Shakespeare’s Globe’s has announced further details of its 2008 theatre
season, which will be launched on Shakespeare’s birthday, Wednesday 23
April, with Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole’s production of King
Lear.Public booking for the season opens on Monday 11 February 2008.
Under the banner Totus Mundus Agit Histrionem - ‘the whole world is a
playhouse’, the words traditionally said to have been the motto of the
original Globe - the 2008 theatre season celebrates the glorious unruly
diversity of Shakespeare’s work. The Globe presents his most searching
tragedy, King Lear; his most wild and inventive comedy, A Midsummer
Night’s Dream; his most thrilling and savage satire, Timon of Athens,
and with The Merry Wives of Windsor, the comedy that laid the
foundations for the TV sit-com.
Dominic Dromgoole continues his commitment to new writing with a new
commission from award-winning writer Ché Walker, The Frontline. Set on a
Saturday night outside Camden tube The Frontline presents a modern,
vigorous tale of London life on the edge. This play contains bad
language and strong content.
The second new play of the season is Liberty by poet and playwright Glyn
Maxwell, which is a thrilling adaptation of Anatole France’s 1912 novel
Les Dieux ont Soif. Liberty is a co-production with Lifeblood Theatre
Company and after it premières at Shakespeare’s Globe, will be the first
main stage production to embark from the Globe on a national tour
visiting Oxford, Chichester, Salford and Guildford.
Early casting includes David Calder in the title role of King Lear (Rock
‘n’ Roll, West End and Dr Robert Bramwell in the TV series Bramwell);
For The Merry Wives of Windsor: Christopher Benjamin as Falstaff, Serena
Evans as Mistress Page (Sergeant Dawkins in TV’s The Thin Blue Line),
Sarah Woodward as Mistress Ford and Sue Wallace as Mistress Quickly.
Following the resounding success of its first ever open-air tour in
2007, Shakespeare’s Globe will take to the road again with tours of The
Winter’s Tale across the UK, and Romeo and Juliet in the UK and Europe.
The Globe is pleased to welcome Footsbarn Theatre who presents A
Shakespeare Party. The company has travelled the world for 35 years and
in 2008 they return to London after a15 year absence with a production
specially conceived for the unique space of Shakespeare’s Globe.