Globe Challenge


Sunny Afternoon may be gone (and with it, #SunnyChallenge), but that’s not enough to stop me from finding new challenges. Emma Rice’s brief spell as artistic director at the Globe has been a truly inspiring time for me, and it seems only fitting that I mark it by spending an entire week there. So far this season I’ve seen every show that’s been on offer, coming to a running total of 32 trips (almost half of those are Twelfth Nights) – not that it’s about the numbers. It’s simply making the most of Emma Rice’s tenure as I’ve been denied the five- to ten-year run that she should have been afforded.

If my schedule hadn’t been completely manic, I’d have loved to have done this while Twelfth Night was still running (my all-time favourite) but it wasn’t to be; the week I’ve settled on was actually about the only week I had free during the entire Summer of Love! It also happens to coincide with some of the Festival of Independence, to add a splash of variety.

Matthew Needham and Beatriz Romilly in Much Ado About Nothing
Photo credit: Tristram Kenton

So, what is my schedule for the week? Here goes:

  • Monday 21st: Nitin Sawhney at the Globe
  • Tuesday 22nd: Introductory lecture to Much Ado (Nancy Knowles lecture theatre), followed by the play itself at the Globe
  • Wednesday 23rd: Lions and Tigers at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
  • Thursday 24th: Much Ado at the Globe
  • Friday 25th: King Lear at the Globe
  • Saturday 26th: Much Ado at the Globe
  • Sunday 27th: Read Not Dead (Sappho and Phao, John Lyly) at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Pretty full on, right? I also intend to make my first trip to the exhibition – it’s been on my to do list for quite some time, but I’ve never managed to get round to it. I’ve also become rather fond of The Swan next door, so I may just pop in there over the weekend to sample a few items from their menus… Always happy to help with recommendations!

King Lear
Photo credit: Marc Brenner

There will also be a competition or two along the way, which I’m sure will interest some of you. I will be treating you to a blog a day, to keep you updated on my progress – and also to share some reviews, character studies, interviews, and background to the plays and themes on show during the week.

As ever, I’d love to hear your thoughts on what I’m up to, as well as your comments on the Summer of Love, Festival of Independence, and Shakespeare himself! Get involved by commenting on my posts, or getting in touch on Twitter (I’ll be using the hashtag #GlobeChallenge) and Facebook.

“Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow…”

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