Shakespeare Innovator Rylance on Farewell Tour

Mark Rylance as Vincentio. Credit: John Tramper - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2005. i i

hide captionMark Rylance stars as Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, in Measure for Measure. He has been the Globe's artistic director for 10 years.

John Tramper/Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2005
Mark Rylance as Vincentio. Credit: John Tramper - Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2005.

Mark Rylance stars as Vincentio, Duke of Vienna, in Measure for Measure. He has been the Globe's artistic director for 10 years.

John Tramper/Shakespeare's Globe Theatre 2005

Many Shakespeare fans were skeptical when the Globe Theatre opened in London 10 seasons ago.

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A scene from 'Measure for Measure.'

Critics predicted that it would end up being no more than a "heritage museum" for William Shakespeare's work, with its historically accurate open thatched roof, circular stage, period instruments and men portraying female characters.

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • Philadelphia: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, University of Pennsylvania; Nov. 30 and Dec. 1-4
  • Pittsburgh: O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust; Dec. 6-11 and 13-18
  • New York: St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn; Dec. 20-23 and 26-30 and Jan. 1, 2006

But the daring and innovative Mark Rylance was named artistic director, and the pairing has turned into a winning combination, with crowds and critics declaring Shakespeare's Globe Theatre a success.

Audiences sit on hard wooden seats, or stand in a space reserved for "groundlings."

During its current United States tour, the Globe Theatre Company is playing to audiences in more comfortable surroundings as it performs Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.

UCLA Live's International Theatre Festival was one recent stop on the tour, which is Rylance's final turn as both star — he plays Vincentio, the Duke of Vienna — and artistic director of the Globe.

During the show's run at UCLA's Freud Playhouse, Rylance spoke with Renee Montagne about his 10-year tenure at the Globe.

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