Shakespeare’s Globe announces Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director

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Shakespeare’s Globe announces Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director

Thursday 28 May 2015

  • Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director
  • For the first time, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host Shakespeare as part of the main season: Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest
  • Eileen Atkins returning with her critically-acclaimed Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce Dominic Dromgoole’s final season as Artistic Director. For the first time, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host Shakespeare as part of the main season. Pericles, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest will play in the candlelit indoor theatre between November 2015 and April 2016. Multi award-winning actress Eileen Atkins will also return with her critically-acclaimed Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins in January and February 2016.


These four plays, written by Shakespeare to exploit the potential of the Blackfriars, the indoor playhouse his company made their winter home in 1609, share a host of thematic links and a delight in using the technical and imaginative possibilities of the indoor theatres.


Opening the season of candlelit Shakespeares on 19 November, Pericles sets out an adventurous tale of the heroic Pericles’ escape from assassination on discovering incest at the heart of the Kingdom of Antioch. Pericles harks back to some of Shakespeare’s earlier work, with a plot fuelled by mistaken identity and families fragmented by shipwrecks.


From 2 December, Cymbeline charts the virtuous Imogen, daughter of the British king Cymbeline, journeying from England to Wales disguised as a boy, in search of her lowborn and exiled husband, Posthumus. The eclectic plot sees Imogen’s struggle to maintain integrity throughout the play to its eventual romantic resolution.


Running from 28 January to 22 April, The Winter’s Tale tells of how King Leontes loses his wife and newborn daughter through his furious yet baseless jealousy. A long journey through time and across borders eventually effects an astonishing and redemptive resolution. Boasting the most famous stage direction in history, ‘Exit, pursued by a bear’, this is one of Shakespeare’s most imaginative, troubling and delightful plays.


The Tempest will be directed by Dominic Dromgoole. Running from 17 February, it will be his final production as Artistic Director. Prior to his appointment in 2006, Dominic was Artistic Director of the Bush Theatre, Director of New Writing at the Old Vic and Artistic Director of the Oxford Stage Company (now Headlong). The upcoming Measure for Measure (opening 20 June) will be his final show for the Globe Theatre. Taking place on a deserted island populated by the spirits and witches, as well as the banished duke Prospero and his effervescent daughter Miranda, The Tempest is considered by many to be Shakespeare’s personal farewell to the stage.


From 11 January, Dame Eileen Atkins returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse with her much-celebrated Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins. Having offered the first performance of Shakespeare in the Playhouse, she will once again take to the stage to perform her adaptation of Ellen Terry’s Four Lectures on Shakespeare. Dubbed a ‘remarkable evening’ by The Guardian, the adaptation created by Eileen sees her perform a dozen parts – from Viola to Volumnia. Her extensive credits for film and television include Cranford, for which she won both a BAFTA and an Emmy, Upstairs, Downstairs and Gosford Park. Her most recent stage appearance was the lead role in the RSC’s The Witch of Edmonton, and her other stage credits include Mrs Rooney in a critically-acclaimed production of Beckett’s All That Fall with Michael Gambon at the Jermyn Street Theatre, and subsequently in the West End.



Full listings

Pericles by William Shakespeare & George Wilkins

19 November – 21 April

Press Night: 25 November

Cymbeline by William Shakespeare

2 December – 21 April

Press Night: 8 December

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare

28 January – 22 April

Press Night: 4 February

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

17 February – 22 April

Press Night: 26 February

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole

Ellen Terry with Eileen Atkins

Monday 11 January

Thursday 14 January

Monday 18 January

Thursday 21 January

Sunday 24 January

Sunday 31 January

Tuesday 2 February

Friday 5 February

Sunday 7 February

Monday 8 February

Wednesday 10 February

Saturday 13 February


Shakespeare’s Globe


Phone               +44 (0) 20 7401 9919

In person          Mon-Sat 10am-6pm (8pm on performance days)

Sundays           10am-5pm (7pm on performance days)


Tickets               £5 – £43 (Globe Theatre) £10 – £60 (Sam Wanamaker Playhouse)


  • The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse: The candlelit Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe opened in January 2014. The Playhouse hosts concerts and other events throughout the summer, with the main indoor theatre season running October to April.
  • Globe Education: One of the largest arts education departments in the UK; each year, over 100,000 people of all ages and nationalities participate in its public events, workshops and courses. Globe Education also runs extensive outreach programmes for students and teachers in the Southwark community, nationally and internationally.
  • Globe Exhibition & Tour: Open to the public all year round, the Globe Exhibition and Tour explores the life of Shakespeare, the London where he lived, and the theatre for which he wrote.
  • Globe On Tour: The Globe’s productions tour extensively in the UK and internationally. Current and forthcoming tours include: Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo & Juliet, King John and a production of Hamlet that is travelling to every country in the world.
  • Globe Player: A brand new online platform offering full-length HD films of over 50 Shakespeare productions at the Globe to rent or buy.
  • Globe On Screen: Shakespeare’s Globe returns to cinemas in early 2015, bringing 2014’s season of triumphs to cinemas worldwide. Globe On Screen 2015 features The Duchess of Malfi, Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra, Julius Caesar and The Comedy of Errors, all captured ‘live’ in high definition.
  • Globe Shop: Stocks a variety of products, including theatre season-specific merchandise. All profits go towards supporting our educational mission.


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