Old Globe's Shakespeare Fest Kicks Off June 2 With Midsummer; Adrian Noble Celebrates His Final Season

By Michael Gioia
June 2, 2013

William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream kicks off The Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival June 2 in San Diego. Olivier Award-nominated director Ian Talbot makes his Old Globe debut with the Shakespeare favorite.



Broadway director Adrian Noble (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) returns for his fourth and final season as the artistic director of The Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival and directs The Merchant of Venice, with Miles Anderson, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as part of the Globe's 2013 summer season.

"Seeing Shakespeare outdoors on a balmy summer night is one of the most magical experiences it’s possible to have in the theatre, and the Globe's annual Shakespeare Festival is as good as that experience gets," said Old Globe artistic director Barry Edelstein in a previous statement. "One of the reasons it's so special is the talent of our own Adrian Noble, and while he will be leaving the Globe once this summer's Festival is open, all San Diegans will be able to cheer and salute him for giving us another fantastic season with two superb productions of his own, and a third from the gifted Ian Talbot. The Globe and I thank Adrian for four summers of beautiful work, and we look forward to welcoming him back soon."

Anderson returns to the Festival as Shylock in The Merchant of Venice and as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Jay Whittaker returns for his fourth consecutive Festival season as Oberon in Midsummer. Whittaker will also star as Guildenstern, joining Festival newcomer John Lavelle as Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Lavelle will also appear as Snug in Midsummer and Lancelot Gobbo in Merchant. Also making her Festival debut is Krystel Lucas, who will appear as Titania in Midsummer as Portia in Merchant.

Lucas Hall, last seen on the Festival stage as Hamlet, will reprise the role in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, as well as play Puck in Midsummer and Bassanio in Merchant. Midsummer's quartet of star-crossed lovers comprises Winslow Corbett as Hermia, Ryman Sneed as Helena, Nic Few as Demetrius and Adam Gerber as Lysander. The Merchant of Venice will feature also Corbett as Jessica, Sneed as Nerissa, Few as Prince of Morocco and Gerber as Lorenzo. In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Corbett will appear as Ophelia, Sneed as Gertrude and Few as Horatio.

The repertory company also features Donald Carrier, Sherman Howard, Charles Janasz and Triney Sandoval, Erin Elizabeth Adams, Matthew Bellows, Meaghan Boeing, Jeremy Fisher, Adam Gerber, Kushtrim Hoxha, Stephen Hu, Allison Layman, Danielle O’Farrell, Stephanie Roetzel, Christopher Salazar, Robbie Simpson, Whitney Wakimoto and Sean-Michael Wilkinson.

The creative team includes Old Globe associate artist Ralph Funicello (scenic design), Deirdre Clancy (costume design), Alan Burrett (lighting design), Dan Moses Schreier (sound design, original music), Peter Golub (original music), Elan McMahan (music direction), George Yé (fight director), James Vásquez (movement), Jan Gist (voice and dialect coach) and Bret Torbeck (stage manager).

For more information and tickets, call (619) 23-GLOBE or visit TheOldGlobe.org.

Here's a glance at the 2013 summer season:

A Midsummer Night's Dream
By William Shakespeare
June 2–Sept. 29
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

"Filled with magic, humor, music and spectacle, Shakespeare's most joyful and popular comedy unfolds in an enchanted forest where fairies play tricks on unsuspecting lovers and bumbling actors are transformed beyond their wildest dreams."

The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
June 9–Sept. 28
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

"Renowned actor Miles Anderson returns to the Festival stage as Shylock in Shakespeare's unforgettable tale of mercy and justice, generosity and greed. Anderson has previously appeared at the Globe as Leonardo da Vinci in the West Coast premiere of Divine Rivalry, Prospero in The Tempest, Antonio Salieri in Amadeus and as King George in The Madness of George III, which won him the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Craig Noel Award. Adrian Noble directs."

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
By Tom Stoppard
June 16–Sept. 26
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

"Fast-paced and irresistibly funny, Tom Stoppard's classic farce turns Shakespeare's Hamlet inside out. As the story of Hamlet plays out all around them, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern struggle to figure out what it all means and whether they can escape their ultimate fate. Adrian Noble directs Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play."

The Rainmaker
By N. Richard Nash
July 13-Aug. 11
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage, Old Globe Theatre

"N. Richard Nas's romantic comedy is set against the sweeping landscape of the American West. On her family's drought-ridden ranch, Lizzie's hopes and dreams have run as dry as the barren fields. When the irresistible Starbuck arrives in town, selling the promise of rain, Lizzie must decide: is he a con man, or does he hold the key to everything she desires?"

Double Indemnity
By James M. Cain
Adapted for the stage by David Pichette and R. Hamilton Wright
July 26-Aug. 25
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

"When a small-time insurance agent falls under the spell of a gorgeous femme fatale, the two conspire to murder her husband for the insurance money. It seems like the perfect crime – until it all starts to unravel. Reimagined for the stage, the classic crime novel and film noir masterpiece is sexy, fun and wildly theatrical."

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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre — both part of The Old Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center — and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its Shakespeare Festival.

The Old Globe is located in San Diego's Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.