TV: Robert Foxworth Stars in King Lear at Old Globe

By: Aug. 31, 2010
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Robert Foxworth plays King Lear and Bruce Turk the Fool in Shakespeare's tragedy, directed by Festival Artistic Director Adrian Noble. The crowns are swapped in Alan Bennett's The Madness of George III, also helmed by Noble, where Miles Anderson will play King George III and Foxworth will play Dr. Willis. The Festival also includes Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew directed by Ron Daniels with Jonno Roberts and Emily Swallow as the two sparring lovers.

"I'm thrilled to begin our 75th Anniversary celebration with this very exciting Shakespeare Festival headed by Royal Shakespeare Company veteran, Adrian Noble," said Spisto.

The 2010 Shakespeare Festival runs through Sept. 26 and begins the Globe's year-long celebration of its 75th Anniversary. Shakespeare was first produced at the Globe in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition in Balboa Park and has been central to the Globe's mission since that time. King Lear runs June 12 - Sept. 23. Previews run June 12, 13, 24 and 25. Opening night is June 26. The Taming of the Shrew runs June 16 - Sept. 26. Previews run June 16, 17, 27 and 29. Opening night is June 30. The Madness of George III runs June 19 - Sept. 24. Previews run June 19 and 20 and July 1 and 2. Opening night is July 3.

Robert Foxworth (King Lear, King Lear; Dr. Willis, The Madness of George III) is an Associate Artist of The Old Globe and has appeared in Cornelia, Julius Caesar, Private Lives and Below the Belt. Foxworth has been seen on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning August: Osage County, Twelve Angry Men, Judgment at Nuremberg, Honour, Ivanov, Candida, Love Letters, The Crucible (Theatre World Award) and King Henry V, and played Robert In the national tour of Proof. His stage work also includes Claudius in Daniel Sullivan's Hamlet (South Coast Repertory), Cyrano (Great Lakes Theatre Festival), Iago and Macbeth (Guthrie Theater), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Hartford Stage), Galileo (CENTERSTAGE) and Uncle Vanya (Geffen Playhouse). His numerous television and film credits include "Falcon Crest," "Six Feet Under," "Gilmore Girls," Syriana and voice of Ratchet in Transformers I and II.

Miles Anderson's stage appearances in the West End and for the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) include The Witch of Edmonton, The Twin Rivals (Best Supporting Actor, British Drama Awards), Macbeth, The Weir, Oliver!, Twelfth Night and Life's a Dream (Best Actor nomination, Olivier Awards). He was awarded three British Drama Awards in his first of 10 seasons with the RSC in Stratford. He has worked with directors Richard Attenborough, Trevor Nunn, Adrian Noble, Max Stafford-Clark, Sam Mendes, Paul Seed, John Caird and Dominic Cooke, as well as actors Peter Ustinov, Judi Dench, Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Simon Russell-Beale, Zoe Wanamaker, Harriet Walter, Juliet Stevenson, Richard Griffiths, Jean-Claude Van Damme. Anderson is perhaps best known in recent times for his British television appearances as Colonel Aidan Dempsey in ITV's "Ultimate Force," Roger O'Neill in the award-winning "House of Cards," Terry Fox in BBC's "Holby City" and Colonel Dan Fortune in the hit series "Soldier, Soldier."

Bruce Turk, in addition to playing the Fool in King Lear, will also appear as Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew and Dr. Richard Warren in The Madness of George III. Turk has previously been seen at The Old Globe in All's Well That Ends Well, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Hamlet, Measure for Measure, The Winter's Tale (San Diego Critics Circle Craig Noel Award), The Comedy of Errors, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, As You Like It and Don Juan. His Broadway credits include The Green Bird and Juan Darien. Turk's Off Broadway credits include Pericles Brooklyn Academy Of Music, King John, Titus Andronicus and The Green Bird. He has appeared regionally at A Noise Within, The Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Goodman Theatre, GeVa Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Cincinnati Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse and Prince Music Theatre.

Jonno Roberts (Edmund, King Lear; Petruchio, The Taming of the Shrew) has appeared on Broadway in Take Me Out and Off Broadway in Bug, Monster and Uncle Vanya. His regional credits include King Lear (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Mother Courage, Richard II and Antigone (American Repertory Theater); and A Streetcar Named Desire (Intiman Theatre). Roberts' international credits include Wozzeck (Toronto); Villeggiatura Trilogy and The Spiritualists (Russia and Europe); and MedeaMaterial, Hamletmachine and King Lear (New Zealand).

Emily Swallow (Goneril, King Lear; Katherina, The Taming of the Shrew; Queen Charlotte, The Madness of George III) appeared on Broadway as Charlie and Marie LaSalle in High Fidelity and Off Broadway in Romantic Poetry (Manhattan Theatre Club), The Black Eyed (New York Theatre Workshop), Measure for Pleasure (The Public Theatre/NYSF) and Like Love (NY Musical Theatre Festival). Her regional credits include Pop! (Yale Repertory Theatre), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Guthrie Theater) and Enchanted April (San Jose Repertory Theatre).

Adrian Noble joined the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in 1980 and served as its Artistic Director and Chief Executive from 1990-2003. His recent Theater Productions include Hamlet for the Stratford Festival of Canada, Cosi Fan Tutte for the Opera De Lyon, Kean for Thelma Holt Ltd at the Noel Coward Theatre, Summer and Smoke and A Woman Of No Importance for Stanhope Productions, The Home Place by Brian Friel at the Gate Theatre and the West End, Brand by Ibsen starring Ralph Fiennes, Pericles at The Roundhouse in Stratford and the West End London and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at The London Palladium starring Michael Ball.

Ron Daniels returns to The Old Globe after directing last season's hip hop musical, Kingdom, which was performed at both San Diego's Lincoln High School and the Globe. He is an Honorary Associate Director of the RSC, and a former Artistic Director of its experimental theatre, The Other Place. He is also the former Associate Artistic Director of American Repertory Theater. Born and raised in Rio de Janerio, Daniels is a founding member of São Paulo's Teatro Oficina. His upcoming projects include Il Postino for the L.A Opera, which opens in Los Angeles in September starring Plácido Domingo. The production will then be seen in Paris and Vienna.

In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe's 2010 Summer Season features the World Premiere of the Broadway-bound musical, Robin and the 7 Hoods, directed by Casey Nicholaw with lyrics by Sammy Cahn and music by Jimmy Van Heusen, and the West Coast Premiere of The Last Romance, a romantic comedy by Joe DiPietro starring television icon, Marion Ross. Tickets to the 2010 Summer Season are currently available by subscription only.


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