Read the latest news from Shakespeare’s Globe
wednesday 19 August 2020
GLOBE RESTARTS AWARD-WINNING GUIDED TOUR WITH VISITORS ONSTAGE FOR THE FIRST TIME, ALONGSIDE AN EXCITING DIGITAL FESTIVAL FILMED IN THE CANDLELIT SAM WANAMAKER PLAYHOUSE
After closing in March this year, the Globe Theatre opens its oak doors once more for guided tours from 21 August. As well as hearing about Shakespeare, the history of London and the renowned theatre itself, visitors will also have a once in a lifetime chance to stand on one of the most famous stages in the world. Alongside costumes worn by some of the most celebrated actors to have acted at the Globe, there will also be a photography exhibition in the space from theatre photographer Marc Brenner of previously unseen backstage images taken at the Globe during lockdown. An award-winning experience for the young and the young at heart, the tour normally welcomes over 350,000 visitors a year. The Globe’s online shop has now reopened.
wednesday 12 August 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe publishes a statement of intent to become anti-racist and announces an online festival ‘Shakespeare and Race’
In an important move to understand properly the challenges it faces in becoming a truly diverse and anti-racist organisation, Shakespeare’s Globe has released a statement of intent, alongside newly published data regarding diversity within the organisation. The Globe also announces today that the third annual Shakespeare and Race festival will be online from 21 – 23 August, filmed in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
wednesday 22 April 2020
Shakespeare for all: The Globe celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday online
Shakespeare for all: at a time when the Globe would normally be opening its summer season welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors, the celebrations of Shakespeare’s Birthday on 23 April will be hosted online, including collaborations with the BBC and the Guardian.
Monday 30 March 2020
Globe announces new digital content, free films, Mark Rylance’s Shakespeare Walks, and online support for students
Shakespeare’s Globe has been preparing a raft of new digital content to continue to engage its audiences with Shakespeare’s works. Shakespeare & Love in Isolation will see artists, in times of solitude and from their place of sanctuary, sharing some of the greatest words ever written. The series will be released as soon as possible, and artists involved include national treasure and creative team behind Christmas at the (Snow) Globe Sandi Toksvig and Jenifer Toksvig, and award-winning actress and director Kathryn Hunter.
wednesday 18 March 2020
Following the UK Government’s official guidance, Shakespeare’s Globe is closed to the public until further notice, ceasing performances, education activities and tours
Neil Constable, Chief Executive, said: “In this unprecedented time for theatre, as a charity that receives no annual government subsidy, we are in desperate need of donations.
“We produce award-winning productions, projects such as Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank ensure 20,000 free tickets go to school children, we have a world-class Higher Education and Research facility keeping us up to date with the latest in Shakespearean studies. In all, we provide activities for young and old, visitors and neighbours, doing our best to bolster the UK’s cultural offering via the world’s greatest playwright, Shakespeare. We remain one of the most affordable and accessible theatres in the UK, despite a multitude of pressures, managing to retain our £5 Groundling tickets and over 50% of tickets in the Globe Theatre at £25 or less. The Globe is entirely reliant on revenue from ticket sales, and the generosity of supporters, Friends and Patrons.
Friday 13 March 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Romeo & Juliet, directed by Ola Ince
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Romeo & Juliet, directed by Ola Ince, designed by Jacob Hughes, which will open the 2020 Summer Season on Tuesday 14 April. Ola is currently an Artistic Associate at The Royal Court and winner of the h100 Theatre & Performance Award. Her credits include Appropriate (Donmar Warehouse), The Convert (Young Vic) and Poet In Da Corner (Royal Court).
monday 3 febuary 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for the 2020 Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Macbeth, directed by Cressida Brown. This full-scale, fast-paced production is created especially for young people, and will open on Wednesday 26 February until Wednesday 25 March. This year, the demand was so high that over 18,000 free tickets were allocated to state secondary schools in London and Birmingham in just one day, with thousands more students expected to watch the production during its run.
Friday 31 january 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe Announces Full Casting for Globe on Tour Summer 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for Globe on Tour, directed by Brendan O’Hea. The company of eight actors will once again offer audiences around the world a trio of plays, which this year explore the relationship between humankind and Mother Nature. Audiences will cast their votes for either A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It or The Tempest, each of which explores the natural world and its great potential for abundance and transformation.
Wednesday 29 january 2020
Saffron Burrows, Oliver Chris and Belinda Stewart-Wilson join cast of Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce further casting for Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men, a new black comedy by actor and writer Lorien Haynes, directed by Tara Fitzgerald (Brassed Off, Game of Thrones), being hosted in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 20 February.
Wednesday 22 january 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe announces Summer Season 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the summer season 2020 will include Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Antony & Cleopatra, a two-day event ‘Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare and Climate Emergency’, a symposium ‘Shakespeare and Race’, a Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Macbeth with 20,000 free tickets to school children, the return of family festival ‘Telling Tales’, and a new dramatisation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by our resident writers.
friday 10 january 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for The Taming of the Shrew and Women Beware Women
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for the next two productions opening in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in February: The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Maria Gaitanidi, and Thomas Middleton’s Women Beware Women, directed by Amy Hodge.
In an exciting and experimental production, roles for The Taming of the Shrew are to be played by different company members at different performances.
friday 6 december 2020
Shakespeare’s Globe announces one-off events Notes to the Forgotten She-Wolves and Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next year
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce further details of Notes to the Forgotten SheWolves, and Everything I Ever Wanted to Tell My Daughter About Men; one-off performances coming to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in January and February 2020.
Tuesday 12 November 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Swive [Elizabeth], created by Ella Hickson and Natalie Abrahami
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for the world premiere of Swive [Elizabeth].
Created by award-winning writer Ella Hickson and award-winning director Natalie Abrahami, and designed by Ben Stones, this new play will shine candlelight on the ways and means by which women in power negotiate patriarchal pressure in order to get their way.
Wednesday 23 oCTOBER 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Christmas at the (Snow) Globe by Sandi Toksvig and Jenifer Toksvig
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full company for Christmas at the (Snow) Globe, created and directed by Sandi Toksvig and Jenifer Toksvig, and designed by Charlie Cridlan.
Opening on Thursday 19 December, this brand new production will invite audiences to pack into the open-air theatre wrapped in their warmest Christmas jumpers and let loose their Christmas spirit. To celebrate the spirit of storytelling and the joy of gift-giving, audience members will also be invited to bring a new children’s book to put under the 13-foot Christmas tree on the Globe stage. Books will be donated to children’s charities across Southwark. The Globe Christmas tree has been kindly donated by the Embassy of Denmark, London.
The production will feature integrated BSL, and in a Globe first, will include a touch and scent tour for visually impaired patrons ahead of the Audio Described performance on Saturday 21 December.
Monday 23 september 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces three new writers-in-residence
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce three new writers-in-residence: Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz.The writers are taking part in the Globe’s inaugural ‘Scriptorium’, a new twelve-month residency for three playwrights which will see them create bespoke work for the outdoor Globe Theatre and indoor candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, culminating in a co-written production for the Globe Theatre to be staged in summer 2020.
Friday 12 July 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces 2019/20 Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Season: She Wolves and Shrews
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the 2019/20 Sam Wanamaker Playhouse Season. Centred around She Wolves and Shrews, the season is a celebration and interrogation of women, power, and the role of the feminine in shaping our past, present and future.
Thursday 27 June 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for As You Like It
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, co-directed by Federay Holmes and Elle While, opening on Wednesday 7 August. The production returns to the Globe Theatre following a critically acclaimed run in summer 2018.
Thursday 13 June 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates founder Sam Wanamaker’s centenary with 2019 Sam Wanamaker Award and Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture
The Globe is delighted to announce that Dr Diana Devlin is the recipient of this year’s Sam Wanamaker Award, marking the start of the Globe’s festivities to celebrate its founder Sam Wanamaker’s 100th birthday.
Diana receives the award in recognition of her pioneering support of the Globe for the past 47 years. She will also unveil her new biography of Sam, Sam Wanamaker: A Global Performer this evening, where she will give the annual Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture to coincide with the book’s launch. Today also marks the start of the Wanamaker 100 campaign, in which the Globe will aim to raise £100,000 to support Sam’s legacy and continue his visionary work.
Wednesday 5 June 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces programme of events for ‘Shakespeare and Poland’, a new festival for 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the programme for ‘Shakespeare and Poland’, a ten-day festival opening on Wednesday 26 June. The festival of performances, music and panel discussions celebrates Poland’s affinity with Shakespeare and marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of artist, playwright and Shakespeare interpreter, Stanisław Wyspiański.
Shakespeare’s Globe has commissioned the first translation of Wyspianski’s seminal works, Hamlet Study and The Death of Ophelia, especially for the festival and The Death of Ophelia will receive its world premiere in English in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Tuesday 7 may 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe Annual Review: outlining activities from Spring 2018 – Spring 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that turnover for the year ending 31 October 2018 was £24 million, providing a surplus of £374,000 to be reinvested in the continuing development of the organisation.
The Globe continues to operate without public subsidy, and almost 90% of income is generated by mission-based and commercial activities, the remaining 10% garnered from corporate partnership support and donations. Theatre ticket sales and admission charges generate almost three quarters of income, yet over 40% percent of tickets are only £5.
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Sean Holmes. Sean joined the Globe as Associate Artistic Director after almost a decade as Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s evergreen comedy of chaos and order, opens on Friday 28 June in The Globe Theatre. Bottom will be played by Jocelyn Jee Esien, returning to the Globe following her titular role of Dr Faustus.
Tuesday 16 April 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces programme for new festival, ‘Women & Power’, featuring Clean Break, Winsom Pinnock, Sarah Frankcom and Donna Zuckerberg
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the programme for ‘Women & Power’, a new festival of events opening on Sunday 12 May 2018.
With performances, panel discussions, and a scholarly symposium, the festival will celebrate the work and voices of women of all backgrounds and will explore how the work of Shakespeare speaks to the current gender revolution, and how women can use Shakespearean performance to tell their own stories of oppression.
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Bartholomew Fair
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, directed by Elle While, and Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, directed by Blanche McIntyre.
The Merry Wives of Windsor opens on Friday 17 May in The Globe Theatre. Bartholomew Fair opens on Friday 23 August in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The Merry Wives of Windsor will be broadcast live into cinemas from The Globe at 7.20pm on Thursday 20 June.
Wednesday 6 March 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe Archive: Theatres, Players & Performance Now Published Online
Archives from the world-renowned Shakespeare’s Globe are now available online, as part of a collaboration with award-winning primary source publisher, Adam Matthew Digital.
The archival materials in this collection offer a comprehensive insight into Sam Wanamaker’s dream reconstruction of the original 1599 Globe Theatre, as well as detailing the way in which this unique space was constructed as part of a radical theatrical experiment through which to examine the plays of William Shakespeare and others. Over 200 productions from 1997-2016 are documented through prompt books, wardrobe notes, music, performance photographs, programmes, publicity and marketing material, research, and show reports, giving researchers unprecedented access to the history of Shakespeare’s Globe.
Tuesday 5 February 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Romeo and Juliet
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Romeo and Juliet. Michael Oakley returns to direct this full-scale, fast-paced production created especially for young people, which will open on Thursday 28 February until Wednesday 27 March. Over20,000 free ticketshave been allocated to state secondary schools in London and Birmingham, with thousands more students expected to watch the production during its run.
Monday 21 January 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Summer 2019 tour
Brendan O’Hea returns to direct Globe on Tour, where a company of eight actors will once again offer audiences around the world a trio of plays which this year explore the themes of refuge and displacement. Continuing last summer’s experiment, which revived the Shakespearean tradition of allowing audiences to vote for the play they’d like to see, this year’s audiences will cast their votes for The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night or Pericles, all stories of lost families, new homes, and what it means to belong. The tour will return to the Globe stage for Refugee Week (17 – 23 June) as part of a wider programme of events in which refugee artists, performers and audiences will all share their stories.
Wednesday 9 January 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe announces Summer Season 2019
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the Summer Season 2019. Celebrating and interrogating our ‘sceptred isle’ through Shakespeare’s history plays, a year-long journey begins with Richard II, opening 22 February in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, continuing into the Globe Theatre this summer with Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V. The season also includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, and the return of 2018’s As You Like It. Robin Hood tales will form the core of the Read Not Dead series this year, and festivals throughout the summer include Women & Power and Poland is Hamlet. This year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production will be Romeo and Juliet, opening on 28 February, with 20,000 free tickets available to state secondary schools. The Shakespeare’s Globe Touring Ensemble will once again present a trio of plays for the audience to choose from: The Comedy of Errors, Pericles, and Twelfth Night.
Tuesday 18 December 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Edward II and After Edward
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast for Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, directed by Nick Bagnall, and for Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, directed by Brendan O’Hea.
Examining ancestral relationships and notions of identity, sexuality and power, Marlowe’s Edward II sees King Edward recall his lover, Gaveston, from banishment, setting in motion a chain of events that culminate in some of the most shocking scenes in early modern theatre. Tom Stuart’s new play After Edward, written specifically for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in response to Edward II, sees Edward return to the stage alone, bloodied and confused. He has no idea where he is, or how he got here, but he does have an ominous feeling that something is wrong.
Tuesday 30 October 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Oliver Chris’s Ralegh: The Treason Trial
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full cast of Ralegh: The Treason Trial, compiled, edited, dramatized and directed by Oliver Chris. A verbatim account of what played out on that extraordinary November morning in 1603, the production has been compiled and edited from sources present at the trial itself. It will premiere in Winchester Great Hall from Friday 16 November, the location of the original trial 415 years ago, before opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Saturday 24 November for a limited one week run.
Friday 12 October 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Richard II, co-directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the full ensemble for Richard II, opening 22 February 2019. Who are we as a nation post-Empire and pre-Brexit, and how do we speak truth to power? Who made this country and how do we move forward together? As we wrestle with questions of identity and ownership, we turn to our greatest playwright to reflect on ‘This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’ as staged by the first-ever company of women of colour in a Shakespeare play on a major UK stage. Co-directed by Adjoa Andoh and Lynette Linton, Adjoa will also play the titular role.
Thursday 4 October 2018
Merian Global investors announces partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe
Merian Global Investors has today revealed it will collaborate with Shakespeare’s Globe as the sole principal partner of its summer season, 2019.
Wednesday 19 September 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for the Winter Season 2018, its plans for a year-long cycle of history plays from February 2019, and Globe Associates, to include Sean Holmes, who is to become Associate Artistic Director.
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said: “As the UK approaches its exit of the EU, our theatre will present a cycle of history plays, providing a unique opportunity to rediscover how Shakespeare perceived ‘this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England’. Richard II in this year’s Winter Season begins a year-long exploration of what our sceptered isle looks like now, presenting a journey through history via Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, and Richard III.
I am so proud to announce my core team of Associate Artists who will help guide and deliver on the season, as well as support the development and continuing exploration of The Globe Ensemble. The Ensemble allows us to truly explore the DNA of Shakespeare’s plays, all of which were written bespoke for a company of players and made for the architecture of our unique play houses. Most of the artists have worked with us in some capacity this season and I am so excited to welcome Sean Holmes to the Globe family. Sean’s unprecedented experience on Secret Theatre will provide invaluable insight into a process and a practice that is so important to me and to the work that we are experimenting with at Shakespeare’s Globe.”
Sean Holmes said: “Michelle’s vision for the Globe is exciting, inclusive and bold – focused on the centrality of ensemble and the honest and open relationship between actors and audience that it engenders. It’s an honour and a privilege to be invited to join Michelle’s team and to help deliver this vision in all its surprising, dynamic and enjoyable glory.”
Tuesday 4 September 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe launches podcast
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the launch today of Such Stuff, a brand-new podcast. Such Stuff is hosted by Artistic Director Michelle Terry, producer Imogen Greenberg and Head of Higher Education and Research Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper.
Tuesday 7 August 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Matt Hartley’s new play Eyam
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Matt Hartley’s new play Eyam, directed by Adele Thomas, opening in The Globe on Saturday 15 September. When the plague arrives surprisingly in the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665, the community face a moral dilemma. They must decide whether to flee and risk spreading the vicious disease, or stay, protect others from the risk, and face the potential of their own slow and painful death.
Monday 30 July 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces winner of its 2018 Book Award
Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625, by Simon Smith and published by Cambridge University Press (2017), is the winner of the 2018 Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award.
Monday 23 July 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces programme for festival ‘Shakespeare and Race’
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the programme for ‘Shakespeare and Race’, a new festival of events opening 11 August. This is the first time in the Globe’s twenty-year history that the topic will be explored in depth over a week.
Thursday 19 July 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Nick Bagnall’s Love’s Labour’s Lost
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Nick Bagnall’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 23 August.
Wednesday 20 June 2018
International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare’s Globe release new short film for World Refugee Day starring Kim Cattrall, Lena Headey and Noma Dumezweni
The International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare’s Globe are delighted to release a new short film to mark World Refugee Day. A unique performance of Shakespeare’s speech ‘The Strangers’ Case’ from The Book of Sir Thomas More, the film features refugees from Syria, Sierra Leone and South Sudan alongside renowned actors including Kim Cattrall, Lena Headey, Noma Dumezweni and Jamael Westman in an expression of unity with all those who have fled conflict overseas.
Monday 18 June 2018
Shakespeare’s Globe announces Winter Season for 2018/19 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce its Winter Season for 2018/19 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Featuring two pairings of plays by William Shakespeare and his celebrated counterpart, Christopher Marlowe, this call and response season opens on 7 November 2018. Throughout the season we are also inviting today’s artists to examine, rework and elaborate on these 400-year-old provocations with new work written in response to Shakespeare and Marlowe.