NEWS: Shakespeare’s Globe Announces Festival of Independence

The theatre will honour all those who have fought for independence as well as those who continue to do so across the world through its Festival of Independence. 

Lions and Tigers

This festival will be curated by Tanika Gupta MBE and aims to reveal the struggles for personal, political and artistic freedom through theatre, poetry and dance.

So far announced for the festival, events will include performances of the world premiere production of Tanika Gupta’s play Lions and Tigers directed by Pooja Ghai, in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from the 23rd August until the 16th September.

The Festival of Independence will also feature a one-off gig the Globe Theatre by Mobo award-winning Nitin Sawhney on the 21st August, performing a number of tracks from his repertoire, showcasing his versatile voice.

Meanwhile, on the 20th and 21st September a new production of Vijay Tendulkar’s play A Friend’s Story , directed by Akash Khurana will be performed in at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse and an evening of words and music titled How Many Roads? will take place on the 7th June – with further events for the festival to be announced.

Talking about the festival curator Tanika Gupta said: “I’m delighted to be curating the Festival of Independence this summer, the 70th anniversary of Indian independence. In our current climate it’s more important than ever to celebrate the struggles of those who have fought for an equal, fairer society. It is our job to protect that hard-won freedom, and to reiterate the need for diversity in all areas of our lives and work. I’m thrilled that the Festival of Independence will be bringing such incredible artists and important, vital stories to one of London’s greatest theatres this summer.”

For more information about the Festival of Independence and how to book tickets for events announced visit:




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