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A new play by Matt Hartley

  • 2018/Summer/Eyam

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15 September – 13 October 2018

Globe Theatre

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Matt Hartley

Adele Thomas

Hannah Clark

Assistant Director
Hila Ben-Ari

Orlando Gough

Emma Woods

Costume Supervisor
Laura Rushton

Sarah Case

Claire van Kampen


Annette Badland
Rev Stanley

Zora Bishop
Elizabeth Hancock / Elizabeth Sheldon

Adrian Bower 
Phillip Sheldon

Priyanga Burford 
Katherine Mompesson

Sam Crane
William Mompesson 

John Paul Connolly
John Hancock

Becci Gemmell 
Elizabeth Sydall / Mary Talbot

Will Keen 
John Sydall

Norah Lopez-Holden
Emmott Sydall

Luke MacGregor
Edward Cooper / Rolland Torre

Jordan Metcalfe
Francis Bockinge / George Viccars

Oliver Ryan

Sirine Saba
Mary Cooper

Howard Ward
Marshall Howe

Rose Wardlaw
Harriet Stubbs

Annette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward and Rose Wardlaw


1665. As the plague runs rife through London, Reverend William Mompesson arrives in Eyam, Derbyshire, to lead the parish. But Eyam is no sleepy backwater; it is a village at war with itself. The community has dissolved, and neighbour feuds with neighbour under the watchful eye of a ruthless landowner bent on maintaining his grip on the village. When the plague arrives in Eyam, the villagers are tasked with examining their civil responsibility, as they must decide whether to stay quarantined, or flee and risk spreading the deadly disease.

Please note: as William himself observes when he arrives in Eyam, it's a village full of 'fighting and fornication', so expect moments of violence and strong language. The plague isn't a pretty disease so also anticipate blood, pus, boils, nudity and scenes of an upsetting nature.

Exploring the village of Eyam

New writing at the Globe

‘A new writing venue 400 years ago, the Globe continues to be a new writing venue today, and the 2018 season is no exception. I’m so excited to premiere two plays written for the unique playing conditions of the Globe Theatre,  including Matt Hartley’s Eyam, about an outbreak of the plague in a small Derbyshire village in 1665.’

Michelle Terry

Matt Hartley is an award-winning writer whose work has been produced by Hampstead Theatre, Paines Plough, Pentabus and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

‘The Globe is a magical space. A place for invention, play and adventure. Every visit has always sent shivers down my spine and made me evaluate what is possible as a writer. Having grown up looking out of my bedroom window at Eyam, this has been a story that I’ve wanted to tell for nearly 30 years and I can’t wait to share it with the Globe audience.’

Matt Hartley

Adele Thomas is a theatre and opera director. Previous work at the Globe includes The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse).

‘It is such a thrill to be bringing this play about the power of ordinary people to theatre’s ultimate civic space. It is a vital time in our history to be asking ourselves what our collective responsibility is, and what sacrifices we’d be willing to make for the betterment of all society, not just our personal tribe. I am beyond excited to be starting work on this extraordinary play.’

Adele Thomas