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When is theatre like football?In this guest blog, Playwright and…

When is theatre like football?

In this guest blog, Playwright and actor Michael Wagg enjoys the football fever of our ‘Voter’s Choice’ tour, and cheers some casting goals…

I will roar that I will do any man’s heart good to hear me.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
A1, s2 

Amid the cheering in Russia and the hollering at big screens the world over, among all the talk, since Panama, of roaring lions and football coming home, there’s another spectacle currently crossing Europe which is worth shouting about.  

While, as far as I understand it, a game similar to modern football was played in China in the 3rd Century BC – making the English claim of its gift to the world seem a bit silly – the current Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour company does have, whisper it, an English gift: the bard himself, amid the gathering rabble of a theatre crowd.

It’s a welcome one too. Not only three Shakespeare comedies touring the UK, mainland Europe and Asia, but the visceral reminder that the audience matters, that our voices count, that it wouldn’t happen if we didn’t turn up.  And what’s more you get to cheer!  In a theatre!

The company of eight actors, directed by Brendan O’Hea, has a menu of three productions on offer at each of the performances designated ‘Voter’s Choice.’  Whether we get to see The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice or Twelfth Night, is down, purely and simply, to us.

It’s the loudest roar that wins out, judged by a randomly picked member of the audience if it isn’t immediately obvious which was the most enthusiastic racket.

At the Globe in May I saw folk slapping wooden pillars – head back, open-throated roaring abandon that I’ve only ever seen at football matches.  In Spain last week the same: plus stamping of feet and arms in the air as if on a rollercoaster, at the thought of the play.  It all felt perfectly Shakespearean.

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And then the show starts. There and then.

On Thursday night in Madrid I counted eight seconds between the result of the vote and Russell Layton as Antonio telling us ‘In sooth, I know not why I am so sad.’

There’s a plain immediacy to this, a celebration connected to the community of theatre – and World Cup football for that matter – that the Globe’s experiment shouts of: the fact that players and spectators are gathered in the same place, too often forgotten by theatre-makers, the urgency of the moment of choice; as at the match, the effect we can have.

The three shows are great: well-paced, beautifully-spoken and clear productions.  But the experiment also stands as a reminder to the democratic nature that our theatre must speak of.  There is fairness here.  The casting of the eight, multi-roling actors – four young, recent graduates, four older – is gender-blind and age-blind (Cynthia Emeagi, for example, plays the young Jessica, Olivia, the Prince of Morocco and the older father Baptista) and, most significantly, takes a big leap towards an equal division of leading, particularly male character, roles.

Globe artistic director Michelle Terry is currently playing Hamlet on Bankside; elsewhere Catherine Cusack is soon to play Prospero in Chester; and this tour sees Sarah Finigan playing Shylock, [the first female actor to do so at the Globe].  Something good is happening here, something really worth shouting about.

Moreover, too few women over fifty have spoken Shakespeare in the Globe.  This is a balance redressed in O’Hea’s touring season, which also plays on Bankside.  Sarah Finigan and Jacqueline Phillips – who plays Portia, as well as the young man Sebastian and the older man Gremio among other roles – are both over that age. Long may it continue home and away.

And for those lucky enough to get to watch all three of the Globe touring plays, there’s a real pleasure is seeing each actor’s full gamut of parts.  One night Steffan Cennydd is Viola in Twelfth Night, the next afternoon he’s the Prince of Arragon, to the delight of the Spanish crowd.  While Finigan swaps Shylock for Bianca and then dons Sir Andrew Aguecheek.

I was in Madrid all last week and did have the chance to go to three performances, in the hope of bagging a hat-trick.  At my first whoop I got Twelfth Night; at my second, The Merchant of Venice.  I’d taken a break to watch Spain v Iran, during which The Taming of the Shrew was chosen.  And the next night I kept everything crossed and readied myself to scream for the Shrew again.  But to no avail.  The people spoke: El Mercader de Venecia.  No complaints, though. This is the people’s game. Fair play.

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Photography: Marc Brenner 

Globe on Tour: The Taming of the Shrew in production.Our Globe…

Globe on Tour: The Taming of the Shrew in production.

Our Globe on Tour cast are giving you the chance to choose the play you see performed. At Chilham Castle in Kent the audience chose to see The Taming of the Shrew from a selection that also included The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night

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Photo credit: Marc Brenner 

Globe on Tour: The Taming of the Shrew in production.Our Globe…

Globe on Tour: The Taming of the Shrew in production.

Our Globe on Tour cast are giving you the chance to choose the play you see performed. At Chilham Castle in Kent the audience chose to see The Taming of the Shrew from a selection that also included The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night

Find your nearest tour venue.

Photo credit: Marc Brenner 

Globe on Tour: Voter’s Choice in pictures The Globe Tour team…


The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night

Globe on Tour: Voter’s Choice in pictures 

The Globe Tour team are about to hit the road, first stop Chilham Castle in Kent.  But before they left they performed on the Globe stage, twice! Here you can see pictures from The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night. 

Following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare’s Globe, we are offering you the chance to decide which of three plays is performed. Choose from: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night

Which play would you choose?

Globe on Tour: Voter’s Choice in pictures The Globe Tour team…


The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice


The Merchant of Venice


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night


Twelfth Night

Globe on Tour: Voter’s Choice in pictures 

The Globe Tour team are about to hit the road, first stop Chilham Castle in Kent.  But before they left they performed on the Globe stage, twice! Here you can see pictures from The Merchant of Venice and Twelfth Night. 

Following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare’s Globe, we are offering you the chance to decide which of three plays is performed. Choose from: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night

Which play would you choose?

Use your voice – Voter’s Choice shows In Shakespeare’s day…

Use your voice – Voter’s Choice shows 

In Shakespeare’s day the choice of which play will be performed was made by the most powerful person of the household. In keeping with that tradition we are putting the power in the hands of you, our audience.

This summer, in a first for Shakespeare’s Globe, we are giving you the chance to vote for the play you’d like to see on the night. The plays you could be watching are: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew or Twelfth Night.

How does it work 

During the pre-show you will be asked to make your choice. Once the collective decision has been made, the performance will start straight away.

This does mean that if you book more than one ‘voter’s choice’ performance you may see the same play twice if the audience votes the same way both times.

Got a favourite of the three plays? Why not persuade your friends on social media to vote for it by using the hashtags: #TwelfthNight, #TheTamingoftheShrew, #TheMerchantofVenice. 

Fixed Performances and Voter’s choice On Tour

Cast your vote at venues around the UK and Europe.

Shakespeare’s Globe, London

Monday 7 May, 7.30pm Twelfth Night

Tuesday 8 May, 2.00pm Twelfth Night

Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm Twelfth Night

Friday 11 May, 2.00pm The Taming of The Shrew

Sunday 13 May, 1.00pm & 6.30pm The Taming of The Shrew

Monday 14 May, 7.30pm The Merchant of Venice

Tuesday 15 May, 2.00pm The Merchant of Venice

Wednesday 16 May, 7.30pm The Merchant of Venice

Friday 18 May, 2.00pm & 7.30pm Voter’s Choice

Chilham Castle, Kent

Friday 25 May, 7.00pm – The Merchant of Venice

Saturday 26 May, 2.00pm – Twelfth Night | 7.00pm – The Taming of the Shrew

Sunday 27 May 2018, 1.00pm –voter’s choice & 6.00pm – Twelfth Night

Pontio Arts Centre, Bangor

Thursday 7 – Saturday 9 June

All voter’s choice

Campos Eliseos Theater, Bilbao, Spain

Wednesday 13 – Thursday 14 June

All voter’s choice

 

Auditorio Niemeyer, Avilés, Spain

Saturday 16 June

All voter’s choice

Teatros del Canal, Madrid, Spain

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 June

All voter’s choice

Shakespeare Festival, Neuss, Germany

Monday 25 – Tuesday 26 June

All voter’s choice

 

Art Carnuntum, Austria

Friday   29-Jun, 7pm, The Merchant of Venice

Saturday 30-Jun, 7pm, Voter’s Choice 2pm & 7pm The Taming of The Shrew

Sunday 01-Jul, 7pm Twelfth Night

Georgian Theatre Royal, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 July

All voter’s choice

Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton

Wednesday 11  – Saturday 14 July

All voter’s choice

 

Bodleian Library Quad, Oxford

Monday 16 – Sunday 29 July

All voter’s choice

 

Doddington Hall, Lincoln

Tuesday 7 August, 6pm, The Merchant of Venice

Wednesday 8 August, 1pm, Twelfth Night & 6pm, The Taming of The Shrew

Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick

Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 August

All voter’s choice

 

Ystad Theater, Sweden

Thursday 16 August, 7pm, The Merchant of Venice

Friday 17 August, 7pm, The Taming of The Shrew

Saturday 18 August 3pm, Twelfth Night & 7pm Voter’s Choice

Shakespeare’s Globe, London 

Thursday 6 September, 2.00pm,  Twelfth Night

Friday 7 September, 7.30pm

Saturday 8 September, 2.00pm The Merchant of Venice

#GlobeOnTour 2018 in RehearsalOur #GlobeOnTour company are in…


Cynthia Emeagi.


Cynthia Emeagi.


Steffan Cennydd and Sarah Finigan.


Luke Brady.


Steffan Cennydd.


Colm Gormley and Rhianna McGreevy.


Brendan O’ Hea (Director) and Isabel Marr (Assistant Director).


Rhianna McGreevy.


Cynthia Emeagi, Russell Layton, Colm Gormley, Steffan Cennydd, Jacqueline Phillips, Rhianna McGreevy, Sarah Finigan and Luke Brady.

#GlobeOnTour 2018 in Rehearsal

Our #GlobeOnTour company are in rehearsals. This year they will take Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice on tour to various venues across the world. 

Some of the performances will be decided beforehand, but for others the choice of play will often be given to the audience on the evening of the performance, in order to experiment with how a company would have toured in Shakespeare’s day.

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Photography by Marc Brenner

Cast Announced for Summer 2018 TourWe are delighted to announce…


Luke Brady and Steffan Cennydd


Cynthia Emeagi


Sarah Finigan


Colm Gormley


Russell Layton


Rhianna McGreevy


Jacqueline Phillips

Cast Announced for Summer 2018 Tour

We are delighted to announce full casting for our 2018 tour, directed by Brendan O’Hea

From 7 May, a company of eight actors will embark on a national and international tour of Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice, beginning and ending at The Globe. 

In the spirit of Shakespearean tradition, the company will allow the audience to decide which of the three plays they would like to see, with a voting mechanism to be determined over the course of rehearsals.

The full cast includes: Luke Brady, Steffan Cennydd, Cynthia Emeagi, Sarah Finigan, Colm Gormley, Russell Layton, Rhianna McGreevy and Jacqueline Phillips.

“In the past decade we’ve toured across the world to castles, refugee camps, country houses and theatres. But one thing we never leave behind is the spirit of The Globe – in a shared space with story, storyteller and audience, we celebrate Shakespeare’s work with as many people as possible. But we’re keen to push the experiment further, so we asked, what would Shakespeare do? Following in Shakespearean tradition, our merry band will have three plays up their sleeve, and, for many performances, the responsibility to choose the entertainment will be given back to the most powerful person in our household: the audience. It’s experimental, it’s experiential, it’s Shakespearean, it’s shared, and it’s at the heart of all that we do.” Artistic Director Designate Michelle Terry

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