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The Heresy of Love (2015)

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Playwright: Helen Edmundson
Directed by: John Dove

Inspired by the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, writer of The House of Desires, The Heresy of Love uses all the devices of Spanish Golden Age Theatre – intrigue and danger, passion and politics, comedy and tragedy – in this clash between organised religion and personal faith.

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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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