Globe Shows

  • Isango Ensemble South Africa
  • Isango Ensemble South Africa
Under the artistic direction of Dominic Droomgoole, each year Shakespeare’s Globe announces a new bill of theatre for its spring/summer season. During this time theatregoers and Shakespeare lovers alike flock to the fully reconstructed Jacobean round theatre to see shows performed on the stage made famous by the historic English Playwright. The seasons tend to be compiled loosely around a theme and are usually made up of around four or five plays which are mostly Shakespearian but also include a couple of non Shakespeare productions.

2013 “Season of Plenty”

The 2013 season will see a whopping 15 plays grace the stage of the Globe Theatre, including three world premiers of new plays.

The “Season of Plenty” welcomes back four companies from last years astounding Globe to Globe season. Returning is the South African production of Venus and Adonis, the Belarusian King Lear, the Georgian As You Like It and Foorsbarn with their Indian Tempest.

The season will also include another production of The Tempest along with A Midsummer Night’s Dream and a production of Macbeth directed by Eve Best. Five touring productions will also briefly visit the Globe, these will be the three plays of Henry VI, King Lear and The Taming of The Shrew.

This years world premiers are Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale, Gabriel by Samuel Adamson and The Lightening Child by Ché Walker.

For further information on the 2013 Globe Theatre Season of Plenty, visit the Shakespeare’s Globe website.

2012 Season

Shakespeare’s Globe’s main 2012 season kicked off in June with Henry V, with Jamie Parker reprising his 2010 role of Prince Hal in Henry IV. The season also included Shakespeare classics The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and As You Like It as well as Richard III and Twelfth night which have since transferred to the West End for a run at the Apollo Theatre (see the venue's page on Official Theatre for further details.)

The Globe also tours productions nationally and internationally, including the award-winning Anne Boleyn, written by modern playwright Howard Brenton.

Globe to Globe 2012.

Participating in the cultural Olympiad surrounding the London 2012 Olympics and inspired by the themes of global unity encouraged by the games, Shakespeare’s Globe set about creating the ambitious Globe to Globe festival. The festival brought 37 different Shakespeare plays in 37 different languages (including the ‘language’ of hip hop) to its open air stage. The season allowed countries to make their debut on the English stage and was highly acclaimed by critics. Four companies from the 2012 Globe to Globe festival will return to the Globe for the 2013 Season of Plenty.

Child Friendly?


Shakespeares Globe is active in engaging with children through educational projects and many events are set up specifically for children to attend.  Children often study Shakespeare at school so taking them to productions at the Globe can often be a great learning experience for them. That said, productions at the Globe tend to use Shakespearian language and are long in duration so a production may not be ideal for younger children with short attention spans. If you are taking children it would be preferable to purchase a seated ticket rather than a standing ticket.

Seating Tips

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