Shakespeare’s Globe announces winter season

Sam Wanamaker Theatre

The 2015/16 season in the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe will open with short runs of four productions, including Luigi Rossi’s Orpheus – a new collaboration between The Globe and the Royal Opera House.

The atmospheric candlelit theatre will also host The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead, by award-winning poet and author Simon Armitage, and revivals of Thomas Tallis by Jessica Swale and Derek Walcott’s adaptation of his Nobel Prize-winning epic poem Omeros.

Following the huge success of L’Ormindo, the first collaboration between The Globe and ROH, early music specialist Christian Curnyn returns to conduct the Orchestra of Early Opera Company in a new production of Orpheus, running from 23 October to 15 November.

Directed by Keith Warner, the opera will be performed in English with a new translation by Christopher Cowell. The young and dynamic cast is led by British soprano Mary Bevan in the title role.

Running from November 3, The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead represents the second time that award-winning poet and author Simon Armitage has joined forces with director Nick Bagnall.

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

This modern retelling of Homer’s epic (a co-production between Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and English Touring Theatre) follows a government minister on a diplomatic mission to Istanbul, who becomes Europe’s most wanted man after a bar brawl.

Suddenly plunged into the past, he must grapple his way back to the present and to his family, fighting for survival against unworldly beings and unnatural phenomena.

Specially commissioned for the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Thomas Tallis was described as “glorious” and “a skin-tingling pleasure” in reviews of its first run last year.

Jessica Swale’s exploration of the life and work of the celebrated English composer follows him through the religious and political shifts of four Tudor monarchies.

Directed by Adele Thomas, the production will feature a quintet of singers from The Sixteen and runs from October 22.

Derek Walcott’s haunting adaptation of his Nobel Prize-winning poem Omeros, directed by Bill Buckhurst, returns to the Playhouse from October 26.

Spanning time and continents, the piece transplants Achille, Hector and Helen to a St Lucian fishing village, underscoring their domestic dramas with broader themes of colonialism, ritual and untamed nature.

*Dominic Dromgoole’s new production of Measure for Measure, running from June 20, will star Mariah Gale as Isabella, Dominic Rowan as Duke Vincentio and Kurt Egyiawan as Angelo.

One of Shakespeare’s blackest comedies, the play explores the sexual politics and social justice in a Vienna in which “some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.”

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