It’s a busy old time at the Globe. Not only is it the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, but we also have a new Artistic Director.
As we bid a fond farewell to Dominic Dromgoole, the lovely Emma Rice joins us, bringing a sense of excitement and wonder with her.
No, literally: she brought a massive WONDER sign!
We were fortunate enough to be told this firsthand by the new AD herself, who took the time to introduce the new season to all the members of staff and volunteers. And the reaction from us and the Press was very positive, very warm, even on a cold day like today! I guess you could say…it didn’t get a frosty reception!
The theme, as you may have gathered, is Wonder and you can follow all the latest news using the #WonderSeason. In house we have some classic Shakespeare this season, but no doubt with a few twists: Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew and Imogen (Cymbeline). The last of these intruiges me particularly, having just seen Cymbeline in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Watching and reading the play, I couldn’t help but think how it is more about Imogen/Innogen than the King himself. As the title suggests, Emma’s production aims to bring Imogen to the forefront of the story, by carefully recrafting of the narrative while staying true to the original text.
Also gracing the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this summer are 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. No, they’re not recently discovered Shakespeare plays! But they sound amazing and are touring productions from theatre company Kneehigh, where Emma previously served as Artistic Director. The Globe’s touring productions will be The Two Gentlemen of Verona and a revival of last year’s The Merchant of Venice featuring Jonathan Pryce. And, of course, you can’t have a Shakespeare celebration without Hamlet and Dominic’s Globe to Globe Hamlet returns home. Playing its final show where it first opened, this world-wide, two year tour fittingly also marks the end of Dominic’s time at the Globe before the new season.
Emma’s #WonderSeason promises to be one which commemorates, celebrates and recreates Shakespeare for all generations. In other words: it’ll be wonderful.