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Shakespeare's Globe

The Broken Heart

12 March - 18 April

Written by John Ford

£10 standing
£25 - £45 seats
£60 premium tickets

Running time:
approx. 2 hours 45 minutes including interval


Directed by
Caroline Steinbeis

Designed by
Max Jones

Composed by
Simon Slater

Choreographed by
Imogen Knight


Liam Brennan

Brian Ferguson

Patrick Godfrey

Peter Hamilton Dyer

Joe Jameson

Adam Lawrence

Sarah MacRae 

Sanchia McCormack

Amy Morgan

Tom Stuart

Owen Teale

Thalissa Teixeira

Luke Thompson

Phil Whitchurch

  • Theatre/2015/SWP/BrokenHeart/CGnew

Please note: this production has now closed

The lifeless trunk shall wed the broken heart.

The scene is ancient Sparta and the loving couple Penthea and Orgilus are forced apart by her brother and Penthea is pressed into a loveless marriage with a brutal and jealous old man.  Orgilus, disguised as a poor scholar, watches, waits, and as events unfold, unleashes a terrible cycle of revenge.

Ford’s very modern fascination with psychology and mental extremes are found everywhere in this brilliantly nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.


'Stunning... a dark gem'

'Once more the exquisite surroundings of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse provide a backdrop for the most craven of emotions in this witty, assured revival of John Ford’s turbulent classic'
Time Out

'Strong performances come from Luke Thompson as hot-headed Ithocles and Brian Ferguson as the increasingly sour Orgilus. The highlight is Owen Teale, who revels in the comic grotesqueness of Bassanes'

'This densely plotted story of love, honour, revenge and silent grief has moments of real emotional intensity'
Evening Standard 

‘Caroline Steinbeis’s playful production is full of fresh performances and unexpected wit’
The Times  

'A vivid and enjoyable evening... dark, imaginative fun'
Financial Times

'A production that rather gloriously surprises'
The Arts Desk  

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