Shakespeare’s Globe summer season 2021

It's all systems go at The Globe with a new season of plays beginning in May.Sophia Savage reports.

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that it will begin a new season of socially distanced shows on the 19th of May 2021 with seats from just just £5. The  Globe’s summer season 2021 will see the celebrated theatre stage a series of the Bard’s best works, including Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The venue has been particularly badly hit by the pandemic with the entire 2020 season written off due to the virus. With UK theatres given the go-ahead to reopen from the 17th of May 2021, however, the theatre’s management team have decided that now is the right time to reopen the venue. News of the theatre’s summer season follows hot on the heels of the venue’s announcement of a limited April reopening for tours and school parties.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fittingly, in one of the most divided and lonely periods in recent history, the globe’s 2021 season will focus on all the things which unite us: story, laughter, tears, nature and of course theatre.

“This summer we will celebrate the lovers and the poets, revel in the power of our strong imaginations, and rediscover the wonder of theatre” says a press release from the theatre.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This means a return for Michelle Terry’s wonderful A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with artistic director Michelle Terry playing Viola, followed by productions of As You Like It, The Tempest and Twelfth Night.

Summer 2021 also sees the debut of Ola Prince’s adaptation of Romeo & Juliet, with Alfred Enoch and Rebekah Murrell as the ‘star-crossed lovers’. Postponed from 2020, much is expected of Prince’s Globe debut, with the director previously winning acclaim for her work at the Donmar Warehouse, the Young Vic and the National Theatre.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ongoing concerns over the virus will mean that the theatre will  introduce seating to its famous yard. However, the really big news is that the Globe will charge just £5 for these seats.

This will mean that the seats are the cheapest in the theatres 23 year history as well as being the cheapest seats in any theatre in London.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Unfortunately, the decision to place seats in the yard will mean that the capacity of the venue is reduced from 1500 to just 500 places. This will have undoubtedly have a sizeable effect on the globe’s income in 2021 however the safety of its guests remains the theatre’s chief concern.

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What: theatre programme
When: summer 2021
Where: Bankside