The jig is up – Shakespeare's Globe sends them out dancing

"[Choreographer Siân] Williams doesn’t create her jigs as a re-creation of a formal dance of the period. Her ideas are always more of an action replay of the play, all the important themes restated in motion” 

Veronica Horwell spoke to resident regular Globe choreographer Siân Williams about why our shows end with a jig, how they develop and the differences between a jig in the Globe theatre and the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. 

Word of the Week: ‘Lief’

The Word of the Week is ‘lief’, an adverb meaning ‘readily; willingly’.

It appears in no less that 13 Shakespeare works. To pick out just one quote: Rosalind in As You Like It (IV, 1) tells Orlando ‘I had as lief be woo’d of a snail.’

Word of the Week: ‘Lief’ (adv.) ‘readily; willingly’

Voiced by Chloe Brown

Chloe is the Globe Education Assistant for Higher Education.

In case you missed it: September Highlights

There’s always a lot going on at the Globe so you’re bound to have missed something. Here are just a smattering of highlights from this month.

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A fake fish provided many laughs in The Comedy of Errors.

Our new poster for ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore advertises the show ahead of its opening in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse on 23 October.

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BBC Proms 2011: Judith Weir - Stars, Night, Music and Light (excerpt)

The BBC Symphony Orchestra with the BBC Singers perform and excerpt from ‘Stars, Night, Music and Light’ composed by Judith Weir (BBC commission; world premiere) at the First Night of the Proms, from the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Judith Weir is Master of The Queen’s Music. She is the first woman to hold this acclaimed post and the appointment has been hailed as excellent and imaginative.

In October, Judith’s celebrated music will be performed alongside works of previous post holders in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Judith Weir: Master of The Queen’s Music
27 October

As You Like It performed in Georgian by the Marjanishvili Theatre as part of the Globe to Globe Festival 2012.

As You Like It performed in Georgian by the Marjanishvili Theatre as part of the Globe to Globe Festival 2012.

This weekend Globe to Globe Hamlet performed at the new Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre in Gdansk, Poland.

Here are just some of the behind the scenes photos from their time there.


Traveling with the Hamlet trunks. All our set travels with us in bespoke trunks and we carry it ourselves. Here we are at the Gdansk Shakespeare Theatre setting up before our performance.

© Bronwen Sharp

Tunde Jegede and the Brodsky Quartet performing ‘Exile and Return’

Tunde performed in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse earlier this year as part of John Williams’ series of concerts. The Brodsky Quartet are set to perform next month with the brilliant jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth.

The Brodsky Quartet with Jacqui Dankworth
19 October

'Tis Pity She's a Whore - Rehearsals, Week 1

Since our meet and greet with the company on Monday in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, the cast have had a busy, but fun week in rehearsals.

Max Bennett (Giovanni) and Fiona Button (Annabella) had a photoshoot for our new poster, the company had a full read through of the play and some movement with choreographer Imogen Knight. These photos were taken during a warm up exercise before text work with Giles Block (Globe Associate - Text).

'Tis Pity She's a Whore
by John Ford
23 October - 7 December 2014