The Old Globe Theatre’s 2012 Shakespeare Festival features three classics playing in repertory through Sept. 30 in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre:
• ”As You Like It” follows flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity in one of Shakespeare’s most-beloved comedies. Rosalind escapes into the forest and adopts the persona of a man to get close to her beloved Orlando. But when he falls for another woman, she must untangle the web of deceptions she has woven to win her true love. Directed by Adrian Noble.
• “Richard III” is one of Shakespeare’s most diabolical and outrageous villains. As the power-hungry lord sabotages those around him with cunning and treachery in his quest to seize the English crown, his tenuous path to victory begins to crumble. Royal Court Theatre director Lindsay Posner makes his Old Globe debut with this riveting portrait of obsession and betrayal.
• “Inherit the Wind,” by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee tells the story of a schoolteacher put on trial for teaching Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution, and the two powerhouse lawyers who clash on issues of faith and science. Adrian Noble directs the courtroom drama loosely based on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial.
— From Globe Reports
Two more summer shows liven up Globe’s season
In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe’s 2012 summer program will include:
• “Divine Rivalry,” by Michael Kramer with D. S. Moynihan, directed by Michael Wilson, runs July 7-Aug. 5 in the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre. “Divine Rivalry” transports audiences to 16th-century Florence, where two of the world’s greatest artists, Michelangelo Buonarroti and Leonardo da Vinci, face off in a painting competition orchestrated by political mastermind Niccolò Machiavelli (The Prince). The fascinating contest forms the backdrop for an even greater battle as the leading minds of the Renaissance clash over political gain, personal riches and the immortality of art.
• “God of Carnage,” Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning comedy, directed by Richard Seer, July 27–Sept. 2 in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre. Meet two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the other at a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner. However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasingly childish, resulting in the night devolving into chaos.