Little is more intrinsically linked to the capital than Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, with fans of the Bard likely to book hotel accommodation in London as tickets for the next season of shows become available.
Sitting on Bankside, described as “the Soho of Elizabethan London”, the theatre is a faithfully reconstructed replica of the old open-air playhouses popular in 1599, making it ideal for history buffs in boutique hotels in London.
“This spring Globe Education will embark on an intercultural season of events,” explained the venue.
“So come on a voyage of discovery with us to uncover the familiar and unfamiliar, as we acknowledge our global playwright.”
Opening on January 29th, the first production of the season will be The Prince of West End Lane, which tells the tale of a theatre company preparing to perform Hamlet when their leading man drops dead.
Writer and actor Kerry Shale is the creative force behind the adaptation of the original award-winning novel by Alan Isler, with the work receiving praise from the press.
“Shale’s adaptation is cleverly structured: lifting you up with its comedy and then, when you least expect it, creeping up and mugging your heart,” gushed the Guardian’s Lyn Gardner.
The Globe also hosts a range of talks exploring the history and personalities behind some of the most iconic plays to hit the stage.
March 20th will see the launch of Shakespeare and the Cultures of Translation, with expert Ton Hoenselaars exploring the connection between translation in early modern theatre through to the work done today.
“Ton will reflect on the effects of staging Shakespeare’s plays both in Britain and around the Globe,” explained organisers.
“He will uncover how these early modern plays seek to interact and engage with diverse audiences across the language divide.”
Additionally, Exploring the Middle East with Shakespeare will see visitors look at how the Bard has had an extensive influence in the far-flung region.