Shakespeare’s Globe announces 2019 summer season
Productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV and Henry V lead this year’s summer season at Shakespeare’s Globe.
It is the second under artistic director Michelle Terry, who will appear as part of the Globe’s acting ensemble as Hotspur in Henry IV Part I.
It makes up a female-led trilogy of Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, with Helen Schlesinger playing Falstaff in Henry IV Part II. Sarah Amankwah has been cast as Hal in Henry IV Parts I and II and the titular king in Henry V.
They are both part of the Globe’s acting ensemble for 2019, as are Sarah Bedi and Federay Holmes, who will direct.
Sean Holmes, the former artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith, will direct A Midsummer Night’s Dream as part of the summer season.
The play was last seen at the Globe in 2016 as the centre piece of Emma Rice’s first season at the theatre, and will return this year as Holmes’ first production in his role as associate artistic director.
Nicole Charles, who directed Emilia at the Globe last year and takes the production into the West End i March, will return with Elle While to direct The Merry Wives of Windsor.
Casting for this is yet to be announced, but the production will be screened in cinemas on June 20.
Elsewhere, Ben Jonson’s comedy Bartholomew Fair will run, directed by Blanche McIntyre, and the 2018 production of As You Like It will return.
On tour, the Globe will once again produce a repertoire of three plays, which can be chosen by the audience on any given night. This year they will be The Comedy of Errors, Pericles and Twelfth Night.
The tour runs from May 4 to August 24, and will visit theatres across the UK as well as in the US, Singapore and Hong Kong.
Away from the main programme, a day of panel discussions and workshops will be held to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage and 100 years since Globe founder Sam Wanamaker’s birth. The theatre will also host a festival in May titled Women and Power, and a two-week festival in June exploring Poland’s affinity with Shakespeare.
Season at a glance
Henry IV Part I, or Hotspur by William Shakespeare
April 23 to October 11, press night on May 10
Henry IV Part II, or Falstaff by William Shakespeare
April 25 to October 11, press night on May 10
Henry V or Harry England by William Shakespeare
April 30 to October 11, press night on May 10
The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
Directed by Nicole Charles and Elle While
May 17 to October 12, press night on May 28
Bartholomew Fair by Ben Jonson
Directed by Blanche McIntyre
August 23 to October 12, press night on August 29
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sean Holmes
June 28 to October 13, press night on July 3
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