Shakespeare’s Globe has revealed its 2018/19 winter season which opens on 7th November and takes place in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in London.
The season will feature two pairings of plays by William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. Opening the season will be Shakespeare’s Macbeth directed by Robert Hastie. This production will ‘serve as a cautionary tale of the destruction that can be caused during the quest for power’.
For a limited number of performances, Ralegh: The Treason Trial will play from 15th to 18th November. This immersive production will be set in today’s political judicial system and will premiere in Winchester Great Hall, the location of the original trial 415 years ago, before a limited run in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
On 1st December, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus will open alongside Macbeth. The classic tale which examines the nature of human curiosity and thirst for knowledge will be directed by Paulette Randall.
Group can also opt to see Dark Night Of The Soul: A Feminine Response To The Faustian Bargain, which will open on 29th December 2018. The piece will create a chorus of female voices that will ask the question: What would you sell your soul for? Jude Christian will direct an ensemble of female writers including Lily Bevan, Athena Stevens, Katie Hims, Amanda Wilkin, Lisa Hammond and Rachael Spence.
The season will continue with Marlowe’s Edward II and Shakespeare’s Richard II, examining ancestral relationships and notions of identity, desire and power. Edward II will open on 7th February 2019, and Richard III will open on 22nd February.
And on 21st March, Tom Stuart’s After Edward will open. This new ‘daring’ play is a response to Marlowe’s Edward II and sees Edward II wander on to the empty stage, bloodied and confused. He has no idea where he is, or how he got here, but he does have an ominous feeling that something is wrong.
(Photo credit: John Wildgoose).