Shakespeare's Globe has just announced a season of magic, enchantment and the fantastical lined up. The Tempest with Roger Allam returning to play Prospero, Colin Morgan as Ariel in his Globe debut and Jessie Buckley as Miranda. A Midsummer Night's Dream is always a joy, and Olivier Award winning Michelle Terry is coming back as Titania. Continuing with the supernatural, Eve Best will direct Macbeth, with Joseph Millson as the title role.
Three new plays will receive world premieres - The Lightning Child by Ché Walker, directed by Matthew Dunster and with music by Arthur Darvill, Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale will be directed by John Dove, and Gabriel by Samuel Adamson, featuring English trumpet soloist, Alison Balsom.
They're also squeezing five touring productions into our season. The three plays of Henry VI, under their original titles; Harry the Sixth,The Houses of York & Lancaster, The True Tragedy of the Duke of York, will visit venues around the UK, including playing three-in-a-day events on battlefields, and a visit to the Globe. Two small-scale tours will play across the UK and Europe, with Joseph Marcell playing King Lear, and a raucous all-female The Taming of the Shrew.
Three ground-breaking, international companies which came to London for Globe to Globe will return for a limited number of performances as part of wider international tours. A thrilling Venus & Adonis from South Africa, an enchanting Georgian As You Like It, a wild Indian Tempest, and a searing Belarusian King Lear.
Priority booking for Friends and Patrons opens 10am, 8 January 2013 (online and post). Become a Friend now and enjoy priority booking for next year, free entry to the Exhibition, invites to special Friends Events and much more.
Public booking opens 11 February 2013.