The Globe summer season 2019. Though it may be a little dreary…

The Globe summer season 2019. 

Though it may be a little dreary outside we are already thinking about the summer and we are pleased to be able to share our 2019 summer season with you. In Michelle Terry’s second season as Artistic Director, we will be celebrating and interrogating our ‘sceptred isle’. The journey begins in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with Richard II, opening on 22 February.

Our newly formed Globe Ensemble will open the summer season in the outdoor Globe Theatre with Henry IV Part 1, 2 and Henry V.

In Henry IV Part 1 or Hotspur, opening on 23 April, Hotspur prepares to lead an army against the King while Hal, played by Sarah Amankwah, idles time away in the pub with Falstaff.

In Henry IV Part 2 or Falstaff we see a nation at war with itself – a battleground of old friendships and new duties. At the centre stands Falstaff a tired war-hero longing for the taverns of Eastcheap, played by Helen Schlesinger.

Rounding off the history plays trilogy, Henry V or Harry England leads England into war with France in a play that raises timely questions about national identity, leadership and power.

Book for our early bird Trilogy Day offers to follow Henry’s complete journey.

From the heaviness of war, we see Falstaff trying to woo The Merry Wives of Windsor, but Mistresses Page and Ford have different plans. Directed by Nicole Charles who directed Emilia with co-direction from Elle While. Merry Wives will be live-broadcast to cinemas on 20 June.

Blanche McIntyre, director of 2018’s The Winter’s Tale will lead us to Bartholomew Fair in Ben Jonson’s raucous comedy.

Treat yourself to a double dose of comedy and see the same cast and director take on two different plays with our special Early Bird Multi-buy offer for The Merry Wives of Windsor and Bartholomew Fair.

Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes directs Shakespeare’s shimmering summertime tale,  A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

2018’s As You Like It returns with a new cast running amok in the Forest of Eden. Be further transported to the forest with books running in the brooks at the Midnight Matinee on 6 September.

Brendan O’Hea returns to direct Globe on Tour where a company of eight actors will share Shakespeare with audiences around the world with a trio of plays exploring themes of refuge and displacement. Once again the audience will be able to choose whether they see The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night or Pericles through Audience Choice. These three plays will all be performed at Refugee Week that returns to the Globe this year.

In light of movements including #MeToo #TimesUp #SayHerName in May we highlight the work and voices of women from all backgrounds in our Women & Power festival looking at the roles theatre, music and poetry play in social change.

Celebrating the country’s particular affinity and fascination with Shakespeare’s plays, our two-week festival Poland is Hamlet will combine theatre, film, illustration and song, delving into the cultural exchanges between Poland and England which date back to medieval times.

Shakespeare was not only a master playwright but a scribe of evocative sonnets and in celebration of his birthday, we announce the return of Shakespeare Within the Abbey: All Places that the Eye of Heaven Visits, directed by Claire van Kampen with Mark Rylance leading a company of 22 actors in amongst the audience at Westminster Abbey. Darren Raymond, Artistic Director of Intermission Theatre will direct our Shakespeare Walks: Sweet Love Remember’d on the 20 and 21 April.

For those starting their journey to Shakespeare, this year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production will be Romeo and Juliet, directed by Michael Oakley. Opening on 28 February, 20,000 free tickets are available to state secondary schools in London and Birmingham for this vivid production created especially for 11-18 year-olds with seven performances especially for families.

On 9 March a day of panel discussions and workshops will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of actor Richard Burbage and what would have been Globe founder, Sam Wanamaker’s 100th birthday.  

Shakespeare’s Telling Tales, now in its fourth year, celebrates the joy of storytelling in a festival full of children’s authors, performers and storytellers with workshops and Q&As focusing on Robin Hood and his band merry men and women.

Six plays featuring Robin Hood will be revived and performed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as brave actors undertake the challenge of Read Not Dead by learning and performing a play in just one day.

If you didn’t catch it at the Globe, 2019 is the chance to see Emilia in its West End transfer to the Vaudeville Theatre. From 8 March.

Excited much? Here’s when and how to book:


  • Advance priority booking for Best Friends & Patrons opens Monday 14 January, 10.00am.
  • Priority booking for Friends opens Monday 21 January, 10.00am.

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Public booking opens Monday 04 February, 10.00am

We would like to thank our principal sponsor, Merian Global Investors for their support of

our 2019 summer season.