Shakespeare’s Globe have this week announced plans for the reopening of the Globe Theatre this summer, over a year since they originally closed their doors due to COVID-19.
The theatre are making preparations to welcome audiences back more than a year after they originally closed, on 16 March 2020.
Opening night is expected to be 19 May this year, provided the UK Government’s conditions are met for stage three of cultural reopening.
The Globe announced their plans with a video by artistic director Michelle Terry.
A set of new safety precautions will be in place, including no intervals during the productions. This means that theatregoers will be unable to purchase refreshments or use the bathrooms while the performances are in progress.
Terry believes that this will improve the productions, saying “they were never written with intervals so we won’t play them with intervals. They’ll work better without them, in my opinion.”
The performance schedule includes performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Twelfth Night. These runs will commence in May, June, and July respectively.
Shakespeare’s Globe also echoed their earlier announcement that guided tours will be continuing over Easter. Visitors will be able to experience the playhouse with historical explanations by a tour guide.
More information about the show calendar and tickets can be found on the Globe’s website.
Words by Emily Withers.
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