Dominic Dromgoole to stay at Shakespeare’s Globe till 2014
Shakespeare's Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole has revealed that he has signed a new contract to remain at the Bankside theatre until the end of 2014.
Speaking at a briefing to launch the theatre's 2011 season – his sixth – he said that he had recently agreed to remain in the job for a further three years once his current contract expires at the end of this year.
"I'm here till the end of 2014 partly because I love the place and it's the most exhilarating place to be, but also to see through the Olympics festival and to create our indoor theatre – which we hope to have completed by the end of 2013 – and programme the first two seasons of that."
The 2011 season at Shakespeare's Globe is entitled The Word is God and public booking opens on Monday 14 February.
On Palm Sunday the Globe embarks on a cover-to-cover reading of the King James Bible which continues until Easter Monday.
The Bible will be recited by 20 actors – including many Globe regulars – in five teams of four.
Over the course of 69 hours the actors will read aloud one of the greatest and most significant English texts.
On Holy Saturday (also Shakespeare's Birthday) – 23 April – the main season begins with a small-scale production of Hamlet directed by Dominic Dromgoole.
The first large-scale production will be the Globe premiere of All's Well That Ends Well, directed by John Dove with Olivier Award-winning actress Janie Dee as the Countess of Roussillon.
This production will be followed by Much Ado About Nothing from acclaimed director Jeremy Herrin. Eve Best and Charles Edwards will lead the cast.
Matthew Dunster will direct the first Globe production of Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus.
In August, the Globe will celebrate the medieval tradition of mystery plays with The Globe Mysteries by poet and playwright Tony Harrison, directed by Deborah Bruce.
The story of King James' feat in uniting England's religious factions with a common Bible is told in Howard Brenton's acclaimed dramatisation of the life and legacy of Anne Boleyn, directed by John Dove, which returns to the Globe following its 2010 sell-out run.
The season will be brought to a rowdy climax with The God of Soho by Chris Hannan, directed by Raz Shaw – a wild satire on modern living, set in contemporary, suburban England.