New Shakespeare's Globe season sees Alfred Enoch play Romeo
Michelle Terry has announced her latest season at Shakespeare’s Globe, which she says will be “fuelled by mythic love and the hope of radical and positive transformation”, and feature productions of Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, and Twelfth Night.
Actor Alfred Enoch will star as Romeo in Ola Ince’s production of Romeo & Juliet, set to open the season on 14th April. Enoch, known for his screen roles in the Harry Potter series and How To Get Away With Murder, has recently starred on stage in Tree at the Young Vic and John Logan’s Red in the West End. Ince is an artistic associate at the Royal Court, and her credits include the Donmar Warehouse’s Appropriate, The Convert at the Young Vic and Poet In Da Corner at the Royal Court.
Associate director Sean Holmes, whose recent productions include Henry VI and Richard III at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, will direct Twelfth Night. Holmes recently stepped down as the artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith after almost ten years in charge, and will work with the Globe Ensemble on this new production which will open on 15th May.
Following her production of Boudica at the Globe in 2017, Eleanor Rhode will direct Much Ado About Nothing in June. Her other recent credits include King John at the RSC, Rust at the Bush Theatre with Hightide, and Blue Door at Theatre Royal Bath.
In July, another Globe Ensemble (separate to the company for Twelfth Night) will be directed by the Globe’s AD Michelle Terry in Antony and Cleopatra, with Cleopatra played by Nadia Nadarajah. Nadarajah’s recent roles include Celia in As You Like It at the Globe in 2018 and 2019, as well as Midnight Movie at the Royal Court and Going Through at the Bush Theatre.
Three new writers-in-residents at the theatre will create a new version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, which is a result of the new Scriptorium. Working with the Globe Ensemble (the same to perform in Twelfth Night, not Antony and Cleopatra), the production will be co-directed by Sean Holmes and Headlong associate artistic director Holly Race Roughan, and runs from 4th September.
The season will also include a two-day even about climate change titled Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare and Climate Emergency on 1st and 2nd May, as well as a week of matinee performances at 2pm, reducing the amount of energy-consuming lighting, coincide with Earth Day.
Following the 2018 festival, Shakespeare and Race will return on 15th and 16th May and will, in partnership with the University of Sussex, focus on the performance of race on the Shakespearean stage. There will also be a family festival titled Shakespeare’s Telling Tales in May, a three-hour walk conceived by Mark Rylance to mark Shakespeare’s birthday in April, a festival will coincide with Refugee Week in June, and the return of the biennial Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award.
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