Get our free email newsletter with just one click

Michelle Terry unveils inaugural season as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe

Michelle Terry. Photo: Shakespeare's Globe/Sarah Lee Michelle Terry. Photo: Shakespeare's Globe/Sarah Lee
by -

Michelle Terry’s first season as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe will see an ensemble of actors collaborate on both Hamlet and As You Like it, in a bid to “dismantle the triangle of hierarchy” normally associated with a production.

Her season also includes Mark Rylance as Iago in Othello, directed by Claire van Kampen,  a production of Two Noble Kinsman, directed by Barrie Rutter, The Winter’s Tale, helmed by Blanche McIntyre, and Love’s Labours Lost, directed by Nick Bagnall.

There will also be a tour of The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night, directed by Brendan O’Hea and performed by a company of eight actors, which will open at the Globe before going on the road. Audiences will be able to pick their choice from the three plays.

The season opens with Hamlet on April 25, which will run alongside As You Like It from May 2. A company of 12 actors will perform the plays, including Federay Holmes, Bettrys Jones and Shubham Saraf.

Terry said that, while there will be two directors co-directing the productions, the process will be one of collaboration.

“I am trying to dismantle this triangle of hierarchy that is part of our culture, where there is too much responsibility on one person. It’s unfair that everything gets dumped on the director’s shoulders,” she said, claiming the productions would be staged through a “really collaborative process”.

Terry will also be part of the ensemble for those productions, although casting has not been decided. She said the rehearsal process for these would be “open door”, so anyone can attend and see the process evolve, particularly school parties that are visiting the theatre.

Rutter’s production of The Two Noble Kinsman will run from May 25, his first play since stepping down from Northern Broadsides.

McIntyre’s The Winter’s Tale runs from June 22, with Othello opening on July 20, starring Rylance and Andre Holland, who appeared in the film Moonlight.

Bagnall’s Love’s Labours Lost runs opens on August 23 in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

There will also be two new plays staged as part of Terry’s first season, including Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia, directed by Nicole Charles, and Matt Hartley’s Eyam, directed by Adele Thomas.

Also announced as part of Terry’s season is a series of events exploring Shakespeare and censorship, marking the end of censorship in theatre 50 years ago this year, and a festival of events based on Shakespeare and race.

Season at a glance:

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

April 25 to August 26, with press day on May 17

As You Like it by William Shakespeare

May 2 to August 26, with press day on May 17

The Two Noble Kinsman by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare

Directed by Barrie Rutter

May 25 to June 30, press night May 30

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

Directed by Blanche McIntyre

June 22 to October 14, press night June 27

Othello by William Shakespeare

Directed by Claire van Kampen

July 20 to October 13, press night August 1

Emilia by Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Directed by Nicole Charles

August 10 to September 1, press night August 15

Eyam by Matt Hartley 

Directed by Adele Thomas

September 15 to October 13, press night September 20

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse:

Love’s Labour’s Lost by William Shakespeare

Directed by Nick Bagnall

August 23 to September 15, press night August 29

Nanjing by Jude Christian

June 22 to June 24


We need your help…

When you subscribe to The Stage, you’re investing in our journalism. And our journalism is invested in supporting theatre and the performing arts.

The Stage is a family business, operated by the same family since we were founded in 1880. We do not receive government funding. We are not owned by a large corporation. Our editorial is not dictated by ticket sales.

We are fully independent, but this means we rely on revenue from readers to survive.

Help us continue to report on great work across the UK, champion new talent and keep up our investigative journalism that holds the powerful to account. Your subscription helps ensure our journalism can continue.