Shakespeare’s Globe in London has announced its 10th Anniversary Season for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, running from November 2023 to April 2024.
The atmospheric theatre is illuminated by over 100 beeswax candles, recreating a Jacobean indoor theatre for which plays like Shakespeare’s Othello and The Duchess of Malfi were written and performed. The venue is named after the founder of Shakespeare’s Globe, actor Sam Wanamaker.
Highlights of the season include a revival of Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, adapted and directed by Joe Hill-Gibbins and designed by Rosanna Vize. Ghosts will play from 10 November 2023 to 28 January 2024.
Ola Ince is returning to Shakespeare’s Globe in 2024, to direct Shakespeare’s Othello, running from 19 January to 13 April 2023.
Also, Rachel Bagshaw is set to direct a new production of John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi, ten years after it was the very first show at the newly opened theatre.
The Duchess of Malfi will run from 17 February to 14 April 2024.
During Christmas 2023, Shakespeare’s Globe will perform a new version of Hansel and Gretel by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, directed by Nick Bagnall.
Hansel and Gretel will run over the festive period in the Globe, from 8 December 2023 to 7 January 2023.
Special Events at the Globe over the next few months include Burnt at the Stake, or The Whole of the Truth, a special night of new writing, plays in the Globe Theatre on 13 October 2023; the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse hosting new writing company HighTide’s Ghost Stories by Candlelight, on 23 to 25 November 2023; and Tim Crouch making his Globe debut with his acclaimed solo show I, Malvolio, running 30 November to 9 December 2023.
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director, said in a statement: “This winter, we’re so proud and excited to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of our unique and incredible Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. For over a decade now, the warm embrace of over a hundred beeswax candles has transformed stories and transported artists and audiences to worlds elsewhere via the most compelling and necessary of plays. And this year will be no different as we put the drama of the domestic right at the heart of this candlelit imaginarium. As the nights draw in, and the days get darker, we hope these beguiling and bewitching dramas will charm, inspire, and nourish as you step into the candlelight to celebrate 10 years of our wonderful Sam Wanamaker Playhouse!”
Currently playing at Shakespeare’s Globe is The Comedy of Errors, until 29 July 2023, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, until 12 August 2023. Coming next is Macbeth from 21 July 2023, and As You Like It from 18 August 2023.