Shakespeare’s Globe announces
‘The Winter Selection’
in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

20 October 2017 - 21 April 2018
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Winter Selection


Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce the 2017 winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, entitled The Winter Selection.

The season opens with Romantics Anonymous, a new musical directed by Emma Rice, with book written by Emma Rice, lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and music by Michael Kooman, presented by special arrangement with Radio Mouse Entertainment. This will be followed by The Secret Theatre, a new play by Anders Lustgarten, directed by Matthew Dunster, and Apocalypse Meow: Crisis is Born, an alternative Christmas show from post-post-modern cabaret sensation Meow Meow.

The new year brings a new production of All’s Well That Ends Well, directed by Caroline Byrne, and The Captive Queen, a reimagining of John Dryden’s Restoration drama Aureng-zebe, directed by Barrie Rutter and co-produced with Northern Broadsides. The winter season closes with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – a reimagining, created by Gyre & Gimble and recomposed by Max Richter, and the return of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Matchgirl and Other Happier Tales, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, in co-production with Bristol Old Vic.

Emma Rice, Artistic Director, said: "I've always seen the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse as a little box of treats, encouraging the primal need to tell and hear stories and inviting tales and magic to unfurl beneath the flicker of the candles.

For my final season as Artistic Director at the Globe, I knew I wanted to present the most delicious, unique and beautiful box of delights. The Winter Selection will take us to a singing chocolate factory in France, the inner sanctum of Elizabeth I’s court, the dark and dangerous world of All’s Well That Ends Well, the palaces of India, the emotional depths of Vivaldi, and the tender chaos of Meow Meow’s Christmas, before we tumble back down the rabbit hole with the return of The Little Matchgirl."

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