Women & Power Festival announced as part of Shakespeare Globe's Winter Season

Shakespeare’s Globe has announced a series of new events running alongside the season of Shakespeare plays in the indoor candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

From 6-12 December, the Globe will host Women and Power, a festival of panel events, workshops, and a scholarly symposium.

The festival features panel discussion with Maxine Peake, Globe Artistic Director Michelle Terry and Co-Director of Education Professor Farah Karim-Cooper, dubbed ‘Hamlet and She’ for a feminist discussion on the role of Hamlet on 6 December. Peake was the first female Hamlet on a major stage in over three decades whilst Terry was the first woman to play Hamlet on the Globe stage. 

Meanwhile comedy feminist podcast, The Guilty Feminist, returns to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse for a live recording with host Deborah Frances-White, with special guests will be announced in due course.

The festival will also feature an online symposium titled ‘Empowerment to Disempowerment: Intersectional Voices’, this one-day event on 10 December will gather experts, activists and theatre practitioners in an exploration of intersectionality, women, and power.

Co-Director of Education, Professor Farah Karim-Cooper, said: “Our second Women and Power festival uses Shakespeare's works to ask questions about our moment and its resonances with the past. Issues that women face today - inequality, sexual harassment, diminished access to power - will be discussed through the lens of Shakespeare, performance and social justice.”

Also announced as part of the Winter Season are a series of educational events including Free Youth Theatre Taster Sessions, the Telling Tales family festival and Anti-Racist Shakespeare: Perspectives on the Plays, which will enable live discussion online of Measure for Measure (9 December), Hamlet (10 February) and The Merchant of Venice (15 March). 

The theatre will also host two live performances by Johnny Flynn and Robert Macfarlane who will present the first live performance of their new album, Lost in the Cedar Wood, in an evening created specifically for Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Created in lockdown 2020, the album bases itself loosely upon the world's oldest written work of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh. Flynn, most recently worked at the Globe creating music for 2015’s As You Like It and was on stage in 2012’s Twelfth Night and Richard III.

See the full details of the Winter Season below:


Women and Power Festival

Hamlet and She - 6 December

In Conversation, Measure for Measure - 7 December 

Online Symposium ‘Empowerment to Disempowerment: Intersectional Voices’ - 10 December, 10am

The Guilty Feminist - 12 December

Lost in the Cedar Wood: Johnny Flynn & Robert Macfarlane

Sunday 6 February 18.30 & Monday 7 February 19.30

Telling Tales: February Half-Term

13-19 February

Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank: Macbeth

March - 16 April 2022

Anti-Racist Shakespeare

Measure for Measure - 9 December, 6pm

Hamlet - 10 February, 6pm

The Merchant of Venice - 15 March, 6pm

Shakespeare and Race: Storytelling, The Merchant of Venice

6 & 13 March, 11am & 2pm 

Continuing Professional Development

Shakespeare and Women - 29 January & 12 March, 3-6pm

Teaching Anti-Racist Shakespeare Othello and The Merchant of Venice - 15 January, 3-5pm

Teaching Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth - 15 February,11am-2pm

Teaching Anti-Racist Shakespeare: Othello and The Tempest - 2 March, 6-8pm

Youth Theatre

Youth Theatre Taster Sessions - 20 & 27 November

Youth Theatre - January-July 2022

Young Actors

Short Course 8-10 years or 11-13 years - 4-8 April

Rutgers Conservatory

Twelfth Night - 17 & 18 December, 6.30pm

The Tragedy of Antony & Cleopatra - 18 & 19 February, 6.30pm


Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare

Friday 19 November - Saturday 15 January

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Livestream - Friday 07 January

Press Night - Thursday 02 December


The Fir Tree by Hannah Khalil

Monday 20 December - Thursday 30 December

Globe Theatre


Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Friday 21 January - Saturday 09 April

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Livestream - Friday 11 February

Press Night - Thursday 03 February


The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare

Friday 18 February - Saturday 09 April

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Livestream - Friday 25 March

Press Night - Wednesday 02 March


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