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Dateline: 27th November, 2007

The interior of Shakespeare's Globe

Shakespeare's Globe 2008 Season

Dominic Dromgoole has announced the 2008 season - Totus Mundus - at Shakespeare's Globe, which will consist of four Shakespeare plays, two new commissions, two touring productions and one new production by a visiting company.

29th April (previews from 23rd) to 17th August
King Lear
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Dominc Dromgoole

21st May (previews from 10th) to 4th October
A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare

18th June (previews from 8th) to 5th October
The Merry Wives of Windsor
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Christopher Luscombe, designed by Janet Bird

6th August (previews from 26th July) to 3rd October
Timon of Athens
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Lucy Bailey, designed by William Dudley

9th July (previews from 6th) to 17th August
The Frontline
By Ché Walker
Globe commission: set on a Saturday night outside Camden tube station

3rd September (previews from 31st August) to 4th October
Liberty
By Glyn Maxwell
Directed by Guy Retallack
Globe commission: an adaptation of Anatole France’s 1912 novel Les Dieux Ont Soif (The Gods Are Thirsty)

23rd to 25th May
A Shakespeare Party
Produced by Footsbarn Theatre, specially created for the Globe

There will also be two tours: this year's touring production of Romeo and Juliet will be extended and the Globe will also tour a revival of John Dove's 2005 production of The Winter’s Tale.

"Totus mundus agit histrionem ("the whole word is a theatre") was a glorious statement of Elizabethan ambition," said Dromgoole, "and has been taken up by the Globe for our next theatre season. Following the achievements of our most successful box office season ever, we are delighted to be presenting such a range of Shakespeare's plays in 2008, proving the glorious unruly diversity of his genius. We are complementing these works with two big and bold new plays, which transform the reconstructed Globe into a platform for contemporary writers. We were also thrilled by the success of last year's outdoor tour of Romeo And Juliet, and are very excited about expanding this area of our work."

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