Janie Dee, Eve Best, Paul Hilton to Star in Shakespeare's Globe Summer Season

News   Janie Dee, Eve Best, Paul Hilton to Star in Shakespeare's Globe Summer Season Early casting for this year's summer season at Shakespeare's Globe in London has been announced and will include starring appearances by Janie Dee, Eve Best, Charles Edwards and Paul Hilton, as well as up-and-coming young actor Joshua McGuire.

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Janie Dee will play the Countess of Roussillon in John Dove's production of All's Well That Ends Well, beginning performances April 27, prior to an official opening May 5, for a run in rep to Aug. 21. Dee was most recently seen onstage in Chichester Festival Theatre's summer production of A Month in the Country. Other roles include Alan Ayckbourn's Comic Potential, for which she won the Olivier, Evening Standard and Critics' Circle Awards for Best Actress, and subsequently reprised the role at New York's Manhattan Theatre Club.

Eve Best and Charles Edwards will play Beatrice and Benedict, respectively, in Jeremy Herrin's production of Much Ado About Nothing, beginning performances May 21, prior to an official opening May 26, for a run in rep to Oct. 1. Best, who is best known for playing the role of Dr. Eleanor O'Hara in TV's "Nurse Jackie," was most recently seen onstage in the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's The Homecoming. Edwards originated the role of Hannay in The 39 Steps in London and subsequently reprised the role on Broadway, and is currently appearing as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Peter Hall's production of Twelfth Night at the National Theatre.

Paul Hilton will play the title role of Dr. Faustus in Matthew Dunster's production of Christopher Marlowe's play, beginning performances June 18, prior to an official opening June 23, for a run in rep to Oct. 2. Hilton has appeared frequently at the National, including starring opposite Helen Mirren in Mourning Becomes Electra, and was seen in the West End in In Celebration opposite Orlando Bloom.

Also to appear at the Globe will be a small-scale touring production of Hamlet, on tour from April 13 and at the Globe from April 23, for which Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole will direct Joshua McGuire in the title role. He appeared in Posh at the Royal Court in 2010, and is co-starring in the new BBC series "The Hour" with Ben Whishaw and Dominic West. This small-scale production opens at the Globe on Shakespeare’s birthday April 23, before travelling all over the U.K. and Europe, visiting a unique trio of England's oldest working theatres - Theatre Royal Margate, Georgian Theatre in Richmond and Bath – before finishing in Elsinore.

The Globe season will also feature a cover-to-cover reading of The King James Bible, recited by 20 actors, including many Globe regulars, in five teams of four, performed across eight days between Palm Sunday and Easter Monday (April 17–25); as well as the return of Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn (beginning performances July 8, prior to an official opening July 15, then running in rep to Aug. 21), as well as new productions of The Globe Mysteries, in a new version by Tony Harrison (beginning performances Aug. 5, prior to an official opening Aug. 10, then running in rep to Oct. 1) and the world premiere of Chris Hannan's The God of Soho (beginning performances Aug. 27, prior to an official opening Sept. 1, then running in rep to Sept. 30). Public booking opens Feb. 14. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7401 9919, or visit www.shakespearesglobe.com.

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