Launching Shakespeare’s Globe’s winter season, Henry V opens in the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 10 November, running until 4 February, 2023.
Director Holly Race Roughan explains: “Shakespeare’s plays are packed with so many universal ideas they remain intriguingly relevant to contemporary society hundreds of years on. However, occasionally, one of his plays speaks to the present moment so directly it takes your breath away. Staging Henry V with the backdrop of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, Brexit and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine feels like one of these moments. This play that teems with the anxiety of royal succession, nationalism, war and imperialism, rips through the centuries and offers us a chance to reflect on our present moment in a powerfully heightened way.”
The Globe’s winter season also includes the premiere of Hakawatis: Women of the Arabian Nights (1 December – 14 January) by Globe writer-in-residence Hannah Khalil. From 15 – 31 December, The Fir Tree returns to the open-air Globe Theatre, directed by Artistic Director Michelle Terry and written by Hannah Khalil. In the new year, Shakespeare’s most deadly revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus will run from 19 January – 15 April.