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2009 Season

Young Hearts

 Court - A Midsummer Nights Dream


I can't believe that this is already Dominic Dromgoole's fourth season as Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe. 'Young Hearts' is the theme this year.

The season's productions are:-

Romeo & Juliet

The first production this summer is Romeo & Juliet. The tragic heroine is played by Ellie Kendrick who played the leading role in the BBC's recent Diary of Anne Frank.

The production opens on 23rd April and runs until 23rd August.


The Frontline

A play written by Ché Walker first seen at The Globe in 2008 is set in contemporary London. A 'panorama of contemporary London, encompassing the cruel and the tender, the gutter and the stars.'

The Frontline returns to the Globe from 5th to 23rd May.


As You Like It

Director Thea Sharrock is staging her first Shakespeare production.  Her Rosalind is Naomi Frederick.  

The production runs from 30th June to 10th October.


Troilus & Cressida

Although there was a production of Troilus and Cressida at the Globe in 2005 It had a very limited run, gender-blind casting, and was played in original pronunciation.  While I should like to hear more of the last, this difficult play was not easy to understand with such distractions - even for me who played Hector in a school production!

Matthew Dunster directs this year's presentation and Trystan Gravelle plays Achilles.

It runs from 12th July to 20th September.



A new version of the play by ancient Greek Euripides by Frank McGuinness.  The title part is played by Penny Downie whom I saw on New Year's Eve 2008 in the 'David Tennant' Hamlet by the RSC in London.  She was very good, but no, if you were wondering, David Tennant's back still prevented him from appearing until four days later.

It runs from 2nd to 23rd August.


A New World - A Life of Thomas Paine



A new play by long established playwright Trevor Griffiths, this is the story of the 18th century radical Tom Paine and is directed by Dominic Dromgoole.  In association with Richard Attenborough.

The production runs from 29th August to 9th October.


Love´s Labour´s Lost

The final production of the season is a return of the 2007 Dominic Dromgoole production of the Shakespeare comedy.  It has a short run from 25th September to 10th October after touring the country.




Original Globe

  The story of how the original Globe came to be built
  The building - a plan and what the Globe may have looked like
  The excavation - what was discovered in 1989
  The Rose - The Globe´s great rival playhouse, its star Edward Alleyn and owner Philip Henslowe

Shakespeare's Globe

  The story of how the new Shakespeare´s Globe came to be built on London´s Bankside in the 1990s.
  Mike´s Views and Reviews of productions in previous years at Shakespeare´s Globe.

Globe Main

  Globe Playhouse top page

Recommended Books

  My list of recommended books about the Globe, Rose and other playhouses of the time may be found in the Globe Playhouse section of the Well Furlong Book Shop. If you so wish, you may go on to buy many of the volumes in our Book Shop directly from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

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