Shakespeare’s Globe announce Winter Season 2021

A trio of The Bard's finest plays are in the offing in the Shakespeare's Globe Winter Season 2021. Peter Gray reports.

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Shakespeare’s Globe have today announced details of their Winter 2021/22 season. Set to take place at the theatres candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the programme will explore the themes of love, identity, justice, and revenge through a trio of Shakespeare’s classic plays.

“It’s time to step in from the cold, long nights, breathe in the earthy scent of beeswax and timber, and be bathed in the glorious amber glow of our Sam Wanamaker Playhouse” says a press release from the Globe about the theatre’s new winter season.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The season begins on the 19th of November 2021 with  Blanche McIntyre’s darkly comic new production of  Measure for Measure. Depicting a hyper-sexualised, politically polarised society, the play poses a single question: ‘what would you be willing to lose in the fight for justice?’

Next up in January 2022 is Hamlet. Led by the Globe’s Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes and featuring an all new Globe Ensemble, the production will “embrace the claustrophobia and intensity of this tale of corruption and disruption, and shed candlelight on a country under attack”.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rounding out the trio of Shakespeare plays is director Abigail Graham’s clever reimagining of The Merchant of Venice. A complex exploration of prejudice, patriarchy, and capitalism, this version of the classic ‘exposes the fault lines of a society built on religious and moral hypocrisy, and brings together the personal and political in a re-imagining of Shylock’s play’.

To coincide with the new season, the Globe have announced that they will be extending their hugely popular £5 standing offer to performances at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Widely considered to be the best bargain in London, the offer has run ever year since the Globe opened in 1998.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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And if you can’t travel to Bankside this winter, that’s no problem either, as the Globe will be live streaming their three Shakespeare productions, which means you can now enjoy the magic of the globe wherever and whenever you desire.

Over the festive season, meanwhile, the Globe will play host to a new version of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Fir Tree by Palestinian-Irish writer, Hannah Khalil. Khalil’s theatre credits include A Museum in Baghdad, Interference, The Scar Test and Scenes from 68* Years. The new production will see the Globe follow up on their hugely successful 2020 film, Welcome to the Snow Globe.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“Gather the family, wrap up warm with mulled wine in hand, and join us in the Globe Theatre under the wintry star-lit sky for a dose of story, song, candlelight and hope” says the Globe website of the event, which will take place in the Globe itself rather than at the Playhouse.

Two week long festivals will augment the theatrical offering at The Globe this winter. October Half Term will see the return of The Globe’s ‘Telling Tales’ storytelling performances which will offer younger audiences a chance to witness a demonstration of Early Modern combat, discover the clothes of Elizabethan women and discover the writing of Shakespeare in a series of his plays.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The now annual Shakespeare and Race Festival, meanwhile, will return in the Spring with ‘vital questions about race, identity, and oppression through the prism of Shakespeare’s world and words’.

Now in its third year, the festival continues to question how the preoccupations of Shakespeare’s time collide with our own as we all work towards a more equal world. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Artistic Director of the Globe, Michelle Terry was keen to emphasis the big themes that guided this year’s Winter Season at The Globe. She said: “As we slowly emerge from a period of deep uncertainty, change and challenge, we turn to these plays to ask some of the most profound questions about who we are, why we are, and what on earth can we do about it.

In a quest for love, identity, justice or revenge, these plays are full of people making conscious and unconscious choices that determine either their salvation or destruction. This is a season deliberately designed to tackle the big moral questions and complexities with heart, humour and humanity”.

Shakespeare’s Globe’s Winter Season will open on the 19 November 2021. Public Booking opens on Thursday 16 September at 10.00am.  More information about the programme can be found here.

Information on other great theatre events in London can be found here.

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What: new theatre
When: Winter 21/22
Where: Bankside