Dominic Dromgoole’s final summer season as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe has been announced today.
Next summer’s programme will be constructed around the theme of Justice and Mercy.
The season will probe the strengths and weaknesses of judicial law and the various tugs-of-war between family, state, religion, love, sex and duty that have defined human morality for centuries.
It features four Shakespeares: The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Richard II and Measure for Measure.
A touring production of King John, will visit the Holy Sepulchre Church and Temple Church, in celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.
And three new writes are included in the season. The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson, Nell Gwynn by Jessica Swale and a contemporary adaptation of the Oresteia.
International links are further strengthened with two Chinese shows: Richard III in Mandarin and Macbeth in Cantonese.
In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s Globe and Northampton’s Royal & Derngate theatre are staging a touring production of King John, which will initially play at the Globe in June.
Directed by James Dacre, artistic director of the Royal & Derngate, this ambitious new production will see a large company of actors and musicians explore a tangled world of ruthless politicking and fatal power struggles.
The production will also visit the Holy Sepulchre Church (a frequent haunt of King John and his court) in Northampton, and Temple Church, the church of Inner and Middle Temple in London.
The 2015 summer season at the Globe opens in April with The Merchant of Venice, directed by Jonathan Munby.
In May Blanche McIntyre directs Shakespeare’s lyrical comedy As You Like It, having made a formidable Globe debut this summer with her uproarious take on The Comedy of Errors.
Dominic Dromgoole’s new production of Measure for Measure opens in June and Evening Standard Award-winning director Simon Godwin will direct Richard II from July.
The Heresy of Love is Helen Edmundson’s critically-acclaimed telling of the life of 17th century Mexican nun and playwright Juana Inés de la Cruz, which premiered at the RSC in 2012.
From August, Adele Thomas will direct a contemporary distillation of all three plays from Aeschylus’s Oresteia, one of the great cornerstones of Western drama.
The final show of the season sees the return of Jessica Swale with her new play Nell Gwynn, a rambunctious and vibrant take on life in London theatre during the Restoration.
Friends & Patrons Priority Booking will open on January 13 and will close on February 6. Public booking for the season will open on February 9.