In addition to the previously announced casting of Kathryn Hunter, Liam Brennan and Globe artistic director Mark Rylance, other names across the season's three performing companies include Linda Bassett (East Is East, Far Away and currently appearing in English Touring Theatre's John Gabriel Borkman), Clare Swinburne (Bacchai, Japes), and currently starring together in The Duchess of Malfi at the National, Will Keen (The Coast of Utopia) and (pictured) Janet McTeer (A Doll's House).
The season opens with Richard II, running from 8 May to 27 September 2003 and performed by the all-male "White" company. The production reunites director Tim Carroll with Globe artistic director Mark Rylance (who takes the title role) and Liam Brennan (as Henry Bolingbroke), who came together last summer in another all-male offering, the Whatsonstage.com Theatregoers' Choice Award-nominated production of Twelfth Night.
Also performed by the Whites will be by Edward II, directed by Timothy Walker and starring Liam Brennan in the lead, which joins the repertory from 20 July to 26 September. Other members of the White company are: Patrick Brennan, Michael Brown, Richard Glaves, Gerald Kyd, John McEnery, Terry McGinity, Chu Omambala, William Osborne, Justin Shevlin, Peter Shorey, Bill Stewart, Patrick Toomey and Albie Woodington.
The all-female "Red" company mounts Richard III, running 25 May to 27 September 2003 and directed by Barry Kyle, with Kathryn Hunter playing the monarch and Linda Bassett as Queen Margaret. The Reds under Kyle's direction also take on The Taming of the Shrew, from 10 August to 28 September 2003, with Hunter as Kate and Janet McTeer as Petruchio. Other members of the Red company are: Penelope Beaumont, Louise Bush, Penelope Dimond, Amanda Harris, Liza Hayden, Anna Healy, Liz Kettle, Meredith MacNeill, Jules Melvin, Anne Ogbomo, Rachel Sanders and Yolanda Vazquez.
Finally, the mixed-sex Rose company will tackle Christopher Marlowe's rarely performed Dido, Queen of Carthage, based on Viril's Aeneid. Will Keen plays the adventurer Aeneas who, at the contrivance of the goddess Venus (Clare Swinburne), begins a passionate romance with the African queen Dido (Rakie Ayola). Directed by Tim Carroll, the Rose production runs from 6 June to 18 August 2003. Other members of the six-strong Rose company are: Dave Fishley, James Garnon and Caitlin Mottram.
All four single-sex offerings are original practices productions - in other words, exploring the clothing, music, dance and settings that would have been possible at the original Globe in 1603. Dido, Queen of Carthage will, on the other hand, employ the modern practices of 2003.
- by Terri Paddock