Alfred Enoch and Nadia Nadarajah are set to star as part of the new 2020 summer season at Shakespeare’s Globe.
Enoch, who starred in the Young Vic production of Tree, will play Romeo in the season’s opening show, directed by Ola Ince. As part of an environmental impact assessment, the show will have a week of matinee-only performances starting at 2pm, to reduce the use of energy-consuming lighting.
Nadarajah will star in Antony and Cleopatra, in a production with the Globe Ensemble. The cast will also feature the venue’s artistic director Michelle Terry and Federay Holmes.
The season also includes productions of Twelfth Night, directed by associate artistic director Sean Holmes, and Much Ado about Nothing, directed by Eleanor Rhode.
A new two-day event, Globe 4 Globe: Shakespeare and Climate Emergency, will take place on May 1 to 2. Activists and theatre practitioners will discuss the relationships between Shakespeare’s works and the current climate situation. Environmental experts will explore sustainability strategies for future Shakespearean theatres and festivals, in addition to a Shakespeare and race symposium on May 15 and 16.
Terry said: “This summer the Globe Theatre will be fuelled by mythic love and the hope of radical and positive transformation.
“The preoccupations that consume Shakespeare’s work are not too distant from our own: growing inequality, social injustice, a natural world raging at the irresponsibility of humankind.”
The Globe’s inaugural Scriptorium, a twelve-month residency for three playwrights, will open on September 4. The new writers-in-residence are Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz, who will create a new version of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.
It will be co-directed by Holmes and Holly Race Roughan.
Romeo and Juliet
Directed by Ola Ince
April 14 to July 12, with a press night on April 22
Directed by Sean Holmes
May 15 to October 3, with a press night on May 20
Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Eleanor Rhode
June 19 to October 4, with a press night on June 25
Antony and Cleopatra
July 18 to August 29, with a press night on July 24
Ovid’s Metamorphoses by Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz
Directed by Sean Holmes and Holly Race Roughan
September 4 to October 3, with a press night on September 10