Shakespeare's Globe

The Globe Mysteries [2011]

Written by: Tony Harrison
Directed by: Deborah Bruce

Beginning with the creation and ending with the last judgement, the English Mysteries introduced aspects of medieval life into theatrical representations of the Bible. With community guilds presenting relevant scenes on lavishly decorated wagons or platforms, these collections of plays were developed from the 10th Century up until just before Shakespeare’s own plays were performed.

Lavish costumes, ballad singers and musicians bring a rich theatricality to Southwark this summer. Drawing on medieval traditions and inspired by the stories of the Bible, The Globe Mysteries celebrate the spirit of medieval street theatre and processional performance and take a fresh and contemporary look at The Mystery Plays as one of the most important influences on theatre.


  • Designer Jonathan Fensom


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