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Doddington Hall to welcome Shakespeare's Globe on tour

Doddington Hall to welcome Shakespeare's Globe on tour

Lincolnshire’s Doddington Hall will play a starring role next month when the Shakespeare’s Globe touring company performs there as part of its international summer tour.

The Elizabethan mansion, just outside the cathedral city of Lincoln, will be a fitting backdrop to open-air performances of The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew when the renowned theatre company makes a return visit to the Hall.

The special performances will take place on Doddington Hall’s Croquet Lawn on an Elizabethan style booth stage, inspired by paintings and etchings made during Shakespeare’s time when small bands of actors would tour the country.

The company will be following the traditions of an Elizabethan touring ensemble, who would set out from London with a full repertoire of plays to offer audiences across the country. Having begun their tour at the Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside, the band of eight actors, directed by Brendan O’Hea, will perform three plays at Doddington Hall over two days. 

“We are really pleased to welcome Shakespeare’s Globe back to Doddington,” said Claire Birch, who runs Doddington Hall and Gardens with husband, James. “It promises yet again to be an unforgettable experience. Of course, Doddington Hall dates back to 1600 and so it makes the perfect setting for the plays and we hope people will join us to enjoy a very special open-air theatre experience.Tickets can be booked via our website at and picnics can also be pre-ordered online to enjoy during the day to complete the occasion.”

The cast includes:
Luke Brady, who will play Feste (Twelfth Night), Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice). Luke’s previous work includes St George and the Dragon (National Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Chichester, West End).

Steffan Cennydd will play Viola (Twelfth Night), Hortensio and Pedant (The Taming of the Shrew) and Lorenzo, Old Gobbo and The Duke (The Merchant of Venice). Previous theatre credits include The Melting Pot (Finborough Theatre) and Under Milk Wood (Watermill Theatre). 

Jacqueline Phillips will play the roles of Maria and Sebastian (Twelfth Night), Gremio and Vincentio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Portia (The Merchant of Venice). Jacqueline’s theatre credits include ButterflyDust of the Street’s Shining(Arc Stockton) and television credits include Inspector George GentlyTheDumping Ground (BBC) and Vera (ITV).

Colm Gormley will play the roles of Malvolio (Twelfth Night), Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), returning to the Globe after playing Hortensio in Caroline Byrne’s The Taming of the Shrew in 2016. TV work includes VictoriaTitanic (ITV) and Officially Special (Sky). 

Russell Layton is Sir Toby Belch (Twelfth Night), Tranio and Widow (The Taming of the Shrew), and Antonio, Launcelot Gobbo and Prince of Arragon (The Merchant of Venice). Russell’s previous theatre work includes Hurricane Michael(Assembly Edinburgh), Great Expectations (Watermill Theatre), and Much Ado About Nothing (Stafford Open Air Theatre). Television credits includes Kingdom(ITV) and EastEnders (BBC).

Cynthia Emeagi will play Olivia (Twelfth Night), Baptista (The Taming of the Shrew), and Jessica and Morocco (The Merchant of Venice). Cynthia appeared inParty Skills for the End of the World, as part of Manchester International Festival.

Sarah Finigan will play Andrew Aguecheek (Twelfth Night), Bianca and Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew) and Shylock (The Merchant of Venice). Sarah’s recent theatre work includes Much Ado About Nothing (Bedouin Shakespeare), and TV credits include Upstart CrowCall the MidwifeCuckoo (BBC), The Great Fire and The Edge of Heaven (ITV). Films include Ashes in the Snow and Suffragette.

Rhianna McGreevy will play the Duke Orsino (Twelfth Night), Katherina (The Taming of the Shrew) and Nerissa (The Merchant of Venice). Rhianna’s theatre credits include Spring AwakeningHamletMerrily We Roll AlongRichard IIIThree Sisters and Medea (LAMDA).

Tickets for each show at Doddington Hall cost: Adult £20 and Child (under 16 years) £16. A 3 Show Pass costs £50. Gates open one hour before the performance starts. Tickets and picnics can be booked online at

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