Emma Rice Announces First Season at the Helm of Shakespeare's Globe; Jonathan Pryce Returns

News   Emma Rice Announces First Season at the Helm of Shakespeare's Globe; Jonathan Pryce Returns
 
Emma Rice has announced her first season as artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, which will open with her directing A Midsummer Night's Dream, beginning performances April 30 prior to an official opening May 5, for a run in rep through Sept. 11.



As part of the season, she will also bring two acclaimed shows from Kneehigh, the company she previously led with its founder Mike Shepherd, to the Globe. 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, a co-adaptation by Michael Morpurgo and Rice of Morpurgo's novel about preparations for the D-Day landings, will begin performances Aug. 11 prior to an official opening Aug. 17, for a run in rep through Sep 11, presented in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. In the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Rice's production of Daniel Jamieson's The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk, co-produced by Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic that charts the marriage between Marc and Bella Chagall, will run June 16 through July 2.

The season in the main house Shakespeare's Globe will also include new productions of The Taming of the Shrew (directed by Caroline Byrne, beginning performances May 13 prior to an official opening May 20 for a run in rep through Aug. 6), Macbeth (direced by Iqbal Khan, beginning performances June 18 prior to an official opening June 23 for a run in rep through Oct. 1) and Imogen (a re-named and reclaimed version of Cymbeline, directed by Globe Associate Director Matthew Dunster, beginning performances Sept. 17 prior to an official opening Sept. 23, for a run in rep through Oct. 23).

In addition, Jonathan Munby's 2016 Globe production of The Merchant of Venice will be revived with Jonathan Pryce reprising his performance as Shylock, opening at Liverpool Playhouse in June and then touring nationally and internationally. It will then return to the Globe from Oct. 4-15. A touring production of Two Gentlemen of Verona, directed by Nick Bagnall, will be presented by Shakespeare’s Globe, Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from Sept. 20 to Oct. 1 before transferring to Liverpool.


 Finally, John Wolfson'sThe Inn at Lydda will be performed in the Playhouse in September (dates to be announced). Wolfson, who is Honorary Curator of Rare Books for the Globe, has based the play on a reference in the New Testament Apocrypha and follows Tiberius Caesar and a remarkable meeting with Jesus Christ in Judea.

To book tickets, which are on priority sale now and go on general sale Feb. 15, contact the box office on 020 7401 9919, or visit www.shakespearesglobe.com

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