LONDON THEATRE

 

Jessica Swale’s writing debut, Blue Stockings, will be performed at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre this summer.

 

New writing at the globe

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre returns to its passion for new writing this summer by staging three world premieres – Gabriel from 13th July to 18th August, Blue Stockings from 24th August to 11th October and The Lightening Child from 14th September to 12th October.

Gabriel, a unique musical and theatrical event, will unite Alison Balsom, one of the world’s finest trumpeters, award winning writer Samuel Adamson and director Dominic Dromgoole. The show will explore the notion that the natural trumpet was the supreme musical instrument of the Restoration, and feature music by Handel and Purcell. Jessica Swale’s writing debut, Blue Stockings, is set in 1896 Cambridge – home to the country’s first female students. Directed by Globe regular, John Dove the play will follow four women as they face economic difficulty, the distractions of men, radical politics and the prejudices that blights every aspect of their academic life.

The Lightening Child, directed by Matthew Dunster, is Che Walker’s anarchic take on Euripides’ The Bacchae. Closing the season, the play is told with a disregard for the usual conventions of time and place, and follows the woman-hating Pentheus as he seeks to put a stop to the the orgiastic rites honouring Dionysus. Whilst elsewhere, four drug addicts are drawn towards their own forms of retribution.

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Gabriel will run from 13th July to 18th August, Blue Stockings from 24th August to 11th October and The Lightening Child from 14th September to 12th October, at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. For every ten seated tickets booked get an additional ticket free. For further information, telephone 020 7401 9919.