Emma Rice’s tenure as artistic director at Shakespeare’s Globe begins with the 2016 Wonder Season which opens with A Midsummer Night’s Dream in April.
It is set to be followed by The Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and Imogen.
Jonathan Munby’s The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce, will open at the Liverpool Playhouse, tour nationally and internationally, and return to the Globe stage in October.
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host a touring production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Kneehigh’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk.
The season will be heralded by a magical forest designed by Lez Brotherston, which will spill from the piazza onto London’s Bankside, welcoming everyone to the season of Wonder.
Opening on April 30, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be directed by Emma Rice. Her first production as artistic director promises to be a riotous celebration, complete with music, dance and naughtiness.
From May 13, Caroline Byrne’s The Taming of the Shrew tells of two sisters approaching marriage. Caroline’s production transports sparring couple Petruchio and Kate into a distinctly Irish setting.
Caroline is a creative associate at the Gate Theatre, Notting Hill. Her recent credits include F*ck the Polar Bears (Bush Theatre), Eclipsed (Gate Theatre) and Shakespeare in a Suitcase (co-directed with Tim Crouch, RSC).
Macbeth will be directed by Iqbal Khan. Running from June 18, the Scottish play sees a man consumed by ambition.
An acclaimed opera and theatre director, Iqbal has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company and English National Opera. His credits include Othello and Much Ado About Nothing (RSC), Broken Glass (Tricycle, West End), A Slight Ache and Landscape (National Theatre) and The Wild Man of the West Indies (English Touring Opera).
Running from September 17, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline renamed Imogen by Rice, will be directed by recently appointed associate director Matthew Dunster.
Matthew, an Olivier-nominated director and playwright who directed Martin McDonagh’s Hangmen, has directed four shows for the Globe. Other recent credits include Love’s Sacrifice (RSC), The Seagull (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre) and Liberian Girl (Royal Court).
Acclaimed Kneehigh shows will be brought to Shakespeare’s Globe this summer, with the Globe stage hosting 946 The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, a co-adaptation by Michael Morpurgo and the company’s former artistic director Emma Rice.
Running from August 11 this critically acclaimed show, from Morpurgo’s novel, is about the preparation for the D-Day landings.
In the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, from June Emma Rice directs Daniel Jamieson’s The Flying Lovers of Vitebsk. This Kneehigh and Bristol Old Vic production charting the marriage between Marc and Bella Chagall, draws upon music and dance inspired by the Russian Jewish tradition.