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The Two Noble Kinsmen

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Saturday 16 June, 7.30pm 
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Saturday 16 June, 2.00pm
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Tuesday 26 June, 7.30pm
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Interpreter: Laura Miller
Saturday 9 June, 2.00pm
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25 May – 30 June 2018

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TicketsYard (standing) £5 | Gallery (seated) from £22. Under 18s – £3 off all seats in the Globe Theatre Running timeApprox. 2 hours 15 minutes including an interval

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John Fletcher and William Shakespeare

Barrie Rutter

Jessica Worrall

Assistant Director
Chloe France

Eliza Carthy

Ewan Wardrop

Costume Supervisor
Anna Josephs

Fight Director
Kevin McCurdy

Sarah Case


Moyo Akandé

Jude Akuwudike

Andy Cryer

Sue Devaney
First Queen

Bryan Dick

Matt Henry

Melissa James
Second Queen 

Francesca Mills
Jailer’s Daughter

Kat Rose-Martin
Third Queen 

Paul Stocker

Ellora Torchia

Jon Trenchard 

Jos Vantyler

Please note: this production has now closed.


‘For pity’s sake and true gentility’s,
Hear and respect me.’
Act I, scene 1


How long is forever? When the imprisoned Palamon and Arcite vow eternal friendship, they don’t expect that anything will come between them. But then from their cell window they see the beautiful Emilia, and their priorities take a sudden and violent turn. In this late romance, Fletcher and Shakespeare examine love in all its fluid and complex forms.


Barrie Rutter, recipient of the 2003 Sam Wanamaker Award, directs his first play since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides.

Inspired by the play’s Morris language and references, The Two Noble Kinsmen is set in pastoral ‘Merrie England’ and brought to life with original music composed by acclaimed folk musician Eliza Carthy, and dance choreographed by Ewan Wardrop.

‘The invitation to direct a play with so little stage history comes with great dollops of intrigue, relish and excitement. It is described in the Arden Shakespeare as ‘a Jacobean dramatisation of a medieval English tale based on an Italian romance version of a Latin epic about one of the oldest and most tragic Greek legends’!

This production will delight the ear with words and melodies. We’ll have merry May Day capers, and I don’t know how many dances there’ll be, but methinks the more the merrier. Come along, join in, and add to the history of a play that includes some of the last words Shakespeare ever wrote for the stage.’

Barrie Rutter

In Rehearsal

Follow Emilia through the season

The Two Noble Kinsmen sees the first appearance of an ‘Emilia’ character during the summer season. You’ll also see her in Othello and The Winter’s Tale later in the summer. If you want to learn more about Emilia Bassano, the possible inspiration for some of these characters, join us in August for our spectacular new play, Emilia, which tells the story of this exceptional woman.