Page and Foxworth Will Play King Lear and King George in Summer Rep at Old Globe

News   Page and Foxworth Will Play King Lear and King George in Summer Rep at Old Globe Patrick Page will play the Fool to the Lear of Robert Foxworth in the Old Globe Theatre's 2010 Summer Shakespeare Festival staging of King Lear. Executive producer Lou Spisto announced principal casting for the Globe's in-repertory summer plays on Feb. 9.
Patrick Page and Robert Foxworth
Patrick Page and Robert Foxworth

Festival artistic director Adrian Noble will direct the tragedy about the King who wrongs a devoted daughter.

"The crowns are swapped" for the production of Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III, also directed by Noble: Page will play King George III, and Foxworth will play attendant Dr. Willis.

The Shakespeare Festival also includes Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, directed by Ron Daniels, with Jonno Roberts as Petruchio and Emily Swallow as Kate.

The 2010 Shakespeare Festival runs June 12-Sept. 26 and begins the Globe's year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary. Shakespeare was first produced at the Globe in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park "and has been central to the Globe's mission since that time."

King Lear will run June 12-Sept. 23 (opening on June 26). The Taming of the Shrew runs June 16-Sept. 26 (opening on June 30). The Madness of George III runs June 19-Sept. 24 (opening July 3). Foxworth is an associate artist of The Old Globe and has appeared in Cornelia, Julius Caesar, Private Lives and Below the Belt. Foxworth has been seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, Twelve Angry Men, Judgment at Nuremberg, Honour, Ivanov, Candida, Love Letters, The Crucible and starred in the national tour of Proof.

Page recently appeared in I Do! I Do! in the Globe's new Sheryl and Harvey White Theater. He has also appeared at the Globe as Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac (San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award) and Malvolio in Twelfth Night (2009 Shakespeare Festival), as well as Pogo Poole in The Pleasure of His Company and Jeffrey Cordova in Dancing in the Dark (Craig Noel Award). On Broadway, Page has been seen as Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons (Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Grinch in Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Scar in The Lion King, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Lumiere in Beauty and the Beast and more.

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In addition to the Shakespeare plays, the Globe's 2010 Summer Season features the world premiere of the Broadway-bound musical Robin and the 7 Hoods, directed by Casey Nicholaw with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, and the West Coast premiere of The Last Romance, a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro starring Marion Ross.

Tickets to the 2010 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only. Visit www.TheOldGlobe.org.

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