe
Directed by: Jacqui Somerville

Aeneas is wrecked on the coast of Carthage. Dido, queen of a great trading power, is ready to help Aeneas build a second Troy in Italy – until Venus intervenes, and mere cooperation is transformed into a fierce, possessive love.

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