The Old Globe Announces Shakespeare Festival Principal Casting

The Old Globe has announced principal casting for its 2012 Shakespeare Festival which will run June 3 – September 25.  Jay Whittaker returns to the Festival for his third consecutive season to appear in the title role in William Shakespeare’s Richard III. He will also appear as Oliver in Shakespeare’s As You Like It

Also returning to the Festival are Robert Foxworth and Adrian Sparks, who will take to the courtroom floor as titanic lawyers Henry Drummond and Matthew Harrison Brady, respectively, in the Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee classic Inherit the Wind. Foxworth will also play Lord Hastings in Richard III, and Sparks will play Lord Mayor of London in Richard III and Corin in As You Like It

Festival veteran Dana Green will star as Rosalind, and Dan Amboyer, new to the Festival stage, will play Orlando, the object of her affections, in As You Like It. Green will also play Queen Elizabeth in Richard III. Amboyer will also be featured as Bertram Cates in Inherit the Wind and the Earl of Richmond in Richard III. Festival newcomer Jacques C. Smith will play Jacques in As You Like It, the Duke of Buckingham in Richard III and Mr. Meeker in Inherit the Wind.

Adrian Noble returns for his third outing as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival and will helm As You Like It and Inherit the Wind. Renowned British director Lindsay Posner makes his debut at the Globe with his production of Richard III. Noble recently directed the World Premiere stage version of The King’s Speech, which is currently touring England, and Posner’s hit revival of Noises Off is currently playing at London’s Old Vic and will transfer to the West End in March. 

The Globe’s 2012 Shakespeare Festival runs June 3 – September 30, 2012 and is performed in repertory in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Tickets are currently available by subscription only and single tickets will go on sale April 29. 

Performance Dates:
Richard III
June 3 – Sept. 29 (Opening night, June 24) 

As You Like It
June 10 – Sept. 3 (Opening night, June 29)

Inherit the Wind
June 17 – Sept. 25 (Opening night, July 3) 

In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe’s 2012 Summer Season features Divine Rivalry by Michael Kramer with D. S. Moynihan, directed by Michael Wilson, and Yasmina Resa’s Tony Award-winning comedy God of Carnage, directed by Richard Seer. For more information go to www.oldglobe.org.

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