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Shakespeare's Globe announces 2013 productions

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

WITH its 2012 theatre season, The Play’s the Thing, now over, Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its plans for 2013.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and Macbeth, the three Shakespeare plays which deal most directly with the supernatural, will sit at the heart of the season.

Three new plays will receive world premières – The Lightning Child by Che Walker, with music by Arthur Darvill, Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, and Gabriel by Samuel Adamson, a celebration of the transporting power of the trumpet, featuring English trumpet soloist, Alison Balsom.

Twice crowned ‘Female Artist of the Year’ at the Classic BRIT Awards, Alison Balsom has earned an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors, and is ranked among the most distinctive and innovative musicians on the international circuit today.

Building on the success of its acclaimed and award-winning touring programme, the Globe will present a mid-scale UK tour of Henry VI, Parts 1, 2 and 3, which will include a visit to the Globe in summer 2013, and there will be small-scale tours of King Lear and The Taming of the Shrew, which will also play at the Globe during their UK, European and US tours.

Three ground-breaking, international companies which came to London for Globe to Globe will return for a limited number of performances as part of wider international tours.

They are the Isango Ensemble from South Africa with Venus and Adonis; the Marjanishvili Theatre from Georgia with their wildly imaginative As You Like It; and the internationally recognised Belarus Free Theatre with their production of King Lear. One final international element of the theatre season will be Footsbarn, bringing Indian Tempest.

Public booking for the 2013 theatre season opens on February 11, 2013. For Priority Booking from January 8, 2013, audiences can join the Friends & Patrons of Shakespeare’s Globe. Information about the benefits of being a Friend or Patron is available online at or contact the Friends & Patrons office on 020 7902 5970 or email

Meanwhile, the Globe’s all-male ‘original practices’ productions of Richard III and Twelfth Night will run in repertoire at the Apollo Theatre from November 2, 2012 to February 10, 2013.

And the Globe’s small-scale touring production of Hamlet is currently in the US, having been to Washington, New York and Boston before it visits California in November.

This year (2012) the main theatre season has played to 95% of audience capacity and over 400,000 tickets have been sold, of which 120,000 were for the once-in-a-lifetime Globe to Globe festival which saw a staggering 80% of audiences coming to the Globe for the very first time.