'Tis Pity She's A Whore casting announcement

We’re very excited to announce the full casting for Michael Longhurst’s forthcoming ’Tis Pity She’s a Whore, opening the Winter season in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 28 October.

This new production of John Ford’s blackly sensual and viscerally violent play will find a perfect home in the shadowy intimacy of the candlelit Playhouse. Max Bennett and Fiona Button star as Giovanni and Annabella, the siblings whose doomed incestuous passion both threatens and throws into relief the incense-laden hypocrisy of the Italian court.

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Sonnet 55 for Sonnet Friday

Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme;
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone besmear’d with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn,
And broils root out the work of masonry,
Nor Mars his sword nor war’s quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till the judgment that yourself arise,
You live in this, and dwell in lover’s eyes.

Word of the Week: Scrivener

This week’s word of the week is ‘scrivener’. An Elizabethan word referring to a scribe or notary, it’s inspired by R.E. Pritchard’s book ‘Shakespeare’s England: Life in Elizabethan & Jacobean Times’.

Pritchard’s book is an intriguing and fascinating collection of excerpts from some of the best, wittiest and most unusual writing of Shakespeare’s age.  A ‘scrivener’ is mentioned in the chapter on Education, in which Pritchard reveals ‘writing was usually taught by peripatetic scriveners’.

It is brought to you from the Shakespeare-inspired Books About Town bench outside the Globe.

Word of the week: ‘Scrivener’ (n.); ‘A clerk, scribe, or notary’

Voiced by Alison Jordan

Alison is the Globe Education Assistant for Learning.

Psst! Farinelli and the King casting


We’re delighted to announce that Mark Rylance will star as Philippe V, King of Spain in Claire van Kampen’s new play with music, Farinelli and the King, premiering in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse in February 2015. The role of the castrato Farinelli will be sung by celebrated countertenors Iestyn Davies and William Purefoy.

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