Winter 2014/15 Season
23 October 2014 - 18 April 2015
‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore
23 October – 7 December 2014
The Knight of the Burning Pestle
11 December 2014 – 11 January 2015
15 January – 1 March 2015
A co-production between The Royal Opera and Shakespeare's Globe
3 February – 5 March 2015
Farinelli and the King
11 February – 7 March 2015
The Broken Heart
12 March – 18 April 2015
Dido, Queen of Carthage
Performed by the Globe Young Players
9 – 18 April 2015
'The extraordinary thing about the new indoor Jacobean theatre that is part of Shakespeare's Globe, is that it feels as if it's always been there and was just waiting to be uncovered.'
Earlier this year we opened the doors to our candlelit jewel box, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and presented what was to be a triumphant first season. The beautiful space was filled with heart-warming visions of light and shadow, of stillness and silliness, mayhem and music from across centuries and continents.
Extreme love is at the heart of our new winter season while we also use the Playhouse to explore further the repertory beyond Shakespeare. The early theatre had a taste for psychological intensity, and these plays do not disappoint.
Those of you who have experienced the Playhouse already will know what an intoxicating cocktail of sensual pleasure awaits. For those who have not visited yet, we urge you to join us in this delightful space.
Opening the second Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season is the first of two plays by John Ford. ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore enters challenging moral territory as the infamous tale of incestuous lust and obsessive revenge plays out with a disturbing lack of judgement.
Continuing John Ford’s exploration of the darkest recesses of the human psyche is The Broken Heart, a brilliantly nuanced story of an exalted love struggling to exist in a world of selfishness, jealousy and tawdry court politics.
Completing the trio of Jacobean tragedies is Thomas Middleton & William Rowley’s furiously dramatic The Changeling in which beautiful Beatrice-Joanna tasks her repulsive servant to murder her fiancé, only for him to demand a reward.
After delighting audiences and critics alike Adele Thomas’ hilariously uproarious depiction of Francis Beaumont’s The Knight of the Burning Pestle will play again. Pauline McLynn returns as the chattering Citizen’s Wife who, along with her husband continues to break the fourth wall as they demand their apprentice Rafe take the lead role in the play they have come to see. Combining salty colloquial prose with charming songs, The Knight of the Burning Pestle was one of the first madcap, mash-up, screwball comedies to hit the English stage and the first to run not one but two plays-within-the-play simultaneously.
The Globe’s ground-breaking collaboration with The Royal Opera L’Ormindo also returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Audiences and critics were charmed by the intimate nature of the work, a rare opportunity to experience Baroque opera. Kasper Holten, Director of The Royal Opera, directs a production inspired by the theatrical conventions in London at the time, with music under the direction of Christian Curnyn, one of the most sought-after Baroque specialists of today.
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host the world premiere of Claire van Kampen’s new play Farinelli and the King. Set in eighteen-century Spain and Italy, it tells the true story of Farinelli, the world’s most famous castrato, and his decision to trade fame and fortune for a live of servitude at the court of King Philip V. Replete with beautiful arias originally sung by Farinelli, this production promises to be a feast for the ears and eyes.
Trained by the Globe’s resident experts in the craft and performance of early modern drama, The Globe Young Players are a company of specially selected talented 12 to 16-year-olds. After a brilliantly accomplished debut with The Malcontent, they return for their second production- Christopher Marlowe’s Dido, Queen of Carthage. Marlowe’s first play, inspired by Virgil’s Aeneid is an intense tale of meddling gods, public duty and tragic love played out against the aftermath of the Trojan War.
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Please note: Booking for L'Ormindo will take place later in the year. Details to be announced.