A year since closing their doors on 18 March 2020, London’s Globe Theatre are preparing to reopen their theatres for a Summer 2021 season! This is of course providing that the conditions for Step 3 of the UK Government’s roadmap for cultural reopening are met.
The theatre promises that the summer season will celebrate all that unites us: laughter, tears, story, nature, and of course, theatre.
“To even be announcing a season means that we are inching ever closer to getting back to doing the thing that we love, the thing that the Globe was built for, and the thing that so many of us, artists and audience alike, have lost during this time: sharing time, space and story with as many people as is safe. This is a historic moment, and not to be underestimated; we have a long way to go as we emerge and heal from this, but theatre can help us get there: that’s what it’s for. To express the often inexpressible, bear the often unbearable, laugh, cry, be – safely – together. The readiness is all and Shakespeare’s Globe is ready”Michelle Terry, Artistic Director
Opening the season on 19 May, Associate Artist Director Sean Holmes gets the fiesta started with the return of his smash-hit, raucous 2019 production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This joyful explosion is packed full of piñatas, streamers, glitter and a cacophony of brass, and is the perfect comedy to bring some magic to London’s summer.
The same company of players, including renowned actor Michelle Terry as Viola, bring life to Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity with Twelfth Night. Wild, surprising, fierce and funny, this fiery new production is infused with the mesmeric nostalgia and soulful music of the world of Americana, and is a true celebration of the complete madness of love.
At long last, after starting rehearsals before lockdown last year, the star-crossed lovers Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell take to the stage in Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy, Romeo & Juliet. Director Ola Ince promises to bring new significance to this universal tale of chance, destiny and fortune for 2021.
Stepping into the candlelight of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, audiences will finally get the chance to see Metamorphoses, a brand new play by Scriptorium writers-in-residence Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz. Inspired by Ovid’s powerful collection of myths, this new play is an epic adventure of infinite possibilities, and is co-directed by Sean Holmes and Holly Race Roughan.
Looking forward to 2022, award-winning actor Kathryn Hunter will reprise a performance that made history 24 years ago, with a new production of King Lear, directed by Helena Kaut-Howson, with Hunter in the title role and Artistic Director Michelle Terry in the double role of Cordelia and the Fool.
Thanks to the generous support of the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Globe are absolutely delighted everyone around the world will be able to experience Shakespeare this summer.
Throughout the Summer 2021 season, live streaming of performances will be streamed straight to living rooms, ensuring that while travel restrictions continue, Shakesepeare will still able to be brought to national and international audiences.
Advanced Priority Booking for Patrons opens this Thursday 25 March at 10.00am. Priority Booking for Friends opens next Tuesday 30 March at 10.00am. Sign up as a Member today to access Priority Booking for the summer season, as well as special discounts, invites to exclusive events, and a dose of insightful articles with the Globe Magazine.
Public Booking opens on Thursday 8 April at 10.00am.
Once again tickets will be available from as little as £5, and if you book tickets for three or more shows, you’ll get 20% off!*
*Season multi-buy offer: Valid on the top two prices for any performance. Must be booked by 23 April 2021. Offer only applies to tickets booked in the same transaction. The discount will automatically be applied when three or more performances are added to your basket. This is a limited offer subject to availability.