Yesterday, the Globe announced its Winter Season, appropriately titled Wonder Noir. This continues on from Emma Rice’s Wonder Summer Season, with the shows moving indoors to the intimate, candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
The shows include Othello, directed by Ellen McDougall. It’s nice to see Shakespeare continue into the Winter and I’ve always thought the intimacy of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse would fit, being a suitably conspiratorial space for Iago’s soliloquies.
A major theme of Othello is revenge, a theme prevalent in another production: Ben Jonson’s The White Devil. Another early text will be staged, though it is not a play. Lucy Bailey returns to Shakespeare’s Globe to direct Milton’s poem Comus. The story follows a virgin being tempted by the God of Revelry Comus, in a story of wonder, magic and horror.
Christmas offers a variety of shows. Continuing the family shows from the summer season, The Little Matchstick Girl and Other Happier Tales will be directed by Emma Rice, and All the Angels returns as a festive treat.
It promises to be a Wonderful Winter of Revelry (…I totally imagined reading that in a Jonathan Ross voice for its alliterative effect!)
For more information on the productions, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website.