Shakespeare’s Globe has today announced full details of its Summer Season 2019, which promises to celebrate and interrogate our ‘sceptred isle’ with a fascinating, year-long journey through Shakespeare’s history plays.
The season will open on 22 February 2019 with Richard II in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, and continue into the Globe Theatre this summer with Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V.
The season also includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Ben Jonson’s Bartholomew Fair, and the return of 2018’s As You Like It.
Robin Hood tales will form the core of the Read Not Dead series this year, and festivals throughout the summer include Women & Power and Poland is Hamlet, a two-week festival celebrating Poland’s affinity and fascination with Shakespeare’s works.
A day of panel discussions and workshops will take place on 9 March to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of Richard Burbage, the most famous actor to perform at the original Globe Theatre, and also marking 100 years since the birth of the founder of Shakespeare’s Globe, Sam Wanamaker.
This year’s Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank production will be Romeo and Juliet, opening on 28 February, with 20,000 free tickets available to state secondary schools.
The Shakespeare’s Globe Touring Ensemble will once again present a trio of plays for the audience to choose from: The Comedy of Errors, Pericles, and Twelfth Night.