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Shakespeare’s Globe to re-open on May 19 for socially distanced shows

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Shakespeare’s Globe will re-open on May 19 for socially distanced shows with audiences sitting down in its famous yard for the first time.

The area in front of the stage is traditionally saved for cheap tickets for playgoers happy to stand throughout the show.

Theatre bosses hope the venue, which is open to the elements and allows for air to flow through more easily, may be able to expand its capacity after safety tests are done later in the year.

The first show will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with artistic director Michelle Terry playing Viola, followed by planned productions of Romeo & Juliet and Twelfth Night.

Terry said:  “To even be announcing a season means that we are inching ever closer to getting back to doing the thing that we love, the thing that the Globe was built for, and the thing that so many of us, artists and audience alike, have lost during this time: sharing time, space and story with as many people as is safe.

“This is a historic moment, and not to be underestimated; we have a long way to go as we emerge and heal from this, but theatre can help us get there: that’s what it’s for. To express the often inexpressible, bear the often unbearable, laugh, cry, be – safely – together .The readiness is all and Shakespeare’s Globe is ready.”

Also announcing its re-opening today is Battersea Arts Centre which will start putting on performances online from April and live shows from July as well as introducing its Pay What You Can pricing plan for all its shows in a bid to reach as wide an audience as possible.

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