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The 2018 #GlobeEnsemble: Welcome to Our Test TubeWe are the 2018…

The 2018 #GlobeEnsemble: Welcome to Our Test Tube

We are the 2018 #GlobeEnsemble (currently rehearsing Hamlet and As You Like It) and we’re getting into the swing of things. Unlike many other previous Shakespeare’s Globe companies, our group really have been starting from the very beginning.

When we first got together, ‘starting from scratch’ was a key part of our collective brief. All production choices made so far and to be made in the coming weeks will spring from what happens in our rehearsal room.

In the usual theatre-making process, for Shakespeare’s Globe and many other companies, more often than not these decisions are made months before rehearsals start, often months before the production is even cast. For our #GlobeEnsemble, this process really did begin as a completely blank canvas.

The rehearsal room belongs to all of us equally (the designer, the composer, the choreographer, the actors and the directors) in its entirety – it is a test tube in which everything and anything can be flung in and we can be as curious as we wish.

As we continue work, many ideas will be skimmed off, some will dissolve and be completely forgotten… but some powerful ideas will form crystals and be eventually assembled into final productions that we welcome you to from 25 April 2018.

Unusually, this rehearsal process is also ‘open’ which means others (such as staff, students, practitioners and other directors) can sit in the room at any time to watch the plays develop. We think it can be beneficial to share rehearsal processes and experiences, especially with Shakespeare and especially when experimentation is at play. Also, the Globe Theatre is an audience-dominated playing space, more like a football stadium than a conventional theatre! The audience have a huge influence on the performance and so having a busy rehearsal room prepares us for that busy, distracted playing space.

We’ve been thinking about how else we can ‘open’ this space to you, so for the next month we’re going to be taking you inside the test tube digitally via a series of videos and photos. We want you to feel and breathe this process as much as we do. Follow the hashtag #GlobeEnsemble and get ready to see what gets thrown into the mix.

Until next time, back to work.

The #GlobeEnsemble 


#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

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – A Reimagining: In…

Ayve Leventis

John Leader

Craig Leo, Ayve Leventis and John Leader

Craig Leo

Elisa De Grey

Elisa De Grey, Ben Thompson, Craig Leo, Ayve Leventis and John Leader

Directors Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié (Gyre & Gimble)

Craig Leo, John Leader and Elisa De Grey

Puppet Supervisor Daisy Beattie

Ayve Leventis, Ben Thompson, Elisa De Grey, Craig Leo and John Leader

Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – A Reimagining: In rehearsal

The magical puppeteers from Gyre & Gimble (The Lorax, War Horse, The Grinning Man) and our talented cast have been working hard to bring you Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – A Reimagining, recomposed by Max Richter.

The show opens Friday 9 March.

Photography by Steve Tanner.

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Playing Shakespeare 2018: In RehearsalRehearsals are underway…

Playing Shakespeare 2018: In Rehearsal

Rehearsals are underway for Playing Shakespeare 2018 with Deutsche Bank.

This version of Much Ado About Nothing is created for those new to Shakespeare, young people, families and schools. 

Performances start on 23 February.

Photography by Cesare de Giglio

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All’s Well That Ends Well: Rehearsal PhotosCaroline Byrne…

All’s Well That Ends Well: Rehearsal Photos

Caroline Byrne (Director of The Taming of the Shrew, 2016) brings this dark, twisted and dangerous interpretation of All’s Well That Ends Well to the candlelit intimacy of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from 11 January – 3 March 2018

Pictured: the cast, in rehearsal, photography by Marc Brenner.

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Boudica Blogs: The Warm UpAssistant Director of Boudica Martin…

Boudica Blogs: The Warm Up

Assistant Director of Boudica Martin Leonard has been blogging from behind the scenes…

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Everyday begins with a warm up, led by RC Annie, which aims to ready everyone physically for the show.

This means one thing… circuits.

Circuit training entails undertaking a variety of exercises, such as skipping, squats, sit-ups and burpees (which are a sort of horrendous combination of a jump and a press-up) under timed conditions. We do 15 intense exercises for 30 seconds at a time. 

This might not sound like long on each, but when you combine all the exercises together it becomes much more of a challenge. In a sort of remarkable / naive show of solidarity everyone joins in with the circuits – stage management, the directing team, even the writer. 

It’s a real slog at first but also fantastic when you finally complete each 15 stage circuit – you really feel you’ve earned that tea break Jammie Dodger.

(Photography by Helena Miscioscia. Below: Anna-Maria Nabirye and Bethan Clark; above: Bethan Clark and Owen Findlay).

Boudica Blogs: Learning to FightAssistant Director of Boudica…

Boudica Blogs: Learning to Fight

Assistant Director of Boudica Martin Leonard presents a series of blogs in which he takes us inside the rehearsal room of this exciting new play which opens on Friday 8 September.

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For the rest of the first day, and indeed every morning of the first week, it’s all about one thing – fighting.

This is a play about war and in order to do it justice, violence is at the very core of what we need to rehearse. 


Pictured: Joan Iyiola (Alonna)

Luckily we have the masterful fight directing duo, Ruth and Rachel (who together form stage combat company RC-Annie), with us throughout the rehearsal process. 

They have a big task ahead of them and will therefore be leading three hours of rehearsal every day for the next four weeks. 

This week they begin with the basics: building up strength, learning footwork and exploring how to make safe and supportive physical contact with your fellow fighter. 


Pictured: Tok Stephen (Clothen/Cato)

By covering all the basics and slowly building up the cast’s fighting skillset, RC-Annie help give the actors more confidence and also empower them to think up unique moves and weapon flourishes that will keep their characters distinct during combat. 

We’re ready!

The cast take to this all with aplomb and by the end of the week we are building the fight choreography for the first big battle, the sacking of Camulodunum, in which the entire cast are involved in multiple fights simultaneously occurring all over the auditorium.  


Pictured: Kate Handford (Silvia)

Lots to do, I’ll be back tomorrow with more updates!

Photos: Helena Misciosia

Boudica: Rehearsal Photos Boudica is a brand new ancient…

Gina McKee (Boudica)

Joan Iyiola (Alonna)

Forbes Masson (Cunobeline)

Samuel Collings (Catus Deciamus)

Kate Handford (Silvia)

Owen Findlay (Ensemble)

Anna-Maria Nabirye (Andraste/Roman Woman) and Bethan Clark (Ensemble)

Clifford Samuel (Suetonius) and Jenny Fitzpatrick (Lucius)

Owen Findlay (Ensemble) and Abraham Popoola (Badvoc)

Natalie Simpson (Blodwynn) and Jenny Fitzpatrick (Lucius)

Boudica: Rehearsal Photos

Boudica is a brand new ancient history play by

Tristan Bernays

that tells the story of one of Britain’s most infamous women: a queen, a warrior and a rebel.

Directed by Eleanor Rhode, Boudica will play in the Globe Theatre from Friday 8 September – Sunday 1 October 2017.

(Image credits:

Helena Miscioscia)


The Woman in the Moon: In RehearsalRehearsals began this week…

The Woman in the Moon: In Rehearsal

Rehearsals began this week for The Dolphin’s Back’s The Woman in the Moon, which comes to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this August.

Mixing astrology, myth, magic and farce, this extraordinary dream-play by John Lyly, England’s first great playwright, was first performed sometime around 1590.

This re-imagined version is directed by James Wallace and has Bella Heesom as Pandora, the largest female part in any play of the time.

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King Lear: Rehearsal Photos King Lear’s tempestuous poetry is…

Burt Caesar (Gloucester)

Thomas Padden (Albany)

Saskia Reeves (Kent)

Emily Bruni (Goneril) and Sirine Saba (Regan)

Faz Singhateh (Cornwall)

Kevin McNally (Lear) and Loren O’Dair (Fool)

Buom Tihngang (France)

Christopher Nayak (Oswald) and Loren O’Dair (Fool)

Kenton Thomas (Ensemble), Joshua James (Edgar), Anjana Vasan (Cordelia) and Loren O’Dair (Fool)

King Lear: Rehearsal Photos

King Lear’s tempestuous poetry is shot through with touches of humour and moments of heart-rending simplicity, as the notion of familial love is questioned and torn apart. 

Directed by Nancy Meckler, King Lear will play in the Globe Theatre from Thursday 10 August – Saturday 14 October.  

(Image credits: Marc Brenner)