Announcing our Winter 2022/23 season

  Join us in the amber glow of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse or under the open sky in our Globe Theatre for a season of love, rage, jealousy, tyranny, imagination, forgiveness, hope and redemption

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What motivates us to do the darkest deeds? Whether by enchanting candlelight, wintry starlight or Christmas fairy light, our Winter 2022/23 season is filled with an array of powerful stories. Join us in the amber glow of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse or under the open sky in our Globe Theatre for a season of love, rage, jealousy, tyranny, imagination, forgiveness, hope and redemption.

Whether in the amber glow of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse or under the open sky of the Globe Theatre, there’s something for everyone in our Winter 2022/23 season.

“This Winter 2022/23 season, we are celebrating humanity’s seemingly endless capacity for love, rage, jealousy, tyranny, imagination, forgiveness, hope and redemption. Opening with the bombastic and single-minded Henry V, followed by the hedonistic and bloodthirsty Titus Andronicus, into the soaring drama of The Winter’s Tale, which will see the audience journey between both our playhouses. I’m thrilled that this season also hosts our resident playwright Hannah Khalil’s new play, Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights, a potent and urgent re-imagining with five defiant women telling stories to save their lives. It is with hope and joy that we can see the return of our festive offering The Fir Tree. Scuppered by Omicron in 2021, this joyous show will once again fill the outdoor Globe Theatre with festive fun, songs, and puppets. With tickets from £5, I look forward to welcoming audiences both indoors and outdoors for an array of powerful stories told by enchanting candlelight and moonlight.”

— Michelle Terry, Artistic Director

Winter 2022/23 at Shakespeare's Globe

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Opening our Winter 2022/23 season on 10 November 2022, we explore the bombastic, single-minded pursuit of Henry V, our nation’s history and what it means to be ‘British’.  A co-production with Headlong, Leeds Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, directed by Headlong Artistic Director, Holly Race Roughan.

Performed in our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the first time, Shakespeare’s late fifteenth century England of civil unrest, trouble in Europe, and a monarchy in peril is uncannily similar to the present…

Director Holly Race Roughan opens our Winter 2022/23 season with Henry V. Photographer: Johan Persson

Titus Andronicus is performed for the first time by candlelight, directed by Jude Christian. Photographer: Johan Persson

Get inside the beating heart of Shakespeare’s most deadly revenge tragedy, Titus Andronicus, in the confines of the intimate Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the first time from 19 January 2023.

As the candles burn and the bodies pile up, Director Jude Christian explores the macabre madness that takes us to the edge of humanity – will anyone escape the bloodshed?

Traverse two worlds and two theatres in The Winter’s Tale as we move from the aristocratic luxury of Sicilia in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse to  the pastoral playground of Bohemia in the Globe Theatre, in an unforgettable event directed by our Associate Artistic Director, Sean Holmes.

Join us for Shakespeare’s late romance in both our unique spaces, as we explore the destructive and redemptive power of love from 9 February 2023.

Experience both our iconic spaces as we stage The Winter’s Tale in our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the Globe Theatre.  Photographer: Johan Persson

Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights is a fearless new play by our Writer-in-Residence, Hannah Khalil. Photographer: Johan Persson

Share in the unifying power of storytelling as ancient tales are reclaimed, rewritten and reimagined in Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights.

Playing from 1 December 2022, Hakawatis is a fearless new play by our Writer-in-Residence Hannah Khalil, directed by Pooja Ghai, and staged as a co-production with Tamasha Theatre, and tells the tale of five women who are united in their fight to keep themselves – and the whole of womankind – alive.

What’s more, we’re once again offering £5 standing tickets across the season in both our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Globe Theatre, so even more people will be able to experience Shakespeare by candlelight and moonlight.

A wide angled shot of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with its ornate painting ceiling depicting the Goddess Luna and clouds, hanging candelabra, and panelled painted doors.

Once more, we’ll be offering £5 standing tickets across the season in both our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and Globe Theatre. Photographer: Johan Persson

If you’re looking for ways to keep the whole family entertained (particularly little ones) as the days get colder and the nights grow longer, we have a host of plays, events, and workshops as part of our Winter 2022/23 season to suit children of all ages.

Our Telling Tales family storytelling festival returns for October half term.

Families will also once again be able to undergo an interactive adventure through Shakespeare’s plays with our Telling Tales festival of storytelling and workshops, taking place this 22 – 29 October 2022 half term. Delve into the spooky Macbeth, discover the magic of The Winter’s Tale, and rub shoulders with Danish royalty in Hamlet.

And if you know a budding actor who would love to perform on our Globe stage, we have a host of Workshops this October for ages 12+ and 15+ to explore Shakespeare’s plays through activities and games in our very own wooden ‘O’.

A sprinkling of festive magic falls on the Globe Theatre this Christmas, with the return of Hans Christian Andersen’s festive fairytale The Fir Tree by Writer-in-Residence Hannah Khalil and directed by our Artistic Director Michelle Terry.

Gather friends and family, wrap up warm with mulled wine in hand, and join us in the Globe Theatre under the wintry star-lit sky for a dose of storytelling, puppetry, songs and hope that will delight all ages.

We’ll be bringing the festive cheer once more to our Globe Theatre with the return of The Fir Tree. Photographer: Pete Le May

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank returns for its 17th year with The Tempest.

Our yearly Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production, created especially to introduce young people to Shakespeare, is back – and next March we turn to stormy The Tempest.

Be swept away to Prospero’s magical island as we once more offer over 26,000 free tickets for students, as well as our free microsite full of online resources to unlock a deeper understanding of the play.

Dark starry sky shown through the roof of the Globe

Both our unique spaces, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and the Globe Theatre, come alive with plays, workshops, and events this Winter 2022/23 season.

Our 25th Anniversary celebrations will take place on Sunday 18 September with a critically acclaimed production of Much Ado About Nothing. This special performance will be accompanied by anniversary celebrations and the Sam Wanamaker Award marking a wonderful achievement of 25 years of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Celebrate 25 years of our wooden ‘O’ on a special  Guided Tour this September, led by expert Guides who were part of our journey from the very beginning. From within the Globe, our Legacy Guides will transport you back in time to stories of the creation of the building, and the cast of characters who brought Sam Wanamaker’s vision to life.

Our  scholarship and research in our Education department has had a much longer history. On 1 October 2022, our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host scholars, artists, and craftspeople who have been part of the discoveries in our unique spaces over the years, including Dr Sarah Dustagheer, Jon Greenfield, Peter McCurdy, Michelle Terry, Dr Will Tosh and more.

Tickets for all 25th anniversary events are now on sale.

Three lit candles in the dark shadows of an indoor wooden theatre.

We look forward to welcoming audiences both indoors and outdoors for a wealth of stories told by enchanting candlelight and moonlight. Photographer: Marc Brenner

So, when can you get your hands on tickets to our Winter 2022/23 season?

Advanced Priority Booking for Patrons opens this Thursday 30 June at 10.00am. Priority Booking for Friends opens next Thursday 7 July at 10.00am.

Sign up as a Member today to access Priority Booking for our winter season, as well as a special 20% discount to our Telling Tales festival, invites to exclusive events like our Heaven to Hell behind-the-scenes experience and Members’ Drama Club, and a dose of insightful articles via the digital Members’ Room and Globe Magazine.

Public Booking opens on Friday 15 July at 10.00am.

Your darkest actions, nay, your privat’st thoughts,
Will come to light…

With something for everyone this Winter 2022/23, we look forward to welcoming audiences both indoors and outdoors for a wealth of stories told by enchanting candlelight and moonlight.

#PlayByCandlelight

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Our Winter 2022/23 season opens 10 November 2022 and runs until 16 April 2023. Discover more about the season.

Become a Member today to access Advanced & Priority Booking from 30 June 2022.

Public Booking opens 15 July 2022.

See all events as part of our 25th anniversary.