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Globe announces “midnight matinees”

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Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its programme of midnight matinees for 2012, saying that the 23:59 start time is “perfect” for theatre industry professionals.

This year’s programme will feature Henry V on June 22, The Taming of the Shrew on August 3 and As You Like It on September 7.

The midnight performances originally started as a celebration of the Summer Solstice but the programme has expanded over recent years. A spokesman for the Globe said that the timings of the shows meant that “once evening performances have had their final curtain call across London, cast and crew can head over to the Globe to enjoy a performance”.

Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of the Globe, added: “The matinees are always an incredible event, and it’s always great to see actors mingling after hours, and joining in the fun.”

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