Last Updated on 26 January 2022 by Showcall Editorial Team
The summer 2022 season at Shakespeare’s Globe will include King Lear with Kathryn Hunter, a new take on Henry VIII and a new play about Joan of Arc
Shakespeare’s Globe has announced its summer season featuring seven of Shakespeare’s plays including King Lear with Kathryn Hunter plus a new play about Joan of Arc.
The outdoor theatre on London’s South Bank will start the new season with Much Ado About Nothing from 22 April to 23 October, directed by Lucy Bailey with designer Joanna Parker and assistant director Clemmie Reynolds.
This dark romantic comedy, telling a tale of jealousy, self-discovery and love, will be performed by the Globe Ensemble including Peter Bourke, Rachel Hannah Clarke, George Fouracres, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi and Ciaran O’Brien.
Playwright Hannah Khalil, who has embarked on a 12-month tenure as the Globe’s resident writer, will work with director Amy Hodge on Henry VIII – the last play that Shakespeare worked on, collaborating with John Fletcher.
Khalil and Hodge will adapt Shakespeare’s story exploring love, lineage and power to tell it from a female perspective. It will run from 19 May to 21 October.
Alongside Hodge, who directed the current touring production of Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World, Henry VIII’s creative team will also include designer Georgia Lowe.
Kathryn Hunter is returning to the title role in King Lear, reuniting with director Helena Kaut-Howson and movement director Marcello Magni, co-founder of theatre company Complicité, after they worked together on a ground-breaking production of the tragedy 25 years ago.
The cast will also include the Globe’s artistic director, Michelle Terry, as both Cordelia and the Fool, and Magni taking the role of Kent. Also joining the cast are Ryan Donaldson, Emma Ernest, Max Keeble, Glyn Pritchard, Marianne Oldham, Ann Ogbomo, Mark Jax and Diego Matamoros.
King Lear is designed by Pawel Dobrzycki with Naeem Hayat as the assistant director. It will run from 10 June to 24 July.
The Tempest, running from 22 July to 22 October, will be directed by the Globe’s associate artistic director, Sean Holmes, who also directed the current production of Hamlet running at the indoor Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Globe till April.
The cast will feature the 2022 Globe Ensemble including Peter Bourke, Rachel Hannah Clarke, George Fouracres, Nadi Kemp-Sayfi and Ciaran O’Brien.
A new production of Julius Caesar will come to London as part of a Globe UK tour. Directed by Diane Page, the story takes on new relevance and asks the question: in a world where the mark of one’s success is how great your country is, how far are our leaders willing to go to reign supreme?
The show will tour from 3 May to 10 September, visiting venues including The Reader at Calderstones in Liverpool, Taunton Brewhouse in Somerset, The Outsiders Project & BEAF in Boscombe in Dorset, Penlee Park Open Air Theatre in Penzance, West Horsley Place in Guildford, Brighton Open Air Theatre, and Morden Hall Park in London. It is designed by Khadija Raza with Jesse Haughton-Shaw as dramaturg.
The story of unexpected leader Joan of Arc will be rediscovered through new play, Joan, written by Charlie Josephine and directed by Ilinca Radulian. It will run from 25 August to 22 October.
Other events at the Globe this summer will include a production of Macbeth with acclaimed director Sarah Frankcom, made especially for young people as part of the Playing Shakespeare project with Deutsche Bank.
Providing over 20,000 free tickets to state schools in London and Birmingham, the production will be staged exclusively for schools from 3 to 30 March and then have public performances from 12 March to 16 April.
Macbeth’s creative team also includes designer Rose Revitt, composers Louise Anna Duggan and Zands Duggan, movement director Rachel-Leah Hosker, fight director Kev McCurdy and assistant director Prime Isaac.
The cast will comprise Issam Al Ghussain, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers, Hannah Azuonye, Fiston Barek, Patrick Elue, Stacey Evans, Aoife Gaston, David Hartley, Beth Hinton-Lever and Chris Nayak.
BBC family-favourite CBeebies will be live on stage at the Globe this summer with a special adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It, on 9 and 10 August.
It will be performed especially for pre-school children and their families and feature stars of CBeebies. It will be filmed in front of a live audience before airing on BBC iPlayer at a later date.
In the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe will premiere Midsummer Mechanicals, a new follow-up to the play-within-a-play from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, aimed at families and young people.
Written by Kerry Frampton and Ben Hales, it follows Peter Quince’s troupe’s attempt to recapture the success of their first hit show, Pyramus and Thisbe.
Running from 28 July to 21 August, it will be directed by Frampton with Lucy Cuthbertson and is a co-production with Splendid Productions.
Macbeth is cast by Verity Naughton and Nicholas Hockaday. All other summer season productions are cast by the Globe’s head of casting, Becky Paris.
The Globe is also planning a special show to celebrate its quarter century on 18 June.
Speaking as the Globe’s artistic director, Michelle Terry said: “For our summer season 2022, our magnificent wooden ‘O’ will hold the past and present, the personal and political, power, pomp, pageantry and passion.
“The world beyond may be uncertain, but these plays are sure to guide us through the summer days with hope, strength, and purpose – and of course with people.
“Above all else there will be people. People being together, with other people. Summer Season 2022 at Shakespeare’s Globe: it’s going to be epic.”
Tickets for the summer season go on sale for “Patrons and Best Friends” on 31 January, for all other “Friends” on 3 February and for public booking on 11 February.