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|Globe Stages Regime Change
- New Shakespeare season is both faithful to history and bang up-to-date
THE GLOBE theatre's new season of plays explore regime change in Elizabethan plays. Artistic director Mark Rylance's productions of Richard II, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Edward II and Dido explore what happened when the Stuart's succeeded the Tudors, an upheaval relevant to the current crisis in Iraq.
"The plays explore changes of power in the state, in marriage and in man’s relationship with the divine," says artistic director Mark Rylance. The season marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth II, and while Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew will be all-female productions, the other plays will be performed by all men.
Rylance made his name playing womens' parts like Lady Macbeth. He believes his productions preserve the spirit of the time the plays were written. "Shakespeare’s original actors were not limited by the gender of the parts they played, but enjoyed a revolutionary theatre of the imagination where commoner played king, man played woman, and, within the plays, woman man."