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Shakespeare's Globe Announce 2009 Season
The Shakespeare Globe Theatre has announced its 2009 season which opens on Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April, runing to 10 Oct 2009, and goes under the overall title of 'Young Hearts' - Romeo and Juliet; The Frontline by Ché Walker; As You Like It; Troilus and Cressida; Helen in a version by Frank McGuinness; A New World by Trevor Griffiths; Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Public Booking open 14 Feb 2009.
This announcement follows the success of the Globe’s 2008 theatre season, which attracted over 330,000 theatre-goers over the course of 253 performances, grossing more than £5.3 million in ticket sales and averaging 83% capacity attendance across the entire season. Over the course of summer 2008, 120 actors, forty musicians and fifty other creative staff worked together in five companies to present eight different shows, at a venue that still operates without public subsidy.
Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole commented: “At Shakespeare’s Globe, each new performance feels like a new burst of energy and a new beginning. The 2009 season of Young Hearts celebrates the heedless joy of youth, a love of life and the enduring passion of our audiences.”
ROMEO AND JULIET, by William Shakespeare, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, opens 30 Apr 2009, following previews from 23 April - running to 23 Aug 2009.
THE FRONTLINE, by Che Walker, directed by Matthew Dunster, returns to the Globe, opening 8 May 2009, following previews from 5 May - running to 23 May 2009. Set on a Saturday night outside Camden tube and presents a modern, vigorous tale of London life on the edge.
AS YOU LIKE IT, by William Shakespeare, opens 8 June 2009, following previews from 30 May - running to 10 Oct 2009.
TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, by William Shakespeare, opens 22 July 2009, following previews from 12 July - running to 20 Sep 2009.
HELEN, by Euripides in a new version by Frank McGuinness, has its World Premiere, opening 5 Aug 2009, following previews from 1 Aug - running to 23 Aug 2009. Strange, comic, fairy-tale-like romance.
A NEW WORLD, by Trevor Griffiths, has its World Premiere, opening 3 Sep 2009, following previews from 29 Aug - running to 9 Oct 2009. A play about the British revolutionary Thomas Paine. This moving and epic story charts the life and loves of the author of The Rights of Man with songs, music and the huge carnival spirit of a world turned upside down.
LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, by William Shakespeare, directed by Dominic Dromgoole, returns to the Globe, opening 30 Sep 2009, following previews from 25 Sep - running to 10 Oct 2009.