Old Globe in San Diego sets casting for 2010 Shakespeare Festival

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The Old Globe’s annual Shakespeare Festival will kick off this year in June and will include repertory performances of ‘King Lear,’ ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and Alan Bennett’s ‘The Madness of George III.’

The San Diego company said Robert Foxworth and Patrick Page will play lead roles in ‘King Lear’ and ‘The Madness of George III.’ Foxworth will take the title role of ‘Lear,’ with Page playing the role of the Fool. For the Bennett play, Page will play King George III and Foxworth will play Dr. Willis, the physician who attempts to cure the monarch’s insanity.

In June, Foxworth was named an associate artist for the Globe.

Adrian Noble, a longtime Royal Shakespeare Company veteran who recently joined the festival as artistic director, will direct ‘King Lear’ (June 26 to Sep. 23) and ‘The Madness of George III’ (July 3 to Sept. 24).


‘The Taming of the Shrew’ (June 30 to Sept. 26) will feature Jonno Roberts and Emily Swallow in the roles of Petruchio and Katherina, respectively. The production will be directed by Ron Daniels, who is also set to direct the world premiere of ‘Il Postino’ at Los Angeles Opera in September.

This summer’s festival will mark the start of the Old Globe’s 75th Anniversary celebration. The company said Shakespeare was first produced at the Globe in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park.

-- David Ng