Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Tanika Gupta’s Lions and Tigers

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Shakespeare’s Globe has announced casting for the world premiere of Tanika Gupta’s new play Lions and Tigers, directed by Pooja Ghai. Based on the true story of Tanika’s great uncle and freedom fighter Dinesh Gupta, Lions and Tigers will open on 23 August in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Festival of Independence, which Tanika has curated.

Shubham Saraf will be playing Dinesh. A recent graduate, Shubham’s credits while training include Notoriously AbusedBalm in GileadThe Imaginary MisogynistGreat ExpectationsThe Crucible and As You like It (Guildhall School of Music & Drama). Film credits include OverlordThe CutHonour and Suspension of DisbeliefEsh Alladi will take the role of Gandhi. Esh’s recent theatre credits include Nell Gwynn (Shakespeare’s Globe / ETT), The Beaux StratagemBehind the Beautiful ForeversRomeo and Juliet (National Theatre), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (New Wolsey Theatre), The House of Inbetween (Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Wit (Royal Exchange).

The role of Bimala will be played by Sudha Bhuchar. Sudha’s theatre credits include Khandan (Birmingham Rep / Royal Court), Zindabad (Gate Theatre), Lotus Beauty (Gate Theatre), Sweet Cider (Arcola Theatre) and A Fine Balance (Hampstead Theatre). Television credits include Coronation Street (ITV), The Living and the Dead (BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Enfield Haunting (Sky) and Vera (ITV). Film credits include Mary Poppins ReturnsThe Magnificent Eleven, and All in Good Time. Radio work for the BBC includes In The Bonesetter’s Waiting RoomTommies and An Everyday Story of Afghan Folk.

Raj Bajaj will play Badal, returning to the Globe after appearing in A Merchant of Venice last year. Other theatre credits include East is East (Northern Stage), Bend It Like Beckham(Phoenix Theatre), Treasure Island (National Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet (Home). Shalini Peiris will play the role of Kamala. Shalini’s previous theatre work includes The House Of In Between (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Macbeth (Tara Arts), Little Stitches(Theatre 503 / Arcola Theatre), Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre), Kabaddi Kabaddi Kabaddi (Arcola Theatre) and The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre). Film credits include Justice LeagueNHS MaternityTwelfth Night and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

Tony Jayawardena will play Subhash Bose and Jyotish, having starred in the Globe’s production of Twelfth Night this summer. Other theatre credits include Bend it like Beckham: The Musical (West End), The TempestThe Roaring GirlsThe Arden of FavershamThe White Devil, The Empress (RSC) and Wah! Wah! Girls (Sadler’s Wells / Kneehigh). Screen credits include The Windsors (Channel 4), Strikeback (Sky 1), and A Street Cat Named BobJaz Deol plays Nehru and Binoy. Theatre credits include Linda (Royal Court), Speed (Kali Theatre Company) and The Djinns of Eidgah (Royal Court). Recent television work includes Love Lies and Records (BBC), The Halcyon (ITV) and Together (BBC). Film credits include RonnieViceroy’s House and The Show.

Jonathan Keeble will play Tegart and Irwin. Previous theatre credits include Lady Anna: All At Sea (Bath Theatre Royal), Anna Karenina (Royal Exchange / West Yorkshire Playhouse), To Kill a MockingbirdEdward II, The Lady From The Sea (Royal Exchange), Stage Frightand The Merchant of Venice (Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds). Radio work for the BBC includes Sylvia’s LoversTrial By LaughterUtopiaA Little Twist of DahlClosely Observed TrainsCyrano de BergeracDead Clever and Further From Heaven.

Swann, Mills (and other parts) will be played by Adam Best. Recent theatre work includes Twelfth NightThe Plough and The StarsThe Silver Tassie (National Theatre), This Restless House (Glasgow Citizens Theatre) and The Deep Blue Sea (Watermill Theatre).

Tanika Gupta MBE is an award-winning playwright and curator of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Festival of Independence, which honours those who have fought for independence, and those who continue to do so across the world today. Pooja Ghai is a director and actor, and is currently an Associate Director at Theatre Royal Stratford East.

The full cast comprises Shubham Saraf, Esh Alladi, Sudha Bhuchar, Raj Bajaj, Shalini Peiris, Tony Jaywardena, Jaz Deol, Jonathan Keeble and Adam Best.

Shakespeare’s Globe announces one-off music gig from Plan B

Ben Drew
Ben Drew

Ben Drew

Shakespeare’s Globe has  announced that Ben Drew, better known as Plan B, will take over the Globe Theatre on Monday 24 July for a live music gig. Tickets will go on general sale at 10am this Friday 16 June.

Plan B unveiled his video for new track In the Name of Man last week, and is due to release his long-awaited fourth studio album later this year. His performance marks the latest in a series of unique gigs at the Globe which saw Mercury Prize nominee Róisín Murphy perform live on stage in 2016. Shakespeare’s Globe will continue to welcome genre-defining artists this summer, with BRIT and Ivor Novello Award winner Plan B and Ivor Novello Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Nitin Sawhney both set to appear in the open-air theatre in July and August respectively.

A maverick figure in the world of music, Ben Drew’s incendiary debut album, Who Needs Actions When You Got Words broke new ground for UK hip hop in 2006. His sophomore album The Defamation Of Strickland Banks married soul and hip hop with great success, selling over 1.4 million copies in the UK. His 2012 directorial debut (and accompanying album) iLLManors boldly addressed socio-political issues with his often brutal cultural commentary, seeing Ben nominated for his fifth BRIT Award, and once again hitting #1 in the UK album chart.


Plan B

Globe Theatre
24 July8pm
£50, £45, £30, £20, £25 standing


Nitin Sawhney

Globe Theatre
21 August8pm
£50, £45, £30, £20, £35 standing


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Shakespeare’s Globe announces full casting for Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing

Matthew Dunster
Matthew Dunster

Matthew Dunster © Johan Persson

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the casting for Matthew Dunster’s Much Ado About Nothing. Set in revolutionary Mexico in 1910, the production stars Beatriz Romilly as Beatrice, Matthew Needham as Benedick, Anya Chalotra as Hero, Marcello Cruz as Claudio and Martin Marquez as Leonato.

Beatriz Romilly plays Beatrice, having previously starred in the Globe’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry VI Pt I, II & III, The God of Soho and Doctor Faustus. Other recent theatre includes French Without Tears (Orange Tree Theatre / ETT), After Independence (Arcola Theatre) and The Duchess of Malfi (Nottingham Playhouse). Television includes Shakespeare Uncovered: Othello (Sky Arts) and Doctors (BBC).

Beatriz Romilly

Beatriz Romilly

Benedick will be played by Matthew Needham. Matthew took the lead role in Stutterer, which won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film, and was nominated for an Ian Charleston Award for his role in Wilton Music Hall’s Brittanicus. His previous work for the Globe includes Imogen, The Comedy of Errors, Titus Andronicus and The Knight of the Burning Pestle. He has worked extensively at the RSC, with credits including Henry IV Pt  I & II, Love’s Sacrifice, The Jew of Malta, Titus Andronicus and Candide. Other recent theatre includes The Treatment (Almeida Theatre), There is a War (National Theatre) and Shades (Royal Court).  His screen credits include Endeavour, Monroe (ITV), The Hollow Crown Part 2 and Sherlock (BBC).

Martin Marquez plays Leonato. Martin’s previous work for the Globe includes Imogen, and his other theatre credits include Before I Leave (National Theatre Wales), Husbands and Sons, Mother Courage (National Theatre), Blasted (Sheffield Crucible) and The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse). His recent film credits include Dead Water, Les Miserables and The Business.

Matthew Needham

Matthew Needham

Hero and Claudio are Anya Chalotra and Marcello Cruz. A recent graduate, Anya’s credits while training include The Same Deep Water as Me, Great Expectations, The Crucible and The Merchant of Venice (Guildhall School of Music and Drama). Marcello Cruz’s recent television includes Outnumbered (BBC One). His theatre credits while training include Julius Caesar, Dealer’s Choice, Go Make You Ready, Mephisto, Richard II and The Trojan Women (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).

The role of Don Pedro will be played by Steve John Shepherd. Steve’s recent theatre includes Plastic (Theatre Royal Bath), A View from Islington North (Out of Joint), Bomber’s Moon (Trafalgar Studios), Albion (Bush Theatre) and Piaf (Donmar Warehouse / Vaudeville Theatre). His screen credits include Silent Witness, Waking the Dead (BBC), Entebbe and Star Wars Episode II. Jo Dockery will play Juana. Jo’s recent theatre credits include Any Means Necessary (Nottingham Playhouse), Great Britain (National Theatre / Theatre Royal Haymarket), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (Apollo Theatre), Timon of Athens and Antigone (National Theatre).

Dog Berry is played by Ewan Wardrop, returning to the Globe after last year’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and 946 – The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. His other recent theatre includes Rebecca (Kneehigh / UK tour), Enron (Royal Court / Noel Coward Theatre / UK Tour), Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! (Sadler’s Wells), The Carman (The Old Vic), Cinderella (West End) and Swan Lake (Broadway).

Matthew Dunster is an Olivier Award-nominated director, a writer and actor. His recent directing 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). This summer his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities will premiere at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.

The full cast comprises Doreene Blackstock, Ashley Campbell, Anya Chalotra, Marcello Cruz, Oliver Cudbill, Charlie de Melo, Jo Dockery, Martin Marquez, Matthew Needham, Ammara Niwaz, Beatriz Romilly, Sarah Seggari, Steve John Shepherd and Ewan Wardrop.

Much Ado About Nothing

14 July – 15 October 2017

Directed by Matthew Dunster

Press Night: Thursday 20 July


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

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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

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

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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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