Cast have begun rehearsals for Metamorphoses, directed by Sean Holmes and Holly Race Roughan, in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at The Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced full casting for Metamorphoses, a new play inspired by Ovid’s collection of Greek myths.
The show will feature Steffan Donnelly, Fiona Hampton, Charlie Josephine and Irfan Shamji. They feature in new rehearsal photography by Helen Murray.
Metamorphoses will run at the Globe’s indoor theatre, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, from 30 September to 30 October 2021.
It has been written especially for the candlelit space by the Globe’s first writers-in-residence since the early 17th century: Sami Ibrahim, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz.
It will be co-directed by the Globe’s associate artistic director, Sean Holmes, and Holly Race Roughan, the new artistic director of leading theatre company Headlong.
Ovid’s stories explore the power of transformation, the resilience of humans and the wonder of life. They were a great inspiration to Shakespeare, reflected in allusions throughout his plays including the story of Pyramus and Thisbe in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The Globe’s artistic director, Michelle Terry, said: “This important piece of new writing will see the warmth of our candlelit playhouse embrace some of the most vital voices working right now through the timeless vitality of Ovid’s vision of human nature.
“This re-imagining of Metamorphoses will explore our boundless capacity for love, cruelty and transformation, as this extraordinary company rewrite fables past, through the lens of our topsy-turvy present, with an eye on our mythically unpredictable future. They cannot help but entertain, comfort and inspire as they go.”
For the very first time, audiences will be able to buy £5 standing tickets to the main productions in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with 48 standing tickets available per show.