Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour: Trailer

[Heartbeart and drumming sound] [Dramatic music plays throughout] It’s tried to take on the experience of Shakespeare’s Globe – which is the architectural playing conditions. It’s an elemental space: you’re open to rain, sun, hail. The relationship with the audience – people fainting, people coming in where they shouldn’t be. But also that power from the audience where they really feel like they’re part of the meaning-making and they’re part of that moment. So we wanted to just take a bit of that unpredictability on the road. You can tell a Globe actor. Using the Elizabethan model… They’ve sort of given us something which is far better and far more experimental and far more advanced than we are at the moment. There is a relationship to the audience. They would have known about 26 plays at any one time. There’s a kind of an animal instinct, there’s a kind of, obviously, a love of the language. They would have experimented with that new work on a nightly basis in front of 1600 people. And 1600 people would go… ‘Yeah, I like that bit.’ ‘No, don’t like that bit.’ Or, ‘boo – never want to see that again!’ Or, ‘yes, that’s brilliant!’ I love the idea of the audience deciding what show they want to see. And that’s how they would have formed the repertoire, and figured out which plays people like, and which plays they didn’t. We’re going all over the place. So getting the ensemble to – not learn 26, because that would just be a little bit unfair at this stage – but something to aim for! They’re just going to learn three! [Laughs] Three massive Shakespeare plays. Which is Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice. And they’re gonna take them on the road and we’re gonna put the power back in the hands of the audience, and they’re going to choose which one they want to watch. My object is to empower the actors. Once the audience say, ‘I want this play to happen tonight’, we go straight away. So there’s no prep before hand; there’s no kind of 20 minutes where they look at their lines. They say, ‘This is what we want’. And then we hear the first line of the play and we’re off! [Crowd cheering]

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