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Sam Wanamaker Playhouse first season announced

The first and foremost task of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is to help us to explore the plays of that period written specifically for indoor theatres, and we have lined up a mouth-watering collection for its first season – the incomparable The Duchess of Malfi with its charnel house humour and its glittering poetry; The Knight of the Burning Pestle, which can only really make sense in a theatre like this one; and the brilliantly satirical The Malcontent, to be performed by our Young Players.

But beyond these plays we have been delighted by the interest shown in our new theatre by other forms of performance. It is simply glorious that the Royal Opera House are joining us in this adventure with such a bold spirit, by producing L’Ormindo by Cavalli, hopefully the beginning of a long journey of discovery into early opera. And beside that, great performers like Eileen Atkins bring Ellen Terry back to life, and shows curated by masters like Trevor Pinnock and John Williams, with the wild punk humour of the Rubberbandits to liven up the mix.

There truly is something for everyone here, or everything for someone.


Public booking for the first Sam Wanamaker Playhouse season now open. Book tickets online.

Globe Theatre 2014 season announced

Drawing together two momentous anniversaries: the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth and the centenary of the First World War, our next Globe season, entitled Arms and the Man, will include new productions of Shakespeare’s Antony & CleopatraJulius Caesar directed by Dominic Dromgoole, The Comedy of Errors directed by Blanche McIntyre, and a revisiting of Lucy Bailey’s 2006 production of Titus Andronicus.

The season will also bring four new write plays: Doctor Scroggy’s War by Howard Brenton,Holy Warriors by David Eldridge, Simon Armitage’s The Last Days of Troy and Richard Bean’s Pitcairn.

Next year’s touring productions will see the start of the global tour of Hamlet, a revival of this year’s King Lear, a mid-scale reworking of Dominic Dromgoole's 2013 A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Much Ado About Nothing.

As part of our international Globe to Globe programme, Deafinitely Theatre will return to stage A Midsummer Night’s Dream in British Sign Language and Theatre Arpana will present All’s Well That Ends Well in Gujarati. Rakatá will stage Lope de Vega's classic Punishment Without Revenge in Spanish.

Find out about the season in full.


Priority booking opens 10.00am, 14 January 2014. Become to a Friend of Shakespeare’s Globe.

Public booking opens 10.00am, 10 February 2014.


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