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Old Globe announces casting for 2011 Shakespeare Festival

February 9, 2011 | 12:30 pm


The Old Globe in San Diego has announced principal casting for its 2011 Shakespeare Festival, which will include productions of "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Tempest," as well as Peter Shaffer's "Amadeus." Adrian Noble, the festival's artistic director, will direct the latter two productions while Ron Daniels will direct "Much Ado."

Miles Anderson will play the lead roles of Prospero in "The Tempest" and Antonio Salieri in "Amadeus." The actor appeared in last year's festival as King George in Alan Bennett's "The Madness of George III." Anderson is a veteran of the Royal Shakespeare Company and previously worked under Noble's direction on RSC productions of "Macbeth" and "The Comedy of Errors."

Jay Whittaker will play the roles of Mozart in "Amadeus" and Don John in "Much Ado," and Jonno Roberts will play Benedick in "Much Ado" and Caliban in "The Tempest." The cast will also include Georgia Hatzis, who will play Beatrice in "Much Ado" and will be part of the ensemble in "Amadeus."

The three productions will run in repertory at the Old Globe's Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. "Much Ado" will run May 29 to Sept. 24 (opening night, June 29); "The Tempest" will play June 5 to Sept. 25 (opening night, June 19); and "Amadeus" will run June 12 to Sept. 22 (opening night, June 24).

In addition to the Shakespeare Festival, the Globe's 2011 summer season will feature Hershey Felder's "Maestro: The Art of Leonard Bernstein" (July 15 to Aug. 28) in the Old Globe Theatre and John Morogiello's "Engaging Shaw" (July 29 to Sept. 4) in the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.


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-- David Ng

Photo: The Old Globe in San Diego. Credit: Larry Gordon / Los Angeles Times