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Shakespeare’s Globe Productions for the 2018 Season

 

Shakespeare’s Globe productions for the 2018 season include Hamlet, As You Like It, The Two Noble Kinsmen, The Winter’s Tale, Othello and Love’s Labour’s Lost. A premiere of three new plays, a national and international tour of Shakespeare and other performances on and off site are announced together with a year-long programme of events exploring the history and future of theatre censorship, as well as a series of events looking at race, refuge and refugees in relation to Shakespeare.

This year will be Michelle Terry’s first season as Artistic Director and many of the plays are popular favourites of the Globe audience. 

Opening the season on 25 April will be Hamlet, which will play alongside As You Like It from 2 May. These plays will be presented by The Globe Ensemble, which includes, amongst others, the following artists: Federay Holmes, Bettrys Jones, Jack Laskey, Nadia Nadarajah, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Elle While, Tanika Yearwood and Michelle Terry.

Brendan O’Hea will direct a tour of eight actors with The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night. The three plays will open at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour where they will offer the audience the chance to pick their choice from the three plays, mimicking a tradition from Shakespeare’s day.

From 25 May, The Two Noble Kinsmen by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare will be directed by Barrie Rutter. Barrie is soon to be directing and appearing in his forthcoming production of The Captive Queen in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as part of the 2017/18 winter season, coproduced by Northern Broadsides. The Two Noble Kinsmen will be Barrie’s first play since stepping down as Artistic Director of Northern Broadsides. From 22 June, The Winter’s Tale will be directed by Blanche McIntyre. Blanche returns to the Globe, having previously directed The Comedy of Errors (2014) and As You Like It (2015).

In response to Refugee Week (18 – 24 June), the Globe will present a festival of events exploring Shakespeare’s response to refuge and refugees. The week will include the premiere of Nanjing, a piece about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. Written and performed by Jude Christian, it tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking.

From 20 July, Othello will be directed by Claire van Kampen, starring André Holland as Othello and Mark Rylance as Iago. André Holland is best known for his roles in Academy Award-winning films Moonlight and Selma.

Mark Rylance is currently starring in the Globe’s production of Farinelli and the King on Broadway . Claire van Kampen wrote Farinelli and the King. From 1997, she was the Globe’s founding Director of Theatre Music, creating both period and contemporary music for approximately 50 of the Globe’s productions.

Throughout February to September, a series of events will focus on Shakespeare and Censorship. Censorship of British theatre started in 1737 and officially ended 50 years ago on 26 September 1968. This bold series of events explores censorship from historical, national and international viewpoints, and explores what the future may hold. From 12 August, Shakespeare and Race will be a festival of events which will include performances, workshops, public lectures, panels and an international conference. Curated to draw attention to and provide a platform for scholars, practitioners and educators of colour in the teaching, study and performance of Shakespeare, this festival will highlight the importance of race to the consideration of Shakespeare not only in his time, but more urgently, in our own.

From 23 August, Love’s Labour’s Lost will be directed by Nick Bagnall in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Two new plays will premiere on The Globe stage this summer. Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia (10 August – 1 September), directed by Nicole Charles, will explore the life of Emilia Bassano, whom many consider to be the Dark Lady of the Sonnets, but was also a writer, poet, mother, feminist and woman in her own right. 

Emilia will be followed by Matt Hartley’s Eyam (15 September – 13 October), directed by Adele Thomas. When the plague arrives surprisingly in the Derbyshire village of Eyam in 1665, the community face the moral dilemma of having to decide whether to flee and risk spreading the vicious disease or stay, protect others from the risk, but face the potential of their own slow and painful death.

As part of a series of scenes, sonnets and songs, a unique event at Westminster Abbey, All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits returns. In celebration of Shakespeare’s birthday, Mark Rylance will join a company of 23 actors, as Shakespeare’s plays, poetry and song are brought to life in fleeting and intimate encounters throughout the Abbey.

Shakespeare’s birthday weekend will also include the Globe and Mark’s annual Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d, a walk through Shakespeare’s London brought alive by actors. Conceived by Mark Rylance, Sonnet Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d will take place Saturday 28 April – Sunday 29 April, tracing routes through Westminster and the City and finishing at the Globe. This sonnet journey will culminate in Sonnet Sunday: Ten Times Happy Me (2 September). This site specific venture will give audiences the rare opportunity to experience all of the sonnets from 1 – 154 over the course of one day.

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website here

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The Birthday Party at Harold Pinter Theatre from 9th January to 12th April 2018

Following critically-acclaimed productions of Betrayal and Old Times, Ian Rickson reunites with Sonia Friedman Productions to direct a major new revival of Harold Pinter’s brilliantly mysterious dark-comic masterpiece, The Birthday Party.

Stanley Webber (Toby Jones) is the only lodger at Meg (Zoë Wanamaker) and Petey Boles’ (Peter Wight) sleepy seaside boarding house. The unsettling arrival of enigmatic strangers Goldberg (Stephen Mangan) and McCann (Tom Vaughan-Lawlor) disrupts the humdrum lives of the inhabitants and their friend Lulu (Pearl Mackie), and mundanity soon becomes menace when a seemingly innocent birthday party turns into a disturbing nightmare. Truth and alliances hastily shift in Pinter’s landmark play about the absurd terrors of the everyday.

Starring in this comedy of menace are Toby Jones (The Play What I Wrote, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, Sherlock, Atomic Blonde), Stephen Mangan (The Norman Conquests, Jeeves and Wooster, Episodes), Zoë Wanamaker CBE (Harlequinade, Passion Play, My Family), Pearl Mackie (Doctor Who, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (All My Sons, Peaky Blinders, The Infiltrator) and Peter Wight (Hamlet, Electra, Atonement).

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Booking website here

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Labour of Love at the Noel Coward Theatre – 15th September to 2nd December 2017

Martin Freeman and Sarah Lancashire star in what is described as a razor sharp political comedy about the Labour Party, set in the party’s traditional northern heartands where the clash and divide between party philosophy, class and culture couldn’t be more divided.

The production reunites writer James Graham with Headlong Artistic Director Jeremy Herrin following their previous collaboration on the National Theatre and West End hit play This House. No stranger to political plays, James Graham’s works include The Vote which was broadcast on television on the night of the 2015 General Election, as well as Privacy which ran at the Donmar Warehouse and New York City.

Important information

Performance dates

15 September – 2 December 2017.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Booking website here

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Apologia at the Trafalgar Studios – 29th July to 18th November 2017

Tony and Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing, Freema Agyeman (Doctor Who), Olivier Award winner Desmond Barrit, Laura Carmichael (Downton Abbey) and Joseph Millson (The Last Kingdom) in a new production of Alexi Kaye Campbell’s darkly funny play about family and its secrets, directed by Jamie Lloyd.

Kristin Miller (Stockard Channing) is a firebrand matriarch and eminent art historian. As a darkly funny evening to celebrate her birthday progresses, secrets emerge about the sacrifices she has made and the price paid by those she loves.

Stockard Channing, best known for starring roles in The West Wing, The Good Wife, her Oscar® Golden Globe nominated role in Six Degrees of Separation, and of course the iconic role of ‘Rizzo’ in the film Grease, is also an acclaimed Broadway and West End star, most recently nominated for her 7th Tony Award for It’s Only a Play and Other Desert Cities, affirming her position as a true theatrical legend.

Important information

Performance dates Saturday 29th July – Saturday 18th November

Special notice: Latecomers may be admitted at a suitable break, but late admission cannot be guaranteed until the interval

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Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle at the Wyndhams Theatre – 3 October 2017 to 6 January 2018

In this uncertain world, who can predict what brings people together? When two strangers meet by chance amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, their lives are changed forever.

Tony and Olivier Award winning playwright Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle is a surprising and life-affirming new play starring Anne-Marie Duff and Kenneth Cranham.

Important information

Performance dates Tuesday 3 October 2017 to Saturday 6 January 2018

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The Simon and Garfunkel Story at the Lyric Theatre – September to November 2017

Direct from a Sell Out Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story arrives in London’s West End! Using huge projection photos and original film footage, this 50th Anniversary Celebration also features a full live band and brass orchestra performing all the hits including ‘Mrs Robinson’, ‘Cecilia’, ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, ‘Homeward Bound’ and many more. Get your tickets fast as this is an evening not to be missed!

Important information

Running time2 hours 15 minutes including one interval

Performance dates Monday 4th September 2017 – 7:30pm; Monday 2nd October 2017 – 7:30pm; Monday 6th November 2017 – 7:30pm; Monday 4th December 2017 – 7:30pm

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Booking website here

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Five Guys Named Moe at the Marble Arch Theatre – 14th September to 25th November 2017

A major new production of the smash-hit West End and Broadway musical swings into the new Marble Arch Theatre. Nomax is single, broke and drinking his sorrows away when five guys named Moe – Big Moe, Little Moe, Eat Moe, Know Moe and Four-Eyed Moe – appear out of nowhere to help him straighten out and sing and dance his way to love! Featuring the hits of original jazz king Louis Jordan, including Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby, Early In The Morning, Choo Choo Ch’Boogie and Saturday Night Fish Fry.

Important information

Running timeTBC

Performance dates

14th September – 25 November 2017.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Booking website here

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