Commercial producers onboard double bill
Double Olivier-winner Samantha Spiro and Tony-nommed Samuel Barnett (“The History Boys”) will make their debuts at London’s Shakespeare’s Globe this summer, with Barnett to star in two productions with apparent designs on a commercial afterlife.
Spiro, currently in rehearsals for Michael Attenborough’s forthcoming production of Eduardo di Filippo’s comedy “Filumena” at the Almeida Theater, will play Katherine in “The Taming of the Shew.” Helmed by Toby Frow, the production will run June 23-Oct.13.
Barnett will join the Globe’s former a.d. Mark Rylance (“Jerusalem,” “Boeing-Boeing”) in the previously announced productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III.” In these all-male stagings helmed by Tim Carroll, Barnett will play Viola to Rylance’s Olivia and Lady Anne to his Richard III.
Produced by Shakespeare’s Globe, Sonia Friedman Prods. and Shakespeare Road, the plays are presented in rep July 14-Oct. 14. Friedman’s involvement signals interest in further life beyond the 1,500 seat Globe.
The season opens June 7 with a.d. Dominic Dromgoole’s production of “Henry V” starring Jamie Parker, another “History Boys” graduate. Parker previously played Henry at the Globe last year in the character’s earlier incarnation as Prince Hal in the two parts of Shakespeare’s “Henry IV.”