Globe Summer Season

Shakespeare’s glorious summer 

It’s a saga of troubled leadership and national self-definition, in which England, riven by division and rebellion, finally achieves peace. You can see why Globe director Michelle Terry might want to stage these plays now.

Sarah Hemming, the Financial Times

As the evenings grow lighter and temperatures get warmer, the curtain raises on the Globe Summer Season. This year, London’s Globe Theatre puts Shakespeare’s histories centre stage, exploring the power plays of the past that ring just as true in the present.

Positioning Britain as battleground with a fresh band of brothers, the new Globe Ensemble will stage the ‘Henry trilogy’. The season then takes a comic turn with The Merry Wives of Windsor – Shakespeare’s only Britain-set comedy, reimagined here in the 1930s. A Midsummer Night’s Dream will continue its enchantment as a magical, mischievous retelling featuring music by Jim Fortune and the Hackney Collier Band. And, as stars of a different kind come out, it’s the perfect moment for the return of the Globe Theatre’s iconic midnight matinees.

Alongside the plays, the Women & Power festival is set to raise female voices. Timely, topical issues surrounding the #MeToo movement will be brought into the limelight through a series of performances and panels. While the Read Not Dead ensemble bring Sherwood Forest to the South Bank with six rehearsed-that-day plays celebrating British figurehead Robin Hood.

The season also marks 400 years since original player Richard Burbage’s death and what would have been the 100th birthday of Sam Wanamaker. An American actor, he came to London to discover facts about The Globe Theatre after its destruction in the 17th century. He then campaigned tirelessly for its resurrection from the 1940s until the 90s when the Globe Theatre was finally rebuilt. It’s therefore fitting that many of the summer season plays will be held in the candlelit Playhouse that carries his name.

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23 April - 18 October 2019


Shakespeare's Globe Theatre & Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
21 New Globe Walk