The Shakespeare’s Globe has announced details of Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season titled ‘Summer of Love’. 

Marking the 50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ of 1967, Emma Rice’s 2017 summer season will open on the 22nd April and will include productions of Romeo and Juliet,  Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn, Twelfth Night, Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, and the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica.

The first production opening the theatre’s new open air season will be Daniel Kramer’s production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Kramer’s recent credits includes Tristan and Isolde (ENO), Pélleas et Mélisande (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre), Carmen (Vlaamse Opera, Opera North), Punch and Judy (Grand Théâtre Geneva, ENO – Outstanding Achievement in Opera, South Bank Award) and Bluebeard’s Castle (Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatre – Golden Mask Award, ENO).

Meanwhile from the 2nd May, Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn returns to the Globe in a co-production with the English Touring Theatre. Directed by Christopher Luscombe, the production will star Laura Pitt-Pulford as the eponymous actress and mistress of Charles II.

The season will then continue with Emma Rice’s production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, which will open at the theatre on the 18th May, while from the 13th June Kneehigh’s Tristan & Yseult is revived on the Globe stage as part of a major Celtic tour for the company, which will see it travel to Cornwall, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as the Globe.

Matthew Dunster will direct a production of Much Ado About Nothing, which arrives at the Globe from the 18th July in a fresh new production, which transports the action to 1910, at the outbreak of the Mexican Civil War.

From the 10th August, the theatre will see Nancy Meckler’s production of King Lear arrive on stage and finally from the 8th September the Globe will present the world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ new play Boudica, directed by Eleanor Rhode . The play sees Boudica, Queen of the Iceni tribe, wages a bloody uprising against the Roman Empire in this epic tale of power, politics and love.



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