Mark Rylance to Return to Shakespeare's Globe in Twelfth Night and Richard III

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Tony winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem and Boeing Boeing) will return to Shakespeare's Globe, where he was previously artistic director from 1995-2005, to reprise his performance as Olivia in Twelfth Night and play the title role in Richard III, in the 2012 theatre season there.

Mark Rylance
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Richard III will begin performances July 14, 2012, for a run in rep through Oct. 13; Twelfth NIght will begin performances Sept. 22 for a run in rep through Oct. 14. Both plays are directed by Tim Carroll, with designs by Jenny Tiramani and music by Claire van Kampen, reuniting the creative team behind the original 2002 Globe staging of Twelfth Night. The productions are both "original practices" versions, performed by an all-male cast and employing re-created clothing, music and dance of the period when they were originally premiered.

In a press statement, Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of the Globe who succeeded Rylance into the post, commented, "It was the Globe's greatest stroke of good fortune to have Mark as its first Artistic Director – an actor of great distinction, and a leader of rare imagination. No-one has contributed more to the success of the Globe than Mark, and we all – actors, artists and audiences – play happily within the conditions he created. It is our further great good luck that he is returning, with his Original Practices team, to play in the Globe again. It will be a fitting climax to an extraordinary summer which begins with our unprecedented Globe to Globe festival."

Both Twelfth Night and Richard III are being staged in a co-production between Shakespeare's Globe, Sonia Friedman Productions and Shakespeare Road.

Also in the Globe's season, Henry V -- the play which opened the first and the current Globe -- will both close the Globe to Globe Festival and launch the main 2012 theatre season in June. In a continuation of the 2010 productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V will be directed by Dominic Dromgoole with Jamie Parker in the title role, who previously played Prince Hal for the Globe. It will begin performances June 7 for a run in rep through Aug. 26. It is produced by Shakespeare's Globe in association with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, where it will run April 12-28, then tour to Cardiff, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath and Salisbury, before it comes to the Globe.

Also, Toby Frow will direct The Taming of the Shrew, beginning performances June 23 for a run in rep through Oct. 13. Public booking for the 2012 theatre season opens on Feb. 13 2012, with priority booking for friends and patrons from Jan. 10. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7401 9919 or visit    

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