Shakespeare’s Globe has confirmed productions for their upcoming Summer season, opening this April.
Opening the season, Ola Ince (APPROPRIATE, THE CONVERT) directs a new production of ROMEO AND JULIET. The new production stars Alfred Enoch as Romeo in his Globe debut. Enoch’s previous stage credits include TREE at the Young Vic and RED at the Wyndham’s Theatre. ROMEO AND JULIET begins performances on 14th April.
Shakespeare’s Globe will also use ROMEO AND JULIET to assess the environmental impact of their shows. To reduce the use of energy-consuming lighting, the venue will host a week of matinee-only performances, with the production beginning at 2pm.
The Globe Ensemble will also return for a third consecutive season. Globe Associate Artists and former Lyric Hammersmith AD Sean Holmes will direct TWELFTH NIGHT, opening at the venue 15th May.
ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA run at the venue from 18th July, once again featuring actors from the Globe Ensemble. Nadia Nadarajah takes on the role of Cleopatra, being the first deaf/sign language actor to play the role at the Globe. Other announced cast members for this year’s Globe Ensemble includes Feraday Holmes and Artistic Director Michelle Terry.
The season continues with MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, helmed by director Eleanor Rhode. Rhode returns to the Globe following her production of BOUDICA in 2016. Rhode’s other directing credits include KING JOHN and WENDY AND PETER PAN, both at the RSC. MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING opens 19th June.
From 4th September, Globe resident writers Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas, Sabrina Mahfouz will present a new version of OVID’S METAMORPHOSES, IN a homage to how writers worked at the venue 400 years ago, the writers will create the play bespoke to the unique architecture of the Globe, as well as for the individual talents within the Globe ensemble, just as Shakespeare would have done for his company of actors.
Shakespeare’s Globe will also take a trilogy of plays on tour once again. This year’s offerings are THE TEMPEST, AS YOU LIKE IT and A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Announced venues so far are Shakespeare’s Globe, The Brewhouse, Hay Festival, Calderstone’s Mansion House, St James’ Guernsey, Brighton Open Air Theatre and The Festival Theatre at Hever’s Castle.
Public booking for the new season opens on 19th February 2020.