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Shakespeare’s Globe reveals 2005 season

The 2005 season at the Globe - Mark Rylance's last as artistic director - celebrates the influence of classical Greece on Shakespeare's works

Four productions and two projects tell stories of daughters lost and found between The
World and Underworld.

In The Tempest, first performed at the Globe Theatre during the 2000 season, all the characters are played by three actors, including Mark Rylance in the role of Prospero. Tim Carroll is Master of Play (Romeo and Juliet, 2004, Dido, Queen of Carthage, 2003, Twelfth Night, 2002) and the story-telling will be enhanced by three dancers and six musicians.

The Winter's Tale is an original practices production exploring clothing, music, dance and settings from Shakespeare's time, performed by a company of men and women players, with John Dove as Master of Play following his revelatory production of Measure for Measure in 2004.

Pericles will be performed for the first time at the Globe in a modern staging by a company of men and women players, with Kathryn Hunter as Master of Play. Kathryn played the title role in the all-female production of Richard lll in 2003 as well as directing Comedy of Errors in 1999.

Shakespeare's Globe has commissioned a new version of Plautus' Graeco-Roman comedy The Storm from playwright Peter Oswald, who wrote the Golden Ass for the Globe's 2002 theatre season. Tim Carroll is Master of Play and the production will feature Mark Rylance.

Persephone Projects is a programme of two minimal productions that focus on the soul of acting skills at the Globe. In The Fall of Man: a Mask Play by Jack Shepherd and Oliver Cotton, the Pericles company – led by Jack Shepherd and Marcello Magni – explore the theatrical possibilities of masks on the Globe stage. Giles Block, in his role as Master of Words at the Globe since 1999, has pioneered the search for natural, spontaneous speech of Shakespeare's works. In Troilus and Cressida he leads an exploration of eloquence by the The Winter's Tale company, with live music and minimal settings.

Shakespeare's Globe partners a different charity each season and for 2005 will be linking up with Human Rights Watch, one of the most effective forces in the human rights movement, for a gala benefit night entitled 'Cries From The Heart.'

Following a 93% sold out Globe Theatre season in 2004, early booking is advised either through the box office or online.

• Public booking opens on 14 February 2005. Box Office: 020 7401 9919

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