Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Season

20 October 2019 – 18 April 2020

Our 2019/20 winter theatre season revolves around She Wolves and Shrews, as we interrogate the perception of women in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, and also invite today’s writers to reflect on gender power dynamics, then and now.


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Henry VI

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Experience the Wars of the Roses like never before in this dynamic production which sees all three parts of Shakespeare’s trilogy condensed into one epic event.

Richard III

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Join Shakespeare’s monstrously charismatic villain as he embarks on a bloody campaign for the crown. Richard’s reign of terror is about to begin…

Virginia Woolf

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
An evening of readings of two of Virginia Woolf’s seminal and most powerful works: A Room of One’s Own and Three Guineas.

Deep Night, Dark Night

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Two sets of eerie evenings combine the greatest ghost stories from the past, chilling tales from the present, and unnerving real-life accounts of our haunted London.

Swive [Elizabeth]

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
A savage new play by award-winning writer Ella Hickson that explores the relationship between beauty, sex and power in the reign of Elizabeth I.

Christmas at the (Snow) Globe

Globe Theatre
Sing along with your favourite festive songs in the Globe Theatre as we raise our voices to the Southwark sky to celebrate a bright and very merry Christmas.

Voices in the Dark

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Today’s writers pen letters to the forgotten women of the past, shining a light on those who have shaped our history.

The Taming of the Shrew

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Katharina and Bianca are ready to marry. But the youngest can be won only if the eldest finds her equal. Who will be able to rival the strong-willed Katharina? The hunt for a suitor is on…

Women Beware Women

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Thomas Middleton’s enduringly relevant exploration of gender power dynamics uncovers the savage – and bloody – underbelly of desire, lust and ambition in the flamboyant Florentine court.