About the show
Everyone’s being watched in The Secret Theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe’s indoor space, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Anders Lustgarten brings a brand new spy thriller to the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse this autumn. Running as part of Shakespeare’s Globe’s Winter Selection season, this enticing drama delves into the darkest nooks and crannies of the court of Elizabeth I. With all characters under tight observation, The Secret Theatre brings to light some frightening contemporary parallels with the end of the Tudor rule.
The last of the Tudor monarchs is on the throne and political unrest is growing both at home and abroad. Spymaster Francis Walsingham thinks he has the answer. Spinning a tighter and tighter web of surveillance, Walsingham plans on keeping Queen and country safe. But can he really achieve this, or does he risk destroying those closest to him in the process?
Anders Lustgarten is an award-winning playwright famous for creating theatre with a sharp political edge. His past work includes If You Don’t Let Us Dream We Won’t Let You Sleep at Royal Court Theatre, and also The Seven Acts Of Mercy for the Royal Shakespeare Company. He’s the perfect playwright to give this part of the Globe’s chocolate-inspired season some bite.
Matthew Dunster, Associate Director at Shakespeare’s Globe, directs The Secret Theatre. The inventive director is known for his Olivier-nominated production of Love And Money, and also his production of Hangmen for Royal Court Theatre, which transferred to the West End. Last year he directed the innovative Imogen, a contemporary re-writing of Cymbeline, for Shakespeare’s Globe.
Jon Bausor provides the show’s design.
The Secret Theatre runs from 16 November – 16 December 2017 at Shakespeare’s Globe’s Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
Map & Location
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
21 New Globe WalkLondonSE1 9DT