Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Arrive to Perform in Ireland for the First Time

August 2012

The world famous Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Company have touched down at Waterford Airport today (Thursday, August 9) to perform in Ireland for the first time at the Kilkenny Arts Festival this weekend 10-19 August.

The iconic international theatre company will be in Kilkenny to perform Shakespeare throughout the festival at the stunning outdoor venue The Castle Yard in Kilkenny to perform ‘As You Like It’, using a stage based on paintings and etchings from Shakespeare’s time.

For the third year running Waterford Airport have come on board to support Kilkenny Arts Festival in driving visitors to the South East. The festival commences tomorrow Friday, August 10 and it is expected that over 25,000 Irish and international visitors will attend the festival between from its opening until August 19.

Commenting on the partnership Graham Doyle CEO at Waterford Airport said, “We are delighted to welcome the cast of Shakespeare’s Globe into Waterford Airport, we have visitors from across our UK destinations travelling to the Arts Festival and it is wonderful to see the festival grow in popularity year on year and attract international audiences. The festival is a key tourism asset for the entire South East region.”

"Aer Lingus Regional is delighted to support this important festival by sponsoring return flights for Shakespeare's Globe on our London Southend to Waterford services. We wish the performers and all involved in the Kilkenny Arts Festival every success with this year's event" said Sean Brogan Aer Arann's Interim Chief Executive.

Commenting on the upcoming performance Artistic Director of Kilkenny Arts Festival Rosemary Collier said, “This performance is a very popular Shakespearean comedy, it really is a not to be missed opportunity to see Shakespeare’s Globe perform in Ireland. In ‘As You Like It’ Rosalind, the daughter of a banished duke, falls in love with Orlando at a wrestling match, but her usurping uncle banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy, she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden, and it’s there that she meets Orlando again... Filled with cross-dressing and love notes, poetry and brilliant conversation, satire, slapstick and passion.”

The internationally acclaimed festival of culture will showcase 10 days of theatre, music, visual art, literature, craft, children’s and street theatre.

Patrons are advised that the ‘As You Like It’ performances will take place outdoors and patrons are advised to come prepared and dress appropriately for the weather on the given day.

For full line up, performance clips see

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Arrive to Perform in Ireland for the First Time