‘We are here to make sense of it all.’

Metamorphoses is a playful new piece of theatre inspired by Ovid’s powerful collection of myths, written bespoke to our candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse by the Globe’s first writers-in-residence in nearly four centuries.

A hundred props. Four actors. One theatre. And you, the audience. Strap in for a rollercoaster of epic impossibilities.


From the everyday to the astonishing, and the ordinary to the unimaginable, Ovid’s stories explore the power of transformation, the resilience of humans and the wonder of life. They were a great inspiration to Shakespeare and over 2000 years later, are reimagined for our world now. Expect anarchy, shape shifting and a burning chariot of fire.


Steffan Donnelly

Fiona Hampton

Charlie Josephine

Irfan Shamji



Sean Holmes

Holly Race Roughan

Candle Consultant:

Simeon Miller


Sami Ibrahim

Laura Lomas

Sabrina Mahfouz


Grace Smart