The Play’s The Thing | Globe Theatre 2012

Shakespeare’s Globe casts Samantha Spiro in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and announces other casting for the 2012 Theatre Season ‘The Play’s The Thing’

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced that two time Olivier Award-winning actress Samantha Spiro will play Katherina in Shakespeare’s most outrageous comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Toby Frow. 

The 2012 theatre season, ‘The Play’s The Thing’ opens for public booking on Monday 13 February 2012 and begins on 7 June 2012 with Henry V, which will also close the ambitious multi-lingual Globe to Globe festival. There’s also Henry V directed by Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole with Jamie Parker in the title role.  Samuel Barnett has been cast alongside Mark Rylance in Richard III and Twelfth NightJohnny Flynn, who recently shared the stage with Rylance in Jerusalem, will play Viola in Twelfth Night and Lady Anne in Richard III.

Samantha Spiro, who will play Katherina in The Taming of the Shrew, is an accomplished stage actress who will come to the Globe immediately following her performance in Filumena at the Almeida. Her extensive stage credits include Chicken Soup with Barley (Royal Court), her Olivier Award-winning performance in Hello Dolly (Regent’s Park), Twelfth Night and Merrily We Roll Along, for which she earned her first Olivier win (Donmar/West End).

Samuel Barnett, making his Globe debut, created the role of Posner in Alan Bennett’s phenomenal The History Boys, performing in the original production at the National Theatre, on Broadway and on the international tour. Barnett played opposite Parker last summer in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Chichester/Haymarket Theatres) and his other National Theatre credits include Women Beware Women and His Dark Materials.

Johnny Flynn has recently finished playing Lee in the transatlantic hit, Jerusalem, and he has also been a regular member of Edward Hall’s Propeller theatre company, acting in several productions includingTwelfth Night. Other theatre credits include Richard Bean’s The Heretic (Royal Court). Flynn is also a successful recording artist, whose albums include Been Listening and A Larum.

Creatives involved in the season include Jonathan Fensom, designing again with Dromgoole to recreate the England of the Henry plays, and Mike Britton returning to the Globe following his success last year with Much Ado About Nothing. Richard III and Twelfth Night will be directed by Tim Carroll, designed by Jenny Tiramani with music by Claire van Kampen – the creative team behind the original 2002 version of Twelfth Night, whose original practices approach to staging will employ techniques used in Shakespeare’s era to recreate clothing, music and dance. Claire van Kampen will also compose for Henry V.

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