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King Richard II

June 11 - July 15

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

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King Richard II
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King Richard II

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Erica Schmidt

“For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings."

Robert Sean Leonard (TV’s “House,” The Old Globe’s Pygmalion) returns to the Globe in the title role of one of the greatest of Shakespeare’s towering cycle of history plays. Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard acts recklessly and provides the canny Henry Bolingbroke an opening to seize the crown.  Filled with magnificent verse and Shakespeare’s characteristic wisdom and insight, King Richard II is a deeply moving and insightful portrait of how the forces of history collide and combust to shape a nation’s political landscape.  It’s a perfect play to begin the Globe’s 2017 Festival.

Production Sponsors
Hal and Pam Fuson
Darlene Marcos Shiley

Artist Sponsor for Robert Sean Leonard
Diane and John Berol

Artist Sponsor for Erica Schmidt
The Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund



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, June 13, 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, June 20, 2017

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 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, June 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, June 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturdau, June 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.