Shakespeare’s Globe launches its 2013 theatre season on 23 April with Jeremy Herrin’s production of The Tempest. Olivier award-winner Roger Allam makes a welcome return to the Globe as Prospero, with Colin Morgan as Ariel and Jessie Buckley as Miranda. The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late great masterpiece, imbued with magical spirits and supernatural charm. This production marks the first of the Globe’s trio of enchanted Shakespeares this summer, running from Shakespeare’s birthday (23 April) until 18 August.
Director Jeremy Herrin returns to the Globe following his widely applauded production of Much Ado About Nothing in 2011. Herrin is associate director at the Royal Court and during his time there has presented No Quarter, The Heretic, The Vertical Hour, The Priory, That Face and Tusk Tusk, for which he was nominated for an Evening Standard Best Director Award. He directed Roger Allam in Uncle Vanya at Chichester in 2012. He also directed This House at the National Theatre.
Roger Allam won the Best Actor Olivier Award for his portrayal of Falstaff at the Globe in Henry IV Parts 1 and 2. His many other stage credits include Boeing Boeing and The God of Carnage. He created the role of Peter Mannion in the BBC political satire The Thick Of It, and his film credits include Tamara Drewe and The Queen. Allam will reprise his role as Detective Inspector Fred Thursday in the Morse prequel Endeavour, due to air on ITV this spring.
Making his Globe debut will be Colin Morgan as Ariel, who created the role of Merlin in the popular BBC television series for which he recently won Best Actor in a Drama at the National Television Awards. Other theatre credits include Vernon God Little and All About My Mother at the Young and Old Vics.
In her graduating year at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Jessie Buckley will also make a Globe debut as Prospero’s daughter, Miranda. Jessie competed in the TV series I’d Do Anything, the search for a new Nancy in Oliver! and performed in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Menier Chocolate Factory and at the Garrick.
Completing the cast is Jason Baughan, Sam Cox, Pip Donaghy, Trevor Fox, James Garnon, Peter Hamilton-Dyer, Joshua James, William Mannering, Sarah Sweeney and Amanda Wilkin.
Shakespeare’s Globe’s 2013 ‘Season of Plenty’ features fifteen plays, including three world premières, an expansion of the Globe’s award-winning touring, and the return of three Globe to Globe productions from last year’s once-in-a-lifetime festival. The full lineup includes The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, the three plays about Henry VI, Samuel Adamson’s Gabriel, Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, The Lightning Child from Ché Walker, two small-scale tours of King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew, three returning Globe to Globe shows – Venus and Adonis from South Africa, As You Like It from Georgia, King Lear from Belarus, and Footsbarn’s Indian Tempest.
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