Shakespeare’s Globe has revealed the season of shows that will begin on 19th May in accordance with the government’s roadmap. Social distancing measures will be implemented so performances will featured limited audience capacity for an initial period.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (19th May – 30th October – streaming dates 5th June, 25th September)
Twelfth Night (29th July until 30th October – streaming dates 4th September, 23rd October)
Ensemble – Shona Babayemi as Helena and Olivia, Peter Bourke as Oberon and Antonio, Jean Chan designing, Rachel Hannah Clarke as Snug and Curio, Sasha Milavic Davies (movement director), Bryan Dick as Lysander and Orsino, Victoria Elliott as Titania and Feste, Jim Fortune (composer), George Fouracres as Flute and Aguecheek, Nadine Higgin as Quince and Sir Toby Belch, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi as Hermia and Maria, Ciáran O’Brien as Demetrius and Sebastian, Sophie Russell as Bottom and Malvolio, Michelle Terry as Viola and Jacoba Williams as Fabian and Snout. Music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed by musicians from the Hackney Colliery Band.
Romeo and Juliet – (26th June to 17th October, streaming dates – 10th July, 7th August)
Cast – Beth Cordingly as Lady Capulet , Will Egerton as Tybalt, Alfred Enoch as Romeo, Adam Gillen as Mercutio, Jacob Hughes (designer), Ola Ince (director), Clara Indrani as Montague, Rachel Lemon (assistant director), Rebekah Murrell as Juliet, Max Perryment (composer), Zoe West as Benvolio, Dwane Walcott as Paris and Sargon Yelda as Friar.
During the initial opening period there will be seating in the Yard. Despite reduced capacity there are still limited tickets available at £5. Other measures will include staggered arrival times, allocated entrances, no intervals and pre-ordered drinks.
The Globe’s touring ensemble will perform two shows – As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest – with the audience voting for whichever they want to see. The company includes Stephenson Ardern-Sodje, Tom Chapman, Anna Crichlow, Mark Desebrock, Emma Ernest, Colm Gormley, Sara Lessore and Katy Secombe, while the piece is directed by Brendan O’Hea with associate director Vanessa Faye-Stanley, Andrew D Edwards (designer), Catherine Jayes (composer) and Globe Associate Artist Sian Williams (choreographer).
The Globe’s writers in residence will also create a new version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses from late September. Penned by the venue’s new writers-in-residence Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz, the show will be directed by Holmes and Holly Race Roughan.