Back for another season, the 2013 Shakespeare Festival is now ongoing at the The Old Globe Theatre in Balboa Park. With Shakespeare classics like The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and the Tony Award-winning farce, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, this season is one you won’t want to miss.
The season began on June 2 and will be showing A Midsummer Night’s Dream from June 2 to September 29, The Merchant of Venice from June 9 to September 28, and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead from June 16 until September 26. All shows are performed in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, The Old Globe’s outdoor theater.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, directed by Ian Talbot, is arguably Shakespeare’s most fun play and is full of love, magic, mischief and a talking donkey! It will truly make your whole party laugh and leave you with the understanding that “the course of true love never did run smooth…”
The Merchant of Venice, directed by Adrian Noble, is one of Shakespeare’s darker plays and tells the tale of Shylock, who has been constantly persecuted for his religious faith and decides to take revenge on a merchant who cannot pay his debt. This drama will you keep you on the edge of your seats and teach you about mercy, justice, greed and generosity.
Last, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, also directed by Adrian Noble, is a farce on Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The story goes that two clowns wake up to find that they are actually living in Hamlet. The play goes on to show their confusion with what is happening, their struggles and how they try to escape their fate. This play is arguably the funniest of the series and will make you appreciate the humorous take on Shakespeare’s classic, Hamlet.
Not only do you get to enjoy a wonderful show, but the Old Globe also offers a forum after the show. Audience members get to ask the cast members questions like how they become the characters and what it’s like to be part of a production at the Old Globe. Post-show forums are only available after certain Tuesday and Wednesday evening performances. The best part, they’re totally free!
Another perk of the Shakespeare festival is Shakespeare in the Garden. The Shakespeare Festival creative team puts on seminars meant to enhance your theater experience. The next Shakespeare in the Garden is August 4 before the showing of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. These are also free.
If you wish to spend a fantastic evening under the stars, buy tickets for one of the 2013 Shakespeare Festival’s performances this summer. Tickets prices range depending on the day of the week and the show and can be found here.
A favorite among the locals and a great option for vacationers in town looking for fun and free summer activities. If you are staying at a La Jolla hotel, the globe theater is within a 10 minute drive! Will you be seeing any of these shows this summer? Which one of these most interests you? Tell us in a comment.