Shakespeare’s Globe and the USA Shakespeare’s Globe is one of the most popular visitor destinations in the UK, at the heart of the regeneration of London’s Bankside. Together the Globe Theatre, Globe Education, Globe Exhibition and Tour offer a unique setting to explore Shakespeare in performance. The Globe has always been an international story, having been built by an American, and welcoming international audiences into its oak embrace throughout its life. It has also sought to take the Globe’s work back out into the world through international touring and education programmes. The following points detail the Globe’s close relationship with the USA and the relevant opportunities for media features. To discuss further, please contact Louise Gilbert, Press & PR Officer 2012, Louise.firstname.lastname@example.org, +44 (0)207 902 1476. The project to rebuild Shakespeare’s Globe was initiated by the American actor, director and producer Sam Wanamaker after his first visit to London in 1949. When the young American from Chicago came to London he set out to visit the site of Shakespeare’s Globe and was amazed to find the only testimony to its existence was a blackened bronze plaque on the wall of a brewery. Sam conceived of a more appropriate memorial to the greatest playwright in western civilization: a replica of the Globe itself. His enthusiasm, tenacity and energy inspired a world-wide effort to rebuild it as faithfully as scholarship and craftsmanship could achieve, only a few hundred yards from where Shakespeare’s original stood. The Globe opened in 1997, just four years after Sam passed away. In 1987, before the Globe opened, His Royal Highness Prince Philip drove in the first oak foundation post from Windsor Great Park, which was followed by posts donated by 25 international countries, including one from the USA. Shakespeare’s Globe productions have been enjoyed by audiences in America since the Globe opened in 1997. They following productions have toured the USA: 1997 2002 2003 2005 2009 2010 2011
The Two Gentlemen of Verona Cymbeline Twelfth Night Measure for Measure Love’s Labour’s Lost The Merry Wives of Windsor The Comedy of Errors
New York New York Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and Ann Arbor US Cities US Cities Santa Monica and New York Los Angeles and California
In 2011, avid theatre lover Sara Miller McCune, founder and executive Chairman of SAGE publications, the international academic and professional publishing company in California, donated £1million to launch the Globe’s campaign to build an Indoor Jacobean Theatre onsite at the Globe. Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, the Globe’s Head of Research & Courses was raised in Texas. Her first role at the Globe was as make-up consultant for Original Practice productions. Farah oversees all research activity and chairs the Globe Architecture Research Group, who are currently working on the development of a 320 seat Indoor Jacobean Theatre onsite. The theatre will represent a rare opportunity to experience the kind of theatre that Shakespeare would have worked in, as theatre practices evolved from the outdoor playhouses. It will create a new and completely unique theatre space for London, adding to the already vibrant cultural scene in the capital. The Indoor Theatre will enable the Globe to expand the repertoire of work it presents, and to stage full-scale performances of Jacobean drama in their intended atmosphere. It will also allow the Globe to produce productions all year round, and Globe Education will use the space in the summer months. Globe Education’s excellent in-house academic department, lead by Farah, is leading the research work. The theatre is set to open in 2013.
The majority of States in the USA have Shakespeare as a compulsory author for those aged 14 to 16. Shakespeare’s Globe productions have feature top actors, many of whom are recognisable to American audiences. Joseph Marcell (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Eve Best (Nurse Jackie) both appeared in the Globe’s 2011 theatre season. Fans of the Globe’s work include Tom Hanks, Derek Jacobi, Jeffrey Archer, Richard Briars, John Cleese, Anthony Hopkins, Ben Kingsley, Paul Newman, Patrick Stewart, Vanessa Redgrave and Michael Palin. th
On 5 and 6 May 2012, Q Brothers, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions will present a hip hop version of Othello. The production will feature in the Globe to Globe Festival which will see all of Shakespeare’s 37 plays performed in 37 languages. This production of Othello, will present a fresh urban take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats. The Q brothers return to London following their award-winning international tours of Bombitty of Errors and Funk It Up About Nothin’. Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole said “The festival will be a carnival of stories. There are inspirational stories – companies who work underground and in war zones; momentous stories – the first ever visit to these shores of some of the world’s most prestigious national theatres; and returning stories – groups which have already wowed audiences at the Globe, in the Barbican and in the West End, coming back for more”. Feature and interview ideas A wide range of resources are available for each of the following feature ideas, including images, design visuals, a tour of the site, workshop footage, HD B-roll footage of the Globe, photographs of staff and more. Please contact Louise Gilbert for more information. 1. Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, the Globe’s Head of Research & Courses grew up in Texas and is available for interview. Her first role at the Globe was as a historical advisor on Renaissance cosmetics for Original Practices. She has worked at the Globe for seven years as Head of Research & Courses. Farah oversees all research activity and chairs the Globe Architecture Research Group, who are currently working on the design brief and historical research of a 320 seat Indoor Jacobean Theatre onsite, set to open in 2013. Farah recently extended Globe Education’s higher education programme to the doctoral level by bringing into the organisation two Collaborative Doctoral Award students, researching theatre space and audiences, both of whom completed in January 2012. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow of King’s College London and co-convenes the Globe/King’s MA in Shakespearean Studies: Text and Playhouse. In addition to publishing articles and essays in books, her first monograph Cosmetics in Shakespearean and Renaissance Drama was published in 2006. For more information on the Indoor Jacobean Theatre, please refer to Shakespeare’s Globe and the USA, above. Q&A with Dr Farah Karim-Cooper What are the highlights of your job? One of the major highlights is being able to work with and share my research with a wide range of audiences: actors, educators, architects as well as students. Another highlight is being involved in the Indoor Theatre project - it is very exciting to sit in the meetings with Globe executives, architects, academics and work collaboratively to re-create another dynamic Shakespearean theatre space. What has been your most memorable moment working at the Globe? Every day it is so different and so memorable. But perhaps the most memorable moment was going to the workshop of McCurdy & Co. for the first time, the timber specialists who built the Globe. To see where the Globe was framed and to meet some of the people whose hands brought it to life was inspiring and nothing short of magical. What are you looking forward to in the future of the Globe? I'm genuinely looking forward to attending plays in the new Indoor Jacobean Theatre space and
seeing the completion of our state-of-the-art Library and Archive. 2. Speak to Dr Farah Karim-Cooper about the Indoor Jacobean Theatre project in development. The Globe’s plans to introduce an Indoor Jacobean Theatre to its already world-famous theatre site on London’s Bankside will be the most complete recreation of an English renaissance indoor theatre yet attempted. It will seat 320 people with two tiers of galleried seating and an historical pit seating area, which will provide a uniquely intimate and intense theatre experience. The theatre will allow productions to play throughout the winter, widening the Globe’s repertoire and further completing the understanding of the nature of Jacobean theatre. The Globe intends to open the theatre with its first, programmed winter season in November 2013 and will be an exciting addition to London Theatre. Some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – The Tempest, Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale – were written for an entirely different space to the outdoor Elizabethan playhouses like the Globe Theatre. By restoring the Indoor Jacobean Theatre to its intended purpose, the Globe will be able to further its understanding of theatre practices at that time and explore the unique relationship between actor and audience in England’s earliest indoor theatres. Globe Education has an excellent in-house academic department which leads the research for the theatre. The findings and advice from the in-house team, led by Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Research & Courses, is critical to the project. Dr Farah Karim-Cooper, Head of Research & Courses who was raised in Texas USA is working closely on the project, helping to advise on the design brief and historical research. Farah is available for interview. Q&A with Dr Farah Karim-Cooper What are the highlights of your job? One of the major highlights is being able to work with and share my research with a wide range of audiences: actors, educators, architects as well as students. Another highlight is being involved in the Indoor Theatre project - it is very exciting to sit in the meetings with Globe executives, architects, academics and work collaboratively to re-create another dynamic Shakespearean theatre space. What has been your most memorable moment working at the Globe? Every day it is so different and so memorable. But perhaps the most memorable moment was going to the workshop of McCurdy & Co. for the first time, the timber specialists who built the Globe. To see where the Globe was framed and to meet some of the people whose hands brought it to life was inspiring and nothing short of magical. What are you looking forward to in the future of the Globe? I'm genuinely looking forward to attending plays in the new Indoor Jacobean Theatre space and seeing the completion of our state-of-the-art Library and Archive. 3. Globe Education’s unique Rutgers conservatory courses. Every year Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and Globe Education provide students with the opportunity to work at the Globe with master scholars and practitioners. Courses in Acting and Stage Management combine the best of conservatory training with first-rate undergraduate education. The Rutgers residency has been running at Shakespeare’s Globe since 2002 and is committed to providing the intensive training that will help theatre students grow into dedicated and versatile professional theatre artists. Dr Farah Karim-Cooper Head of Research & Courses and Lecturer in Globe Education oversees the Rutgers programme and regularly lecturers on the course.
On Friday 23 March 2012, Rutgers’ performed As You Like It as a culmination of their yearlong residency at the Globe. Two of the students also took part in the 2012 Sam Wanamaker Festival alongside 44 other students from the UK’s leading drama schools. Rutgers Student Kendra Culley said “This year has been a journey of a lifetime that I will never forget. Studying at the Globe with some of London’s finest teachers has been such an inspiring and magical experience. It’s truly amazing to see how far my classmates and I have grown over the course of this year”. Dr Farah Karim-Cooper and Rutgers’ students are available for interview. 4. London and Shakespeare’s Globe – the perfect learning holiday destination. As learning holidays become more popular than ever, London and Shakespeare’s Globe offers the ideal combination of enjoyment and education. For those interested in history, literature, performance, architecture, costume or Shakespeare himself, the Globe is an inspiring space to explore during a visit to London. The Globe’s expert tour guides provide a fascinating tour of the iconic theatre and auditorium and bring to life colourful stories of the 1599 Globe, while the exhibition presents live th demonstrations of sword-fighting, costume dressings and printing on 17 Century press. The audio guide enhances the visitor experience – with six languages available. Situated on Bankside along the River Thames with beautiful views looking towards St Paul’s Cathedral, the Globe is also one of the most romantic places to visit in London. 5. Talk to the Globe’s leading creatives about the recent Globe to Globe Festival. Artistic Director, Dominic Dromgoole, and Festival Director, Tom Bird, are available to discuss the rd th Globe to Globe Festival which plays from 23 April to 9 June 2012 and welcomes 36 international theatre companies to the Globe. One of the most ambitious Shakespeare Festival’s of all time; all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays will be performed in 37 languages in just six weeks, forming a wonderful celebration of London’s Olympic year and the world’s love for Shakespeare’s work. The Chicago Shakespeare Theater and Richard Jordan Productions will present the Q Brothers production of Othello in Hip Hop. This production of Othello will present a fresh urban take on Shakespeare’s tragedy, spun out, smashed up and lyrically rewritten over original beats. Dominic and Tom will also offer the chance to talk about the Globe in general, and its future. 6. Shakespeare’s Globe – its influence on theatre practice and the unique audience experience it offers. What was it like to experience London theatre in the 1600s? How does the open air and shared light affect actors’ performances and the audience’s experiences today? How does the space challenge a modern day director? What is it like to stand in the yard to watch a performance? How does it feel for audiences to interact with the actors? The Globe offers something completely unique for directors, actors and audiences alike. Not only is it an inspiring and distinctive theatrical space, but also a top London tourist attraction, welcoming hundreds of thousands of international visitors a year. What makes the Globe so distinct and successful? Interviews with theatre practitioners, including renowned director and Artistic Director of the Globe, Dominic Dromgoole, are available upon request. 7. Shakespeare’s Globe and Royalty in 2012. The eyes of the world are on London throughout 2012 - the year Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee and the city plays host to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. On rd the 3 June 2012 Shakespeare’s Globe will have a front row seat when Her Majesty the Queen’s celebratory river pageant sails up the River Thames. The historical event will take place on the same day the Globe will celebrate the end of its international Globe to Globe Festival, with a Lithuanian production of Hamlet.
Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip attended the Royal gala opening of the th Globe on 12 June 1997. Prince Philip opened the Sackler Studios – Globe Education’s Education and Resource centre in November 2010 and recently attended an event at Buckingham Palace held to raise funds for the development of the Indoor Jacobean Theatre. His Royal Highness Prince Philip The Duke of Edinburgh is Patron of Shakespeare’s Globe. 8. Interview a Globe actor about their pre-show rituals and find out how they physically and psychologically prepare themselves to step into character. As the Olympic and Paralympic Games move ever closer, athletes will have their pre-competition rituals to help take their game to the next level. This summer, while athletes are warming up for one of the most important performances of their career, actors across London will be doing precisely the same in the world of theatre. It’s often surprising how actors chose to warm up physically and mentally before taking to the stage to ensure give the audience a compelling and memorable performance. If you would like to talk to a Globe actor about their rituals and psychological preparations and how they compare it to that of an athlete, please contact the press office. 9. Speak to Peter McCurdy, Master Craftsman of Shakespeare’s Globe – a unique architectural experiment and an iconic London landmark. McCurdy & Co. were closely involved in the authentic reconstruction of Shakespeare's original 'wooden O', carrying out much of the early research and analysis together with the detailed design and fabrication of the entire oak frame. As there were no building records in existence the Globe team had to rely on historic reference material, Peter McCurdy's own knowledge of carpentry methodology of the period and analysis of the relevant contemporary buildings to help determine the overall design. Peter is currently working with the Architecture Research Group on the development of the Indoor Jacobean Theatre, which is set to open on site in 2013. Peter will advise on reconstruction issues and how they relate to achieving a faithful Jacobean interior, and to ensure that a successful fusion of modern codes and licensing requirements with historical accuracy can be achieved. Since opening in 1997, Shakespeare’s Globe has become an iconic landmark of international recognition and its distinctive performance space offers audiences and actors an experience like no other. If you would like to speak to Peter McCurdy about the part he played in bringing the building to fruition and his work on the Indoor Jacobean Theatre, please contact the press office. Further information on feature and interview ideas and extensive background information on Shakespeare’s Globe can be found at http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/about-us/press/releases Photographs and HD footage of the Globe and performances are available free of charge for editorial use at http://press.shakespearesglobe.com/ To arrange an interview or for any other information please contact Louise Gilbert, Press & PR Officer 2012, Louise.email@example.com, +44 (0)207 902 1476.
Shakespeare’s Globe Photo by Pawel Libera
Dr Farah Karim-Cooper Photo by Bronwen Sharp
The Comedy of Errors, 2011 Photo by Fiona Moorhead
Sam Wanamaker Photo by Tom Boulting