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Emma Rice announces final season as Globe artistic director

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Pete Le May The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Pete Le May
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A new musical directed by Emma Rice will open the winter season at Shakespeare’s Globe, Rice’s last as artistic director of the London venue.

Romantics Anonymous will be the first show in The Winter Selection, a season of work in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. It has book by Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond and music by Michael Kooman and is based on French-Belgian film Les Emotifs Anonymous about a chocolate maker.

Matthew Dunster will direct a new play by Anders Lustgarten called The Secret Theatre, and cabaret artist Meow Meow will present a Christmas show called Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born. Meow Meow recently appeared in Rice’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In 2018 Caroline Byrne will direct All’s Well That Ends Well, and Northern Broadsides artistic director Barrie Rutter will direct The Captive Queen. It is a reimagined version of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe and is set in the woollen mills of the north of England.

Composer Max Richter’s reworking of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons will be set to puppetry by Gyre and Gimble and will be performed by a quintet of musicians.

Closing the season, Joel Horwood’s adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen stories, called The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, will return to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse directed by Rice.

Rice said: “I’ve always seen the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as a little box of treats, encouraging the primal need to tell and hear stories and inviting tales and magic to unfurl beneath the flicker of the candles. For my final season as artistic director at the Globe, I knew I wanted to present the most delicious, unique and beautiful box of delights.”

The season will run from October 20, 2017 to April 21, 2018.

Season at a glance

Romantics Anonymous

By Emma Rice (book), Christopher Dimond (lyrics) and Michael Kooman (music)
Directed by Emma Rice
October 20 to January 6, press night October 27

The Secret Theatre

By Anders Lustgarten
Directed by Matthew Dunster
November 16 to December 16, press night November 22

Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born

By Meow Meow
December 20 to 31

All’s Well That Ends Well

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Caroline Byrne
January 11 to March 3, press night January 17

The Captive Queen

By John Dryden
Directed by Barrie Rutter
February 2 to March 4, press night February 7

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – a reimagining

By Gyre and Gimble and Max Richter
March 9 to April 21, press night March 16

The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales

By Joel Horwood
Directed by Emma Rice
March 27 to April 21

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