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Broad Stage season to include Shakespeare's Globe, Joyce DiDonato

Martin Luther King Jr.Anna Deavere SmithJoseph MarcellBrian Stokes Mitchell
Broad Stage's new season features Shakespeare's Globe and recitals by Joyce DiDonato, Brian Stokes Mitchell

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A return engagement of Shakespeare's Globe and recitals by Joyce DiDonato and Brian Stokes Mitchell are among the highlights of the Broad Stage's new season, which was announced on Thursday. 

The 2014-15 season is scheduled to kick off in October and will also feature performances by the Los Angeles-based dance groups Diavolo and BodyTraffic, as well as recitals by the Calder Quartet and a performance featuring the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with pianist Jeremy Denk.

A new one-man show about the late actor Jack Lemmon performed by Lemmon's son, Chris, will also be part of the season.

Shakespeare's Globe will present its touring production of "King Lear" (Nov. 4 to 16), with a cast that includes actor Joseph Marcell in the title role. Marcell was a star of the long-running NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," in which he played butler Geoffrey.

The renowned British theater company has become a regular presence at the Broad, having presented touring productions of "Hamlet," "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and other Shakespearean plays in recent seasons.  

The Isango Ensemble, a theater group from South Africa, will present its unconventional take on Mozart's "The Magic Flute" (Oct. 8 to 12) that features African folk influences.

"Jack Lemmon Returns" (Jan 7. to Feb. 15) is based on the relationship the two-time Academy Award-winning actor had with his son Chris. Hershey Felder wrote and will direct the show. The stage production recently opened in Chicago at the Royal George Theatre.

Stokes Mitchell will perform Broadway show tunes over Valentine's Day weekend, while DiDonato will have a recital on May 16.

The L.A.-based Calder Quartet will have two performances (Oct. 19 and April 9), while Denk will perform with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields on March 13.

Diavolo will have four performances this season (May 1 to May 3) and BodyTraffic will have two (Feb. 26 to 27).

Anna Deavere Smith will return to the Broad for a special series of readings (April 15 to 19) dedicated to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The actress will read King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail," an open letter written on April 16, 1963 in defense of non-violent resistance. 

For the record, May 22, 6:20 pm: An earlier version of this story stated that Chris Lemmon wrote the play "Jack Lemmon Returns." The play was written by Hershey Felder.

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