Shakespeare's Globe Theatre announces 2015 season

Shakespeare's Globe Theatre announces 2015 season

Updated On: Jan 26, 2018
By Nicki McIntyre
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    Shakespeare's Globe Theatre has announced its 2015 season, Dominic Dromgoole's final year as Artistic Director, which will explore the theme 'Justice & Mercy'. In addition to new writing, the summer season will include seven plays by William Shakespeare and one Greek tragedy.

    The Merchant Of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce as ‘Shylock’, will kick things off on 23 April running until 7 June. Pryce won a Tony award for his Broadway debut in 1977's Comedians, and another for his performance in the original production of Miss Saigon, which also won him an Olivier. His film credits include Terry Gilliam's Brazil, Glengarry Glen Ross, Evita, Tomorrow Never Dies and the Pirates Of The Carribbean films. He will also appear as Cardinal Wolsey in the BBC's upcoming adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. The Merchant Of Venice will be directed by Jonathan Munby, with designs by Mike Britton and composed by Jules Maxwell.

    From 27 April until 8 May, Romeo & Juliet will be performed on a small-scale, Elizabethan-style stage by a small troupe of travelling players in a stripped-down version of Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Directed by Dromgoole and Tim Hoare.

    Running from 15 May until 5 September, Olivier Award winner Michelle Terry will return to the Globe to star as ‘Rosalind’ in the comedy As You Like It, directed by Blanche McIntyre.

    A co-production between Shakespeare's Globe and Royal and Derngate Northampton, King John – the remotest in time of all Shakespeare's English history plays – will run at the Globe for the first time from 1-27 June, directed by James Dacre.

    Dromgoole will also direct Measure For Measure , Shakespeare's most searching exploration of sexual politics and social justice, from 20 June until 17 October.

    The Bard's Richard II, exploring the meaning of kingship and the rising powers that can destroy it, will play from 11 July until 18 October directed by Simon Godwin.

    A new production of The Hersey Of Love, Helen Edmundson's critically-acclaimed play, will run from 31 July to 5 September. Inspired by the life of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, writer of The House of Desires, The Hersey Of Love uses all the devices of Spanish Golden Age Theatre in this clash between organised religion and personal faith.

    After delighting audiences in 2014, Shakespeare’s timeless comedy Much Ado About Nothing returns from 10 August to 12 September. Performing on an Elizabethan inspired stage, a handful of players reinvent renaissance touring theatre for the 21st century. Directed by Max Webster and composed by John Barber with designs by James Cotterill.

    Aeschylus’ original trilogy The Oresteia, about the curse of the House of Atreus and King Agamemnon, Queen Clytemnestra, Iphigenia and Orestes, will be distilled into one thrilling three-act play. Directed by Adele Thomas from 29 August to 16 October.

    Having delighted audiences with Blue Stockings in 2013, writer Jessica Swale returns to the Globe with Nell Gwynn – a vibrant take on life in the theatre in the 17th century – from 19 September to 17 October.

    Stay tuned for when tickets go on sale for Shakespeare's Globe Theatre's 2015 season!

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