Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare and Remembrance

The harsh and boist'rous tongue of war

  • 2018/Winter/ArmisticeDay

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Sunday 11 November 2018, 7.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Martin Leonard

Amanda Faber

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Amanda Faber and Martin Leonard

Featuring members of the Soldiers’ Arts Academy

‘In thy faint slumbers I by thee have watch’d,
And heard thee murmur tales of iron wars;’

Henry IV, Part I, Act II, scene 3


Join us on the centenary of Armistice Day for an evening of performances that will pit Shakespeare’s imagined experience of war against the realities of twenty-first century military life.

Focusing on current serving and veteran military personnel and their families, this will be an evening of remembrance for all those who served in both the First World War and other more recent conflicts. The call and response between Shakespeare and our contemporaries will explore what war means to our society, how we view the military and combat, and how it touches our lives.

The performance will also be a testament to the power of art, theatre, and specifically Shakespeare, to rehabilitate and enrich the lives of those who have experienced the effects of war. 

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy c.i.c.

The Soldiers’ Arts Academy provides a platform through which serving and ex-serving military personnel and their families can participate in the creative and performing arts, using their skills and experiences to engage audiences. Proceeds from the evening will be donated to them. 

Photography: Amanda Searle

The portraits in the main image were taken by Amanda Searle for the Soldier On exhibition and feature Shaun Johnson, Harry Parker, Maurillia Simpson and Cassidy Little. Shaun and Cassidy will be performing as part of Shakespeare and Remembrance.

Additional images will be displayed in the foyer of Shakespeare’s Globe as part of a week-long exhibition.

Please note: the performers’ accounts of contemporary military life will be honest and personal. As well as moments that explore the quirks and lighter sides of military life, there will also be moments in their accounts of war that directly reference the violent reality of conflict, which some people may find distressing. There will also be moments of strong language and some adult references. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact our box office team for more information.