Cast and Creative Team Announced for the Old Globe's 2012 Shakespeare Festival


The Old Globe today announced the complete cast and creative team for the 2012 Shakespeare Festival, performed in repertory in the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Adrian Noble returns for his third season as the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival and will direct Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee’s Inherit the Wind. Renowned British director Lindsay Posner makes his debut at the Globe with his production of Richard III. The 2012 Shakespeare Festival runs June 3 – Sept. 30. Tickets are available by subscription and prices range from $66 to $246. Single tickets are also available starting at $29. Subscription packages and single tickets may be purchased online at, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office.

As previously announced, Jay Whittaker will play the title role in Richard III and Oliver in As You Like It, Globe Associate Artist Robert Foxworth will play Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind and Cast and Creative Team Announced for the Old Globe's 2012 Shakespeare FestivalLord Hastings in Richard III, Adrian Sparks will play Matthew Harrison Brady in Inherit the Wind and Corin in As You Like It, Dana Green will play Rosalind in As You Like It and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Dan Amboyer will play Orlando in As You Like It, Bertram Cates in Inherit the Wind and the Earl of Richmond in Richard III and Jacques C. Smith will play Jaques in As You Like It, Mr. Meeker in Inherit the Wind and the Duke of Buckingham in Richard III.

The repertory company also features Happy Anderson, Vivia Font, Aidan Hayek, Old Globe Associate Artist Charles Janasz, Joseph Marcell, Jonas McMullen, Robin Moseley, Bob Pescovitz and Lou Francine Rasse, as well as The Old Globe/University of San Diego Graduate Theatre Program candidates Matthew Bellows, Adam Daveline, Jeremy Fisher, Rachael Jenison, Jesse Jensen, Danielle O’Farrell, Allison Spratt Pearce, Deborah Radloff, Stephanie Roetzel, Christopher Salazar, Jonathan Spivey, Whitney Wakimoto, Bree Welch and Sean-Michael Wilkinson.

The creative team includes Old Globe Associate Artist Ralph Funicello (Scenic Design), Deirdre Clancy (Costume Design), Alan Burrett (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (Sound Design), Shaun Davey (Original Music), Peter Golub (Original Music), Old Globe Associate Artist Steve Rankin (Fight Director), Elan McMahan (Music Direction), Christine Adaire (Vocal and Dialect Coach), Calleri Casting (Casting) and Bret Torbeck (Stage Manager).

The complete schedule is as follows:


June 3 – Sept. 29, 2012  (Previews: June 3, 21, 22 and 23 / Opening Night : June 24)


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Lindsay Posner


Richard III is one of the most diabolical and outrageous villains in all of literature.  A ruthless Machiavellian, the brilliant and power-hungry lord embarks on a bloody campaign to seize and keep the English crown.  Shakespeare paints an unforgettable portrait of obsession, seduction, betrayal and a man who would be king.


The cast of Richard III features Dan Amboyer (Earl of Richmond), Happy Anderson (George, Duke of Clarence), Matthew Bellows (Sir Richard Ratcliffe), Adam Daveline (Second Murderer), Jeremy Fisher (Marquess of Dorset), Vivia Font (Lady Anne), Robert Foxworth (Lord Hastings), Dana Green (Queen Elizabeth), Aidan Hayek (Young Duke of York), Charles Janasz (Stanley, Earl of Derby), Rachael Jenison (Second Citizen; Sir Vaughan), Jesse Jensen (Sir William Catesby), Joseph Marcell (Lord Mayor), Jonas McMullen (Edward, Prince of Wales), Robin Moseley (Queen Margaret), Danielle O’Farrell (Sir Walter Herbert), Allison Spratt Pearce (Third Citizen; Earl of Oxford), Bob Pescovitz (King Edward IV), Deborah Radloff (Duchess of York), Stephanie Roetzel (Sir William Brandon), Christopher Salazar (Lord Rivers; Tyrrel), Jacques C. Smith (Duke of Buckingham), Jonathan Spivey (First Murderer), Whitney Wakimoto (Lord Lovell), Bree Welch (First Citizen; Scrivener), Jay Whittaker (Richard, Duke of Gloucester) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Sir Robert Brakenbury; Lord Grey).


June 10 – Sept. 30, 2012 (Previews: June 10, 26, 27 and 28 / Opening Night: June 29)


By William Shakespeare

Directed by Adrian Noble


Flirtation, friendship and mistaken identity make for 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.  As You Like It explores the giddy excitement and dizzying foibles of love and is a perfect summer night under the stars.


The cast of As You Like It features Dan Amboyer (Orlando), Happy Anderson (Duke Frederick; William), Matthew Bellows (Charles; Lord), Adam Daveline (Amiens; Sir Oliver Martext), Jeremy Fisher (Dennis), Vivia Font (Celia), Dana Green (Rosalind), Charles Janasz (Adam; Hymen), Jesse Jensen (Exiled Lord), Joseph Marcell (Touchstone), Danielle O’Farrell (Audrey), Allison Spratt Pearce (Phoebe), Bob Pescovitz (Duke Senior), Christopher Salazar (Silvius; Lord), Jacques C. Smith (Jaques), Adrian Sparks (Corin), Jonathan Spivey (Le Beau), Jay Whittaker (Oliver) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Jaques de Boys; Exiled Lord) with Rachael Jenison, Deborah Radloff, Stephanie Roetzel, Whitney Wakimoto and Bree Welch (Forest Dwellers).


June 17 – Sept. 25, 2012 (Previews: June 17 and 30 and July 1 and 2 / Opening Night: July 3)


By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Directed by Adrian Noble


Two powerhouse lawyers face off in a small town with the eyes of an entire nation upon them when a schoolteacher is arrested for teaching Charles Darwin’s theories of evolution.  When the issue goes to trial, the two attorneys must passionately confront questions of faith and science in a heated courtroom.  This fictional re-creation of the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial tackles issues that are every bit as relevant today as they were in 1925.


The cast of Inherit the Wind features Dan Amboyer (Bertram Cates), Happy Anderson (Mayor), Matthew Bellows (George Sillers), Adam Daveline (Radio Man; Reporter), Jeremy Fisher (Mr. Goodfellow), Vivia Font (Rachel), Robert Foxworth (Henry Drummond), Aidan Hayek (Howard), Charles Janasz (Reverend Brown), Rachael Jenison (Mrs. McLain), Jesse Jensen (Bannister), Joseph Marcell (E.K. Hornbeck), Robin Moseley (Mrs. Brady), Danielle O’Farrell (Reuters Reporter; Townsperson), Allison Spratt Pearce (Townsperson), Bob Pescovitz (Judge), Deborah Radloff (Mrs. Blair), Lou Francine Rasse (Melinda), Stephanie Roetzel (Mrs. Loomis), Christopher Salazar (Tom Davenport), Jacques C. Smith (Mr. Meeker), Adrian Sparks (Matthew Harrison Brady), Jonathan Spivey (Elijah; Keller), Whitney Wakimoto (Bollinger; Aaronson), Bree Welch (Mrs. Krebs) and Sean-Michael Wilkinson (Dunlap; Page).


Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Playwrights, Inherit the Wind), whose collaboration spanned more than 50 years, were among the most prolific playwriting teams in the American theater.  In addition to the Pulitzer Prize-nominated Inherit the Wind, their major stage works include Auntie Mame, the books for the musicals Mame and Dear World, The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, The Gang’s All Hereand First Monday in October.  They won two Peabody Awards for Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting and the American Theatre Association Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, they became members of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at The Kennedy Center and were inducted into The National Theatre Hall of Fame.  The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute was established at Ohio State University in 1986. Dedicated teachers of playwriting, they communicated to their students a passionate belief that the theater must be a forum for ideas and issues of social significance.


Adrian Noble (Director, As You Like It, Inherit the Wind) has served as Artistic Director of The Old Globe Shakespeare Festival since 2010, where his productions include King Lear, The Madness of George III, The Tempest and Amadeus.  He served as Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990 to 2003.  His productions at RSC include Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, The Thebans, The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet, Travesties (and West End), Macbeth, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (and Broadway),Romeo and Juliet, The Cherry Orchard (and West End), Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe(and West End), The Family Reunion, The Seagull, Kiss Me, Kate (and West End), Pericles, A Doll’s House, Forest, Art of Success (and New York), The Secret Garden (and West End), Henry V, The Plantagenets, As You Like It and Measure for Measure.  His additionAl West End credits include The Duchess of Malfi, Three Sisters, Brand, Home Place, Kean, A Woman of No Importance, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (and Broadway) and Summer and Smoke.  For opera he has directed The Fairy-Queen and Il Ritorno d’Ulysse (Aix-en-Provence), Macbeth (Metropolitan Opera) Mozart/Da Ponte cycle (Opéra de Lyon), The Magic Flute (Glyndebourne), Carmen (Paris),Alcina (Staatsoper, Vienna) and Serse (Theater an der Wien).  He also directed the film of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  He is the author of How to do Shakespeare.  A Doll’s House won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Revival and Best Director in 1981, along with the Plays and Players Best Director Award, for which Noble was jointly awarded for The Duchess of Malfi.  He won the Best Director Award at The Globe Theatre Awards for The Winter’s Tale.  In additional to his many international awards, Noble’s productions have received numerous Olivier and Tony Award nominations.  Noble directed the World Premiere stage version of The King’s Speech, which recently ran on the West End.


Lindsay Posner (Director, Richard III) was Associate Director at The Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992 where his production ofDeath and the Maiden won two Laurence Olivier Awards.  He is the director of The Old Vic’s current revival of Noises Off, which transferred to the West End in March, and Menier Chocolate Factory’s revival of Abigail’s Party, which opened in the West End in May.  Posner’s theater credits include Butley and The Birthday Party (Duchess Theatre), An Ideal Husband (Vaudeville Theatre), House of Games and Tom and Viv (Almeida Theatre), A View from the Bridge (Duke of York’s Theatre, nominated for four Olivier Awards),Carousel (Churchill Theatre, U.K. Tour and Savoy Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof (Sheffield Crucible and Savoy), Fool for Love and A Life in the Theatre (Apollo Theatre), Calderon’s Doctor of Honour (Cheek by Jowl at the Donmar Warehouse), Oleanna (Garrick Theatre), the World Premiere of Power by Nick Dear and Tartuffe (National Theatre), The Caretaker (Bristol Old Vic), Twelfth Night, The Rivals, Volpone and The Taming of the Shrew (Royal Shakespeare Company), The Misanthrope and American Buffalo (Young Vic), Noises Offand The Provok’d Wife (The Old Vic), The Lady from the Sea (Lyric Hammersmith/West Yorkshire Playhouse), The Seagull (Gate Theatre, Dublin) and The Robbers (Gate Theatre).  His operatic credits include Guilio Cesare (Royal Opera House), Love Counts(Almeida Theatre), Jenufa (Opera Theatre Company, Dublin), Dada: Man and Boy (Almeida Theatre and Montclair Theatre, USA), Tosca(Grange Park Opera) and La Traviata and Roberto Deveraux (Opera Holland Park).


Associated events taking place during the run of the 2012 Shakespeare Festival include:


Richard III  June 18

As You Like It  June 25

Inherit the Wind  June 25

Shakespeare Festival Insights Seminars are a series of informal presentations featuring a panel selected from the Festival’s artistic company.  The seminars take place on Monday nights in the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is FREE and reservations are not required.


Richard III  July 11 & 31 and Aug. 21

As You Like It  July 17 & 25 and Aug. 28

Inherit the Wind  July 10, Aug. 7 and Sept. 5

Discuss the play with members of the Shakespeare Festival repertory company at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performance.  FREE.


Richard III  July 11, Aug. 4 & 31 and Sept. 11

As You Like It  July 8 & 19, Aug. 22 and Sept. 28

Inherit the Wind  July 29, Aug. 11 and Sept. 5 & 20

Shakespeare in the Garden is a series of informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience.  The seminars feature members of the Shakespeare Festival creative team and take place in the Craig Noel Garden.  Presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. (except for Sept. 5, 11, 20 and 28, which begins at 6:00 p.m.).  Admission is FREE and reservations are not required.


THANK GLOBE IT’S FRIDAY: Friday, Aug. 3 & 10 at 6:30 p.m.  $20

Kick off the weekend with the Globe’s Friday pre-show bash.  TGIF includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers, dessert and music.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Inherit the Wind and As You Like It are sold separately.)


OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m.  $20

An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole GLBT community, Out at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Richard III are sold separately.)


In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe’s 2012 Summer Season features Divine Rivalry by Michael Kramer with D. S. Moynihan, directed by Michael Wilson, July 7 – Aug. 5 and Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning comedy God of Carnage, directed by Richard Seer, July 27 – Sept. 2.  Divine Rivalry will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, and God of Carnage will run in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center.


The 2012 Shakespeare Festival is supported, in part, by Festival Season Sponsor QUALCOMM as well as Season Sponsors John BerolKaren and Don CohnKathy and John Hattox and Joan and Irwin Jacobs and Production Sponsors Elaine and Dave Darwin,Barbara KjosJeanette StevensGillian and Tony Thornley and Union Bank.

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