Director: Claire van Kampen; Written by: William Shakespeare; Cast: (the cast may change on different dates) Andre Holland, Mark Rylance
The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's great tragedy, Othello.
Othello's paranoia is making him think badly of his beloved wife Desdemona, but when the dastardly Iago starts scheming behind his back his suspicions grow even more. It's not long before Othello is convinced that Desdemona is having an affair with Iago's rival, Cassio.
As Othello's world begins to disintegrate around him he turns on the only person in the world who actually wants to help him: his wife.
The Globes Theatre's season runs from April to October. Craig has been to see a play himself and thoroughly recommends it. It's not like any other theatre that you have been to. It's open-air for a start, and it has a standing area in the middle. The actors actually use this area for some of the scenes, and involve the crowd as if they are part of the cast. Check out Craig's review before you go, so you can get a feeling for what it's like inside.
You might also like to check out our complete list of Shakespeare events in London.
JP1964 – “Some things are so obviously a great idea that you wonder why no one thought to do them before. The Globe Theatre is one such thing. The only amazing thing is that it was such a struggle for the late, great Sam Wannamaker to get permission to build it. Shakespeare is such a part of the fabric of national life, who couldn't resist a visit? This is a theatre like no other. The only other open air theatre that i have been to is the one in Regents Park, but this one is so much better because of the seats rising around you on all sides. It feels like you are indoors. And the standing room is akin to being at a football stadium beside the pitch. You can park yourself literally at the feet of the actors. I definitely recommend a place in the standing area rather than the seats. I have done both, and there is a better atmosphere down below. Partly because the actors address the standing crowd when they speak, which makes hearing the lines a lot easier (Shakespeare is hard enough to follow as”
Guest – “Everybody should go and enjoy a play at the Globe at least once, even if you don't like Shakespeare. I must admit that half the play passed me by, because Shakespeare is hard to follow even when I'm sitting in a nice armchair at home, and if I didn't already know that plot then I probably would have struggled to follow what was going on. But it is such a wonderful place to watch a play. The audience creates bags of atmosphere, and it is a lot of fun. You feel like a little community down there below the stage. Try it!”
Othello at Globe Theatre – 14 Sep 2018 – The Globe will be putting on a special one-off midnight matinee performance of William Shakespeare's tragic play, 'Othello'.
Guided tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre – Every day – Have a tour of William Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Bankside, and learn what Elizabethan life was like for the world's most famous playwright.
Hamlet at Globe Theatre – 25 Apr to 26 Aug 2018 – This summer the Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies -- Hamlet.
As You Like It at Globe Theatre – 2 May to 26 Aug 2018 – The Globe Theatre will be putting on a production of Shakespeare's cross-dressing comedy - As You Like It.
Winters Tale at Globe Theatre – 22 Jun to 14 Oct 2018 – William Shakespeare's 'The Winter's Tale' is a story of love and loss and wild and uncontrollable emotions.
King Lear at Duke of York’s Theatre – 11 Jul to 3 Nov 2018 – Ian McKellen will be taking on the role of mad King Lear, in one of William Shakespeare's finest tragedies.
Twelfth Night at Globe Theatre – 6 Sep 2018 – The Globe will be putting on a performance of 'Twelfth Night' - one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
If you enjoy Globe Theatre then you might like to visit British Library (catch the train from Southwark to British Library), Charles Dickens Museum (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Southwark to Charles Dickens Museum) and Dr. Johnson’s House (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Southwark to Dr. Johnson’s House)
Disclaimer: Event details can change at short notice and you should reconfirm everything before making plans