A photographic record of the Globe to Globe Festival
FROM TODAY (July 10, 2012), Shakespeare’s Globe is presenting a new exhibition of photographs entitled Globe to Globe: The Festival in Focus – A photographic record of Globe to Globe 21 April – 9 June 2012.
The triumphant, once-in-a-lifetime Globe to Globe Festival welcomed thirty seven international theatre companies to perform all Shakespeare’s plays during its six week marathon.
Shakespeare’s Globe commissioned a team of leading theatre photographers – Simon Annand, Marc Brenner, John Haynes, Simon Kane and Ellie Kurttz – to capture the action on stage, the reactions from audiences and some of the stories behind the scenes.
A striking portfolio of photographs has been collected together in this new exhibition. From the celebratory opening weekend with a South African Venus and Adonis, each production is vividly photographed, highlighting the extraordinary colour and cultural variety of the festival.
Over six hundred actors performed in the Globe’s ‘wooden O’, led by many of the world’s greatest directors to present fourteen world premières to over 85,000 people.
The photographers were given unique access to dressing rooms, rehearsals, company warm-ups, media calls and private ceremonies to shoot incidental moments off-stage. It is the daily life of the festival that this exhibition also aims to chronicle alongside the breadth of theatrical performance.
Dominic Dromgoole, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, comments: “The Globe is about people, about actors and audiences. It is theatre at its simplest – one group of people telling a story about another group of people to another group of people. And it is these people who are so wonderfully caught in these pictures, faces, bodies and groups of bodies, all caught in the articulate whirl of storytelling.”
Globe to Globe: The Festival in Focus is housed in the entrance area to the main Globe Exhibition and entry is free. Situated underneath the Globe Theatre, the Globe Exhibition explores the rich story of the Globe and brings Shakespeare’s world to life. This new exhibition is a fitting addition to the Olympic year for London.
For more information on the Exhibition, visit www.shakespearesglobe.com or call the Globe Exhibition on 0207 902 1500.
Globe Exhibition opening time: 9am – 5.30pm (tours depart every 30 minutes between 9.30am to 5pm).
Prices: Adult – £13.50, Senior – £12, Student (16yrs+) – £11, child (5-15yrs) – £8, Family – £ 36 (2 adults and up to 3 children).
Within This Wooden O, an exclusive exhibition of new paintings by Rosalind Lyons Hudson, will be in the Globe Exhibition and Tour until August 12, 2012.