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Monster Mash: Adrian Noble to direct 'The King's Speech' play

August 11, 2011 |  7:50 am


Crowd pleaser: Adrian Noble, who serves as artistic director of the Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival in San Diego, will direct the stage version of "The King's Speech" when it opens in 2012. (Playbill)

If you build it: A look at construction of the new Barnes Foundation building in Philadelphia. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Second coming: "Weeds" actor Hunter Parrish will play Jesus in the upcoming Broadway production of "Godspell." (Hollywood Reporter)

Angered: Some arts patrons are criticizing a decision by Indianapolis International Airport officials to remove a three-story work of art and replace it with a video screen. (Indianapolis Star)

Dedicated: A new documentary follows a classical orchestra in the Democratic Republic of the Congo that is surviving despite the odds. (Deutsche Welle)

Stepping down: The visual arts director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines has resigned following controversy surrounding the center's exhibition that features religious iconography and sexual imagery. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

To be expected?: The Los Angeles Ballet has been experiencing a high rate of dancer turnover. (L.A. Weekly)

Financial mess: A musicians' pension fund wants a judge to shut down the Louisville Orchestra and sell its assets to pay off debts. (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Premieres: The Santa Fe Opera has announced three new operas by Jennifer Higdon, Theodore Morrison and Judith Weir. (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Athletic: Passengers at Heathrow Airport in England are being greeted by large-scale wire sculptures of a diver and a sprinter in an exhibition marking the 2012 Olympic Games. (BBC News)

High-altitude art: The Aspen Art Museum will host a groundbreaking ceremony for its new location Tuesday. (Aspen Times)

Royal portrait: An Irish artist has traveled to Buckingham Palace to personally deliver his oil painting commemorating Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Ireland. (Irish Independent)

Also in the L.A. Times: An editorial on the importance of crowd control at the Downtown Art Walk.

-- David Ng

Photo: Colin Firth, left, and Geoffrey Rush in a scene from the 2010 film "The King's Speech." Credit: Laurie Sparham / The Weinstein Co.