Why See Metamorphoses?
The Brand New Staging Of Ovid's Metamorphoses
Michelle Terry continues her groundbreaking tenure at the Globe Theatre with a hotly anticipated production of Ovid's Metamorphoses. Forming part of the Summer 2020 at the Globe season programming, the new staging of the poem sees resident writers Sami Ibrahami, Laura Lomas and Sabrina Mahfouz, and directors Sean Holmes and Holly Race Roughan, employ a 400-year-old method to inform the work, writing to fit it not only to the architecture of the iconic venue but to the 12-member ensemble as well - replicating just what the Bard would have done in his day.
Written by the Roman poet Ovid, Metamorphoses is a truly megalithic work spanning 15 books. In it, Ovid charts the history of the world from its very creation to his own day, namely that of the reign and deification of Julius Ceasar, using a mythology-infused historical framework. Perhaps one of the most influential works in Western culture, the epic poem served as an inspiration to the likes of Chaucer, Dante Alighieri and Shakespeare himself.
Performance date: 3 October 2020
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