Friday, November 5, 2010
Shakespeare's Globe 2011 Season Will Mark 400th Anniversary of King James Bible
This article by Mark Shenton appears on Playbill.com.
Shakespeare's Globe will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, completed in 1611, as part of its "The Word is God" 2011 season. It will launch with a cover-to-cover reading of the Bible, and also feature a small-scale touring production of Hamlet, affording an opportunity for audiences to experience the two foundation stones of the modern English language back-to-back.
The main new Shakespeare productions of the season will be All's Well That Ends Well, never before seen at the Globe, and Much Ado About Nothing. The theatre will also present its first-ever production of Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, as well as The Globe Mysteries, offering a fresh perspective on the Mystery Plays.
The theatre will also revive its production of Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn, and premiere Chris Hannan's The God of Soho, which is described in press materials as a wild satire on modern living, set in contemporary suburban England.
Prior to the 2011 summer season, Shakespeare's Globe will present Winter Wassail in January – four special performances from the Gabrieli Consort & Players in a musical celebration of the New Year that will include seasonal pieces inspired by words from Shakespeare, Hardy and Chaucer, with selected readings.
Public booking for the summer season opens Feb. 14, 2011. To book tickets, contact the box office on 020 7401 9919 or visit www.shakespearesglobe.com.