Reading that the Globe may struggle to come back from this current crisis without the help of donations and emergency funding didn’t seem quite real.
Though 2016 has been far from kind, seeing roughly 250 productions mostly in Fringe and Off-West End venues has made for a fruitful year in theatre. Choosing ten hasn’t been easy, but these productions had an impact that sets them apart from the rest.
This week the London theatre bloggers discuss the West End revival of The Libertine starring Dominic Cooper, The Boys in the Band starring Mark Gatiss and Imogen at the Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
All praise Emma Rice! Under Dominic Dromgoole’s artistic directorship, The Globe’s commitment to innovation in Shakespeare production first established during Mark Rylance’s reign fell by the wayside in favour of new writing.
So, retitled Imogen and set in modern London is the play really “reclaimed” as the publicity suggests? Well… no, not really. Cymbeline may be the title character but it’s always been Imogen’s story
Someone find Mark Rylance and distract him. Take him far from Bankside so he can’t see what they’ve done. Not only are the ruffs not starched in the traditional method…there aren’t even any ruffs.
Shakespeare’s Globe has confirmed the full cast for Matthew Dunster’s production, running from 17 September until 16 October 2016.