Last week marked the 400th anniversary of the death of the great bard, William Shakespeare. Four centuries on and his work is still remembered and celebrated right here in London at Shakespeare’s Globe. This is a particularly exciting time for the theatre, as it has just launched its summer programme – which this year comes with a magical twist! Get set for Wonder Season.
Each year, the stage at Shakespeare’s Globe, which is sponsored by Delancey, is taken over by a season-long programme of plays, which revolve around a specific theme. And this year, audiences can expect to be amazed and captivated by the Season of Wonder, which promises immersive experiences and a whole new take on some Shakespeare classics.
The season, which spans right the way through to mid-October, has just kicked off with a magical interpretation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Tying in perfectly with the overarching theme, this enchanting play of romance and fairies will fuse music, dance and some serious laugh-out-loud moments! Behind all of this is creative mastermind Emma Rice, who last year was appointed as the first female Artistic Director of the Globe.
Talking about this year’s theme, Rice expressed that she is especially keen to use this play as a way of capturing the feeling of wonder that seems to evaporate after childhood. She described this as “the feeling of trying and seeing everything for the first time” which she aims to replicate through “creating theatre as if every story is freshly born in that moment”.
And the experience doesn’t stop at the acting – the theatre itself has been given a makeover by Lez Brotherston, who has transformed it into a magical forest which spills out of the piazza onto London’s Bankside. We’re expecting a very fresh take on this popular classic, which will appeal to both Shakespeare newbies and die-hard fans!
Intrigued? You should be. Here’s a bit more about Emma and her thinking behind her inaugural season…
Following Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Season of Wonder will also bring productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth and Imogen – a “renamed and reclaimed” version of Cymbeline, to the main stage. And as with all performances at Shakespeare’s Globe, standing tickets start from just £5, so everyone can get a slice of the magic this summer!
The Season of Wonder will run from 30 April to 16 October at Shakespeare’s Globe, 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT. For more details and ticket information, head over to the Shakespeare’s Globe website, or join the conversation – #WonderSeason.