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Romeo and Juliet

August 11 – September 15, 2019
(Opening night: Saturday, August 17)

Lowell Davies Festival Theatre

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Barry Edelstein

“Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

After his smash-hit Othello and record-breaking Hamlet, Barry Edelstein returns to the Shakespeare Festival to take on the greatest love story of all time. Verona’s Montague and Capulet families have been feuding for ages, and whenever they meet, violence breaks out. But when Romeo glimpses Juliet across a crowded dance floor, something different happens. Can star-crossed love survive in a world of rivalry and rage? With a plot featuring a masqued ball, sleeping potions, and all-out brawling in the street, wrapped in a text full of soaring poetry, it’s no wonder Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless adaptations, from ballets to movies to musicals like West Side Story. Young love has never been as dangerous or delightful as it is in Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece, brought to vivid life on our outdoor stage under the stars.

Production Sponsors
Diane and John Berol
Karen and Donald Cohn
Ann Davies
Pamela Farr and Buford Alexander
The Jeannie Polinsky Rivkin Artistic Fund

Artist Sponsors for Romeo and Juliet
June Yoder

Additional support provided by the Jean and Gary Shekther Fund for Classic Theatre.

Cast and Creatives


Barry Edelstein (Director, Romeo and Juliet) is a stage director, producer, author, and educator. He has directed nearly half of the Bard’s plays. His Globe directing credits include The Winter’s Tale, Othello, The Twenty-seventh Man, the world premiere of Rain, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Hamlet, and the world premiere of The Wanderers. He also directed All’s Well That Ends Well as the inaugural production of the Globe for All community tour. He will next direct The Tempest at the Los Angeles Philharmonic in November. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008–2012), Mr. Edelstein oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions as well as its educational, community outreach, and artist-training programs. At The Public, he staged the world premiere of The Twenty-seventh Man, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, Timon of Athens, and Steve Martin’s WASP and Other Plays.He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino. From 1998 to 2003 he was Artistic Director of Classic Stage Company. His book Thinking Shakespeare, which was rereleased in a second edition in June,is the standard text on American Shakespearean acting. He is also the author of Bardisms: Shakespeare for All Occasions. He is a graduate of Tufts University and the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.


Publicity Photos

Director Barry Edelstein. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare and directed by Barry Edelstein, will run August 11 – September 15, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Director Barry Edelstein. Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare and directed by Barry Edelstein, will run August 11 – September 15, 2019 at The Old Globe. Photo courtesy of The Old Globe.
Romeo and Juliet
Romeo and Juliet will run August 11 – September 15, 2019 at The Old Globe. Artwork courtesy of The Old Globe.


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, August 13, 2019 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 20, 2019

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


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 20, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, August 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.