Globe launches indoor theatre with The Duchess of Malfi and opera

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The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will open its season with a production of The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster and a co-production with the Royal Opera House of Cavalli’s opera L’Ormindo.

Directed by artistic director Dominic Dromgoole, The Duchess of Malfi will run in the new indoor theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe from January 9 to February 16, 2014.

From March 25 to April 12, 2014, a new English translation by Christopher Cowell of L’Ormindo will run at the venue, which will be directed by the Royal Opera’s director Kasper Holten.

Elsewhere on the programme is The Knight of the Burning Pestle, written by Francis Beaumont. It will run from February 20 to March 30, 2014.

The Globe is also launching a new children’s company for its 340-seat playhouse, which it will be casting for this summer.

The Globe Young Players will consist of 16 members aged 12 to 16, who will be trained in early modern drama and will perform John Marston’s The Malcontent from April 3 to 19, 2014.

Dromgoole said that children will be selected from a wide range of social backgrounds.

He said: “The thinning of the social spectrum [in the industry at the moment] is a real worry and I think what we know about companies 400 years ago is that they were from a very wide social spectrum - it was about a desire to act and nothing else and it would be great if we could facilitate that.

“I think it will be a fantastic way of taking kids with already great abilities and giving them a turbo charge in how to do that sort of work.”

Meanwhile, there will be a series of events and concerts in the playhouse, which will be candlelit.

Eileen Atkins will perform her show, called Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins, from January 12 to 23 and guitarist John Williams will curate and perform in four concerts, which will run from March 9 to 17.

Conductor Trevor Pinnock will curate a series of evenings of music, the first of which will be entitled Mozart in London and will run on March 2 and 3.