Shakespeare comes to Dumfries

Joseph Marcell as Lear
Joseph Marcell as Lear

The visit of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to the Crichton Grounds in Dumfries on July 3 and 4 represents “a world-class theatrical event”.

The visit is being organised by The Bakehouse, the arts organisation bringing the Globe to the region for the sixth year.

Leading the cast this year is Joseph Marcell, best known for his role playing alongside Will Smith as Geoffrey, the English butler, on the sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

This year the three outdoor live performances are being complemented by cinema showings of two Globe productions at the Robert Burns Film Theatre. “The Taming of the Shrew” will be shown in early August and the Globe’s box-office record breaking production “Twelfth Night”, starring Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance, will be shown on July 12 and 13.

“It’s like a Globe Shakespeare mini-festival,” said Chrys Salt, artistic director of The Bakehouse, “and it displays great joined-up thinking between The Bakehouse and Alice Stilgoe, film officer at Dumfries and Galloway Council.”

Another boost for the Globe’s international reputation came this month when it was announced that its productions of “Richard III” and “Twelfth Night” were transferring to a 16-week run on Broadway.

The Dumfries venue is the only location in Scotland to host the company’s touring shows, which are created in close relation to and also performed in the famous theatre on London’s South Bank.

“The Globe visit is a real team effort,” says Chrys “and we are grateful to our supportive sponsors who have been with us from the start of this adventure – Bibliographic Data Services, the Crichton Foundation and the Easterbrook Hall, along with the Crichton Library.

Tickets for performances can be purchased from the Globe box office on 0207 401 9919 or online at or through VisitScotland, Whitesands, Dumfries, 01387 245566. There is a special reduction for the matinee performance (Thursday, July 4, at 2.30) of £13.50 and £10.50 for under-18s while the evening performances at 7.30 cost £17 and £11 for under-18s.