Dramatic scares and frights galore are promised in a special Halloween festival being streamed from Shakespeare’s Globe in London.
Filmed in the candle-lit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Shakespeare and Fear is streaming online from October 31 to November 9.
The festival opens on Halloween with Deep Night, Dark Night - a film of ‘old, new and true’ ghost stories. It will be followed by Macbeth: A Conjuring, a staged reading of Shakespeare’s supernatural tragedy from the critically acclaimed 2018 ensemble, and In Conversation: Fear in our Moment, a panel discussion on the potent nature of fear and its impact on all our lives. There will also be spooky ‘how-to’ workshops for all the family.
Artistic director Michelle Terry said: “In 1605 there was a plague. Theatres in London were closed.“In 1606 Shakespeare wrote Macbeth. There is not one mention of the plague in Macbeth, but fear is mentioned nearly 50 times. Shakespeare chose not to talk about the virus, but look instead at how dis-ease, doubts, fears and horrible imaginings can infect a mind, a country, a world, and how, out of chaos, instability and disorder, the crisis that emerges becomes an opportunity not only for ruthless ambition and terrorising confusion, but also a catalyst for hope, transformation and positive collective action.”
The online festival filmed in a candlelit playhouse promises chills and thought-provoking discussions
Featuring one of the most famous ghost stories from the past, and chilling tales from the present, the new film Deep Night, Dark Night will include a story from Edgar Allan-Poe and brand-new stories from Sami Ibrahim and Abi Zakarian.
The festival will also include Macbeth: A Conjuring, a brand-new, full-length reading of Macbeth, from the cast of the 2018 critically acclaimed production starring Paul Ready and Michelle Terry in the titular roles. Released on November 5, the film will be available for 7 days.
On November 8, In Conversation: Fear in our Moment will see leading thinkers, artists and arts leaders explore questions of fear. Secrets of the Stage workshops will run October 31 at 11am and 3pm, in which participants will learn how to make stage blood, stage make-up, gooey eyeballs and more.
The festival will draw to a close on November 9, Thinking through Crisis: Shakespeare and America will be examining the relationship between Shakespeare and social justice, autocracy, race, fear and crisis.Visit shakespearesglobe.com for more information about the festival.