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Michelle Terry to replace Emma Rice at Shakespeare’s Globe

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Actor and writer Michelle Terry has been appointed artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

She replaces Emma Rice in the role, who leaves officially in April 2018 following a row over her use of artificial sound and lighting.

Terry will take over as artistic director designate from October 2 this year, assuming the role full time on April 22, 2018.

As an actor, Terry has performed on the Globe’s stage in As You Like It in 2015, A Misdummer Night’s Dream in 2013 and Love’s Labour’s Lost in 2007. Her most recent stage credits including Becoming: Part One at the Donmar Warehouse – which she created to explore the role of parenthood in theatre – and a gender-swapped production of Henry V at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, in which she played the title role.

She also directed three short films as part of the Globe’s Complete Walk in 2016, marking 400 years since Shakespeare’s Death.

Who is Michelle Terry?

Born: 1979, Nuneaton
Training: RADA
Landmark productions as an actor: The Crucible, Royal Shakespeare Company (2006), Love’s Labour’s Lost, Shakespeare’s Globe (2007), The Man Who Had All the Luck, Donmar Warehouse (2008), Tribes, Royal Court, London (2010), All’s Well That Ends Well, National Theatre (2009), London Assurance, National (2010), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Globe (2013), Love’s Labour’s Lost and Much Ado About Nothing, RSC (2014), As You Like It, Globe (2015), Cleansed, National (2016), Henry V, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (2016),
Writing credits: The Cafe, Sky One (2011-2013)
Awards: Olivier award for best actress in a supporting role for Tribes (2011)

Of her appointment, she said: “The work of Shakespeare is for me timeless, mythic, mysterious, vital, profoundly human and unapologetically theatrical. There are no other theatres more perfectly suited to house these plays than the pure and uniquely democratic spaces of the Globe and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

“I am so proud and excited that I will be in the privileged position where I can offer artists the opportunity to come together to reclaim and rediscover not only Shakespeare, but the work of his contemporaries, alongside new work from our current writers. For us to then share those stories with an audience that demands an unparalleled honesty, clarity and bravery, is all a dream come true.”

Globe chief executive Neil Constable said he was “delighted” at Terry’s appointment, adding: “Audiences have loved her sparkling and intelligent performances on our stage over the years – now they will have the opportunity to see her fresh artistic vision come to life as she moves into a new phase of her impressive career.”

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