The Old Globe Announces its 2017 Summer Season

Robert Sean LeonardThe Old Globe has announced its complete 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival Season which will feature two Shakespeare classics: Richard II and Hamlet, as well as Ken Ludwig’s new comedy Robin Hood! in its world premiere. The season also includes the previously announced Guys and Dolls, directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, presented in association with Asolo Repertory Theatre.

Richard II, starring Robert Sean Leonard and directed by Erica Schmidt (A Month in the Country Off Broadway). Convinced of his divine right to rule, King Richard acts recklessly and provides the canny Henry Bolingbroke an opening to seize the crown. Full of magnificent verse and Shakespeare’s characteristic wisdom and insight, 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. June 11 – July 15, 2017

Following Richard II is Shakespeare’s exhilarating tragedy Hamlet, directed by Old Globe Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, one of the leading American authorities on the works of Shakespeare. Edelstein will direct a cast that includes some of the nation’s finest classical actors in one of the greatest plays ever written—revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga, all packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world famous lines. The Prince of Denmark comes home from college to find his father dead, his mother remarried to his uncle, and a spine-chilling apparition roaming the palace grounds. August 6 – September 10, 2017

Tickets to the Globe’s 2017 Summer Season are currently available by subscription online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623], or by visiting the box office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and younger, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival Season

June 11 – July 15, 2017 (Opening Night June 18)
Richard II

July 2 – August 13, 2017 (Opening Night July 7)
Guys and Dolls

July 22 – August 27, 2017 (Opening Night July 30)
Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!

August 6 – September 10, 2017 (Opening Night August 12)


Globe On Screen: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Starring Jonathan Pryce

Globe On Screen returns to Southern California cinemas this fall with three productions recorded live at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London: The Merchant of Venice, Measure for Measure, and Richard II. Tickets are now on sale for The Merchant of Venice, starring Jonathan Pryce as Shylock, in his first appearance at the Globe. Joining her father on stage is Pryce’s daughter, Phoebe Pryce, who plays Shylock’s daughter, Jessica. Jonathan Munby directs.

The cast also includes Stefan Adegbola, Michael Bertenshaw, Philip Cox, Scott Karim, Ben Lamb, Daniel Lapaine, Christopher Logan, Dominic Mafham, Brian Martin, Dorothea Myer-Bennett, Regé-Jean Page, Rachel Pickup, and David Sturzaker. Original music is by Jules Maxwell, choreography is by Lucy Hind and the Designer is Mike Britton.

Additional screenings will be added in the coming months so check back periodically for updates.

The Merchant of Venice  ~ Measure for Measure  ~ Richard II
Recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe 2015

Tickets and more info: Globe On Screen
Running time: Approximately 2hrs 45mins including one intermission

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Christopher Logan (Prince of Aragon) and Rachel Pickup (Portia) All photos by Manuel Harlan

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Jonathan Pryce as Shylock

Merchant - Globe on Screen

Rachel Pickup & Dorothea Myer-Bennett (Nerissa)




Merchant - Globe on Screen

Jonathan Pryce and Dominic Mafham (Antonio)

The Porters Present Year of the King Staged Readings

The Porters of Hellsgate are continuing their “Year of the King” 10th anniversary season with a series of staged readings highlighting three of Shakespeare’s kings at the Whitmore Theatre in North Hollywood. Each play is directed by and stars a company member who has played the role previously.

Last weekend, the series kicked off with Associate Artistic Director Thomas Bigley directing Richard II. This Saturday, August 6, Artistic Director Charles Pasternak returns to Los Angeles to direct Henry V, and on August 13, Associate Artistic Director Gus Krieger concludes the series directing Richard III.

Tickets are “pay what you can” and there will be a reception in the theater following each reading. Seating is limited so reserve now.

Year of the King - The PortersHENRY V
August 6, 2016
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August 13, 2016
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The Porters of Hellsgate @
The Whitmore Theatre
11006 Magnolia Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91602

Jessica Kubzansky’s R II Opens at Boston Court

R II - Boston Court

Paige Lindsey White, John Sloan and Jim Ortlieb. Photo by Ed Krieger

Tonight is opening night of Theatre @ Boston Court’s R II, which features Shakespeare’s text conceived, adapted & directed by Jessica Kubzansky. The play runs Thursday, Friday & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm through October 13 and presents a Richard II that is theatrical, raw, and performed with only three actors. As Richard says: “thus play I in one person many people—and none contented.” Shakespeare’s tale still resonates deeply today, posing the ultimate identity crisis. When arrogant King Richard is deposed by Bolingbroke, who has good reason to lead a rebellion and seize the crown, Richard is left bewildered as he struggles to find a new identity, and Bolingbroke is overwhelmed by how hard it is to be king. After all, who are we without our names or titles?

R II features John Sloan as Richard II, Paige Lindsey White as Henry Bolingbroke, King Henry IV, Duke of Aumerle, Queen Isabel, Lord Ross and a Groom, and Jim Ortlieb as Thomas Mowbray, John of Gaunt, Edmund of Langley, Bushy, Henry Percy, Bishop of Carlisle, and Sir Stephen Scroop. The production team includes John Zalewski (sound design), Kaitlyn Pietras (scenic and projection design), Jeremy Pivnick (lighting design), Jenny Foldenauer (costume and prop design), Kat Haan (assistant director), Emilie Beck (dramaturg), Elissa Weinzimmer (text coach), Alyssa Escalante (production stage manager), and Julia Flores (casting director).

There are two added Wednesday performances: October 2nd – All tickets $5 (no advance sales, first come first served at the door) and October 9th. For more information visit

Creative Pulse Co. Presents Richard II

Richard II Cal Arts2
This is the final weekend for Creative Pulse Co.’s Richard II directed by Mary Lou Rosato at The Wexler Annex, 1031 South Victory Blvd., Burbank. Armed with some of Shakespeare’s finest poetry, Richard II tells the story of the inverted journeys of two men: the fall of King Richard of Bordeaux at the hands of his cousin Henry Bolingbroke (Henry IV). It is an epic tale of inheritance, family, betrayal, and power.

The cast features Nikhil Pai as Richard II along with Kamran Abbassian, Michael Aurelio, Matthew Bamberg-Johnson, Jonathan Bangs, Jozben Barrett, Jason Bonduras, Willie C. Carpenter, Jeffrey Chamberlain, Chris Chiquet, Scott Hamby, Chrissie Harms, Casey Jackson, Nils Jansson, Alexandra Kustin, Brendan McGowan, Sallie Merkel, Michael Pignatelli, William Reinbold, Chris Rivas, Jocelynn Suarez, Andrew Weems, and Andrew Wofford.

Tickets: Students $18/General $25. Click Here for more information.

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