The season will run from April to October.
The Shakespeare’s Globe have confirmed its plans for its Summer season, with Artistic Director Michelle Terry saying: ” 2023 is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Without this collection, 18 of Shakespeare’s plays would have been lost forever including four well known and beloved plays: The Tempest, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It and Macbeth. At a time when we all stand to lose and gain so much, at a time in which we all face huge questions about who, what, and why we are, theatre remains one of the greatest and safest ways for a society to debate with itself and ask these questions. This summer, with those four folio plays, along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we hope to surprise, challenge, excite, illuminate, provoke, and delight, as we continue to put Shakespeare to work for now and for our future on this incredible Globe.”
This newly announced season will begin with a new production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will run from the 27th April until the 12th August. Directed by Pentabus Theatre’s Artistic Director Elle While, the production will see Michelle Terry starring as the shape-shifting Puck.
It will then be followed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes’s production of The Comedy of Errors, which will run at the theatre from the 12th May until the 29th July. Set 400 years into an Elizabethan past, the play is a story of mistaken identities and long-lost siblings. Sean Holmes has previously directed productions of The Winter’s Tale (2023), The Tempest (2022), Twelfth Night (2021), Hamlet (2021) Metamorphoses (2021), Henry VI and Richard III (2020), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2019)
From the 21st July until the 28th October, Abigail Graham directs Macbeth following on from her production of The Merchant of Venice in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Her recent directing credits include: Aladdin by Vikki Stone (Lyric Hammersmith) and MUM by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (Plymouth Drum/Soho Theatre).
The season is also set to include As You Like it, which will play at the theatre from the 18th August until the 29th October. Director Ellen McDougall will bring this story of community, romance and redemption to life.
Midsummer Mechanicals returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 22nd July – 26th August. The production for families and young people is co-produced by Splendid Productions, directed by Lucy Cuthbertson (Co-Director of Education) and Kerry Frampton, and written by Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales. A hilarious follow-up to the playwithin-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Midsummer Mechanicals follows Peter Quince’s acting troupe – known as the Mechanicals – as they attempt to recapture the success of their first hit Pyramus and Thisbe, a show so bold, brilliant and chaotic that it went down in theatre history. This production will also run for six performances at Shakespeare North Playhouse from 15th-18th July.
For the first time the Globe will also offer an associate director residency for 2023. Naeem Hayat and Indiana Lown-Collins will be Resident Associate Directors, with their tenures commencing with the Summer Season.
For more information about the Summer season visit: https://www.shakespearesglobe.com/