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Shakespeare's Globe - Spring/Summer Events 2010

Events preview

GLOBE Education has announced its latest series of public events that will include talks, study days, staged readings, workshops, research seminars and public performances. Many of the events are free.


Book Launch: Contested Will by James Shapiro – Wednesday, March 24.

At this one-off event, bestselling and prizewinning author of 1599, James Shapiro, talks about his new book Contested Will – the definitive investigation in to who wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

For 200 years after Shakespeare’s death, no one thought to argue that somebody else had written his plays. Since then, dozens of rival candidates have been proposed as the true author. Shapiro’s fascinating search for the source of this controversy retraces a path strewn with fabricated documents, calls for trials, false claimants, concealed identity, bald-faced deception and a failure to grasp what could not be imagined.

Contested Will is the definitive exploration into the reasons why Shakespeare’s authorship of the plays has been questioned.

Time: 6pm, Venue: Nancy W Knowles Lecture Theatre.

Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions/students/Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe) includes a glass of wine.

Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture: A Kind of Character in thy Life: Shakespeare and the Character of History – Thursday, June 24.

Professor Peter Holland from the University of Notre Dame gives the 2010 Sam Wanamaker Fellowship Lecture.

When the Duke in Measure for Measure tells Angelo that he has ‘a kind of character in thy life’, he links it to history: ‘to th’observer [it] doth thy history/Fully unfold’. If for us history is the grand narrative across nations and across time, for Shakespeare it was individualised, the story of characters inscribed onto and through lives.

Shakespeare’s own life, the History of William Shakespeare, and the ways in which we have told and retold that history might offer a new perspective through which the modes in which Shakespeare’s histories tell their very different stories can be rethought.

The annual Sam Wanamaker Lecture was founded in 1995. Each year, a leading Shakespeare scholar is invited to give a public talk to complement the work at the Globe. Professor Holland’s lecture will complement the Kings and Rogues plays chosen for the Globe Theatre season.

Time: 7pm, Venue: Nancy W Knowles Lecture Theatre.

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions/students/Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe) includes a glass of wine.


Henry VIII: Saturday, May 22 and Macbeth: Saturday, June 5.

Globe Education’s Study Days explore plays from the Theatre Season through lectures, discussions and Q&A Sessions, led by scholars and members of the Globe production team.

Time: 10am – 6pm.

Tickets: £50 (£45 concessionss/students/Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe) includes tea and coffee.


Shakespeare’s Birthday celebrations – Sunday, April 18.

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday, the Globe opens its doors for a day of events and activities. The day is organised as part of the Mayor of London’s St George’s Day celebrations.

Time: 12noon – 5pm.

Tickets: FREE.

Sam’s Day – Saturday, June 12.

A packed day of interactive workshops, demonstrations and platform discussions around the Globe site will celebrate the birthday of Sam Wanamaker, who initiated the project to rebuild Shakespeare’s Globe on Bankside.

Time: 10am – 5pm.

Tickets: FREE. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis – just turn up on the day to book. Booking for all sessions opens at 9.00am on Saturday morning in the main foyer.


Read Not Dead: The Jew of Venice by George Granville (1701) – Sunday, February 21.

Globe Education’s Read Not Dead project joins forces with the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds Restoring the Repertoire programme in producing a staged reading of a Georgian adaptation of a Shakespeare play.

Granville’s version of The Merchant of Venice held the stage for forty years after its triumphant production in 1701 with Thomas Betterton as Bassanio.

Performed by the cast of the Theatre Royal’s production of The Merchant of Venice, this is a fascinating game of spot the difference, giving a unique insight into the changing tastes of audiences and playwrights.

Time: 5pm, Venue: Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds.

Tickets: £7

Box Office: 01284 769505 (Theatre Royal) or

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth – Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6.

Over 14,000 students will receive free tickets to nine performances of Macbeth, Globe Education’s fourth professional production created especially for young people.

The performances on March 5 at 7pm and March 6 at 2pm will be free to members of the general public thanks to the generosity of Deutsche Bank.

Venue: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Tickets: FREE. Limited number available and must be booked in advance – at Shakespeare’s Globe Box Office. Booking opens 22 February.

Our Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Thursday, March 18.

This year, 450 students from 16 primary and secondary schools, and schools for students with special educational needs, will work with their teachers and Globe Education Practitioners to create an ensemble performance of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for the Globe stage.

Our Theatre has been Globe Education’s flagship community event since 1997 and the project has been replicated by organisations around the world.

Time: 1pm, Venue: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Tickets: FREE. Limited number available and must be booked in advance. Email to reserve tickets.

Sam Wanamaker Festival – Sunday, March 21.

Forty four students from all 22 of the leading drama schools in the UK will present scenes by Shakespeare and his contemporaries on the Globe Theatre stage. The afternoon will provide a lively mix of tragical, historical, pastoral and comical duologues with one of the Globe’s most crowded jigs as a finale.

In association with the Conference of Drama Schools.

Time: 4pm, Venue: Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Tickets: £10 seating/£5 standing.

Read Not Dead: King Henry IV. With the Humours of Sir John Falstaff, a Tragicomedy (1700) by Thomas Betterton – Sunday, May 9.

More than 100 years after the premiere of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part 1, Thomas Betterton, generally recognised as the greatest English actor between Burbage and Garrick, decided to produce his very own adaptation of the play.

Streamlining the historical action and focusing on Sir John Falstaff’s shenanigans instead, Betterton not only heightened the play’s inherent humour, but also created a great role for himself.

Did Betterton better Will Shakespeare? See for yourself!

Time: 12pm, Venue: Inigo Jones Studio Two, Shakespeare’s Globe.

Tickets: £13 (£10 concessions/students/Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe).

Read Not Dead: Virtue Betrayed or Anna Bullen (1682) by John Banks – Sunday, July 18.

Picking up where Shakespeare’s Henry VIII left off, John Banks effectively scrutinises Henry’s reign by concentrating on the fate and external pressures imposed on Anne Boleyn.

Featuring a rampant king, Machiavellian schemers and an eloquent three-year-old toddler, Virtue Betrayed was successfully staged for over 50 years alongside Shakespeare’s work. This year, both plays are reunited at Shakespeare’s Globe.

Time: 12pm, Venue: Inigo Jones Studio Two, Shakespeare’s Globe.

Tickets: £13 (£10 concessions/students/Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe).


Shakespeare Sonnet Walks – Saturday, April 17.

Shakespeare’s Globe, in partnership with Phoebus Cart, continues the tradition of Mark Rylance’s Sonnet Walks. Walkers can buy a ticket for two tours of Tudor London: one starting in Westminster Abbey, and one from the site of Shakespeare’s theatre in Shoreditch. Twelve sonneteers will entertain walkers as they stroll to Shakespeare’s Globe.

Time: 10.00am – 12.45pm.

Tickets: £16/£13 concessions/£10 Friends of Shakespeare’s Globe. (All tickets must be booked in advance, walks leave every 15 minutes).

Comedy Store Players – Monday, April 26.

The Comedy Store Players return to Shakespeare’s Globe with a new line-up, to present a night of hilarious and improvised comedy on the famous Globe stage.

Time: 8pm, Venue: Theatre.

NB: The Shakespeare’s Globe Box Office can be contacted until February 15 (Monday – Friday 10am-5pm) on 020 7902 1472 (for events only). After February 15, the Box Office for all events and performances is 020 7401 9919.

Box Office opening hours from February 15: Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm (8pm in person on performance days), Sunday 10am-5pm (7pm in person on performance days).