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NEWS: Shakespeare’s Globe announces its summer season 2020

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Shakespeare’s Globe’s summer season 2020 will include Shakespeare’s Romeo & JulietMuch Ado About NothingTwelfth NightAntony & Cleopatra, a two-day event ‘Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare and Climate Emergency’, a symposium ‘Shakespeare and Race’, a Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production of Macbeth with 20,000 free tickets to school children, the return of family festival ‘Telling Tales’, and a new dramatisation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses by the venue’s resident writers.

Artistic director Michelle Terry said: “This summer the Globe Theatre will be fuelled by mythic love and the hope of radical and positive transformation. The preoccupations that consume Shakespeare’s work are not too distant from our own: growing inequality, social injustice, a natural world raging at the irresponsibility of humankind. But through these metaphysical and mythic works of art we are also given the opportunity to imagine an alternative.

“Under the sun and the moon in the most unique, irreverent and inherently theatrical playhouse in the world, we continue to look to the past to help us better understand the world today and the role we all play in creating its future.”

Opening the season on 14 April is Romeo & Juliet, directed by Ola InceAlfred Enoch, best known for playing Wes Gibbins in How To Get Away With Murder and Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter film series, will play Romeo.

Twelfth Night opens on 15 May, performed by the Globe Ensemble and directed by associate artistic director Sean Holmes. Holmes most recently directed the Globe Ensemble in Henry VI and Richard III at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the 2019 summer season. He recently stepped down from the Lyric Hammersmith after almost a decade as artistic director and joint chief executive.

Eleanor Rhode will direct Much Ado About Nothing, opening on 19 June. Rhode was last at the Globe directing Boudica (2017). She has recently directed King John at the RSC.

The Globe Ensemble (a separate company to the actors performing Twelfth Night and Metamorphoses) will also perform Antony & Cleopatra, opening on 18 July. Cleopatra will be played by Nadia Nadarajah, and the ensemble will also include artistic director Michelle Terry and Federay Holmes.

Nadarajah most recently played Celia in As You Like It (2018 and 2019). Terry most recently played Hotspur in Henry IV Part 1 Summer Season 2019, and Lady Macbeth last year in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Federay was last at the Globe co-directing the Globe Ensemble for last year’s History trilogy of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V, and 2017’s As You Like It and Hamlet.

This year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production is Macbeth, directed by Cressida Brown. Opening on 26 February, this full-scale production is created especially for young people, with 20,000 free tickets made available annually to state schools in London and Birmingham.

Other events:

  • A new two-day event, Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare and Climate Emergency’, will take place on 1 and 2 May.
  • ‘Shakespeare and Race’ will return as a two-day symposium on 15 and 16 May, organised in partnership with the University of Sussex.
  • During Refugee Week (15-21 June) the Globe will host the Worlds Elsewhere Festival.
  • Shakespeare’s Telling Tales, the Globe’s annual family festival, will return between 23 and 26 July.
  • The Globe inaugural ‘Scriptorium’, a 12-month residency for three playwrights, will create a new version of Ovid’s Metamorphosesopening on 4 September. The new writers-in-residence are Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz. The production will be performed by the Globe Ensemble and co-directed by Holmes and Holly Race Roughan.
  • Brendan O’Hea returns to direct Globe on Tour, where a company of eight actors will once again offer audiences around the world a trio of plays, which this year will be The Tempest, As You Like It and A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.
  • Read Not Dead, the Globe’s popular script-in-hand performances which revive otherwise forgotten plays, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

Shakespeare’s Globe summer season:

Romeo & Juliet
(14 April to 12 July 2020, press night is 22 April)

Twelfth Night
(15 May to 3 October 2020, press night is 20 May)
Presented by the Globe Ensemble

Much Ado About Nothing
(19 June to 4 October 2020, press night is 25 June)

Antony & Cleopatra
(18 July to 29 August 2020, press night is 24 July)
Presented by the Globe Ensemble

Ovid’s Metamorphoses
(4 September to 3 October 2020, press night is 10 September)
Presented by the Globe Ensemble

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