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It's one piece of bard news after another as EIGHT productions take place in 2022.

The iconic Globe theatre kicks off its summer season of Shakespeare shows this week, and there are SIX regular productions to choose from, alongside an additional two family-friendly offerings.

The South Bank theatre, which is a faithful recreation of the venue that hosted the world’s most famous bard in the early 1600s, will launch its 2022 schedule with Julius Caesar on May 4, before interspersing its performances with Much Ado About Nothing, which begins on May 6.

From then on in, there’s no hanging about. Henry VIII launches on May 19, followed by King Lear on June 10 and The Tempest on July 22. Last but not least, I, Joan rounds up the regular productions when it kicks off on August 25.

If you fancy trying to teach the children that Shakespeare is way more exciting than his status as a school textbook would suggest, The Globe will be running TWO family-friendly shows this summer. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse - an indoor theatre housed inside Shakespeare’s Globe and inspired by the candle-lit venues of his time - will play host to Midsummer Mechanicals, a hilarious follow-up to Midsummer Night’s Dream. And if there’s anything that can improve the work of Shakespeare, it’s the (probable) addition of Mr Tumble, as the cast of CBeebies take on their own adaptation of As You Like it in the main theatre. Running for just four, 45-minute performances on August 8 and 9, it’ll be filmed and broadcast on CBeebies during the year, so dress up, get involved and show off your best dance moves.

Here's the schedule in full:

Regular Productions

Julius Caesar: May 4 - Sept 10

Much Ado About Nothing: May 6 - Oct 23

Henry VIII: May 19 - Oct 21

King Lear: June 10 - July 24

The Tempest: July 22 - Oct 22

I, Joan: Aug 25 - Oct 22

Family Productions

Midsummer Mechanicals: Jul 28 - Aug 21

As You Like It With CBeebies: Aug 9 & 10

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