San Diego’s Old Globe theatre has announced its 2017 summer season. The slate will include a Globe-commissioned world-premiere production of Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood, an Erica Schmidt-helmed Richard II starring House actor Robert Sean Leonard, an outdoor staging of Hamlet, and the previously announced Guys and Dolls, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes.
Next year’s Summer Shakespeare Festival will kick off June 11, 2017, with Richard II, starring Leonard in the title role. A Month in the Country Broadway director Schmidt will helm the political drama, with performances scheduled to run through July 15. Also slated for the festival will be an outdoor staging of Hamlet directed by artistic director Barry Edelstein (August 6-September 10).
Ludwig, whose Baskerville Sherlock Holmes mystery previously played the Globe, will debut an all-new comedic adaptation of Robin Hood July 22-August 27. The theatre bills the production as one filled with “thrills, romance, laughs,” and familiar great characters. The world premiere will officially open July 30.
“Ken is back with the Robin Hood play he’s been wanting to write for years,” comments Edelstein in a press statement, “and it’s sure to be one of his funniest and most riotous works.”
All three productions join the previously announced staging of Guys and Dolls helmed by Bright Star choreographer Josh Rhodes. The classic musical will be presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre, with performances slated for July 20-August 13.
Tickets to the Globe’s 2017 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only and range from $116-$374. Subscription packages can be purchased online at TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 234-5623, or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.