Summer Season’s Globe-Commissioned World Premiere Comedy Ken Ludwig's "Robin Hood"
The Inventive Comic Genius Returns to the Globe Following Raves and SRO Houses for Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
Ken Ludwig's "Robin Hood"
The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team of an exciting Globe-commissioned world premiere comedy, Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! The two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright and inventive comic genius is back at the Globe following the smash success of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which broke box office records in 2015. Director Jessica Stone also returns to the Globe, where she helmed the hit productions of Arms and the Man and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Packed with thrills, romance, laughs, and great characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, Robin Hood! tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be. So get ready to duck a quarterstaff or two—you won’t want to miss a moment of the swashbuckling fun! It will play July 22–August 27, 2017, with opening night on July 30th, in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. Single tickets start at $39 and are on sale now.
Robin Hood will be played by Daniel Reece (Belleville, The Realistic Joneses at Yale Repertory Theatre), joined by Michael Boatman (Broadway’s “Master Harold”...and the Boys, “Spin City”) as Prince John, Kevin Cahoon (Love’s Labor’s Lost at the Globe,Hedwig and the Angry Inch Off Broadway) as The Sheriff of Nottingham, Manoel Felciano (Globe’s Twelfth Night, Broadway’s Amélie, Sweeney Todd) as Sir Guy of Gisbourne, Meredith Garretson (Private Policy at Signature Theatre Company) as Maid Marian, Andy Grotelueschen (Fiasco’s Into the Woods and The Imaginary Invalidat the Globe) as Friar Tuck, Suzelle Palacios (student in The Old Globe and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program) as Doerwynn, and Paul Whitty(Amélie and Once on Broadway) as Little John.
The creative team includes Tim Mackabee (Scenic Design), San Diego native, two-time Tony Award winner, and Old Globe Associate Artist Gregg Barnes (Costume Design),Jason Lyons (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design), Jacob Grigolia-Rosenbaum (Fight Director), David Huber (Vocal Coach), Caparelliotis Casting(Casting), Jess Slocum (Production Stage Manager), and Peter Van Dyke (Stage Manager).
Ken Ludwig (Playwright) is a two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright whose work is performed every night of the year throughout the world in more than 30 countries and over 20 languages. He has written 24 plays and musicals, with six Broadway productions and seven in London’s West End. His Tony Award-winning play Lend Me a Tenor was called “one of the classic comedies of the 20th century” by The Washington Post.
Jessica Stone (Director) worked as an actress on and Off Broadway and in television and film for the last 30 years. Her Broadway credits include Anything Goes, Butley, The Odd Couple, The Smell of the Kill, Design for Living, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Grease.
Single tickets to Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood! start at $39 and are on sale now to the general public. Tickets can be purchased online at The Old Globe, 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 under, seniors, military members, and groups of 10 or more. Performances run July 22 – August 27.
The 2017 Summer Shakespeare Festival includes William Shakespeare’s epic King Richard II, helmed by award-winning director Erica Schmidt (Off Broadway’s A Month in the Country, All the Fine Boys, Humor Abuse) in her Globe debut. The play runs June 11 – July 15, 2017, in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. 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.
Next in the Globe’s outdoor theatre will be Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Hamlet, one of the greatest plays ever written. Directed by the Globe’s own Barry Edelstein, this exhilarating new production will run August 6 – September 10. Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, and family saga, all packed in one 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.
The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s artistic and arts engagement programs.
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