London SE1 community website

Dromgoole reveals his first Globe season

London SE1 website team

New Shakespeare's Globe artistic director Dominic Dromgoole has announced details of his first season in charge, under the theme "The Edges of Rome".

Four Shakespeare plays – Coriolanus, Titus Andronicus, Antony and Cleopatra and The Comedy of Errors – together with two pieces of new writing – Simon Bent's Under the Black Flag and In Extremis by Howard Brenton – will form Shakespeare's Globe 2006 Theatre Season.

The season's theme explores the story of the Roman Empire, its reimagining in the age of Shakespeare and its continuing influence on today's world.

Dominic Dromgoole was appointed last year in succession to Mark Rylance, who programmed the first ten seasons at the riverside replica of the Globe Theatre.

Public booking opens on Monday 13 February.


5 May – 13 August

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole – Designed by Mike Britton

Set against a background of strife between the powerful aristocracy and hungry citizens of the early Roman republic, Coriolanus is a visceral and politically sharp-edged play. At its centre is Caius Martius, fresh from victory over the hated Volscians, dismissive of the Roman people and, following exile, hungry for war and retribution. Brusque, muscular language conveys insistent questions about the meaning of the heroic ideal and one man's emotional blindness. The production will employ Jacobean staging, clothing and music.

Titus Andronicus

20 May – 6 October

Directed by Lucy Bailey – Designed by Rae Smith

A brutal play, with both macabre verbal wit and moments of tender poetry, Shakespeare's first and great bloody tragedy has revolted some with its bad taste and mesmerised others with its startling confrontation of violence in all its shocking extremes. With nightmarish energy, Titus Andronicus is a story about war, mutilation, rape and murder, and the savage consequences of revenge. The production will employ Elizabethan staging, clothing and music.

Antony and Cleopatra

25 June – 8 October

Directed by Dominic Dromgoole – Designed by Mike Britton

The work of a dramatist at the height of his powers, written in language of awesome poetic intensity, Antony and Cleopatra is a story of a middle-aged love affair set against a panoramic political and geographical backdrop. Following the demise of the Roman Republic and the assasination of Julius Caesar, the triumvirate of Antony, Lepidus and Octavius has emerged. But as Antony falls under the influence of the beguiling and ambiguous Egyptian queen, political tensions emerge which threaten the fate of the Roman Empire. Against a vast political stage unfolds a civil war, and one of literature's great love tragedies. The production will employ Jacobean staging, clothing and music.

The Comedy of Errors

22 July – 7 October

Directed by Chris Luscombe – Designer to be confirmed

A Renaissance spin on a Roman story by Plautus, The Comedy of Errors is a short and boisterous comedy about 'Errors and Confusions'. A trade war between Syracuse and Ephesus is the background to the chaotic story of estranged twin brothers (both called Antipholus) and estranged twin servants (both called Dromio). Mixing extremes of farce and romance, the increasingly hectic action is a frenzy of storms, shipwrecks, losses at sea, conjugal conflicts and creditors chasing debts, before the final restoration of sanity.

World Premiere: Under the Black Flag

The Early Life, Adventures and Pyracies of the Famous Long John Silver before he lost his leg
By Simon Bent

9 July – 12 August

Directed by Roxana Silbert – Designed by Laura Hopkins

A new play by Simon Bent (Accomplices; The Associate), Under the Black Flag is set around the historical pirate republic of Rabat, following the execution of Charles I and the installation of Cromwell and the new Commonwealth. This wild tale of high seas and low politics exposes the class hatreds and religious hypocrisy of the 17th century as John Silver and his motley crew of disaffected radicals seek freedom on the seas, under a pirate flag. The production features bare flesh and filthy language.

In Extremis: The Story of Abelard and Heloise

By Howard Brenton

27 August – 7 October

Written by Howard Brenton (The Romans in Britain; Paul), In Extremis uses the love affair of Abelard and Heloise to explore the relationships between logic and religion, humanism and fundamentalism, faith and power. Set in 12th century France, the play focuses on the exploration of two types of Christianity – the mysticism and austerity of Bernard of Clairvaux, and the challenge set by a new rational philosophy extolled by the erudite, sensual and dangerously independent, Peter Abelard.

The SE1 website is supported by people like you
We are part of
Independent Community News Network
Email newsletter

For the latest local news and events direct to your inbox every Monday, you need our weekly email newsletter SE1 Direct.

7,000+ locals read it every week. Can you afford to miss out?

Read the latest issue before signing up

News archive from February 1999 to January 2001
Got a story for us?
Contact us with your tip-offs and story ideas.