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Press Release



New Season begins the Globe’s Year-Long 75th Anniversary Celebration
The Shakespeare Festival, led by acclaimed director Adrian Noble,
presents King Lear, The Taming of the Shrew
and The Madness of George III in repertory
Summer Season also features the World Premiere of the
Broadway-bound Musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods, directed by Casey Nicholaw
and the West Coast Premiere of The Last Romance starring Marion Ross

SAN DIEGO (Nov. 1, 2009)—Executive Producer Lou Spisto today announced The Old Globe’s 2010 Summer Season which begins the theater’s year-long celebration of its 75th Anniversary in June.  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.  Acclaimed director Adrian Noble is the Artistic Director of the 2010 Festival and will direct Shakespeare’s King Lear and Alan Bennett’s The Madness of George III.  Presented in repertory, the Shakespeare Festival will also include The Taming of the Shrew.  The season also 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 new romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro starring television icon, Marion Ross.  Tickets to the Globe’s 2010 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only and prices range from $75 to $365.  Subscription packages may be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the box office.

“We begin the 75th Anniversary with a very special Shakespeare Festival headed by Adrian Noble,” said Spisto.  “It's exciting to have the former longtime head of the Royal Shakespeare Company join us for this milestone celebration.  I'm also personally thrilled that both Marion Ross and Casey Nicholaw, two exceptional artists who have deep roots in San Diego, will play an important part in this anniversary season.  Marion first appeared on our stage when she was 18-years-old and has delighted Globe audiences for over 60 years.  Casey was raised in San Diego and was only 16-years-old when he debuted at the Globe in The Robber Bridegroom.  With this impressive roster of artists and projects, the Globe's 75th Anniversary is off to an incredible start."
The complete 2010 Summer Season is as follows:

Shakespeare Festival / Lowell Davies Festival Theatre
(runs June 12 – Sept. 26, 2010)

King Lear by William Shakespeare (June 12 – Sept. 23)
Adrian Noble directs Shakespeare’s masterpiece, at once an intimate story of family and mortality and a tragedy of grand scope.  King Lear has riveted audiences for centuries, and Noble’s imaginative production is sure to be a major theatrical event.

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare (June 16 – Sept. 26)
One of Shakespeare’s most enduring – and bawdiest – comedies, The Taming of the Shrew is the quintessential battle-of-the-sexes.  The hot-blooded courtship between the wily Petruchio and acid-tongued Katherina has entered popular culture both as a musical (Kiss Me Kate) and teen romance (10 Things I Hate About You).  (Director to be announced.)

The Madness of George III by Alan Bennett (June 19 – Sept. 24)
A tour de force of royal intrigue by renowned playwright Alan Bennett (The History Boys), The Madness of George III is the true account of the stately British monarch’s slide into insanity, set five years after losing the American colonies in the Revolutionary War.  An international stage phenomenon and award-winning film, Bennett’s thrilling play will be directed by Adrian Noble.

Old Globe Theatre

Robin and the 7 Hoods, book by Rupert Holmes, lyrics by Sammy Cahn
and music by Jimmy Van Heusen (July 14 – Aug. 22)
This World Premiere musical comedy, featuring classic tunes by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen with a book by Tony Award winner Rupert Holmes, turns the Robin Hood tale on its head.  When Nicky Robino, a suave, fast rising entrepreneur in Chicago's swingin’ ’60s nightclub scene, tries to re-organize organized crime, he finds himself falling for a maiden named Marion.  The Broadway-bound show features the classic Cahn and Van Heusen songs "My Kind of Town," "Call Me Irresponsible" and "All the Way."  Directed by Casey Nicholaw (The Drowsy Chaperone, Monty Python’s Spamalot).

Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre

The Last Romance by Joe DiPietro (July 30 – Sept. 5)
Old Globe Associate Artist and television icon Marion Ross (“Happy Days,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “Brothers and Sisters”) stars with her life partner, Paul Michael, in this heart-warming romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro (Memphis;  I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change).  On an ordinary day in a routine life, an 80-year-old widower decides to take a different path on his daily walk that leads him to an unexpected second chance at love.  Richard Seer directs.

All selections are subject to change.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS offer substantial savings with special subscriber benefits.  Subscriptions can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623] or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Subscriptions to the Globe’s Summer Season range from $75 to $365.  Five-play packages range from $146 to $365.  Four-play packages (Festival plus musical) range from $117 to $309.  Shakespeare Festival packages (3 plays) range from $75 to $225.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors and groups of 10 or more.
LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are several free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit
CALENDARSammy (9/19-11/8), The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Globe/USD Professional Actor Training Program) (11/14-11/22), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (11/21-12/27), I Do! I Do! (12/11-12/20), Whisper House (1/13-2/21), Lost in Yonkers (1/23-2/28), Street Lights (2/20-2/28), Boeing-Boeing (3/13 – 4/18).
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The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for 74 years.  Under the direction of Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre and the 612-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair, and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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