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Robert Hastie and Paulette Randall to direct plays in Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Pete Le May The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Photo: Pete Le May
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Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its winter season for 2018/19 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

It is the first season in the Sam Wanamaker since Michelle Terry took over the role of artistic director earlier this year and will feature two pairings of plays by William Shakespeare and his contemporary, Christopher Marlowe.

The first will see Robert Hastie, artistic director of Sheffield Theatres, direct Macbeth, which previews on November 7 with press night on November 14.

It is paired with Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, which will be directed by Paulette Randall and will run alongside Macbeth from December.

Elsewhere, actor Oliver Chris, best known for roles in One Man, Two Guvnors and King Charles III, will edit and dramatise Ralegh: The Treason Trial – a verbatim account of Walter Ralegh’s trial for treason, compiled and edited from sources present at the trial itself.

The production will premiere at Winchester Great Hall, the location of the original trial 415 years ago, before playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Dark Night of the Soul: A Feminine Response to the Faustian Bargain will be directed Jude Christian and will feature an ensemble of female writers including Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Katie Hims, Amanda Wilkin, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence. They will respond to the provocation, with the ultimate aim of creating a chorus of female voices asking: What would you sell your soul for?

The season also includes Marlowe’s Edward II and Shakespeare’s Richard II, examining ancestral relationships and notions of identity, sexuality, desire and power. Both open in February 2019.

They are followed by a new play, After Edward, which is written by Tom Stuart in response to Marlowe’s work.

The Read Not Dead series will also continue, dedicated to shedding new light on Shakespeare’s contemporaries. This year it includes Edward I (first printed 1593) by George Peele.

Season at a glance

Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Directed by Robert Hastie
November 7 to February 2, press night November 14

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
Directed by Paulette Randall
December 1 to February 2, press night December 6

Dark Night of the Soul: The feminine response to the Faustian myth
Directed by Jude Christian
December 29 to February 2

Ralegh: The Treason Trial
Edited and dramatised by Oliver Chris
November 24 to 30

Edward II by Christopher Marlowe
February 7 to April 20, press night February 13

Richard II by William Shakespeare
February 22 to April 21, press night February 27

After Edward by Tom Stuart
March 21 to April 6, press night March 27

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