André Holland and Tony and Oscar winner Mark Rylance will headline a production of Othello at Shakespeare’s Globe as part of Michelle Terry’s inaugural season as artistic director at the London venue. Claire van Kampen, who is married to Rylance, will helm the staging, set to run July 20–October 13.
Holland, known for his performance in the Oscar-winning Moonlight and in last season’s Broadway revival of Jitney, will take on the title role, while Rylance, the founding artistic director of the Globe who currently stars on Broadway in van Kampen’s Farinelli and the King, will play Iago. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.
The season will open April 25 with Hamlet, which will play in rep with As You Like It (beginning May 2). Both will be performed by the Globe Ensemble, comprised of artists including artistic director Terry, Federay Holmes, Bettrys Jones, Jack Laskey, Nadia Nadarajah, Pearce Quigley, Shubham Saraf, Elle While, and Tanika Yearwood.
The 2018 lineup also includes a repertory offering of The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew, and Twelfth Night. Brendan O’Hea will direct a company of eight actors, who will perform all three at the Globe in May prior to an international tour, where audiences will pick which of the three plays the troupe will perform.
Completing the season at the Globe are Shakespeare and John Fletcher’s The Two Noble Kinsmen directed by Barrie Rutter, The Winter’s Tale directed by Blanche McIntyre, and two new plays: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm’s Emilia (directed by Nicole Charles) and Matt Hartley’s Eyam (directed by Adele Thomas).
The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the Globe’s indoor theatre, will offer a Nick Bagnall-helmed Love Labour’s Lost August 23–September 15, as well as the premiere of Jude Christian’s Nanjing. The latter will be presented as part of Refugee Week (June 18–24), as the Globe explores Shakespeare’s response to refuge in his texts.