As Theatre Comes Back…

The Hip Priest is taking advantage of press releases to interest potential readers of the blog.

Here is a release from The Globe in London…

Twelfth Night, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre open until the 30th  October.

Book here:

Shakespeare’s comedy of mistaken identity, music and the madness of love, Twelfth Night, finds new life in the Globe Theatre for our Summer 2021 season. Illyria is a society in limbo, held captive by loss.

Until a sea-drenched stranger arrives and unexpectedly unleashes the chaotic and transformative power of love. Wild, surprising, fierce and funny, this fiery new production is directed by Globe Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes and is infused with the mesmeric nostalgia and soulful music of the world of Americana.


Shakespeare’s Globe has announced the return of the much-loved £5 ‘Groundling’ standing tickets  for the opening of Twelfth Night on the 29 July. 

As a result of the easing of restrictions not permitting standing theatre tickets, the open-air Globe theatre  has now announced that 200 of the £5 standing tickets are now on sale for performances from the 29 July.  This number will allow for those who choose to social distance in the Yard. The number of standing tickets  available will incrementally increase throughout the summer until the end of August when 400 Groundling  tickets will be available for each performance. 

Seating capacity will also gradually increase throughout the summer with spaces between groups sat on  the same row remaining until mid-August. The open-air theatre has laid out plans to be back to full seated  capacity by 23 August. The maximum capacity of the Globe is normally 1,600 and the theatre will return to  full Groundling capacity (circa 600-700) at a future date. Since May, The Globe has welcomed over 32,000  audience members into 79 performances in our open-air theatre. 

Neil Constable, CEO of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “We are very happy to be welcoming back  Groundling standing audiences into the yard once more; being in the open-air and watching the action on  stage as a Groundling is a unique experience that many of our audiences have greatly missed over the  past year. Although the Government rules have relaxed, we will continue to maintain many of our COVID 19 safety procedures to ensure we keep our activities running and our staff and audiences as safe as  possible. We remain cautiously optimistic that the systems we have in place will continue to safeguard our  productions and the future of Shakespeare’s Globe. With increased audiences, our income will hopefully be  at levels to help recover some of our significant losses.” 

Michelle Terry, Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “The very thing that theatre thrives on is  the one thing that Covid denied us: the live, alchemical relationship between play, actor, audience, space  and time. It has been beyond incredible to have opened our doors to live theatre again, but the beating  heart of the Globe is the unique and ultra-live relationship between actor and groundling, standing together  and ready for action. Well we’re all ready. And we can’t wait.” 

Despite restrictions lifting today, safety remains of key importance to the Globe, therefore social distancing  on-stage, no intervals, and reduced audience capacity will continue to remain in place for the time being.  All Globe staff will continue to wear a face covering and audiences are encouraged to do the same  (particularly when moving from their seat). Enhanced cleaning, hand-sanitiser stations, contactless  ticketing, modified routes and arrival points to avoid overcrowding will all remain. 

From today, the piazza and onsite facilities (including the Globe shop) will reopen to audiences before the  theatre doors open. Restrictions on booking party sizes have been lifted and temperature checks and  check-in via the NHS app will no longer be mandatory. The Globe will also maintain its ‘Book with  Confidence and Exchange with Ease’ pledge, allowing exchanges up to 24 hours ahead of a performance if  a ticket holder cannot attend due to COVID-19 related issues. 

The Swan at the Globe is now open at full-seating capacity. Welcoming guests for the bar, restaurant and  events in a socially responsible manner.

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