Shakespeare’s Globe announces winter 2022 season


The winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will open on November 10 with Henry V directed by Headlong Artistic Director Holly Race Roughan and co-produced by the Globe and Headlong with Leeds Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton. The season also includes Shakespeare’s deadly revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus (directed by Jude Christian) and The Winter’s Tale (directed by Sean Holmes) in a production set at both the Playhouse and the Globe Theatre. Globe Writer in Residence Hannah Khalil will create a new play, Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights. The co-production with Tamasha will be directed by Pooja Ghai. The tree returns at Christmas for festive outdoor family entertainment, directed by Michael Terry.

The flagship secondary school project “Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank” returns for the 17th year with The Tempest. Opened on March 2, the dynamic production is specially designed for young people, with more than 26,000 free tickets for public school pupils in London and Birmingham. The Globe’s education department will celebrate decades of world-class scholarship and discoveries in modern day theater and performance with a ‘Teach In’. The scholars, artists and artisans who know the two unique theaters best will gather on October 1. Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award returns with a £3,000 prize for a Shakespeare scholar whose first book has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the theater of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

Michael Terry, artistic director, said: This winter season, we celebrate humanity’s seemingly endless capacity for love, rage, jealousy, tyranny, imagination, forgiveness, hope and redemption. Opening with the pompous and determined Henry V, followed by the hedonistic and bloodthirsty Titus Andronicus, in the soaring drama The Winter’s Tale, which will see audiences traveling between our two theatres. I am delighted that this season also welcomes our resident playwright Hannah Khalilthe new play, Hakawatis: Women of Arabian Nights, a powerful and urgent reimagining with five provocative women telling stories to save their lives. It is with hope and joy that we can see the return of our festive gift Le Sapin. Scapped by Omicron in 2021, this joyful spectacle will once again fill the outdoor Globe Theater with festive entertainment, songs and puppets. With tickets from £5, I look forward to welcoming audiences inside and out for an array of powerful stories told by enchanting candlelight and moonlight.

Upcoming productions and events for 2022 / 2023:

Teaching Shakespeare’s Globe

On October 1, “Shakespeare’s Globe Teach-In” will celebrate decades of scholarship and research, as part of the celebration of 25 years of performing at The Globe. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will host scholars, artists and artisans who have been part of the discoveries over the years in modern theater and performance. Speakers include Dr Sarah Dustagheer, Jon Greenfield, Peter McCurdy, Michael TerryDr. Will Tosh and more.

Tell stories

Midterm October (October 22 – 29) will see the return of Telling Tales with a series of live “Storytellings” and interactive “Family Workshops” for children aged 5-12 and their adults. Immerse yourself in the spooky Macbeth, discover the magic of The Winter’s Tale or rub shoulders with Danish royalty in Hamlet. Hands-on, interactive workshops will also take place October 25-27 for groups of 12+ and 15+, bringing Shakespeare’s plays to life using hands-on theater activities to dive into the language, characters and themes of Shakespeare. ‘a play. The workshops will explore Othello, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear.

Henry V

Opening November 10 (until February 4), Henry V is performed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for the first time. Co-produced by Shakespeare’s Globe and Headlong with Leeds Playhouse and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, directed by their artistic director Holly Race Roughan (Corrina, Corrina, Liverpool Everyman, Metamorphoses, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), the production explores the bombastic and resolute pursuit of Henry V, our nation’s history and what it means to be ‘British’.

Hakawatis: Women from One Thousand and One Nights

Opening December 1, Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights is a new play written by the Globe Writer-in-Residence Hannah Khalil (The Tree, Henry VIII, Globe). The co-production with Tamasha is led by their artistic director, Pooja Ghai (Lotus Beauty, Hampstead, Lions and Tigers, Sam Wanamaker Playhouse), with written contributions by Hanan al-Shaykh, Suhayla El-Bushra and Sara Shaarawi, and translations by Hassan Abdulrazzak. Hakawati /hakəˈwɑːti/. Name: Storyteller. From the Arabic terms hekaye meaning history and haki meaning speaking. A tyrant avenges his wife’s infidelity by marrying, sleeping, and beheading a new bride every day. Years later, only five brides remain.


From December 15-31, The Fir Tree returns to the outdoor Globe Theater, led by Artistic Director Michael Terry and written by Hannah Khalil. This reinvention of Hans Christian AndersenThe classic tale will include puppets, Christmas carols and tree decorating. Families are invited to join in the festive fun with mulled wine or hot chocolate under the starry winter sky.

Titus Andronicus

Starting January 19, Titus Andronicus will be directed by Jude Christian (Dark Night of the Soul, Nanjing, Globe). Shakespeare’s deadliest revenge tragedy will be performed for the first time at the Playhouse. After a brutal 10-year battle, honored Roman general Titus Andronicus embarks on an era of bloodshed when he refuses to show mercy to the eldest son of Tamora, Queen of the Goths. Betrayed by his nation and with his family in shambles, Titus seeks justice the only way he knows how: tooth for tooth and limb for limb. Candles burn and bodies pile up, as director Jude Christian explores the macabre madness that takes us to the edge of humanity.

The Winter’s Tale

From February 9, The Winter’s Tale will be directed by the associate artistic director Sean Holmes. For the first time, this production will cross the two emblematic theaters, the public moving from the aristocratic luxury of Sicily to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Bohemian Pastoral Playground in The Globe Theater. Sean Holmes‘ the production will explore the destructive and redemptive power of love. The Winter’s Tale marks the start of the Globe Folio’s 400th anniversary celebrations.

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank

From March 2, the flagship project for secondary schools, “Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank”, returns for its 17th year. The dynamic 90-minute production will be The Tempest, created especially for young people. There are more than 26,000 free tickets for pupils aged 11 to 16 at public schools in London and Birmingham, with subsidized tickets for schools across the country.

The Shakespeare’s Globe Book Award returns with a £3,000 prize awarded to an academic whose first book has made an outstanding contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the theater of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Books published in 2020, 2021 and 2022 will be considered for the 2023 award, and submission information will soon be available on the Globe website.


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