Category: The Secret Theatre

The Secret Theatre: In PhotosCritics and audiences love this new…

The Secret Theatre: In Photos

Critics and audiences love this new spy thriller by Anders Lustgarten: 

The Guardian is calling it ‘vivid, pungent and richly theatrical’. 

‘Matthew
Dunster’s finely acted production uses the shadowy intimacy of the Playhouse to
powerful effect.’ – The Independent

‘Lines that burn with social rage.’ – Financial Times

(Photography by Marc Brenner) See more photos on Facebook >>

Playing until Saturday 16 December. Book now >>

The Secret Theatre: In PhotosCritics and audiences love this new…

The Secret Theatre: In Photos

Critics and audiences love this new spy thriller The Secret Theatre by Anders Lustgarten, which is playing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse until Saturday 16 December.

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(Photography: Marc Brenner) 

The Secret Theatre: Costume Sketches by Jon BausorNew spy…


Sir William Cecil, by Jon Bausor


Sir Francis Walsingham, by Jon Bausor


Sir Philip Sidney, by Jon Bausor


Queen Elizabeth I, by Jon Bausor


Frances, by Jon Bausor


Mary Queen of Scots, by Jon Bausor


Anthony Babington, by Jon Bausor


Queen Elizabeth I, by Jon Bausor

The Secret Theatre: Costume Sketches by Jon Bausor

New spy thriller The Secret Theatre opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next week, and we’re excited to share with you these original costume sketches by the show’s Designer Jon Bausor.

In The Secret Theatre, spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham oversees a vast surveillance network from the heart of Elizabeth I’s court. As the nation’s relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Walsingham adopts ever more extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. 

This new Tudor history play by Anders Lustgarten and directed by Matthew Dunster asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety. 

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The Secret Theatre: Costume Sketches by Jon BausorNew spy…


Sir William Cecil, by Jon Bausor


Sir Francis Walsingham, by Jon Bausor


Sir Philip Sidney, by Jon Bausor


Queen Elizabeth I, by Jon Bausor


Frances, by Jon Bausor


Mary Queen of Scots, by Jon Bausor


Anthony Babington, by Jon Bausor


Queen Elizabeth I, by Jon Bausor

The Secret Theatre: Costume Sketches by Jon Bausor

New spy thriller The Secret Theatre opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next week, and we’re excited to share with you these original costume sketches by the show’s Designer Jon Bausor.

In The Secret Theatre, spymaster Sir Francis Walsingham oversees a vast surveillance network from the heart of Elizabeth I’s court. As the nation’s relationship with Europe deteriorates and civil unrest grows, Walsingham adopts ever more extreme tactics to keep his queen and country safe. 

This new Tudor history play by Anders Lustgarten and directed by Matthew Dunster asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety. 

Find out more >>

The Secret Theatre: In RehearsalRehearsals are underway for…


David Partridge in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


The cast in rehearsal for The Secret Theatre.


Edmund Kingsley, David Partridge and Sam Marks in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


Cassie Layton in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


David Partridge, Abraham Popoola, Sam Marks and Edmund Kingsley in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


The cast in rehearsal for The Secret Theatre.


Cassie Layton, Abraham Popoola and Ian Redford in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


Abraham Popoola in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.

The Secret Theatre: In Rehearsal

Rehearsals are underway for Anders Lustgarten’s new play The Secret Theatre which opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next Thursday 16 November.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, this new spy thriller brings to life the world of Sir Francis Walsingham’s vast surveillance network in the court of Elizabeth I and asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety.

In its faithful portrayal of Elizabethan-era espionage and torture, this production will feature scenes of gory violence and contain strong language.

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The Secret Theatre: In RehearsalRehearsals are underway for…


David Partridge in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


The cast in rehearsal for The Secret Theatre.


Edmund Kingsley, David Partridge and Sam Marks in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


Cassie Layton in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


David Partridge, Abraham Popoola, Sam Marks and Edmund Kingsley in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


The cast in rehearsal for The Secret Theatre.


Cassie Layton, Abraham Popoola and Ian Redford in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.


Abraham Popoola in rehearsals for The Secret Theatre.

The Secret Theatre: In Rehearsal

Rehearsals are underway for Anders Lustgarten’s new play The Secret Theatre which opens in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse next Thursday 16 November.

Directed by Matthew Dunster, this new spy thriller brings to life the world of Sir Francis Walsingham’s vast surveillance network in the court of Elizabeth I and asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety.

In its faithful portrayal of Elizabethan-era espionage and torture, this production will feature scenes of gory violence and contain strong language.

Find out more >>

See more photos on Facebook >>

Casting news: The Secret TheatreAs the summer draws to an end…

Casting news: The Secret Theatre

As the summer draws to an end and The Winter Selection is in sight, we are pleased to reveal casting for a new play by Anders Lustgarten, The Secret Theatre. Directed by

Matthew Dunster, this new spy thriller brings to life the world of Sir Francis Walsingham’s vast surveillance network in the court of Elizabeth I and asks what we are prepared to sacrifice in order to ensure our safety.

The full cast will include: Aidan McArdle (Sir Francis Walsingham), Tara Fitzgerald (Elizabeth I), Edmund Kingsley (Pooley), David Partridge (Anthony Babington/Miles/Davy), Cassie Layton (Frances), Sam Marks (Sir Philip Sidney/ Robert Southwell), Abraham Popoola (John Ballard), Ian Redford (Sir William Cecil/Topcliffe/Palmer) and Colin Ryan (Phelippes).

Aidan McArdle makes his Shakespeare’s Globe debut alongside Tara Fitzgerald, Abraham Popoola, Cassie Layton, Sam Marks, Ian Redford and Colin Ryan who have tread the boards of the Globe stage and will star in the Playhouse for the first time.

The Secret Theatre will run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse from Thursday 16 November until Saturday 16 December 2017. Standing tickets from just £10. Book tickets

Emma Rice on The Winter Selection Artistic Director Emma Rice…

Emma Rice on The Winter Selection

Artistic Director

Emma Rice on the 2017/18 Winter Season. 

The Winter Selection is my final
season as Artistic Director at Shakespeare’s Globe, and it will be full of
treats. It is sometimes easy to forget that theatre is a joyful indulgence; a
night out to be told a story, to be entertained, gripped, amused and
challenged. As a child, I remember vividly that a trip to the theatre was
intoxicating and thrilling. We planned it, looked forward to it, then, when the
night came, put on our best clothes and entered the dark world of ‘what ifs?’

The Sam
Wanamaker Playhouse is the most delicious, the most unique, and most beautiful
box of delights there is. Magical and intimate, ancient and immediate, this is
the ultimate place to be transported back to a state of wonder, to the primal
need to tell and hear stories, and to a world of rare human interaction. And
this season, transport you we will!

The Winter Selection will take you to
a singing chocolate factory in France, the inner sanctum of Elizabeth I’s
court, the dark and dangerous world of All’s
Well That Ends Well
, the palaces of India, the emotional depths of
Vivaldi, and the tender chaos of Meow Meow’s Christmas, before we tumble back
down the rabbit hole with the return of The
Little Matchgirl
.

I have
assembled some of my favourite artists and matched them with the theatrical flavours I
hunger for. I believe we are in for the most sumptuous, surprising, heartfelt and
touching of seasons.

Join us,
join me, and pick and mix as many delights as you can. We can’t wait to make these
tempting theatre treats, and I can’t wait to savour and share them all with
you.

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