The Old Globe Offers Encore Presentation of Thinking Shakespeare Live!

Thinking Shakespeare Live

Following a sold-out showing in June, The Old Globe will offer an encore presentation of Thinking Shakespeare Live!, a 90-minute exploration of the language of Shakespeare, on Saturday, August 10 at 11:00 am. Led by Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and assisted by three professional classical actors, this special program based on Edelstein’s book, “Thinking Shakespeare: A How-To Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable with the Bard,” reveals a performer’s approach to Shakespearean language so audiences may easily understand the poetry of the Bard. This encore presentation will also feature new material and insights designed especially for Globe audiences. 

An ideal introduction to Shakespeare for families and young audiences, Thinking Shakespeare Live! will take place on the Donald and Darlene Shirley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Tickets are currently available to subscribers only and will go on sale to the public on Friday, July 12 at noon. Tickets are $10 for subscribers and full-time students and $15 for general audiences and can be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Coinciding with The Old Globe’s 2013 Shakespeare Festival and the upcoming World Premiere of the Romeo and Juliet-inspired musical The Last Goodbye, Thinking Shakespeare Live! is a fast-paced, funny and altogether fascinating guide to the language of the Bard. In this lively 90-minute program, Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, called by NPR “one of the country’s leading Shakespeareans,” provides audiences a unique opportunity to learn the methods he imparts to professional actors in the rehearsal room. As Edelstein and three skilled actors demonstrate these techniques live on stage, this entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the creative process offers a primer on the tools used to hear and understand Shakespeare. With humor and insight, Thinking Shakespeare Live! brings audiences into the intoxicating world of the Bard and shows how his masterful poetry can come to life for everyone.

Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein is a stage director, producer, author and educator. Widely recognized as one of the leading authorities on the works of Shakespeare in the United States, he has directed nearly half of the Bard’s works. As Director of the Shakespeare Initiative at The Public Theater (2008-2012), he oversaw all of the company’s Shakespearean productions, as well as its extensive educational, community outreach and artist-training programs. At The Public, Edelstein staged Julius Caesar starring Jeffrey Wright for Shakespeare in the Park and The Merchant of Venice featuring Ron Leibman’s Obie Award-winning portrayal of Shylock. He was also Associate Producer of The Public’s Broadway production of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino.

Photo: Old Globe Artistic Director Barry Edelstein (far left) with actors (L-R) Krystel Lucas, Jason Maddy and Christopher Salazar during Thinking Shakespeare Live! on June 15, 2013. Photo by Doug Gates.


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