A unique presentation of the English Mystery Cycles, a cornerstone of English drama and a first for the Globe theatre.
Much lauded poet and playwright Tony Harrison has adapted his iconic version to create The Globe Mysteries, an energetic new version combining three plays into one.
Director Deborah Bruce, designer Jonathan Fensom and composer Olly Fox collaborate to create a contemporary, eclectic and often humorous take on the medieval Mystery Plays.
The medieval Mystery plays were among the earliest forms of drama and one of the most important influences on English theatre. Beginning with the creation and ending with the last judgement, these cycles introduced aspects of medieval life into theatrical representations of the Bible. With community guilds presenting relevant scenes on lavishly decorated wagons or platforms, these collection of plays were developed from the 10th Century until just before Shakespeare's own plays were performed.
Presented by the ensemble company from the Globe's current production of Much Ado About Nothing, The Globe Mysteries cast includes a few new members. William Ash will play Jesus, best known for his lead role as Zakes Abbot in the 2008 film Hush, and his regular appearances in the BBC drama Waterloo Road. David Hargreaves (Gloucester in King Lear, RSC) will play God, and the remainder of the 14-strong ensemble will perform over 60 parts, spanning some of the most popular Bible stories including Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel, the Nativity and the crucifixion of Christ.
Director Deborah Bruce, who previously directed Frank McGuiness' Helen at the Globe, uses vibrant music, storytelling traditions and street theatre to inject a contemporary relevance to these well know tales. Drawing on the Guild traditions that frequently influenced the early Mystery plays, Jonathan Fensom's timeless design features a motley collection of everyday items to symbolize the divine and tell these stories in a practical but charming fashion. Jonathan's extensive portfolio of work at the Globe includes Hamlet, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Love's Labour's Lost, and King Lear.