Category: The Globe

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As You Like It in pictures

Welcome to the Forest of Arden, full of disguise, mistaken identity and above all, love. 

Find out more about  As You Like It, playing until 26 August 2018. 

All images by Tristram Kenton. 

shakespearesglobeblog: Hamlet in pictures


Hamlet in pictures

The Globe Ensemble ask ‘who’s there?’ in the first production of our summer season. Hamlet runs until 26 August 2018. Find out more about the production.

All images by Tristram Kenton.

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm: Writing EmiliaMorgan Lloyd Malcolm is a…

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm: Writing Emilia

Morgan Lloyd Malcolm is a playwright and screenwriter – her newest play, Emilia was written specifically for the Globe Theatre.

A story of the often beguiling and always fascinating Emilia Bassano – whom many consider to have been a muse and inspiration for Shakespeare – Emilia opens on 10 August 2018.

When Michelle Terry asked me to write this play she didn’t just send me off to scribble away on my own; she opened up a treasure box of resources that I guess only places like the Globe can give a writer.  The first thing we both recognised from the point of commission was that it would be a very quick turnaround for a new play that would have a cast of thirteen, plus a band, and would be premiered on the Globe Theatre stage less than a year after I signed on the dotted line. Because of this, Michelle essentially said ‘whatever you need, we will let you have’, which are the best eight words a writer could hear (other than ‘we love the script, here’s your royalty cheque’, of course).  

The first part of the process involved speaking to Bill Barclay (the Globe’s Director of Music who will be composing) and getting a steer on his style, his tastes and the history of music. I also met with Dr Will Tosh and Dr Farah Karim-Cooper who are two of the incredible academics that work at the Globe and who, with their team, have since our first meeting been providing me with essays, research material and amazing insight into the world Emilia Bassano would have been living in.

This isn’t the first historical piece I’ve worked with, but it’s the most detailed in terms of recognising that this is a period of time that many people know and love and I can’t just busk it. The context around Shakespeare and his possible involvement in Emilia’s life is also a layer that I have had to make sure I know enough about before writing. I have also been working with them on such things as gender politics, feminism and race in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries which have a huge influence on my play, but again add another layer. This is by far the most complex play I’ve tried to write but, as a result, it’s so much fun.

Nicole Charles (who will direct the play) and I met in December for a couple of days of chewing over the research we had been given already and reading books we had both sourced that were relevant to what we are trying to achieve and essentially make sure we are on the same page. I must say that as a writer this is a gorgeous way to work – to be with my director from the very beginning so that we are both working towards a common goal and she’s not playing catch-up a few drafts down the line is a massive gift. The fact that Michelle commissioned this with no script in existence means that everyone has started from scratch on this and therefore I’ve been able to really draw on people’s opinions, research and ideas before sitting down to write.

Talking of writing – that came at the start of February! Nicole and I had another couple of days together researching and talking in January before I sat down and wrote the first draft in two weeks. This isn’t everyone’s method but it is mine (particularly since having kids – carving out dedicated time to write is tricky and I will address this in my next blog, I think). I like to think about something, research it, talk to people for a bit and then sit down and write in a massive flurry. In fact, for the first of those two weeks I think I only wrote about twenty pages as I kept finding more things I wanted to read!  So that final push was full-on but really exciting because I knew what I wanted it to be and that by my deadline it was going to exist. It’s a bit like labour when you write like this; except you have an end point you know it has to be done by. Having had two babies it’s not necessarily as physically painful, but it’s just as draining and full of the ups and downs and lack of confidence and surges of power and happiness.  

So on 12 February my new babe Emilia was born, and I had a first draft I could send to them with an email full of ‘I know that it’s still pretty sketchy in parts and I’ve not fleshed the second half out enough but it’s a start’ kind of sentences. It’s always terrifying sending first drafts, mostly because of the massive silence you have for a short while after, as you wait for people to read it. Thankfully Nicole, Michelle and the Globe’s Literary Manager, Jessica Lusk, powered through it pretty quickly and sent me their notes straight away. Thankfully it wasn’t the disaster I had convinced myself it was and even more thankfully they were very enthusiastic.

Now onto the hard bit. Redrafting…

Words: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Photos from the Sam Wanamaker Festival 201840 students from 20…

Photos from the Sam Wanamaker Festival 2018

40 students from 20 drama schools arrived at Shakespeare’s Globe on Friday and spent the entire weekend singing, workshopping and dancing together as part of the Sam Wanamaker Festival 2018

On Sunday they presented duologues from plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries to a roaring crowd. Photographer Cesare De Giglio captured them on stage and also backstage in the lead up to their energetic performance which ended with one mighty ‘Globe jig’!

The event was a gorgeous celebration of the conservatoire training available in the UK and lovely to watch emerging actors perform together as a company.

The 1,500 strong audience raised the ‘roof’ (well, we don’t have a roof but you know what we mean!) in support of the students – on Sunday Shakespeare’s Globe was pulsating with energy, at its liveliest and loudest.

Naturally we can’t wait to do it all again next year. See you in 2019!

Photography by Cesare De Giglio 

Five Star Reviews for #FourSeasons!Gyre & Gimble’s…

Five Star Reviews for #FourSeasons!

Gyre & Gimble’s Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons: A Reimagining plays in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until Saturday 21 April 2018 and has opened to an amazing audience and critical response.

‘Some of the most magical and moving puppeteering you will get to see […] a remarkable evening’
The Times

Financial Times

‘Gyre & Gimble have made magic’
The Arts Desk

‘An emotional rollercoaster, filled with touching and charming moments […] A night you will never forget’

‘Feels like something entirely new, a genre unto itself, and a really exciting one at that’

‘Spellbinding in its simplicity and for the breadth of its emotional canvas’
The Stage

‘There are not enough words to praise the work of art that the team of The Four Seasons performed’
The Upcoming

‘Puppetry at its finest’
Theatre Bubble

‘This vastly skilled team imbue every tiny, sensitive movement with meaning and feeling’
The Independent

‘This has dramatically transformed for me what is possible with the medium’
Exeunt Magazine

‘Gyre & Gimble are puppet directors at the top of their game’
Time Out

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Pictured: puppeteers Avye Leventis, Elisa De Grey, Ben Thompson, Craig Leo and John Leader, photography by Steve Tanner.


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 


Apprentice Jadzia’s Big Awards Win!Today, as well as celebrating…

Apprentice Jadzia’s Big Awards Win!

Today, as well as celebrating National Apprenticeship Week (#NAW2018), we’re cheering a massive congratulations to our apprentice Jadzia for her big achievement last night at the Lewisham Southwark College Apprenticeship Awards.

Jadzia won Creative Apprentice of the Year Award – a well-deserved recognition of all the amazing work she is doing here with us and at college. Well done Jadzia!

In addition, we successfully scooped the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Prize, another fantastic result.

A very successful night in Southwark for Shakespeare’s Globe!

Read more about the Shakespeare’s Globe apprentices

Pictured: Andrew Lawson (Head of Human Resources, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Jadzia Francis (Education Operations Apprentice)

Photography: Joe O’Neill

The Shakes-peers Collective: The AlchemistsOur Shakes-peers…

The Shakes-peers Collective: The Alchemists

Our Shakes-peers Collective company have been taking part in workshops and blogging about their experiences here at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Open Access Arts’ Jeanette Rourke describes the group’s latest session.

If you were a type of dessert, based on how you feel now, what dessert would you be? There were lots of fizzy sherbets in the room today but I’m pretty sure I’d be a Banoffee Pie!

We always ‘check-in’ like this, in a fun way, at the top of our sessions. Here we all were together for the third time. We huddled together to do a pencil sketch of how the sharing of our work may be next week. Amanda and Victoria support the group whilst having the all important tea and biscuits. That done, its off to the GLOBE STAGE! Each time it is SO exciting, it is such a magical place.

We make a few simple ‘staging’ decisions and off we go! Each person ‘performing’ the pieces we have been working on, with such raw honesty. Amazing responses have also been written by some the group and we listen in wonder.

Shakespeare’s words and our words shared in this spellbinding place, how extraordinary is that!  For some that have joined us, these workshops are the first time they have ever been in real contact with Shakespeare’s language and the “I don’t know what this is” of our first session has melted away. 

By allowing ourselves to be open to the process, magical things have happened. As Shakespeare said, “you are an alchemist; make gold of that.”

Kill Shakespeare / Shakespeare’s Globe

Kill Shakespeare / Shakespeare’s Globe:

Live dramatic reading of Kill Shakespeare at The Globe this July!

“Combining live performance, music and fantastical imagery from the comic book series; Kill Shakespeare: The Dramatic Reading brings to life an epic adventure that might just change the way you look at Shakespeare forever.”

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All’s Well That Ends Well: Production Photos

All’s Well That Ends Well plays in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until Saturday 3 March 2018. Photography by Marc Brenner.

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