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How did a company tour in Shakespeare's day?
We know that when the theatres closed, a small group of actors, juggling a variety of roles in three or four plays from their extensive repertoire, would leave London and head off on tour.
We also know that the choice of play or entertainment was left to the most powerful person of the household.
So, following in the tradition of our resident playwright, and in a first for Shakespeare's Globe, between May and September 2018 a company of eight actors will offer audiences a choice of three plays: The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night.
They will perform all three at the Globe before setting out on a national and international tour.
And also in keeping with tradition - and with thrilling unpredictability - the choice of play will be put back into the hands of the most powerful members of the house: the audience.
Brendan O'Hea, director, actor, and passionate education practitioner, has previously performed in a number of productions at Shakespeare's Globe including Cymbeline (2015), Measure for Measure (2015), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2014), and Henry V (2012).
In the household of the Countess Olivia, two campaigns are being quietly waged - one by the lovesick Duke Orsino against the heart of the indifferent Olivia; the other by an alliance of servants and hangers-on against the highhandedness of her steward, the pompous Malvolio.
When Orsino engages the cross-dressed Viola to plead with Olivia on his behalf, a bittersweet chain of events follows.
Filled with a cast of unforgettable characters, Twelfth Night combines cruelty with high comedy and the pangs of unrequited love with some of the subtlest poetry and most exquisite songs Shakespeare ever wrote.
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London SE1 9DT
Performance days & times
Monday 7 May, 7.30pm
Thursday 10 May, 7.30pm
Tuesday 8 May, 2.00pm
Thursday 6 September, 2.00pm
Yard (standing) £5
Gallery (seated) from £22
Luke Brady - Feste
Steffan Cennydd - Viola
Cynthia Emeagi - Olivia
Sarah Finigan - Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Colm Gormley - Malvolio
Russell Layton - Sir Toby Belch
Rhianna McGreevy - Duke Orsino
Jacqueline Phillps - Maria / Sebastian
Author: William Shakespeare
Composer: Bill Barclay
Director: Brendan O'Hea
Designer: Andrew D Edwards
Choreography: Siân Williams