Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its 2019 summer season.
The season begins in April with the return of the Globe Ensemble. Directed by Sarah Bedi and Federay Holmes, this year they will present HENRY IV PART I, OR HOTSPUR, HENRY IV PART II, OR FALSTAFF and HENRY V, OR HARRY ENGLAND. Globe artistic director will play Hotspur in HENRY IV PART I with Helen Schlesinger as Falstaff in HENRY IV PART I and II. Sarah Amankwah will appear as Hal in HENRY IV PART I and II before talking the title role in HENRY V. The plays open at the end of April and will perform in repertory until October 2019. The Globe will also present all three shows in one day as part of ‘Trilogy Days’, with performances taking place at 12pm, 4pm and 8pm.
The Globe Ensemble includes Tayo Akinbode, Sarah Amankwah, Philip Arditti, Sarah Bedi, Nina Bowers, Jonathan Broadbent, Leaphia Darko, Steffan Donnelly, Federay Holmes, John Leader, Sophie Russell, Oliver Ryan, Helen Schlesinger, Michelle Terry, Rob Walker, Siân Williams, and Jessica Worrall.
From 17th May, the theatre presents a new production of THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR directed by Nicole Charles and Elle White. The production marks the return of director Charles for her highly acclaimed staging of EMILIA last Summer, which transfers to the West End from March, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR will be broadcast to cinemas on 20th June.
Elsewhere in the season, former Lyric Hammersmith AD Sean Holmes directs A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM from June. The Globe also presents a staging of Ben Jonson’s raucous comedy of London life, BARTHOLOMEW’S FAIR. Directed by Blanche McIntyre, the production opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 23rd August.
Brendan O’Hea returns to the venue to direct GLOBE ON TOUR, where a company of eight actors offer audience around the world a trio of plays, this year on the themes of refuge and displacement. Audiences are able to cast a vote on which play they’d like to see with this year’s options being TWELFTH NIGHT, PERICLES or THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. The tour will take the productions around the world with dates confirmed in the UK, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. The plays will return to Shakespeare’s Globe from 17th June to 23rd June to commemorate Refugee Week.
Shakespeare’s Globe will hold a day of panel discussions on 9th March to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage and 100 years since the birth of Globe founder, Sam Wanamaker. In May, the theatre will host a festival entitled WOMEN AND POWER comprising of performances, panel events and workshops highlighting the work and voices of women of all backgrounds.
2019 marks the return of Claire Van Kampen’s SHAKESPEARE WITHIN THE ABBEY: ALL PLACES THAT THE EYE OF HEAVEN VISITS. Taking place at Westminster Abbey on 25th to 27th April (to commemorate Shakespeare’s birthday), the piece brings Mark Rylance and a company of 22 actors to perform drama, poetry and song. Elsewhere, SHAKESPEARE’S WALKS: SWEET LOVE REMEMBER’D takes place on 20th and 21st April, directed by Darren Raymond.
Tickets for the new season go on general sale from 4th February.