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August 06 - September 10

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre





By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein

To be or not to be, that is the question."

Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. Barry Edelstein returns to the outdoor stage, with a cast featuring some of the nation’s finest classical actors, to bring Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy to life under the San Diego stars.

Production Sponsors
Pam Farr and Buford Alexander
Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Fund

Artist Sponsor for the performer playing Hamlet
June Yoder

Single tickets go on sale Friday, June 30 at noon. Groups of 10 or more may purchase discounted tickets now, and tickets may also be purchased as part of a money-saving season package.

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Insight Seminar

This series provides Old Globe patrons with an opportunity to closely connect with productions both onstage and backstage. A panel selected from the artistic company of each show (playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and/or technicians) engages patrons in an informal and illuminating presentation of ideas and insights to enhance the theatre going experience. Each Insights Seminar takes place 90 minutes before curtain time on the Tuesday after performances begin, and includes an informal reception 30 minutes before the start. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.


Post-Show Forums

Join us after the show for an informal and enlightening question-and-answer session with cast members. Get the "inside story" on creating a character and putting together a professional production. Post-show forums are scheduled after select Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Shakespeare in the Garden

Shakespeare in the Garden is a series of informal presentations that enhance the Summer Shakespeare Festival experience. These seminars feature members of the Festival creative team and take place in the Craig Noel Garden before each performance. FREE; no reservations necessary.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.