Dakin Matthews will direct the first Festival 2000 production in the San Diego Old Globe's outdoor Lowell Davies Theatre, William Shakespeare's Henry V. The show opens July 8 and runs through August 12. Matthews, a Globe Associate Artist, appeared as Falstaff in the Globe's 1999 production of The Many Wives of Windsor. He has also directed such plays as Uncommon Players and Julius Caesar at the Globe.
The other plays on the Festival 2000 season include Alan Ayckbourn's Things We Do For Love, directed by Joseph Hardy; Love's Labour's Lost, directed by Roger Rees; God's Man in Texas by David Rambo, director TBA; Orson's Shadow by Austin Pendleton, directed by Kyle Donnelly; and The Trojan Women by Euripides, directed by Seret Scott.
In related news, the Globe also announced that Joe Marans' Old Wicked Songs will open May 27 in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage for a five-week run. Daniel J. Travanti and Peter Smith star in the two-hander about a cantankerous Viennese voice teacher and his brash young American student. Richard Seer is the director.
Old Globe Theatre is located in Balboa Park. For tickets and information call (619) 239-2255.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent