Shakespeare’s Globe 2022 Season

Pomp, pageantry, politics, and power are on the menu this summer at Shakespeare's Globe. Peter Gray reports.

Shakespeare’s Globe have this week announced details of their forthcoming 2022 summer season. The season will mark the 25th anniversary of the bankside theatre, which is widely considered to be the UK’s most prestigious theatre.

Following the cancellation of the venue’s entire 2020 season, as well as the massive disruption to the institution’s 2021 programme, the 2022 season marks a welcome return to normal for a theatre which has struggled more than most during the pandemic.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“Shakespeare’s Globe is thrilled to announce the Summer Season 2022 full of pomp, pageantry, politics, and power” reads a press release from the theatre. Running between April and October 2022, the season will include a series of highlights, including the return of director Lucy Bailey in Much Ado About Nothing, a new perspective on Henry VIII by director Amy Hodge, and a new version of King Lear starring Kathryn Hunter and Michelle Terry. New versions of The Tempest and Julius Caesar round out the programme alongside Joan, a powerful new play by Charlies Josephine.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bailey’s Much Ado About Nothing opens the season on the 22nd of April 2022. If the date seems significant its because it is the day before the Bard’s birthday. The director of the play will be well known to Globe audiences having directed the Globe’s version of Titus Andronicus in 2014 as well as overseeing productions of Macbeth (2010), Timon of Athens (2008), As You Like It (1998) and The Maid’s Tragedy (1997).

 

 
 
 
 
 
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More recently, Bailey’ has overseen productions of Oleanna, Ghosts and Witness for the Prosecution. For Much Ado, the director will be assisted by set designer Joanna Parker and Assistant Director/Dramaturg Clemmie Reynolds.

In mid May 2022, Olivier nominated director Amy Hodges’ Henry VIII will take over the spotlight. With additional writing by playwrights John Fletcher and Hannah Khalil, Hodges’ version of the play is said to tell the classic tale of love, lineage, and power from a female perspective.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry pops up in one of the theatre’s other major highlights, King Lear. Terry plays Cordelia in the new production, which will open at the Bankside theatre on the 10th of June 2022. Promising to bring the classic story to a whole new generation of theatre goers, the play is the work of director Helena Kaut-Howson, movement director Marcello Magni and actress Kathryn Hunter.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Recently described as the ‘greatest actor alive’ by Vanity Fair, Hunter holds the distinction of being the first British woman to play King Lear professionally. In recent times, the actress could be seen starring as the witches in the 2021 film The Tragedy of Macbeth directed by Joel Coen. The cast for the play will also include Globe regulars Ryan Donaldson, Emma Ernest, Max Keeble, Glyn Pritchard, Marianne Oldham, Ann Ogbomo, Mark Jax and Diego Matamoros.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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“For our summer season 2022, our magnificent wooden ‘O’ will hold the past and present, the personal and political, power, pomp, pageantry and passion. The world beyond may be uncertain, but these plays are sure to guide us through the summer days with hope, strength, and purpose – and of course with people. Above all else there will be people. People being together, with other people. Summer Season 2022 at Shakespeare’s Globe. It’s going to be epic” says Globe’s Artistic Director Michelle Terry of the forthcoming season at the Bankside theatre.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Shakespeare’s Globe Summer Season 2022 will begin on the 22nd of April 2022. More information about the programme can be found here.

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What: theatre
When: April - Oct 22
Where: Bankside