Dominic Dromgoole's final season announced


Shakespeare’s Globe on London's South Bank have today announced details of Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director, which for the first time will see the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse host Shakespeare productions as part of the main season.

The first production in the season will be Pericles, by William Shakespeare & George Wilkins which will run from 19 November 2015 to 21 April 2016, with an official opening on 25 November 2015.

"Pericles, Prince of Tyre, is forced to flee his own kingdom and wander the world. Following a shipwreck, he meets Princess Thaisa and wins her for his wife. Months later, in another sea-storm, Thaisa dies in childbirth and her body is committed to the deep. The grief-stricken Pericles takes comfort in his baby daughter, Marina, but fosters her with friends. Years pass. Can report of her death be true? And can his dead wife return to life?"

This will be followed by Cymbeline which runs from 2 December 2015 to 21 April 2016.

"Imogen, daughter of King Cymbeline, has displeased her father by marrying Posthumus. In exile, Posthumus proclaims the beauty of his wife to the villainous Iachimo and lays a wager on her fidelity. But Iachimo will stop at nothing to prove that Imogen has been unfaithful – and Posthumus seems implacable in his revenge."

A new production of the tragi-comedy The Winter's Tale will run from 28 January 2016 to 22 April 2016, with an official opening on 4 February 2016.

"The Winter’s Tale tells of how King Leontes loses his wife and newborn daughter through his furious yet baseless jealousy. A long journey through time and across borders eventually effects an astonishing and redemptive resolution. Boasting the most famous stage direction in history, ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’, this is one of Shakespeare’s most imaginative, troubling and delightful plays."

Dominic Dromgoole will direct the final production in the season, The Tempest, which runs from 17 February to 22 April 2016, with an official opening on 26 February 2016.

Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his own brother, holds sway over an enchanted island. He is comforted by his daughter Miranda and served by the spirit Ariel and by Caliban, a ‘savage and deformed slave’. When Prospero raises a storm to wreck this brother and his confederates on the island, his long contemplated revenge at last seems within reach.

These four plays, written by Shakespeare to exploit the potential of the Blackfriars, the indoor playhouse his company made their winter home in 1609, share a host of thematic links and a delight in using the technical and imaginative possibilities of the indoor theatres.

Tickets for all productions go on general sale on 6 July 2015.

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