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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Season 2012: The Play’s The Thing
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BRILLIANT NEWS - Mark Rylance is returning to the Globe next Season (2012). Welcome Back to the Globe Mark Rylance!

Cut and pasted from an email from Shakespeare’s Globe:

Today we have announced the line-up for the 2012 Theatre Season, The Play’s The Thing, which will follow on from the Globe to Globe festival.

Shakespeare’s Globe welcomes back multi award-winning actor Mark Rylance to perform in it’s 2012 Theatre Season, The Play’s The Thing. This will be the first time that Rylance has appeared on the Globe stage since his tenure as Artistic Director between 1995 and 2005. The season will see Rylance – currently performing in Jerusalem in the West End – take on two of Shakespeare’s major characters – the title role in a new production of Richard III and a reprisal of his widely celebrated performance of Olivia in Twelfth Night, 10 years after its original premiere; both of which will be staged as ‘original practices’ productions.

Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole commented:
“It was the Globe's greatest stroke of good fortune to have Mark as its first Artistic Director – an actor of great distinction, and a leader of rare imagination. No-one has contributed more to the success of the Globe than Mark, and we all – actors, artists and audiences – play happily within the conditions he created. It is our further great good luck that he is returning, with his Original Practices team, to play in the Globe again. It will be a fitting climax to an extraordinary summer which begins with our unprecedented Globe to Globe festival.”

The play which opened the first and the current Globe, Henry V, will close the Globe to Globe festival and launch the second part of the 2012 theatre season in June. In continuation of the 2010 productions of Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V will be directed by Globe Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, with Jamie Parker in the title role. Much loved for his performance as Prince Hal two years ago, Parker returns to the character, once known for his wild and youthful antics with Falstaff, to chart his journey into a mature man embarking on a successful conquest of France. Completing the in-house 2012 theatre season will be a new production of The Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, directed by Toby Frow.


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The saddest words in the English language – too late! I failed to appreciate that this Twelfth Night was the revival of the famous all male production. I'd love to see Shakespeare performed as it was originally, especially at The Globe of course.

To be fair, until two days ago I didn't know that I was (presuming son passes his exams okay) going to be free at the right time to even think about this.

Any more 'original practices' Shakespeare that come up, please shout at me!

Well, I will give you the Globe Season brochure when I see you. Whilst Twelfth Night is sold out, you can still catch Mark in Richard III in the title role. That is an "original practices" production. The Season brochure says "an all-male original practices production, exploring clothing, music, dance and settings possible in around 1593".

If Richard III is not really your cup of tea, at least 50% of productions at the Globe in any given Season are "original practices" productions; they specialise in them. This rarely means they are all male; but the costumes, the music, the staging, the effects etc are all original practices. So if you want to see an original practices production at the Globe it is very easy to do so.

Edited at 2012-02-24 12:57 am (UTC)

Thanks. I would particularly like to see an all male version of a Shakespeare comedy, so perhaps you can let me know if anything fitting that bill is coming up in the future. Not necessarily just at The Globe. In exchange, I have decided in addition to renewing my sub at the National, to get membership at the Donmar, because several years in a row I've missed something good there. So if I can ever help you out with Donmar info and or tickets once my membership comes through, don't hesitate to ask. :-)

Don't worry - I will ask!

Although to be fair, getting tickets for The Recruiting Officer just as a normal member of the public at a good price was doss easy. I have heard that it has since sold out (I think as soon as it opened and the reviews came in).

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