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13 July - 18 August


By Samuel Adamson

Running time: 2 hours 40 mins (approx) including interval


Directed by
Dominic Dromgoole

Creative Producer
Alison Balsom 

Designed by
Jonathan Fensom



Alison Balsom
First Trumpet

The English Concert


Jason Baughan
Rich / Tapster /Mary's Liquid Hills Advisor

Jessie Buckley
Arabella / Kate

Stephen Anthony Brown
Tenor / Mary's Starling Attendant

Sam Cox
Trumpet Strikes Servant 2 / Sir Sirplus / Francis

Pip Donaghy
Sir Redundant / Betterton / Matthew

Peter Hamilton Dyer
Wigmaker / Sir Doesnotmatter / Rake 2 / Phoebus / Coridon

Trevor Fox
Bill / Neighbour

James Garnon
Dr Radcliffe / Briggs / Rake / Husband

Joshua James
William / Arabella Actor 3 / Parson

William Mannering
Trumpet Strikes Servant 3 / Sir Cockmerry / Ned / Rake 3 / Hole in the Wall Drinker

Barbara Marten
Joan / Midwife / Arabella Actor 2

Charlotte Mills
Queen Mary

William Purefoy
Mary's Attendant / Starling Attendant / Mopsa

Matthew Raymond
Lewis / Peter / Christopher

Richard Riddell

Sarah Sweeney
Dutchwoman / James-Amy / Caroline / Lady Curious / Wife

Ben Thompson
Starling Puppeteer

Amanda Wilkin
Alice / Lady Victim / Hannah


Sophie Barber
Violin + Leader

Mark Bennett
Second Trumpet

Joe Crouch

Tom Foster

Arngeir Hauksson

Louise Hogan

Robert Howes

Elizabeth MacCarthy

Peter MacCarthy
Bass Viol

Abigail Newman

Walter Reiter

Zoe Shelvin

Martin Stadler

Adrian Woodward
Third Trumpet 

  • Theatre/2013/Gabriel/brochure

This production has now closed.

‘This is London in the 1690s, the monster city tamed into awe by our only Orpheus: Purcell.’

Award-winning playwright Samuel Adamson brings a teeming world of intersecting narratives to the Globe stage with real & imagined characters: monarchs, prostitutes, wigmakers, composers, transvestites and watermen. Alison Balsom, one of the world’s finest trumpeters brings this world to life with the music of Purcell and Handel.

Gabriel overflows with the extreme emotions of lust, despair, love and grief (with a dash of saucy humour) and brings some of the finest music ever written to a space uniquely suited to it.

‘Every day three trumpet calls from the theatres on the Bankside, then songs would float over the thatch and roll across the water and make my work sweet.’

Please note: Contains some saucy language and rude bits.


"If you love Purcell and Handel, I challenge you not to love this show. The production amounts to a celebration of life." 
The Telegraph 

"It is an exceptional evening unified by Dominic Dromgoole's production, which marries the bawdy and the beautiful." 
The Guardian 


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Samuel Adamson and Alison Balsom talk about Gabriel

Ahead of its opening, Samuel Adamson and Alison Balsom talk through what Gabriel is about and how the musicians and actors work together.

Alison Balsom performs at Shakespeare's Globe

Alison performs as part of the press event for the 2013 Theatre Season - Season of Plenty.

Sound the Trumpet

Watch Alison Balsom perform extracts from her new album 'Sound the Trumpet', and hear her speak about its concepts and sound.

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