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Shakespeare’s Globe announces Emma Rice’s final summer season

Daniel Kramer. Photo: Tristram Kenton Daniel Kramer. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Shakespeare’s Globe is to stage new productions of Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night in its summer season next year, which will be Emma Rice’s last as artistic director.

The programme also includes a new staging of Much Ado About Nothing and the return of Jessica Swale’s Nell Gwynn.

English National Opera artistic director Daniel Kramer will direct Romeo and Juliet, which opens the season on April 22, while Rice will take on Twelfth Night, which runs from May 18.

Globe associate director Matthew Dunster will direct a new interpretation of Much Ado About Nothing, set during the outbreak of the Mexican Civil War in 1910. It runs from July 14.

Later in the season, a new production of King Lear will be directed by Nancy Meckler, opening on August 10.

Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale, which first ran at the Globe in 2015 before transferring to the West End, will return to Bankside following a UK tour.

Starring Laura Pitt-Pulford and directed by Christopher Luscombe, it runs from May 2 in a co-production with English Touring Theatre and in association with Nica Burns, Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Paul Marie Black.

The world premiere of Tristan Bernays’ Boudica also features on the main stage summer season, as does Kneehigh’s Tristan and Yseult.