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King Richard II

June 11 - July 15

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

Photo Credits

The cast of King Richard II, by William Shakespeare, directed by Erica Schmidt, running June 11 - July 15, 2017. Photo by Jim Cox.

King Richard II


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

Running time: Two hours and 35 minutes. There will be one 15-minute intermission.


Cast and Creative



Erica Schmidt (Director) has directed All the Fine Boys, which she also wrote (The New Group); Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country (Classic Stage Company); Dennis Kelly’s Taking Care of Baby and Humor Abuse, which she also co-created and wrote and for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award (Manhattan Theatre Club); Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s I Call My Brothers, the Obie Award-winning Invasion!, and Gary Mitchell’s Trust, for which she received a Joe A. Callaway Award nomination (The Play Company); Rent (Tokyo); Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Sorcerer, and Aaron Copland’s The Tender Land (Bard SummerScape); Carnival (Paper Mill Playhouse); Quincy Long’s People Be Heard (Playwrights Horizons); As You Like It, for which she won the New York International Fringe Festival Award for Best Direction (The Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, chashama); Debbie Does Dallas, which she also wrote(Off Broadway for The Araca Group); and Spanish Girl (Second Stage Uptown). Ms. Schmidt’s upcoming credits include directing and adapting Mac Beth (Seattle Repertory Theatre), and directing and adapting the book for Cyrano in collaboration with new music from Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, and Matt Berninger of The National (Goodspeed Musicals). Ms. Schmidt was a Princess Grace Award recipient in 2001.

John Lee Beatty (Scenic Design) has designed the Globe productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Cornelia, Dancing in the Dark, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,and Redwood Curtain. His 110 Broadway credits include Sweat, Disgraced, The Nance, After Midnight, Good People, Venus in Fur, Other Desert Cities, Times Stands Still, A View From the Bridge, The Royal Family, The Color Purple, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Rabbit Hole, Doubt, Chicago, Dinner at Eight, Morning’s at Seven, Proof, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Anna Christie, Redwood Curtain, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Penn and Teller (twice), Burn This, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (twice), Talley’s Folly, Fifth of July,and Crimes of the Heart. His Off Broadway credits include The Whipping Man, Sylvia, The Substance of Fire, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, The Road to Mecca, Song of Singapore, A Life in the Theatre, The Miss Firecracker Contest, 38 seasons at Manhattan Theatre Club and Circle Repertory Company, and 21 seasons at City Center Encores! He has also designed at major regional theatres and in film, opera, television, and circus. Mr. Beatty is the recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards and is a member of the Theatre Hall of Fame. He is a graduate of Brown University and Yale School of Drama.

Andrea Lauer (Costume Design) is a costume designer residing in New York City who works in regional, New York, and international theatre. She designed the Broadway productions of American Idiot and Bring It On: The Musical. Her other recent Off Broadway work has been seen in The Boy Who Danced on Air (currently playing at Abingdon Theatre Company), Brooklynite (Vineyard Theatre), Murder for Two (Second Stage Theatre), Title and Deed (Signature Theatre Company), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classic Stage Company). Internationally she designed the world premiere of Shadowland 2: The New Adventure (Pilobolus) and One Extraordinary Day at the London Cultural Olympiad (STREB). She is also the production designer for the Liverpool Presents Sgt. Pepper at 50 Beatles extravaganza in June 2017. Ms. Lauer works as a fashion stylist and just received the great honor of being selected as an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow for 2017 as an artist, designer, and inventor.

Stephen Strawbridge (Lighting Design) previously designed The Old Globe’s Double Indemnity, Othello, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. He has designed over 200 productions on and Off Broadway and at most major regional theatre and opera companies across the U.S. Internationally his work has been seen in Bergen, Copenhagen, The Hague, Hong Kong, Linz, Lisbon, Munich, Naples, Sao Paulo, Stratford-upon-Avon (Royal Shakespeare Company), Stockholm, Vienna, and Wroclaw. His recent credits include Happy Days with Dianne Wiest (Theatre for a New Audience), Smart People (Long Wharf Theatre), Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold”...and the Boys (Signature Theatre Company, Drama Desk Award nomination), Sarah Ruhl’s Scenes from Court Life (Yale Repertory Theatre), Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton (Westside Theatre), and Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn (Theatre for a New Audience). His credits for dance include Pilobolus, Alison Chase/Performance, and others. Mr. Strawbridge has received American Theatre Wing, San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, Connecticut Critics Circle, Dallas–Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, Drama Desk, Helen Hayes, Henry Hewes Design, and Lucille Lortel nominations and awards. His is Co-Chair of the Design Department at Yale School of Drama and a resident lighting designer at Yale Repertory Theatre.

Sten Severson (Sound Design) is pleased to be returning to The Old Globe, where he has designed Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Twelfth Night, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Othello. His selected credits include the Broadway productions of Hair, The Motherf***er with the Hat, and The Merchant of Venice, and theOff Broadway productions of Venice, No Place to Go, The Total Bent, and The Controversy of Valladolid, as well as King Lear, the musical Love’s Labour’s Lost, Twelfth Night, As You Like It, Hair, and Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater.His regional credits include Family Album (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Fallaci (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Akeelah and the Bee (Children’s Theatre Company, Arena Stage), and Dr. Seuss’s The Sneetches and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Children’s Theatre Company). Mr. Severson is a partner in Acme Sound Partners, collectively responsible for over 30 Broadway shows since 2000. He has taught at New York University and Yale School of Drama, and he currently serves as the Sound Director at Children’s Theatre Company.

Ursula Meyer (Voice and Text Coach) is very happy to be doing her fourth summer of Shakespeare at The Old Globe. She has studied voice with Cicely Berry, Patsy Rodenburg, Andrew Wade, and Arthur Lessac, and she is a designated Linklater teacher. She graduated with distinction from the Voice Studies Program at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London under David Carey. Her regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, and the Idaho, Santa Cruz, and Utah Shakespeare Festivals, as well as 15 seasons with Oregon Shakespeare Festival and four years at Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also taught. Ms. Meyer holds an M.F.A. from University of Washington and is in her 23rd year teaching at UC San Diego. She is also on the board of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association and is a recipient of UC San Diego’s Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

Jim Carnahan, CSA (Casting) has cast the Globe’s productions of Love’s Labor’s Lost, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, and The Comedy of Errors. He is the Director of Artistic Development at Roundabout Theatre Company, where his credits include The Price, If I Forget, The Cherry Orchard, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, She Loves Me, Noises Off, Thérèse Raquin, Old Times, On the Twentieth Century, The Real Thing, Cabaret, Violet, Machinal, The Winslow Boy, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Cyrano de Bergerac, Harvey, Anything Goes, The Importance of Being Earnest, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Sunday in the Park with George, The Pajama Game, 12 Angry Men, Assassins, Nine, and Big River. His other Broadway credits include Groundhog Day, Amélie, Fun Home, Constellations, The River, You Can’t Take It with You, Rocky, The Glass Menagerie, Once, Matilda, Peter and the Starcatcher, The Mountaintop, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Jerusalem, Arcadia, The Scottsboro Boys, American Idiot, A Behanding in Spokane, The Seagull, Boeing-Boeing, Spring Awakening, The Pillowman, Gypsy, and True West. His film credits include A Home at the End of the World and Flicka, and his television credits include “Glee” (Emmy Award nomination).

Anjee Nero (Production Stage Manager) has previously worked on the Globe productions of Picasso at the Lapin Agile; October Sky; Kiss Me, Kate; The Twenty-seventh Man; Bright Star; Dog and Pony; The Winter’s Tale; Be a Good Little Widow; Allegiance; A Room with a View; Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show; The Savannah Disputation; Cornelia; Kingdom;and the 2007 Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Nero also worked on the Broadway production of Bright Star. Her selected La Jolla Playhouse credits include Sideways directed by Des McAnuff, Ruined directed by Liesl Tommy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Christopher Ashley, and Herringbone directed by Roger Rees and starring BD Wong. Ms. Nero has worked with several prominent regional theatres including The Kennedy Center, Hartford Stage, Center Theatre Group, SITI Company, Huntington Theatre Company, and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Her other selected credits include Schick Machine (Paul Dresher Ensemble), which toured both nationally and internationally, and Garden of Forbidden Loves and Garden of Deadly Sound (IMAGOmoves), which toured to the International Hungarian Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania. Ms. Nero celebrates 10 years at The Old Globe with this production.

Amanda Salmons (Assistant Stage Manager) has previously worked at The Old Globe on The Blameless, Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, October Sky, Macbeth, Rain, The Metromaniacs, Kiss Me, Kate, The White Snake, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Last Goodbye, Globe for All (2014, 2015), the Summer Shakespeare Festival (2011–2013), Somewhere, Lost in Yonkers, I Do! I Do!, and The Price.Her other credits include Blueprints to Freedom: An Ode to Bayard Rustin (La Jolla Playhouse), Kiss Me, Kate (Hartford Stage), The Foreigner, miXtape, See How They Run, The Music Man,and The Rivalry (Lamb’s Players Theatre), The Gondoliers, The Pirates of Penzance, Candide, and Trial by Jury (Lyric Opera San Diego), and SummerFest (La Jolla Music Society). She received her B.A. in Theatre from UC San Diego.


Vicki and Carl Zeiger Insights Seminars

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.

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