Shakespeare’s Globe has announced a Summer Season of shows for 2023.
Highlights from the summer season include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream featuring Michelle Terry as Puck; Sean Holmes directs an Elizabethan set The Comedy of Errors; Abigail Graham to direct Macbeth; and, Ellen McDougall to direct As You Like It.
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said : “2023 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Without this collection, 18 of Shakespeare’s plays would have been lost forever including four well known and beloved plays: The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It and Macbeth. At a time when we all stand to lose and gain so much, at a time in which we all face huge questions about who, what, and why we are, theatre remains one of the greatest and safest ways for a society to debate with itself and ask these questions. This summer, with those four folio plays, along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we hope to surprise, challenge, excite, illuminate, provoke, and delight, as we continue to put Shakespeare to work for now and for our future on this incredible Globe.”
“In our theatre, our Wooden ‘O’, made from a 1000 oak trees, the Thames outstretched beside it, the sky above, and the earth below, in which nature, human nature and our in-human nature congregate, converse, commune and connect; what better place to experience these extraordinary plays, in this extraordinary playhouse, at this most extraordinary of times.”
A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs from 27 April – 12 August. Pentabus Theatre’s Artistic Director Elle While (The Merry Wives of Windsor, 2019; As You Like It, Hamlet, 2018) directs Michelle Terry as the shape-shifting Puck in Shakespeare’s deliciously disruptive and intoxicating curiosity of a play.
The Comedy of Errors runs from 12 May – 29 July. Directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes, this production of Shakespeare’s madcap comedy about long-lost siblings and mistaken identities will transport us 400 years into an Elizabethan past to watch as these families unravel and descend into glorious chaos.
Abigail Graham directs Macbeth running from 21 July – 28 October, following her critically acclaimed The Merchant of Venice in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. This production invites audiences to witness, even if they can’t understand, one couple’s ruthless quest for power as they turn nature upside down in Shakespeare’s epic tragedy.
As You Like It runs from 18 August – 29 October, directed by Ellen McDougall. Shakespeare’s joyous tale of all kinds of love, between all kinds of people, unfolds in the Forest of Arden, in this exuberant tale of community, romance and redemption.
Family-show Midsummer Mechanicals returns to the Playhouse from 22 July. A hilarious follow-up to the play- within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Midsummer Mechanicals follows Peter Quince’s acting troupe – known as the Mechanicals – as they attempt to recapture the success of their first hit Pyramus and Thisbe, a show so bold, brilliant and chaotic that it went down in theatre history.
The Globe’s flagship project for secondary schools, Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank, returns with The Tempest, directed by Diane Page.
The Globe will also feature a special event on 13 October, Burnt at the Stake, or The Whole Truth, a special night of provocative new writing.