Seems easier to capture the announcement in a single thread at this stage. More news -
- Same ensemble will perform Hamlet and As You Like It, this cast includes Michelle Terry - "A tour of eight actors will perform The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night, directed by Brendan O’Hea. Audiences will be able to choose which one will be performed " - "New writing on the #Globe2018 stage will be Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia, based on the life of ‘the dark lady of the sonnets’ Emilia Bassano, and Matt Hartley’s Eyam, about a Derbyshire village beset by the plague in 1665" - Loves Labours Lost in the Sam Wanamaker
Looks like an enticing season! I might even be tempted back there after a few years absence (which I'm at pains to point out was nothing to do with Rice's tenure but a lack of my time in London aligning with any 'must sees' for me at The Globe)
Also I love the new logo, and the website seems much more user-friendly after it's revamp too. Huzzah. (Saw lots of bitching about the 'cost' of the re-brand on FB, well if it includes a more user-friendly website surely that's an investment...anyhoo people people)
The Voter's Choice thing sounds pretty annoying to be honest. I can see an argument for it being a proper test for the cast and adding a real frisson of excitement not knowing what play you're about to see, but the Globe's been working hard for twenty years to be considered a "real theatre", not just some tourist nonsense where you tick "see a Shakespeare at the Globe" off your bucket list. The idea that you could see any of three plays sort of goes along with the idea that it doesn't really matter what play you see, and I worry that this devalues the enterprise as a whole. Okay, maybe you're time-poor and incredibly indecisive so this is a great way to book a performance without the pressure of having to immediately choose which play to book, but it's more likely that the auditorium will be filled with the kind of people who are constantly at the Globe anyway (and the less said about some of the regulars, the better) and the kind of people who don't really care about the theatre, they're just working through their London tourist to-do list. I for one am going to be hoping for fixed performance dates alongside the Voter's Choice dates so I know I'm seeing what I want to see (each play once with no risk whatsoever that I'll be seeing Merchant Of Venice three times in a row).
I agree Baemax as much as I'm sure they're all good, those of us travelling a bit of a distance would usually like to know what we're getting with some certainty. And IMO it also rings a bit gimmicky and touristy.