Kevin McNally to play King Lear in Nancy Meckler’s production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy

Kevin McNally

Kevin McNally

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that Kevin McNally will take the title role in Nancy Meckler’s forthcoming production of King Lear.

Kevin is best known for his role as Gibbs in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. His other screen credits include The Man Who Knew Infinity and the BBC’s Fleabag. On stage, he played Claudius in Michael Grandage’s Hamlet in the West End and on Broadway, David Bliss in Howard Davies’ Hay Fever in the West End, and Alan Bennett in Nick Hytner’s original production of The Lady in the Van.

Nancy Meckler is the founder and former Artistic Director of renowned theatre company Shared Experience. Her numerous productions for them include the award-winning Anna Karenina, Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae and Orestes. She has also directed at major venues including the RSC, Royal Court and Almeida, and is a former associate director of Hampstead Theatre and Leicester Haymarket. She became the first woman to direct a major production at the National Theatre, with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces the Festival of Independence

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the Festival of Independence, honouring those who have fought for independence, and those who continue to do so across the world today. Curated by award-winning playwright Tanika Gupta MBE, the festival aims to shine a light on struggles for personal, political and artistic freedom, and includes theatre, music, poetry and dance. It features a world premiere of Gupta’s new play Lions and Tigers, directed by Pooja Ghai, in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The festival will also feature a one-off gig in the Globe Theatre by Mobo award-winning Nitin Sawhney, a new production of Vijay Tendulkar’s revolutionary play A Friend’s Story directed by Akash Khurana, and an evening of words and music in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with Susheela Raman, William Dalrymple, Sam Mills and Pirashanna Theverajah.

Speaking about the festival, Tanika Gupta, Curator of the Festival of Independence, said, I’m delighted to be curating the Festival of Independence this summer, the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. In our current climate it’s more important than ever to celebrate the struggles of those who have fought for an equal, fairer society. It is our job to protect that hard-won freedom, and to reiterate the need for diversity in all areas of our lives and work. I’m thrilled that the Festival of Independence will be bringing such incredible artists and important, vital stories to one of London’s greatest theatres this summer.”

Based on the true story of her great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, and marking 70 years of Indian independence, Lions and Tigers runs from 23 August – 16 September in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Set against the backdrop of negotiations between the leaders of the Indian National Congress, the play charts the emotional and political awakening of the 19-year-old Dinesh Gupta, as he is pitted against the British Raj. Gupta’s play is rich with details from her grandfather’s 500 page handwritten journal, along with the 92 letters written by her great uncle from his prison cell.

On 20 and 21 September, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse hosts Akash Khurana’s new production of Vijay Tendulkar’s revolutionary play, A Friend’s Story, which elicited significant public reaction when it was first performed in India in 1981. Set in and around a college campus in the Poona of the 1940s, A Friend’s Story is about three students in a complex love triangle. The play explores a theme that was still considered taboo at the time – that of two people of the same sex being in a romantic relationship. As we mark 50 years since the de-criminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, this play is a timely reminder of how far we have come, and how far we still have to go.

Along with these new productions in the Playhouse, the festival features several unique musical events. On 21 August, Mobo award-winning Nitin Sawhney will play a one-off gig in the Globe Theatre. Firmly established as an album artist, world-class producer, songwriter, DJ, multi-instrumentalist, orchestral composer and cultural pioneer, Sawhney has become a latter-day Renaissance man in the worlds of music, film, video-games, dance and theatre. After 2016’s acclaimed performance at the Royal Albert Hall and a sold-out 3 day residency at Soho’s Ronnie Scott’s, he reassembles his band of first class musicians to play work from his extensive repertoire.

On 7 June the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse hosts How Many Roads?, an evening of itinerant words and music by William Dalrymple and Susheela Raman, with Sam Mills and Pirashanna Theverajah. In their lives and work, writer William Dalrymple and singer Susheela Raman have both found unique ways of linking India, the UK and the World. Both were born in the UK; Dalrymple lives in India and has become one of its best-selling resident authors, while Raman lives in the UK and was born to South Indian parents in London, and is known as one of the most creative musicians in the global Indian diaspora. The evening includes readings and music shaped by their complementary and contrasting perspectives, and they are joined by London-born guitarist Sam Mills, and British virtuoso of South Indian percussion Pirashanna Theverajah.

The Festival of Independence will include more performances and events, which will be announced in due course.

Lions and Tigers

By Tanika Gupta

Directed by Pooja Ghai

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

23 August – 16 September 8pm

2.30pm matinee on 2, 9 & 16 August

£62, £48, £38, £32RV, £26RV, £20RV, £10 standing


A Friend’s Story

By Vijay Tendulkar

Directed by Akash Khurana

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
20 & 21 September 8pm

£35, £25 RV and £10 standing


Nitin Sawhney

Globe Theatre

21 August8pm

£50, £45, £30, £30, £35 standing


How Many Roads?

William Dalrymple and Susheela Raman
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

7 June8pm

£60 – £10


RV: Restricted View

Shakespeare’s Globe and Glyndebourne collaborate on one-off Hamlet event

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Shakespeare’s Globe, in partnership with Glyndebourne, present Hamlet and the Test of Time, an evening examining the enduring appeal of Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. In a one-off event hosted by Melvyn Bragg on Thursday 11 May, author Ian McEwan and actor Simon Russell Beale join composer Brett Dean, Shakespeare scholar, Ann Thompson and Executive Producer of the Globe, Tom Bird to analyse the popular fascination with Hamlet, both the play and the protagonist.

This summer Glyndebourne will stage a new opera of Hamlet by composer Brett Dean and librettist Matthew Jocelyn. Hamlet and the Test of Time will anticipate this world premiere, and look at the reinterpretation of Hamlet through different artistic media.

Hamlet is not only among the most regularly performed of all plays in the modern era, but has been realised in numerous alternative versions, from over 50 films to a dozen operas. It seems that the hold of the tortured Danish prince over our imaginations is as powerful now as it ever has been.

Panelists for Hamlet and the Test of Time include Brett Dean, composer of Glyndebourne’s new opera; Ian McEwan, author of Nutshell, a novel narrated by a character similar to Hamlet, who observes the familiar narrative unfold while still a foetus in his mother’s womb; and Simon Russell Beale, who memorably performed the title role at the National Theatre in 2000.

Also taking part are Ann Thompson, Emeritus Professor of English at King’s College, London, and co-editor of the Arden Shakespeare editions of Hamlet; and Tom Bird, Executive Producer of  Shakespeare’s Globe, and producer of the unprecedented Hamletworld tour, which, over a two-year period, staged the play in 197 countries.

In addition, there will be an in-focus discussion of the new opera, with cast principals and members of the creative team. An excerpt from the work will also be performed.

Brett Dean’s Hamlet opens at Glyndebourne on 11 June, and runs in repertoire until 8 July. Dean comes to Glyndebourne following the huge success of his previous opera, Bliss, which premiered at Sydney Opera House in 2010, and is joined by fellow Australian Neil Armfield as Director.

Hamlet will be conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, former music director at Glyndebourne and principal conductor of the London Philharmonic. The cast for the premiere production includes of some of the finest singing actors of the moment. British tenor and Glyndebourne favourite Allan Clayton performs the title role, alongside. British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly as Gertrude. Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan, a strong advocate of contemporary music, will make her Glyndebourne debut as Ophelia.

Mark Rylance and Shakespeare’s Globe announce special event at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey
Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Shakespeare’s Globe and Mark Rylance have announced All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits, a unique event at Westminster Abbey, in celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday. On Friday 21 April and Saturday 22 April, Mark will join a company of 25 actors, as Shakespeare’s plays, poetry and song are brought to life in fifty fleeting and intimate encounters throughout the Abbey.

Steeped in more than a thousand years of history, Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066, and is the final resting place of seventeen monarchs, and the site of Shakespeare’s special monument in Poets’ Corner. Audience members will have the opportunity to encounter historic figures such as Richard II and Henry V as Shakespeare’s iconic words are heard from beside their tombs.

Shakespeare’s birthday weekend will also include the 25th anniversary of the Globe and Mark’s annual Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d, a walk through Shakespeare’s London brought alive by actors. Conceived by Mark Rylance, Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d will take place Saturday 22 April – Sunday 23 April, tracing routes through Westminster and the City and finishing at the Globe.

All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits

Friday 21 April at 6.30pm & 8.15pm

Saturday 22 April at 6.30pm & 8.15pm

Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d

Saturday 22 April departing in groups from locations in Westminster & Shoreditch between 11am – 1.30pm

Sunday 23 April departing in groups from locations in Westminster & Shoreditch between11am – 1.30pm

Westminster Abbey is one of the world’s great churches, with a history stretching back over a thousand years. The Abbey has been the Coronation church since 1066, and the setting for many other great events in the life of the nation. It is renowned as the burial place of kings and queens, and of other distinguished figures in the nation’s history, from writers and musicians to politicians and scientists. Together with St Margaret’s, the parish church of the Palace of Westminster, the Abbey plays a significant role in the life of the nation.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the casting for Romeo and Juliet directed by Daniel Kramer, and Twelfth Night directed by Emma Rice. Emma’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marks the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April with Romeo and Juliet, starring Edward Hogg as Romeo, and Kirsty Bushell as Juliet. Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night opens 18 May and will star Carly Bawden as Maria and George Ikediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat, as Feste.

Edward Hogg will play Romeo. Edward’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes The God of Soho, The Storm, The Tempest and Measure for Measure. Other theatre includes The Rest is Silence (Brighton Festival / Northern Stage / London 2012 Festival), Our Class (National Theatre), Pictures from an Exhibition(Young Vic) and Woyzeck (Gate Theatre/ New York). Film includes White Lightnin’, Ollie Kepler’s Expanding Purple World, Anonymous, Jupiter Ascending, The Program, Kill Your Friends and Bunny and the Bull. His recent television includes Taboo, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell (BBC), Harlots (ITV) and Indian Summers (Channel 4).

Juliet will be played by Kirsty Bushell. Her recent theatre includes Boys will be Boys (Bush Theatre), Hedda Gabler (Salisbury Playhouse), Torn (Royal Court), Antigone (Barbican/Tour), I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre), Belongings (Hampstead Theatre/ West End), The White Devil, Twelfth Night, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (RSC), Edward II, New Views 13, Edgar and Annabel, There is a War (National Theatre) and Angels in America (Headlong). In television, her work includes Silk, Frankie, Silent Witness, True Love, Roger Roger (BBC), Injustice, FM (ITV) and Pornography (Channel 4).

Golda Rosheuvel will take the role of Mercutio. Golda’s recent theatre includes A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (Complicité/National Theatre),, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (National Theatre), Now We Are Here (Young Vic), Electra (Old Vic), The Frontline, Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare’s Globe), Winter’s Tale, Angels in America (Headlong), Marat/Sade, The Tempest and Julius Caesar (RSC). Her screen credits include Lady Macbeth and EastEnders (BBC). Tybalt will be played by Ricky Champ. Ricky’s recent theatre includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hang of the Gaol, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, Days of Significance (RSC), Bent (Trafalgar Studios) and Cannibals (Manchester Royal Exchange). Film includes Lost in London, Paddington 2, A Royal Night Out and Mortdecai. Television includes Lucky Man (Sky), Tracey Ullman Show (BBC/HBO), Him and Her, Dead Boss (BBC), Game of Thrones (HBO), Harlots and Wendy and Peter (ITV).

Martina Laird plays Lady Capulet. Martina’s recent stage credits include Julius Caesar/ Henry IV/ The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse), Who Cares (Royal Court), The House That Will Not Stand (Tricycle Theatre), Moon on a Rainbow Shawl(Talawa Theatre Company, National Theatre) and All the Little Things we Crushed(Almeida Theatre). Television includes EastEnders, Missing (BBC), Epiphany, Coronation Street (ITV), London’s Burning and Shameless (Channel 4). Harish Patel will play Friar Lawrence. His recent theatre includes Rafta, Rafta at the National Theatre. Film credits include Lies We Tell, Jadoo, Keith Lemon, All in Good Time, Today’s Special, Run Fat Boy Run and Chicken Tikka Masala.Television includes Billionaire Boy, Mapp and Lucia, The Driver, The Boy in the Dress (BBC), My Freakin’ Family, No.1 Ladies Detective Agency (ABC), Never Mind Nirvana (NBC) and Coronation Street (ITV). Blythe Duff will play the nurse. Best known for her role as DI Jackie Reid in Taggart (ITV), she most recently appeared in The James Plays at the National Theatre and for the UK and International tour.

Beginning 22 AprilRomeo and Juliet will be directed by renowned theatre and opera director, and Artistic Director of the English National Opera, Daniel Kramer. Daniel’s recent credits include Tristan and Isolde (ENO), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera, Opera North), Punch and Judy (Grand Théâtre Geneva, ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award), Bluebeard’s Castle (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre – Golden Mask Award, ENO), Pictures from an Exhibition(Sadler’s Wells and Young Vic), King Kong (Regent Theatre, Australia), Woyzeck(St. Ann’s Warehouse), Bent (Trafalgar Studios, West End) and Hair (Gate Theatre).

The full cast comprises Jac Adu-Sarkodie, Siobhan Athwal, Kirsty Bushell, Ricky Champ, Tim Chipping, Blythe Duff, Keith Gilmore, Edward Hogg, Martina Laird, Jonathan Livingstone, Sian Martin, Harish Patel, Golda Rosheuvel and Gareth Snook.

Emma Rice’s Twelfth Night opens 18 May. Feste will be played by GeorgeIkediashi, also known as award-winning drag performer Le Gateau Chocolat. Theatre and opera credits include The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air), Imago (Glyndebourne) and Varjak Paw(Royal Opera House). George’s drag act as Le Gateau Chocolat has toured worldwide, including performances at the Menier Chocolate Factory, Wroclaw in Poland and the Sydney Opera House. He has sung at Wigmore Hall and with Basement Jaxx at the Barbican. Other appearances include I Heart Chocolat at the Royal Albert Hall, Black with the Homotopia Festival at the Soho Theatre, and singing as part of the flotilla for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Carly Bawden will play Maria. Carly’s recent theatre includes the role of Alice in (National Theatre), McQueen (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Assassins, Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), Dead Dog in a Suitcase and Other Love Songs, Tristan & Yseult, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Kneehigh) and My Fair Lady (Sheffield Crucible). Television includes Close to the Enemy (BBC).

Anita-Joy Uwajeh will play Viola. Her recent theatre credits include Girls and Fury (Soho Theatre). Recent screen credits include Lucky Man (Sky 1) Cut (Channel 4), and Agent 47John Pfumojena will play Sebastian, having most recently appeared in the National Theatre’s Peter Pan. John’s other credits include I Am Thomas (National Theatre of Scotland / Told By an Idiot), Playing Warriors and Workshop Negative (Tangle International).

Joshua Lacey plays Orsino. Joshua’s recent theatre credits include Imogen (Shakespeare’s Globe),, Everyman, One Man Two Guvnors, The Magistrate (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime, Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Billy Elliot (West End). Film includes Murder on the Orient Express and London Road.

Katy Owen will play Malvolio. Katy’s recent credits include 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (Globe and UK/US Tour),  A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Rebecca (Kneehigh), The World of Work (Difficult Stage), Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), Maudie’s Rooms and Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru). Her film work includes Daddy’s Girl and Shopping for Happiness.

Annette McLaughlin will play Olivia. Annette’s recent credits include Billy Elliot (UK Tour), The Odyssey (Almeida), Volpone, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta (RSC) and Matilda (West End).

Marc Antolin plays Sir Andrew Aguecheek. Marc’s recent theatre includes Peter Pan (National Theatre), The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk (Bristol Old Vic and Shakespeare’s Globe), The Trial (Young Vic), Taken At Midnight (Theatre Royal Haymarket / Chichester Minerva), Amadeus, Singin’ In The RainThe Music Man (Chichester Festival Theatre), From Here To Eternity (West End), Matilda (RSC/ West End), Into The WoodsHello, Dolly! (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Billy Liar (UK Tour) and Imagine This (New London Theatre). Screen credits include London RoadCoconut Shy, Love Actually and More Than LoveTony Jayawardena will play Sir Toby. Tony’s recent theatre credits include Bend it like Beckham: The Musical (West End), The TempestThe Roaring GirlsThe Arden of Faversham and The White Devil (RSC). Screen credits include The Windsors (Channel 4), Strikeback (Sky 1), and A Street Cat Named Bob.

The full cast comprises Marc Antolin, Carly Bawden, Nandi Bhebhe, George Ikediashi, Tony Jayawardena, Joshua Lacey, Pieter Lawman, Annette McLaughlin, Kandaka Moore, Katy Owen, John Pfumojena, Theo St Clair and Anita-Joy Uwajeh.

Emma Rice’s 2016 season included the critically acclaimed production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, and a sell-out run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was broadcast live by the BBC and British Council. Most recently, she directed Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales) in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The production was adapted for the stage by Joel Horwood and Emma Rice.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Nick Drake’s All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, directed by Jonathan Munby

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce casting for All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah, written by Nick Drake and directed by Jonathan Munby. After an acclaimed 2015 run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse during Dominic Dromgoole’s penultimate winter season, this new production of All the Angels traces the incredible story of the world’s most popular choral work, Handel’s Messiah, from its first rehearsal in a Chester pub to the world stage. Performing as the chorus are Alumni from Genesis Sixteen, courtesy of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen.

Director Jonathan Munby returns to the Globe after the sell-out run of All the Angels in 2015. Other credits with the Globe include The Merchant of Venice (revived for a 2016 international tour), Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Recent theatre includes First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre), Othello and Julius Caesar (Chicago Shakespeare Company), The Crucible(Cocoon Theatre Tokyo), Wendy and Peter Pan, The Canterbury Tales and Madness in Valencia (RSC). Nick Drake is a playwright, poet and screenwriter. His work in theatre includes the libretto Between Worlds (ENO/Barbican), To Reach the Clouds (Nottingham Playhouse) and Success (NT Connections). His writing for film includes Romulus My Father, which won Best Film at the Australian Film Institute Awards.

The role of Handel will once again be played by David Horovitch. David’s prolific theatre credits include All My Sons (Rose Theatre Kingston), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline (RSC), Grief, Absolute Hell, Racing Demon, The Misanthrope (National Theatre), and on the West End, When We Are Married, Bedroom Farce, Absurd Person Singular, The Crucifer of Blood and Forty Years On. Film includes Marrowbone (Tele5), HHhH (Adama Pictures), Mr Turner (Film 4/ Focus Features), The Sense of an Ending (BBC Films), The Infiltrator (Good Films), A Hundred and Two Dalmatians (Disney) and The Young Victoria (GK Films). Television includes Miss Marple (BBC), Heartbeat (ITV) and Doctors (BBC).


Sean Campion returns as Crazy Crow. Sean’s recent theatre credits include Unfaithful (Found 111), Gods are Fallen and All Safety Gone (Grey Scale Theatre Company/Almeida), Once a Catholic(Tricycle Theatre), King Lear (Abbey Theatre), Wittenburg (Gate Theatre), Theatre Brothel (Almeida Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Salisbury Playhouse) and Stones in his Pocket (West End/ Broadway). The latter earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor, and a Drama Desk Special Award. Film includes We Can Be Heroes (Heroes Productions), The Foreigner (STX Productions) and United Passions (Thelma Films). Television includes Harley and the Davidsons(Discovery), Rillington Place (BBC), Mr Selfridge (ITV), Vera (ITV) and The Borgias (Showtime).

Olivier Award nominee Kelly Price will reprise the role of Susannah Cibber. Kelly’s recent theatre includes First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre), The Twilight Zone (Almeida Theatre), Little Shop of Horrors and That Day We Sang (Manchester Royal Exchange), One Man Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Stepping Out (Salisbury Playhouse) A Little Night Music (Menier Chocolate Factory/ West End) and Chicago (Cambridge Theatre). Screen credits include The Sense of an Ending (Origin Productions), A Bunch of Amateurs (Trademark), Endeavour (ITV), Midsomer Murders (ITV), Hollyoaks (Channel 4), Waterloo Road (BBC), Doctors (BBC) and The Accused (BBC).

The ensemble roles will be played by Paul KembleLucy PeacockLawrence Smith and Saskia Strallen. Paul Kemble’s recent theatre includes Romeo and Juliet and Pinocchio (S4K International), Top Hat (Tour), High Society (Old Vic), Made in Dagenham (West End), Stephen Ward (West End) and Love Story (West End). Lucy Peacock’s recent theatre includes The Perfect Picnic (Arcola Theatre), Sweeney Todd (The Papermill), Comedy of Arias (Pleasance Theatre) and Pygmalion (UK Tour). Screen credits include Assassin’s Creed (20th Century Fox), Close to the Enemy (BBC) and Our Zoo (BBC).

Saskia Strallen’s theatre credits include national tours of Oklahoma!FameScrooge and 9 to 5 The Musical. Other recent credits include Miss Atomic Bomb (St James Theatre), Street of Dreams (MEN Arena), and for the Union Theatre, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Dames at Sea and Bells are Ringing. Lawrence Smith’s has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music. Credits while training include Sweeney Todd, Company, Blood Wedding and The Rake’s Progress.

The full cast comprises Sean Campion, David Horovitch, Paul Kemble, Lucy Peacock, Kelly Price, Lawrence Smith and Saskia Strallen.

All the Angels – Handel and the First Messiah

Tuesday 6 December – Sunday 12 February
Press Night: Thursday 8 December

Written by Nick Drake
Directed by Jonathan Munby
Designed by Mike Britton
Musical Director Michael Haslam
Movement by Imogen Knight
Originally produced by Dominic Dromgoole

Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season ‘Summer of Love’

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season, the Summer of Love, marking the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967. The season opens on 22 April, with Romeo and Juliet, followed by Jessica Swale’s Nell GwynnTwelfth Night, Kneehigh’s Tristan & YseultMuch Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica

Beginning 22 AprilRomeo and Juliet will be directed by renowned theatre and opera director, and Artistic Director of the English National Opera, Daniel Kramer. In Verona, Shakespeare’s iconic star-crossed lovers are torn between their feuding families the Montagues and Capulets. Daniel’s recent credits include Tristan and Isolde (ENO), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera, Opera North), Punch and Judy (Grand Théâtre Geneva, ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award), Bluebeard’s Castle (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre – Golden Mask Award, ENO), Pictures from an Exhibition (Sadlers Wells and Young Vic), King Kong (Regent Theatre, Australia), Woyzeck (St. Ann’s Warehouse), Bent (Trafalgar Studios, West End) and Hair(Gate Theatre).

On 2 May, the UK tour of Jessica Swale’s Olivier Award-winning Nell Gwynn returns to the Globe, in a co-production with English Touring Theatre, in association with Nica BurnsEleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black. Directed by Christopher LuscombeNell Gwynn stars Olivier-Award Nominee Laura Pitt-Pulford as the eponymous actress and mistress of Charles II. Laura’s recent credits include Side Show (Southwark Playhouse), Flowers for Mrs Harris (Sheffield Crucible) and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Regents Park Open Air Theatre – Olivier Award Nomination for Best Actress in a Musical). Globe audiences were originally wowed by the play in 2015 with Gugu Mbatha-Raw in the lead, before it transferred to the West End with Gemma Arterton as Nell.

The season continues with Emma Rice’s new production of Twelfth Night, beginning 18 May. This tale of love and loss begins as Viola is washed up on the coast of Illyria, following a shipwreck in which she believes her twin brother has perished. Emma Rice’s 2016 season included the critically acclaimed production of 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, based on Michael Morpurgo’s beloved novel, and a sell-out run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which was broadcast live by the BBC and British Council.

From 13 June, Kneehigh’s beloved Tristan & Yseult is revived on the Globe stage as part of a major Celtic tour for the company, which will see it travel to Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as the Globe. The original tale of forbidden desires, the play examines the love and betrayal between Tristan, King Mark of Cornwall and his wife Yseult. Written by Kneehigh Artistic Associates Carl Grose and Anna Maria Murphy, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, this critically acclaimed production catapulted Kneehigh onto the international stage, and toured extensively in the UK in 2013 and USA during 2014-5. Further information and new tour details will be announced shortly.

Next in the season is Much Ado About Nothing, directed by Globe Associate DirectorMatthew Dunster, from 14 July. In a fresh interpretation, the love stories of Hero and Claudio, and Beatrice and Benedick, are transported to 1910, at the outbreak of the Mexican Civil War. Matthew is an Olivier Award nominated director and writer whose recent credits include Imogen at the Globe, Hangmen (Royal Court and West End), Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Liberian Girl (Royal Court).

From 10 August, the season continues with King Lear, directed by Nancy Meckler. When Lear decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters, his pride and jealousy lead to tragic consequences. Nancy Meckler is the founder and former Artistic Director of renowned theatre company Shared Experience. Her numerous productions for them include the award-winning Anna Karenina, Heartbreak House, True West, The Birthday Party, The Bacchae and Orestes. She has also directed at major venues including the RSC, Royal Court and Almeida, and is a former associate director of Hampstead Theatre and Leicester Haymarket. In 1981, she was the first woman to direct a major production at the National Theatre, with Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Finally, the Globe hosts the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica, directed by Eleanor Rhode, from 8 September. Boudica, Queen of the Iceni tribe, wages a bloody uprising against the Roman Empire in this epic tale of power, politics and love. Tristan’s recent writing credits include The Bread & The Beer (Soho Theatre and UK Tour), Iron Oxide(Southwark Playhouse), Old Fools (Bush Theatre) and Aftershocks (National Theatre Studio). Eleanor is Artistic Director at Snapdragon Productions. Her recent work includes Toast (UK Tour and Brits Off Broadway, New York), When We Were Women (Orange Tree Theatre), Thark (Park Theatre) and two sell-out runs of Generous (Finborough Theatre). Eleanor and Tristan’s previous collaborations include Teddy (Winner of Best New Musical in the 2015 Off West End Awards), and Frankenstein (currently at the Watermill Theatre and on tour).


Advance Priority Booking: Wednesday 4th January at 10am

Friends Priority Booking: Monday 9th January at 10am

Public Booking: Monday 30th January at 10am

Romeo and Juliet press night will be held on 27 April 2017. Further press night dates will be confirmed soon.

2017 Summer Season: 22 April – 15 October

Romeo and Juliet

22 April – 9 July 2017

Press Night: 27 April 2017

Nell Gwynn (A Shakespeare’s Globe and English Touring Theatre co-production in association with Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paula Marie Black)

2 – 13 May 2017

Twelfth Night

18 May – 5 August 2017

Tristan & Yseult (Kneehigh)

13 – 24 June 2017

Much Ado About Nothing

14 July – 15 October 2017

King Lear

10 August – 14 October 2017


8 September – 1 October 2017

Winter season 2016/17 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:

Comus – A Masque in Honour of Chastity

26 October 2016 – 19 November 2016

Press night: Tuesday 1 November

The Little Matchgirl (and Other Happier Tales)

24 November 2016 – 22 January 2017

Press night: Thursday 1 December

All the Angels

6 December 2016 – 12 February 2017

Press night: Thursday 8 December

The White Devil

26 January 2017 – 16 April 2017

Press night: Wednesday 1 February


23 February 2017 – 22 April 2017

Press night: Thursday 2 March

Shakespeare’s Globe


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Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, directed by Emma Rice

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce full casting for Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice. Inspired by Andersen’s beautiful and devastating tale, and incorporating several of his other beloved stories – ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’, ‘Thumbelina’, and ‘The Princess and the Pea’ – it is written by the award-winning Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs in Walberswick, Mikey the Pikey, Food, I Heart Peterborough).

The role of Ole Shuteye will be played by Paul Hunter. Paul’s previous work for Shakespeare’s Globe includes The Mystery Plays, Much Ado About Nothing, Troilus and Cressida, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Under the Black Flag. Other recent theatre includes Gaslight (Northampton Theatre), The Fantasticks (West End) and Rapunzel (Kneehigh). Paul is also the co-founder and Artistic Director of Told by An Idiot. Recent credits with them include The Fahrenheit Twins (Barbican/ Tour) and The Perfect Mind (Young Vic). Screen credits include, for Warner Brothers, The Jungle Book and Pan, for Disney, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Cinderella and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Marvellous (BBC).

Akiya Henry will play (amongst other roles) Thumbelina’s Mother and the Princess in ‘The Princess and the Pea’. Akiya’s previous work for the Globe includes Twelfth Night (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank), Coriolanus and Under the Black Flag. Other recent theatre includes Sense of an Ending (Theatre 503), Deposit (Hampstead Theatre), The Nutcracker and the Mouse King (Unicorn Theatre), Perseverance Drive (Bush Theatre), Words, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic), Much Ado about Nothing, Henry V (Shakespeare in a Suitcase/ RSC, New York), Coram Boy (National Theatre) and Skellig (Young Vic). Screen credits include Silent Witness (BBC), Casualty (BBC) and Little Britain (BBC).

The role of Thumbelina (amongst other roles) will be played by Bettrys Jones. Bettrys’ recent theatre includes We Want You to Watch (National Theatre), Praxis Makes Perfect (National Theatre Wales), Edward II, Warhorse (National Theatre / West End), The Mouse and his Child, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Comedy of Errors (RSC) and Sixty Six Books (Bush Theatre). Screen credits include Alice (Ruby Films), Private Peaceful (Fluidity Films) and Little Bird (Litmus Pictures).

Japjit Kaur will be lead vocalist in the show. Japjit’s recent theatre credits include Nirbaya (Assembly Festival / World Tour – winner of the Amnesty International Freedom of Speech, Edinburgh Fringe and Herald Angels Awards), The Jungle Book (West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Empress (Kneehigh / RSC) and Wah Wah Girls (Sadler’s Wells). As a musician her credits include Vocal Music Director for Dara (National Theatre), Singer for England People Very Nice (National Theatre) and Musical Director for Olivier Award Winning Rafta Rafta (National Theatre).

Swallow, Soldier (and other parts) will be played by Kyle Lima. Kyle’s recent theatre includes The Last Mermaid (Wales Millennium Center), World Cup Final 1966 (Bristol Old Vic), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bristol Old Vic / US Tour) and Flyboy’s (Chapter Theatre Arts). Screen credits include Merlin (BBC) and Burn Burn Burn (Burn Productions).

Jack Shalloo will play Mole and the Prince in ‘The Princess and the Pea’ (amongst other roles). Jack’s recent theatre credits include Groundhog Day (Old Vic), Dead Dog in a Suitcase (Kneehigh), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Neal Street Productions), Goodbye Barcelona (Arcola Theatre), A Clockwork Orange (Stratford East Theatre Royal) and Hamlet: The Musical (Royal and Derngate/ Richmond Theatre). His screen credits include Dickensian (BBC), The Interceptor (BBC) and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (BBC).

Edie Edmundson is the Puppeteer for the Little Matchgirl. Edie’s recent theatre credits include The Old Woman Made of Stardust (Theatre N16), Houseplay (Edinburgh Fringe 2015), Wondering Hands presents Sex and Puppets (Pleasance Theatre / Brainchild Festival) and Brer Rabbit Meets Brer Santa (Movingstage Marionette Theatre).

The full cast comprises Edie Edmundson, Akiya Henry, Paul Hunter, Bettrys Jones, Japjit Kaur, Kyle Lima and Jack Shalloo.


Shakespeare’s Globe announces full cast for Matthew Dunster’s Imogen

Cast of Imogen

Award-winning actor Maddy Hill, in the lead role of Imogen, is best known for the recurring role of Nancy Carter in EastEnders (BBC), for which she won Best Newcomer at the National Television Awards in 2015, and Best Newcomer in the British Soap Awards 2014, as well as being nominated for Best Newcomer at the TV Choice Awards 2014. Maddy will be joined by Jonathan McGuinness as Cymbeline, Ira Mandela Siobhan as Posthumus and Matthew Needham as Iachimo. Running from 17 SeptemberImogen is Shakespeare’s Cymbeline renamed and reclaimed.

Cast of Imogen

Cast of Imogen

Jonathan McGuinness will play Cymbeline. Jonathan’s extensive stage credits include Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre/Trafalgar Studios), The Oresteia (Almeida), Love’s Sacrifice and The Comedy of Errors (RSC), The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas (Royal Court) and Once in a Lifetime, Playing with Fireand The U.N. Inspector (National Theatre). Television includes Wolf Hall (BBC Two), The Bletchley Circle (ITV) and Silk (BBC).

The role of Posthumus will be played by Ira Mandela Siobhan. Ira’s recent stage credits include Macbeth, A Season in the Congo and Feast at the Young Vic, Everyman, Fela! and DV8’s Can We Talk About This? at the National Theatre, The Wind in the Willows (Vaudeville Theatre) and The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable(Punchdrunk). Film includes London Road and Pan.

Cast of Imogen

Cast of Imogen

Matthew Needham will play Iachimo having most recently starred in the short film Stutterer which won best foreign film at the LA shorts festival and has been shortlisted for best live action short film at the 88th Academy Awards. Matthew’s previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014). For the RSC, credits include Henry IV Parts One and TwoRichard II, Love’s Sacrifice and The Jew of Malta. Other theatre includes Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint), Britannicus (Wilton’s Music Hall), for which he was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award, and There is a War (National Theatre). His screen credits include Endeavour (ITV), The Hollow Crown Part Two (BBC) and Sherlock (BBC).

The Queen will be played by Claire-Louise Cordwell. Claire-Louise’s previous work at the Globe includes Matthew Dunster’s The Frontline. Other theatre includes Treasure Island (National Theatre), Ecstasy (Hampstead Theatre and West End) and Stoning Mary (Royal Court). Screen credits include Beowulf (ITV), Line of Duty (BBC 2) and The Honourable Woman (BBC). The role of her son, Cloten, will be played by Joshua Lacey. Joshua’s recent theatre includes Wonder.Land, Everyman and One Man, Two Guvnors (National Theatre), Richard III (Trafalgar Studios), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Ragtime and Crazy for You (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).

Martin Marquez will play Belarius. Martin’s extensive stage credits include Husbands and Sons, Anything Goes and Love’s Labours Lost for the National Theatre, Before I Leave for National Theatre Wales, Ah, Wilderness for the Young Vic, and Cleansed and Identical Twins for the Royal Court. Recent screen credits include SunTrap (BBC), Twenty Twelve (BBC) and in film, Elizabeth I and Les Misérables.

Award-winning actor William Grint plays Arviragus. William began his career in Deafinitely Youth Theatre, with credits including Beauty ManifestoThe RitualThe Mobile Phone Show and Blackout. His film credits include Chasing Cotton CloudsStrangers, for which he won best actor at Clin d’Oeil Festival for Deaf culture, and The Quiet OnesScott Karim will play Guiderius. Scott’s recent theatre includes Brave New World (Northampton Royal & Derngate), The Invisible (Bush Theatre), Dara, Great Britain and Othello (National Theatre). His previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes 2015’s The Merchant of Venice.

The full cast comprises Leila Ayad, Okorie Chukwu, Claire-Louise Cordwell, William Grint, Maddy Hill, Sapphire Joy, Scott Karim, Erica Kouassi, Joshua Lacey, Ira Mandela Siobhan, Martin Marquez, Jonathan McGuinness, Malik-Sankara Mosiah Watson, Matthew Needham, Anwar Russell and Kai Spellman.

Full casting announced for Kneehigh at the Globe’s 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the casting for 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, co-adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Globe Artistic Director Emma Rice. After a critically acclaimed 2015 run at Kneehigh’s Asylum,Emma Rice’s family show will be brought to London for the first time, before embarking on a major international tour of the UK and US. It tells the story of the rehearsed D-Day landings in Devon’s Slapton Sands, and stars Katy Owen as the heroine Lily, Mike Shepherd as her grandfather, Adam Sopp as the evacuee Barry, and Nandi Bhebhe and Ncuti Gatwa as American soldiers Harry and Adi.

Katy Owen reprises the role of Lily, having also recently starred in Kneehigh’s Rebecca, and as Puck in the Globe’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre includes The World of Work (Difficult Stage), Apparitions of Spirits with the Forsythe Sisters (Gaggle Babble), Maudie’s Rooms and Plum and Cinders (Sherman Cymru). Her film work includes Daddy’s Girl and Shopping for Happiness.

Artistic Director of Kneehigh Mike Shepherd will play Lily’s grandpa. Since founding the company in 1980, he has worked almost exclusively with them as both an actor and director, with recent shows including Tristan and Yseult, Steptoe and Son, Midnight’s Pumpkin, The Red Shoes, The Bacchae, Cymbeline, The Wooden Frock, A Matter of Life and Death and Don JohnAs director, most recent credits include Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (puppet version with Little Angel Theatre) and an upcoming tour of The Tin Drum. His film credits include Anna Karenina and Pan.

Adam Sopp with take the role of Barry. Adam made his professional debut in Oliver! at the Palladium, after which he took the role of Gavroche in Les Misérables (Palace Theatre). Other recent theatre includes Sunny Afternoon(Hampstead Theatre), The El Train (Hoxton Hall) and Backbeat (West End). He appeared in four series of the BBC’s Grange Hill, and voiced the titular protagonist in four of the Harry Potter video games.

Nandi Bhebhe will reprise her role as Harry. Nandi is currently playing First Fairy/Starveling in the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Other theatre includes 5,6,7,8 (Royal Court), Episodes of Blackness (Vocab Dance Company), Fela! (National Theatre/ Broadway/ US Tour), A Season in the Congo (Young Vic) and White Out (Barrowland Ballet Dance Company).

The role of Adi will be played by Ncuti Gatwa. Ncuti is currently starring as Demetrius in the Globe’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His other recent theatre credits include Victoria, Hecuba, The BFG, And Then There Were None, Cars + Boys and A Woman in Mind (Dundee Rep), Romeo and Juliet (Home Theatre, Manchester), Shakespeare in Love (West End) and Lines (Yard Theatre).

Michael Morpurgo, author of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and co-adaptor of 946, is one of the UK’s best-loved children’s authors, having published over 130 books. His multiple accolades include the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, Carnegie Medal and the Red House Children’s Book Award. In 2003 he was appointed Children’s Laureate.

The full cast comprises of Nandi Bhebhe, Adebayo Bolaji, Emma Darlow, Ncuti Gatwa, Kyla Goodey, Chris Jared, Katy Owen, Mike Shepherd, Adam Sopp and Ewan Wardrop. The character of Blues Man will be played by Akpore Uzoh on tour, replacing Adebayo Bolaji after the London run.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips will tour in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre, opening to press at Shakespeare’s Globe before travelling to Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds, Warwick and Bristol and then on to venues in the US including Berkeley Repertory theatre and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the performing Arts, Los Angeles.

946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
Thursday 11 August – Sunday 11 September
Directed by Emma Rice
Co-adapted from the novel by Emma Rice and Michael Morpurgo
Press Night: Wednesday 17 August
Shakespeare’s Globe

Phone               +44 (0) 20 7401 9919
In person          Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (8pm on performance days)
Sundays           10am-5pm (7pm on performance days)
Tickets               £5 – £43 (Globe Theatre) £10 – £62 (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)