Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Edward II and After Edward

Edward II
 Edward II

Edward II

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced 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 IIsees 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.

Performed by the same cast of actors, Edward II opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 7 February, followed by After Edward on Thursday 21 March.

Tom Stuart, writer of After Edward, will play the titular role in both productions. Tom has appeared as an actor at Shakespeare’s Globe in many productions including The Broken HeartThe Changeling(2015), Romeo & Juliet (2009) and Much Ado About Nothing (2007). He performed in the Battersea Arts Centre’s production of Edward II in 2008. His screen credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyPeople Just Do Nothing (BBC), Psychobitches (Sky Arts), and A Good Year. Tom has been working in film, television and theatre as an actor for 14 years. His first play I Am Not Myself These Days, an adaptation of Josh Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times bestselling autobiography, was performed by Tom at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2015) and toured the UK in 2016.

Annette Badland will play Mortimer Senior in Edward II and Gertrude Stein in After Edward. Annette returns to the Globe after appearing in The Winter’s Tale and Eyam earlier this year. Previous theatre credits include Stranger At The Table (Pascal Theatre Company), Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), Kin and Hung Over (Royal Court). Television work includes Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC), EastEnders(BBC), Outlander (Starz) and Father Brown (BBC). Film includes A Quiet PassionThe Girl in a Bubble and Mother’s Milk.

Richard Bremmer is Spencer Senior in Edward II and Leather Man in After Edward, as well as the Archbishop of Canterbury in both plays. Previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Julius Caesar. Richard was part of the 2017/18 Everyman Company (Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse). His other theatre work includes Shakespeare In Love (Noel Coward) and The Last Days of Troy (Royal Exchange). Television includes The Hollow Crown (BBC) and The Borgias (Netflix). Film includes In FabricSwallows and Amazons and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Richard Cant is Earl of Lancaster in Edward II and Quentin Crisp in After Edward. Richard’s previous theatre work includes Maydays (RSC), Saint Joan (Donmar) and Medea (Almeida). Television work includes Silent Witness (BBC), Taboo (BBC) and Outlander (Starz). Richard appears in the upcoming film Mary, Queen of Scots directed by Josie Rourke.

Polly Frame will play the Earl of Kent in Edward II and Harvey Milk in After Edward. Polly’s recent theatre credits include Thick as Thieves (Clean Break), Jekyll & Hyde (Rose Kingston), A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian (Hull Truck) and Henry V (Regent’s Park). Television work includes Doctors (BBC), Coronation Street (ITV) and Holby City (BBC). Film includes MacbethHalf Light and Duplicity.

Jonathan Livingstone is Mortimer Junior in Edward II and Edward Alleyn in After Edward. Jonathan returns to the Globe after appearing in Daniel Kramer’s Romeo and Juliet in 2017. Jonathan’s other theatre credits include Twelfth Night (Young Vic), Machinal (Almeida) and The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic and Royal & Derngate). Television includes Chewing Gum (E4).

Sanchia McCormack is Earl of Warwick in Edward II and Margaret Thatcher in After Edward. Sanchia returns to the Globe after appearing in Caroline Steinbeis’s The Broken Heart in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in 2015. Sanchia’s other theatre work includes Minotaur (Theater Clwyd/Polka Theatre) and One Night in November (Belgrade Theatre). Television includes The Innocents (Netflix), Silent Witness (BBC) and Catastrophe (Channel 4).

Colin Ryan is Spencer Junior in Edward II and Cowboy in After Edward. Colin returns to the Globe after appearing in Matthew Dunster’s The Secret Theatre in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last year. Colin’s other theatre credits include Frankenstein (Royal Exchange) and Snow in Midsummer (RSC). Television includes Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC).

Beru Tessema is Gaveston in both productions. Beru returns to the Globe after appearing in the Globe to Globe festival in 2012 and in several other Globe productions including Matthew Dunster’s The Frontline and Troilus and Cressida (2009) and Dominic Dromgoole’s King Lear (2008). His other theatre credits include Slaves (Theatre 503) and Hanjo (Young Vic Studio).

Katie West is Queen Isabella in Edward II and Dorothy Gale and Maria von Trapp in After Edward. Katie’s other theatre work includes The York Realist (Donmar Warehouse), Uncle VanyaChamaco(Home), Lela & Co (Royal Court) and Carmen Disruption (Almeida).

Full cast includes: Annette Badland, Richard Bremmer, Richard Cant, Polly Frame, Jonathan Livingstone, Sanchia McCormack, Colin Ryan, Tom Stuart, Beru Tessema and Katie West.

Emilia transfers to the West End



Following its sell-out run at Shakespeare’s Globe, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s exciting and entertaining new play Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, bursts into the Vaudeville Theatre for a strictly limited season from 8 March – 15 June 2019.

Emilia Bassano was a writer, teacher, poet and mother said to have been ‘The Dark Lady’ of Shakespeare’s sonnets and one of literature’s first female voices – yet her story has gone untold for centuries until now.

In August 2017 Shakespeare’s Globe Artistic Director, Michelle Terry, commissioned playwright Morgan Lloyd Malcolm to tell Emilia Bassano’s inspiring story.  Weeks later, a female empowerment political movement swept across the Atlantic, uniting women to stand up and speak out, just like Emilia 400 years before.  When the play opened a year later, this serendipitous meeting of an artistic idea and a social awakening sparked a flame within many women who identified with Emilia and embraced her story as their own.  Thanks to them, what started as 11 performances at the Globe now blazes into the West End.

“An Act of Revolution.  Nicole Charles’s production has so much wit, fierce intelligence and heady intensity” The Times

“An extraordinarily rousing new play” The Independent

Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe Michelle Terry said “We all knew Emilia had an important story to tell and we had to commit to telling it, but an audience decides whether it’s a story worth hearing. We could not be more pleased or more proud that her story gets to be told and heard again and again, and continue a legacy of new plays being given the chance to become old plays because of popular demand.”

Writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm said “From the very start it’s felt like both a challenge and a privilege to tell this story.  There was something in the air throughout creating this and I’m in no doubt that magic happened this summer.  We could never have predicted the response we got and I am so happy and excited to be able to bring Emilia back for more people to meet her.”

The producers of Emilia in the West End said This is a fantastic new play, a brilliant production and one of the most powerful experiences we have ever had in a theatre. This is a show that could start a revolution!  The opportunity to harness that feeling, bring the spirit of rebellion and this extraordinary company of women into the heart of the West End, is irresistible. With thousands of great seats available at £25 or less, our aim is to make it possible for a wide range of audiences to participate, be entertained and inspired.”

The role of Emilia is played at different stages of her life by three actors who are part of a 17 strong all-female company playing both hers and hims. The cast includes Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Jackie Clune, Saffron Coomber, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield, Amanda Wilkin and Tanika Yearwood. Further casting is to be announced.

Through her poetry Emilia Bassano recognised and paid tribute to the collective strength and support amongst women. In honour of this Emilia is presented in the West End by an all-female producing team: Eleanor Lloyd, Kate Pakenham, Nica Burns, Eilene Davidson.

 There will be over 12,000 tickets at £25 or less available in all areas of the theatre across the run of Emilia. To ensure that Emilia is accessible to as broad an audience as possible, the production will be working with specialist organisations to offer £10 tickets across all performances. For more information please email [email protected].

Writer                                              Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Director                                           Nicole Charles


Nancy Medina: “There is something emotionally sad about the arts world not embracing more representative stories, because it would be a lot less rich without them.”

It is 2.30pm and today is all about Brookyn born director Nancy Medina. “I am thinking: what am I doing here? How did this happen?” she declares, laughing.

We are talking at Shakespeare’s Globe ahead of an industry reception where Medina will be presented with the Royal Theatrical Support Trust Sir Peter Hall Director Award. “A few years ago I co-directed a scene for The Sam Wanamaker Festival and I shared a photo online with the caption: ‘From the South Side to the South Bank – this Brooklyn girl has come far,” she beams.

Is she nervous? “I feel really positive and I’m very grateful, this is all very surreal,” says Medina. Her breakthrough into mid-scale regional touring theatre directing is a real cause for celebration. She is a director of colour, a parent and a woman in her thirties.

Nancy Medina in rehearsals)

Nancy Medina in rehearsals

In 2017 Nancy won the Genesis Future Director Award at the Young Vic, she has spent fifteen years on “the fringe of NY and UK”. She has lived in the UK for 10 years and says that making her mark as a director, has been, at times, an “up-hill battle”. She explains, “I was new in the theatrical landscape and it took time to find where I fit in to that. I was trying to figure out how the stories I find most meaningful can also be meaningful to audiences here,” she says.

On the subject of diversity she prefers the word “representative,” she says that she does see progress but thinks it is slow. “One of the things that we as artists struggle with is that we are trying to make meaningful work but we don’t often get that larger space for wider audiences to see it,” says Medina.

“Most stories I love tend to be universal. If you want to increase audiences and establish new audiences then you have to start showing people themselves on stage. If you want to inspire more representation across the board, you must allow space for that.”

Sir Trevor Nunn, Nancy Medina, RTST Chair Geoffrey Cass and Mark Hawes

Sir Trevor Nunn, Nancy Medina, RTST Chair Geoffrey Cass and Mark Hawes

I ask if she has ever compared her career to any of her peers. “I try not to compare myself to others, I do sympathise with directors that feel stuck. I myself have often felt that way. You have to come back to exactly why you do what you do – and the reason I do what I do is because the stories that I put on stage are everyday people – because their lives matter and because my life matters.”

How did she stay positive when she hit brick walls? “I would say: don’t worry about all that and keep going. If I don’t fit into this scene maybe the scene will fit in with me. Keep choosing the right text and collaborators, it has to be the right project for you,” Medina reasons.

We discuss further inequalities within theatre, such as gender and race and what is programmed, the size of that space and where it is produced. She says: “There is that word ‘risk’ that gets thrown around quite a lot, but there is something scary and emotionally sad about the arts world not embracing more representative stories because it would be a lot less rich without them.”

On that point, Nancy adds that it is a unique opportunity to premiere August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize nominated Two Trains Running for Royal and Derngate and English Touring Theatre. The play is set in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and explores changing perspectives on race. The production will tour to theatres across the UK.

 Two Trains Running – a co-production for Royal and Derngate and English Touring Theatre will run in 2019.

Award-winning actor Sheila Atim takes Shakespeare from stage to screen

Sheila Atim (Viola)
Sheila Atim (Viola)

Sheila Atim (Viola)

2018 Olivier Award winner Sheila Atim follows Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe with the Bard’s shipwrecked twins, Viola and Sebastian, in a new screen adaptation of Twelfth Night.

Adapted & directed by Adam Smethurst, with Welsh actor Rakie Ayola (No Offence/C4, Been So Long/Netflix and Harry Potter and The Cursed Child/West End) as Executive Producer, Twelfth Night is available on Amazon Prime and iTunes from Thursday 25 October 2018.

 This is a modern, full text version of Shakespeare’s tale of unrequited love, featuring Zackary Momoh (Seven Seconds/Netflix) as Antonio and Dominic Coleman (Upstart Crow/BBC) as Sir Andrew Aguecheek among its talented cast.

Twelfth Night is the first feature from Shanty Productions; a new independent film production company committed to producing exceptional drama for diverse, multicultural audiences – creating worlds they recognise and characters they can relate to on accessible platforms for today’s digital natives.

Commenting on the driving force behind Shanty Productions, Co-Founder Rakie Ayola said, “It is essentially the realisation that Adam and I could put our money where our mouths are, channel our skills and produce the kind of work we want to see. Work that combines our love of Shakespeare with our need to represent the world as we see it – as we’d like our daughters and their contemporaries to see it.”

On his decision to start with an adaptation of Twelfth Night, Adam Smethurst explained, “With the widespread rise of anti-immigrant populism and governments actively encouraging a hostile environment for refugees, telling the story of the outsider surviving in an alien world on her wit, charm and ingenuity became and remains compellingly urgent.”

Lead actor Sheila Atim added, “We’re not trying to dumb Shakespeare down; we’re not trying to make it what it isn’t so people can digest it. We’re staying absolutely true to what it is. We’re just bringing it forward to a time when people may feel like they can connect with it more.”

Shakespeare’s Globe Launches Podcast

Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare’s Globe is has announced the launch today of Such Stuff, a brand new podcastSuch Stuff is hosted by Artistic Director, Michelle Terry, producer Imogen Greenberg and Head of Higher Education and Research, Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper.

The fortnightly episodes will be released on Thursdays and will cover the themes of the Globe’s work, taking the listener behind-the-scenes, into rehearsal rooms, and onto the stage. The title of the podcast was drawn from the line “We are such stuff as dreams are made on” in The Tempest. Looking at Shakespeare’s transformative impact on the world around us, Such Stuff will be split into summer and winter seasons, asking questions about programming, gender, race, social justice and their relationship to Shakespeare.

This is the latest step in the Globe’s expanding digital content, which includes Globe Player, an online platform offering full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy. The first two episodes of Such Stuff are available on iTunes, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Pocket Casts and other major podcast platforms.

The episodes are thematic, including interviews, discussions and sneak peeks into all of the Globe’s work. Episode 1 is entitled ‘The Missing Women’, and asks why is it so important to reclaim the untold stories of women from history? Emilia Bassano was a poet, writer, feminist and contemporary of Shakespeare, and until recently, her contribution to the literary canon was largely forgotten. Now she is the subject of a new play, Emilia, and the Emilias who appear throughout Shakespeare’s work have underpinned the entire summer season. Such Stuff explores what we do and don’t know about the real Emilia Bassano with Research Fellow Dr Will Tosh and goes behind-the-scenes with writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and director Nicole Charles. The podcast will also be taking a look at imbalances off of our stages, speaking to Emma Caplan of Band of Mothers about the missing women in our workforces. Finally, Kate Pankhurst, author of bestselling ‘Fantastically Great Women Who Made History’, discusses why young children need more stories of women from history.

Episode 2 is called Refugee Week and takes a look at the dedicated week the Globe took part in to ask ‘how can art respond to the crises of our times?’. There are discussions with artists and theatre-makers who took part in this nationwide celebration of refugees. Writer Jude Christian and director Elayce Ismail discuss Nanjing, a monologue which reflects on pacifism and the responsibility of the individual from 1937 to the present. Jude tells her own family story, the story of the notorious Nanjing Massacre, and asks what each of us can do when atrocities occur across the world. Syrian Canadian visual artist and educator Dima Karout takes us behind the scenes of her Border Installation, explaining why she wanted to get audiences to participate and think about their own lives – and the lives of refugees – a little differently, and shares some of the incredible contributions left by our audiences. Finally, actors and refugees bring you The Strangers’ Case, Shakespeare’s cry for compassion for the plight of refugees.

Episode 3 is called The Ensemble Experiment, going behind-the-scenes with the Globe Ensemble. Director Federay Holmes and Research Fellow Dr Will Tosh explain the inspiration behind the ensemble, and how Shakespeare and the Lord Chamberlain’s Men were radical before their time. They also discuss casting, gender swapping and giving actors parts they can really play. Actor Shubham Saraf discusses the rehearsal room and his role as Ophelia, and Michelle Terry sits down with Jack Laskey to talk Hamlet and Rosalind, and whether gender really plays a role in playing these roles.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Matt Hartley’s new play Eyam


Shakespeare’s Globe has announced 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.

The Eyam company are also currently appearing in the Globe’s production of Blanche McIntyre’s The Winter’s Tale, with the exception of Sam Crane and John Paul Connolly.

Sam Crane will play William Mompesson. Sam recently appeared as Farinelli in the Globe’s production of Claire van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King which transferred to London’s West End and Broadway following a sell-out run at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Other theatre work includes Sunset at the Villia Thalia and Dissonant (National Theatre).

Priyanga Burford is Katherine Mompesson. Priyanga’s previous theatre work includes Consent (National Theatre), The Effect (Sheffield Crucible) and Behud (Soho Theatre). Television credits include Press, W1A, King Charles III (BBC), Fearless, Marcella (ITV) and Babylon (Channel 4). Films include Criminal and The Long Way Down.

Annette Badland will play Reverend Stanley. Annette’s previous theatre credits include Stranger At The Table (Pascal Theatre Company), Far Away (Bristol Old Vic), Kin and Hung Over (Royal Court). Television work includes EastEnders (BBC), Outlander (Starz) and Father Brown (BBC). Film includes A Quiet Passion, The Girl in a Bubble and Mother’s Milk.

John Paul Connolly is John Hancock. John’s previous theatre work includes Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Factory) and The Tempest (Improbable Theatre). Television includes Victoria (ITV).

Oliver Ryan is Unwin. Oliver’s previous theatre work includes Dr Faustus, Romeo and Juliet, Morte D’Arthur (RSC), Glengarry Glen Ross (West End) and Oresteia (Trafalgar Studios). Television work includes Casualty (BBC) and Stella (Sky). He also appeared in the film All the Money in the World, directed by Ridley Scott.

Will Keen will play John Sydall. Will’s previous theatre work includes Ghosts (Almeida/Brooklyn Academy of Music), Quartermaine’s Arms (Wyndham’s Theatre) and Hysteria (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes The Crown (Netflix), The Musketeers and Wolf Hall (BBC).

Sirine Saba will play Mary Cooper. Sirine appeared on the Globe stage as Regan in Nancy Meckler’s King Lear last summer. Sirine’s other theatre work includes Goats (Royal Court), Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere (Young Vic) and The Invisible (Bush Theatre). Television credits include The Black Forest (Urban Fox), Clean Break (ITV), Holby City and Silent Witness (BBC).

Adrian Bower will play Phillip Sheldon. Adrian’s previous theatre work includes The Herd (Bush Theatre), Ordinary Dreams (Trafalgar Studios), Hedda (Gate Theatre), and Mr Heracles (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His screen credits include Loves Lies and Records and The Last Kingdom (BBC) and Mount Pleasant (Sky).

Norah Lopez-Holden is Emmott Sydall. Norah recently graduated from RADA and was awarded ‘Best Newcomer’ at the Manchester Theatre Awards in 2017 for her role in Polly Findlay’s Ghosts. Other theatre credits include Othello (Tobacco Factory/ETT), Our Town and The Almighty Sometimes (Manchester Royal Exchange).

Howard Ward is Marshall Howe. Howard’s previous theatre work includes Wild Honey (Hampstead Theatre), German Skerries (Orange Tree Theatre) and Monsieur Popular (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes Little Boy Blue (ITV), The Trial and Drifters (Channel 4).

Becci Gemmell will play Elizabeth Sydall and Mary Talbot. Becci’s previous theatre work includes The Here and This and Now (Plymouth Theatre Royal), Noises Off (Notts Playhouse), and Much Ado About Nothing (Royal Exchange). Television includes Call the Midwife.

Luke MacGregor will play Edward Cooper and Rolland Torre. Luke’s recent theatre work includes Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar (RSC/Barbican). Radio includes Tarantula, Somewhere in England and Little Women (BBC).

Zora Bishop will play Elizabeth Sheldon and Elizabeth Hancock. Zora’s previous theatre work includes For Those Who Cry When They Hear the Foxes Scream (Tristan Bates), The Knot (The Orange Tree) and Hard Feelings (Finborough). Television includes Unforgotten.

Jordan Metcalfe is Francis Bockinge and George Viccars. Jordan’s recent theatre credits include The Culture (Hull Truck), For Love or Money (Northern Broadsides), The Hypocrite and Wendy and Peter (RSC).

Rose Wardlaw will play Harriet Stubbs. Rose’s recent theatre credits include Jubilee (Royal Exchange/Lyric Hammersmith) Dyl (Old Red Lion) and Glitter Punch (Bunker).

Adele Thomas’s previous Globe credits include Thomas Tallis (2014 & 2015), The Oresteia (2015) and The Knight of the Burning Pestle (2014 & 2015). Other credits include Cosi Fan Tutte (Northern Ireland Opera), The Weir (ETT), Macbeth (Tobacco Factory), The Bloody Ballad (Gagglebabble and Tour), The Passion and The Passion: One Year On (as Project Associate for National Theatre Wales), Under Milk Wood (Royal & Derngate), No Vacancies and Delugue (Sherman Cymru).

Matt Hartley’s recent work includes Myth (RSC), Here I Belong (Pentabus) and Deposit (Hampstead). He won the Bruntwood Award with Sixty Five Miles (Paines Plough / Hull Truck Theatre).

The full cast includes: Annette Badland, Zora Bishop, Adrian Bower, Priyanga Burford, John Paul Connolly, Sam Crane, Becci Gemmell, Will Keen, Norah Lopez-Holden, Luke MacGregor, Jordan Metcalfe, Oliver Ryan, Sirine Saba, Howard Ward and Rose Wardlaw.


Shakespeare’s Globe announces programme for festival ‘Shakespeare and Race’

Shakespeare and Race
Shakespeare and Race

Shakespeare and Race

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced 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. Curated to draw attention to and provide a platform for scholars, practitioners and educators of colour in the teaching, study and performance of Shakespeare, this festival will highlight the importance of race to the consideration of Shakespeare not only in his time, but more urgently, in our own. The festival includes a play American Moor by Keith Hamilton Cobb, a workshop entitled Staging Race and Diversity in the Shakespearean TheatreThe Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture is to be given by Professor Kim F. Hall, a pre-show talk for Emilia with Morgan-Lloyd Malcolm, a panel discussion of actors who have played Othello, and an international symposium featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and UCLA, who coined the term ‘intersectionality’. The festival starts and finishes with two theatre productions, Voices in the Dark and Hip-hop Shakespeare Unplugged.

Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper, Director of the Festival and Head of Higher Education & Research, said: “This festival aims to address the racial imbalances that exist not only in the industry of theatre but also in Shakespeare studies. As an iconic Shakespeare organisation we are duty bound to engage scholars and artists of all backgrounds and facilitate important and, at times, difficult conversations about the ways in which race is being represented in theatre and in the field. Shakespeare’s Globe must have this important conversation as a confident rebuttal to a dangerous regression to white privilege.”

Margaret Casely-Hayford, Chair of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: Shakespeare’s ability to give an eloquent voice to people of different backgrounds and in widely differing emotional states speaks to and for all of us and is what makes him enduringly powerful. He is part of all of our heritage. I am thrilled by the fact that he articulated the passion and the anguish of Italian teenagers, Scottish royals, Roman statesmen, English peasants, Danish aristocracy, a Jewish merchant and an African who was a member of the Venetian military high command! In that context it is even more thrilling that there is so much intrigue about who really was his ‘dark lady’. It is clear that he was convinced that none of us is just one thing. The festival celebrates that fact and gives those of us who don’t ordinarily claim him so readily as part of our heritage, an ability and focus to do so.”

Opening the festival will be Voices in the Dark, personal stories written by young British Muslims performed alongside scenes devised by Intermission Youth Theatre. Highlighting the parallels between Shakespeare’s stories and these modern ones, scenes from his plays are woven into the evening. Intermission Youth Theatre is a charity working with young people who are disadvantaged, lacking in opportunity, at risk of offending or ex-offenders. All profits from the event will be donated to Intermission Youth Theatre, and Voices, a social start-up which aims to creatively challenge perceptions through the sharing and telling of people’s stories.

On 12 AugustAmerican Moor, an 85-minute play written and performed by African-American actor Keith Hamilton Cobb, will examine the experience and perspective of black men in America. There will be a post-performance discussion hosted and led by Michael Witmore, Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. The production has been performed across America, winning ‘Outstanding Solo Performance’ at the 2015 AUDELCO Awards. It was recognized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the script is now in the library’s permanent collection.

Keith Hamilton Cobb is best-known for his roles as Noah Keefer for ABC’s All My Children, for which he was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award, Tyr Anasazi in Gene Rodenberrys Andromeda, Damon Porter in CBSs The Young and the Restless, and Quincy Abrams for the series Noahs Arc (Logo Network). Other television credits include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boston Common, Suddenly Susan, One on One, The Twilight Zone, and CSI Miami. A prolific stage performer, Keith has performed in multiple Shakespearean plays, including HamletRomeo and JulietCoriolanusA Midsummer Night’s Dream, as well as more contemporary roles in David Mamet’Race, August Wilson’s Jitney, and Lynn Nottage’Ruined.

On Monday 13 August, a workshop entitled Staging Race and Diversity in the Shakespearean Theatre will study the relationship between staging practices and racial diversity. This will examine the privilege white actors have and disadvantage actors of colour experience due to choices of costume, set and lighting. The workshop will ask questions such as ‘does staging Shakespeare in historical dress present a challenge to directors and designers when it comes to racial diversity?’ Actors and scholars will come together to experiment, challenge and debate long-held assumptions about the relationship between casting, staging and race. The workshop will be led by Dr Erika Lin, Associate Professor at the Graduate Centre of New York (CUNY) and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Director of the Shakespeare and Race festival and Head of Higher Education and Research at the Globe. Erika specialises in early modern English theatre and culture with particular attention to embodied performance, affect, spectacle, and audience.

The Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture is to be given by Professor Kim F. Hall on Tuesday 14 August. Kim F. Hall is the Lucyle Hook Chair of English and a Professor of Africana Studies at Barnard College. Her research and teaching cover Renaissance/Early Modern Literature and Culture, Critical Race Theory, Black Feminist Studies, Slavery Studies, Visual Culture, Food Studies, and Digital Humanities. Her book, Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England, (published 1996), used a black feminist approach to interpret Renaissance literature. She is currently working on two book projects: Sweet Taste of Empire, which examines the roles of race, aesthetics and gender in the Anglo-Caribbean sugar trade during the seventeenth century and a new project, Othello was My Grandfather: Shakespeare and the African Diaspora, which discusses Afrodiasporic appropriations of Othello.

Wednesday 15 August will see Morgan Lloyd Malcolm in conversation with the director Nicole Charles in a pre-show talk before Emilia. Morgan’s new play, Emilia, opens 10 August, directed by Nicole Charles. It will explore the life of Emilia Bassano, whom many consider to be the Dark Lady of the Sonnets, but was also a writer, poet, mother, feminist and woman in her own right. Playwright and screenwriter Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s play Belongings (Hampstead Theatre, Trafalgar Studios) was shortlisted for The Charles Wintour Most Promising Playwright Award, followed by The Wasp(Hampstead Theatre, Trafalgar Studios). In 2016, she was selected for the BBC TV Drama Writers Programme and commissioned to write a 60-minute original television drama.

A panel discussion entitled Women and Theatre in Britain will take place on Thursday 16 August. It will explore what it means to be a woman of colour working in theatre in 21st century Britain. Participants will be playwrights, actors, directors and prominent women in theatre. Joan Iyiola will be taking part in the panel. Joan’s credits include The Duchess of MalfiLife of GalileoBoris Godunov,Orphan of Zhao (Royal Shakespeare Company), A Season in the Congo (Young Vic), The White Devil(RSC), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre), and They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida). Further participants are to be announced soon.

Playing Othello, on Friday 17 August, will see a panel discussion with actors who have played Othello in recent years and who will share their experiences of the role. Playing Othello will be chaired by the author of the most recent Arden introduction to Othello, Professor Ayanna Thompson (Arizona State University). The panel will include André Holland and Golda RosheuvelMore actors taking part in the panel discussion will be announced soon.

Golda Rosheuvel played Othello at the Liverpool Everyman earlier this year. Instead of a gender-swap, Golda played the role as a lesbian woman. Her theatre credits include Romeo & Juliet(Shakespeare’s Globe), A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer,, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (National Theatre), Electra, Carmen Jones (Old Vic), Marat/Sade, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra (RSC). Screen credits include Lady MacbethEastEnders and Holby City (BBC). André Holland plays Othello this summer at the Globe, which opened 20 July. André is best known for his roles in Academy Award-winning films Moonlight and Selma. The multi-award-winning actor’s other screen credits include 42 and The Knick. Theatre credits include Jitney (Broadway), Blue Door (Playwrights Horizons), Wig Out (Vineyard Theatre), The Brother / Sister Plays (Public Theatre) and All’s Well That Ends Well (Shakespeare in the Park).

An international symposium will be held on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 AugustShakespeare and Race Across Borders: A Scholarly Symposium will bring together scholars from the disciplines of race, Shakespeare, theatre and performance studies to discuss the ways in which race is taught at university, discussed in the critical field and represented in performance. Featuring internationally renowned keynote speakers and panellists, the conference will generate important debate and open discussion about one of the most important and urgent issues in 21st-century Shakespeare studies.

Keynote speakers for the symposium comprise Kimberlé Crenshaw, Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and UCLA. She coined the term “intersectionality” and is a leader in the intellectual movement of Critical Race Theory. Crenshaw is a co-founder of the African American Policy Forum and the Women’s Media Initiative. Luke Harris is Associate Professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College and co-founder of the African American Policy Forum. He has written a series of critically acclaimed articles on equality in contemporary America. Devon Carbado is the author of Acting White? Rethinking Race in a “Post-Racial” America (Oxford University Press). He currently teaches at UCLA School of Law and has won numerous teaching awards, including the inaugural Fletcher Foundation Fellowship. Ayanna Thompson has written extensively on the subject of Shakespeare and race, including Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press) and, most recently, Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury). Professor Thompson is the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America and Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies at Arizona State University. Arthur L. Little is an Associate Professor of English at UCLA and author of numerous articles on Shakespeare, race and justice. Ania Loomba is the Catherine Byson Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania where she researches and teaches early modern literature, race and feminist theory. Her latest publications include Rethinking Feminism in Early Modern Studies: Gender, Race and Sexuality (Routledge). Ian Smith is a professor of English and teaches courses on English, Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana studies at Lafayette College. His current research project, Black Shakespeare, examines Shakespeare’s interest in social and political racial identities. Joyce Green MacDonald is the author of Women and Race in Early Modern Texts (Cambridge University Press). She is the Associate Professor of English at the University of Kentucky.

Other speakers include Margo Hendricks (UC Santa Cruz), Kim F. Hall (Barnard College), Miles P. Grier (Queens College CUNY), Alfredo de Modenessi (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Carol Mejia-La Perle (Wright State University), Arne Pohlmeier (Two Gents Company), Tonderai Munyevu (Two Gents Company), Malcolm Cocks (Dulwich College and Globe Post-doctoral researcher on World Hamlet Globe-to-Globe), Taarini Mookherjee (Columbia University), Tripthi Pillai (Coastal Carolina University), Ruben Espinosa (UTEP), Michael Shane Boyle (Queen Mary University) and Patricia Akhimie (Rutgers University).

The final event of the festival will be in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 18 AugustHip-hop Shakespeare Unplugged, from Akala and The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company. The show will feature the renowned Hip-hop Shakespeare house band and a range of undiscovered young talent performing a medley of songs inspired by scenes and themes from Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets. Founded by MOBO-award winning hip-hop artist Akala, The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company is a music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern day hip-hop artists.  

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Nick Bagnall’s Love’s Labour’s Lost

Love's Labour Lost
Love's Labour Lost

Love’s Labour Lost

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced full casting for Nick Bagnall’s Love’s Labour’s Lost, opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on Thursday 23 August.

Dharmesh Patel will play Berowne. Dharmesh returns to the Globe after starring in Barrie Rutter’s The Captive Queen in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year. Other recent theatre credits include Titus AndronicusAntony and Cleopatra and Julius Caesar (RSC), The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Tempest (Shakespeare’s Globe). 

Kirsty Woodward is Princess of France. Kirsty appeared at The Globe in last year’s touring production of Tristan & Yseult, and has also appeared in Globe productions of Pericles and The Winter’s Tale. Her recent television work includes Bad Move (ITV) and Quacks (BBC).

Paul Stocker will play King of Navarre, returning to the Globe after appearing as Palamon in Barrie Rutter’s The Two Noble Kinsmen earlier this summer. Paul’s other theatre credits include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (West End), CoralA Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky(National Theatre Studio) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Regent’s Park). Television work includes DoctorsEastEnders and The Rack Pack (BBC).

Jade Williams is Rosaline. Jade has appeared in several Globe productions including Matthew Dunster’s Doctor Faustus, Raz Shaw’s God of Soho and Jessica Swale’s Bedlam. Jade’s other recent theatre work includes The Cherry OrchardThe Lower Depths (Arcola) and The Seagull (Chichester, National Theatre).

Tom Kanji will play Dumaine. Tom has appeared in numerous Globe productions including Michael Longhurst’s The Winter’s Tale, Dominic Dromgoole’s Pericles and John Dove’s Doctor Scroggy’s War. Other recent theatre work includes The Country Wife (Chichester) and The Box of Delights (Wilton’s Music Hall). Tom was also part of The Everyman Company 2017.

Leaphia Darko will play Katherine. Leaphia recently starred as Portia in Nicholas Hytner’s Julius Caesar at The Bridge Theatre. Other recent theatre credits include Cookies – The Cyberscene Project(Theatre Royal Haymarket) and Mary Stuart (Almeida).

Charlotte Mills is Boyet. Charlotte returns to the Globe stage after appearing in the Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank schools production of Much Ado About Nothing earlier this year. Other recent theatre work includes The Country Wife (Chichester) and Abigail’s Party (Theatre Royal Bath). Television includes Moorside (BBC).

Jos Vantyler is Don Armado, also returning to the Globe after appearing in Barrie Rutter’s The Two Noble Kinsmen earlier this summer. Jos’s other recent theatre work includes For Love or Money and The Merry Wives (Northern Broadsides). Television work includes The Secret Files (BBC) and Here and Now (CBS)

Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emilia



Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the all-female cast for Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s new play Emiliadirected by Nicole Charles. The play charts the life of Emilia Bassano, the poet, mother and feminist who is thought to have inspired the ‘Dark Lady’ in Shakespeare’s sonnets as well as the Emilia characters who appear in OthelloThe Two Noble KinsmenThe Winter’s Tale and The Comedy of Errors. Emilia continues to thread her way through each of the plays in which she appears this summer season, excepting Emilia the Abbess in The Comedy of Errors.

Nadia Albina will play Lady Katherine, returning to the Globe after appearing in Ellen McDougall’s Othello in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse last year and Iqbal Khan’s Macbeth in 2016. Nadia’s other recent theatre work includes Macbeth (National Theatre) and Quiz (Chichester Festival Theatre). Television includes Marcella and Trauma (ITV).

Anna Andresen is Mary Sidney. Anna’s previous theatre work includes The Mousetrap (West End), The Frozen Scream (Birmingham Hippodrome) and The 39 Steps (Criterion Theatre). Television includes Silent Witness and Fortitude.

Shiloh Coke will play Lady Anne Clifford. Shiloh appeared in Misty at the Bush Theatre earlier this year and also starred in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse.

Leah Harvey will play Emilia 1. Leah graduated from LAMDA in 2016, after which she starred in Phyllida Lloyd’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy at the Donmar Warehouse. Film work includes Michael Winterbottom’s On the Road and Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family.

Jenni Maitland will play Countess of Kent, returning to The Globe after appearing in John Dove’s In Extremis in 2007. Her other theatre credits include By Jeeves (Landor Theatre), Guys and Dolls(Cambridge Arts Theatre) and The Rivals (Southwark Playhouse).

Clare Perkins is Emilia 3. Clare is currently starring in Genesis Inc at Hampstead Theatre. Her other recent theatre work includes Daisy Pulls It Off (Park Theatre), Primetime (Royal Court/UK Tour) and Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse). Television credits include Death in Paradise (BBC) and Damned(Channel 4).

Carolyn Pickles is Lord Henry Carey. Carolyn is best known for multiple television roles, having appeared in the hit BBC series Broadchurch, as well as Vera and EastEnders. Carolyn’s recent theatre work includes Charles III (West End) and Beasts (Theatre 503). Films include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.

Vinette Robinson is Emilia 2. Vinette is best known for her role as Nicola in the BBC television series The A-Word. She also won the Clarence Derwent Award for her role as Ophelia in Ian Rickson’s 2012 production of Hamlet at the Young Vic. Vinette’s other theatre work includes Albion (Almeida), Trout Stanley and Tender Napalm (Southwark Playhouse). Television work includes Delicious (Sky), Close to the Enemy (BBC) and Black Mirror (Netflix).

Sophie Russell is Lord Thomas Howard. Sophie’s recent theatre work includes The Prudes (Royal Court), Young Marx (Bridge Theatre) and Winnie and Wilbur (Birmingham Rep). Television includes Living in Fear (Sky). Film includes The Invisible Woman.

Sarah Seggari will play Lady Cordelia, also returning to The Globe after appearing in Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing last summer.

Sophie Stone is Lady Margaret Clifford. Sophie’s recent theatre work includes Jubilee (Royal Exchange), The Government Inspector (Birmingham Rep) and Herons (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith). Television includes Shetland (BBC), The Crown (Netflix) and The Moonstone (BBC). Sophie won Best Actress at the 2013 Cinedeaf Festival for short film Retreat.

Charity Wakefield will play William Shakespeare, returning to the Globe stage after playing Desdemona in Othello in 2005. Charity is known for multiple television roles, having appeared in Wolf HallClose to the EnemyDoctor Who (BBC) and Bounty Hunters (Sky). Charity’s other theatre work includes SeminarThe Blackest Black (Hampstead Theatre) and Candida (Bath Theatre Royal).

Amanda Wilkin is Alphonso Lanier. Amanda returns to The Globe after appearing in the Globe to Globe tour of Hamlet, which travelled to 197 countries in 2014 and 2016. Her recent theatre work includes The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios), The 306:Day (National Theatre of Scotland) and La Ronde (Bunker Theatre).

The full cast includes: Nadia Albina, Anna Andresen, Shiloh Coke, Leah Harvey, Jenni Maitland, Clare Perkins, Carolyn Pickles, Vinette Robinson, Sophie Russell, Sarah Seggari, Sophie Stone, Charity Wakefield and Amanda Wilkin.

Kim Cattrall, Lena Headey and Noma Dumezweni star in new short film released by International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare’s Globe

Refugee Week

The International Rescue Committee and Shakespeare’s Globe have released 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 CattrallLena HeadeyNoma Dumezweni and Jamael Westman in an expression of unity with all those who have fled conflict overseas.

Filmed in the Globe’s iconic outdoor and indoor theatres, Sawsan Abou Zeinedin, Sana Kikhia, Rayan Azhari and Mohanad Hasb Alrsol Badr are joined by actors from stage and screen as they stand in solidarity with Shakespeare’s rallying cry for humanity, which is as relevant today as it was 400 years ago. The film will launch the Globe’s programming for Refugee Week (18th – 24th June) and will be screened across the site throughout the week.

The Book of Sir Thomas More was written and edited by a team of playwrights including Anthony Munday, Henry Chettle, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker and William Shakespeare. Depicting More’s rise and fall, it includes a dramatization of the May Day riots of 1517, when citizens turned on their immigrant neighbours. Thomas More memorably confronts the rioters, condemning their ‘mountainish inhumanity’ and urging them to consider the ‘the strangers’ case’: the plight of London’s refugees.

David MilibandCEO of the International Rescue Committee, said: “Shakespeare knew that refugees needed help and so should we. In his time it was the Lombards fleeing their homes and communities. Today people are fleeing their homes and communities in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar. The people are different but the reasons are the same: To protect themselves and their loved ones from war, violence and persecution. And Shakespeare’s rallying cry for humanity is as relevant as ever. Now is the time to answer his cry and stand with refugees.”

Michelle TerryArtistic Director at the Globe, said: “If Shakespeare is our greatest humanist writer, then it is our humanitarian duty to respond to his own clarion call. ‘The Strangers’ Case’ is Thomas More’s sadly still relevant plea to the rioting masses as they attack and reject the “wretched strangers, Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage, Plodding to the ports and coasts for transportation.”

Where better than the embrace of our wooden O, or the warmth of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, in an organisation that was conceived of and created by Sam Wanamaker who himself sought refuge in this country after being blacklisted by his own, to tell these kind of stories. But ‘The Strangers’ Case’ isn’t a story; it’s a hostility which is real, ongoing, and which must be fought. I’m so pleased we’ve been able to partner with the IRC to bring to life Shakespeare’s appeal to our “mountainish inhumanity”, in a rallying cry for compassion and empathy which echoes from his century to ours.”

Sana, a refugee from Syria who appears in the film said: “I am presenting myself as a refugee to help remove the stigma. I want to let the world know that being a refugee is not a burden. Refugees are survivors and have overcome so many difficulties and war. We need to rethink the way we look at refugees. I am happy to be called a refugee and help the case.”