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Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to perform at Arts Festival

Kilkenny actors David Thompson and Amy Dunne at the announcement for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre's first performances in Ireland. (Photo: Eoin Hennessy/www.ehp.ie)

Kilkenny actors David Thompson and Amy Dunne at the announcement for the Shakespeare Globe Theatre's first performances in Ireland. (Photo: Eoin Hennessy/www.ehp.ie)

Kilkenny Arts Festival to bring Shakespeare’s Globe to Ireland from August 10-19 in what promises to be a tunning spectacle.

The city of Kilkenny will be the backdrop for Shakespeare’s Globe to tour this lively outdoor production to Ireland. Using an Elizabethan-inspired stage, the production will be influenced by paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time, and be performed in the courtyard of the Crafts Council of Ireland (the original stables for Kilkenny Castle) in Castle Yard, Kilkenny.

Kilkenny Arts Festival is Ireland’s oldest arts Festival, a premier arts event that constantly programmes innovative and spectacular cultural events from Ireland and the world. “We’re thrilled to be bringing Shakespeare’s Globe to Ireland for the first time, “ said Artistic Director Rosemary Collier. “The Festival is about bringing the most innovative and dynamic cultural events to the city, and the Globe certainly fit the bill,” she added.

As You Like It is a glorious romance; filled with cross-dressing and love-notes; poetry and brilliant conversation; gentle satire, slapstick and passion. The Irish performances will be part of a European tour which opens on July 5, and tours venues in the UK, Romania, Austria and Denmark before finishing at the Globe on 16 September. A young vibrant UK cast of 8 and team of creatives will bring Shakespeare’s wonderful comedy to life.

Artistic Director of Shakespeare’s Globe, Dominic Dromgoole is no stranger to Irish theatre, having directed plays in London by Irish writers Sebastian Barry, Conor McPherson and Billy Roche in his career. He said today,”It is an honour to be bringing a Globe production to Ireland. Having worked in Ireland many times, premiered the plays of talented Irish writers, and having worked with many Irish actors, it is a particular pleasure to be bringing Shakespeare’s Globe to Ireland for the first time, thus uniting two of my greatest passions, the Irish theatre and Shakespeare.”

A photo shoot to mark the announcement of The Globe’s performance took place at Kilkenny Castle last Thursday when local actors Amy Dunne and David Thompson wore costumes from the award winning TV series The Tudors.

Other highlights of the festival announced this week are Le Concert Spirituel (France), one of the world’s leading Baroque music ensembles; La Morra (Switzerland), a highly acclaimed Early Music group; Jape (Ireland) 2012 Choice Music Award Winners;

Dán (Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, UK) a musical journey by a 14-member ensemble featuring trad, jazz and poems specially written by Theo Dorgan. Tickets for these acts can be purchased through www.kilkennyarts.ie

 

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