Old Globe returns with summer list of free movies, cabaret and Shakespeare shows
The Old Globe begins the reopening process on Friday when events return to the open-air Lowell Davies Festival Theater in Balboa Park.
The Davies Theater is hosting a series of free movies until July 3 – first, Dream girls – as well as live cabarets and stage performances by Shakespeare, which begin June 19. Fully staged productions resume in August, when the musical Hair opens.
Although free, tickets to film screenings are required. The first dates become available on Tuesday.
The film lineup – all shows start at 8:30 p.m. – includes:
- Friday – Dream girls with Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy
- June 5 – Disney Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston
- June 6 – The 1961 classic and Oscar winner for Best Picture, West Side Story
- June 11 – Strange passage filmed live on Broadway by Spike Lee
- June 12 – The Wiz with Diana Ross
- June 13 – George Takei’s Allegiance, the big-screen Broadway musical, a show that premiered at the Old Globe in 2012
- July 1 – The West End staging of Best Tony Award-winning Musical Kinky Boots
- July 2 – The Musical 1776 with William Daniels, Ken Howard and Blythe Danner
- July 3 – Fat, with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
Tickets for Dream girls, Cinderella, and West Side Story can be picked up on Tuesday. On June 8, tickets for Strange passage, The Sorcerer, and Allegiance become available. On June 25, tickets will be released for Kinky Boots, 1776, and Fat.
Live programming, with shows starting at 8 p.m., includes:
- June 19-20 – Globe’s Solea Pfeiffer Almost known, the Hamilton tour and Hollywood Bowl’s West Side Story
- June 25-27 – Tony Award nominated Carmen Cusack from Shining star at the Globe and Broadway
- July 9-11 – Eden Espinosa, the Globe Rainand Broadway Mean and Rental
- July 16-18 – Think Shakespeare LOVE!, a celebration of love in the Bard’s plays, poems and songs performed live by seven 2021 graduates of Globe’s Shiley Graduate Theater program and the University of San Diego.
Cabaret tickets, starting at $ 29, go on sale at noon on June 11, as will Shakespeare tickets, starting at $ 20.
Strict masking and social distancing rules will be in effect. Check the Globe website for updates.
Artistic Director Barry Edelstein described the theater’s upcoming lineup as full of “the richness and vitality that audiences expect from the Globe.”
Free engagement events at Copley Plaza outside the Globe also restart on Friday, including arts, fitness and cultural programs.
Meanwhile, Hair opens August 10 at the festival theater and The Old Globe’s two indoor theaters will open in September with the world premieres of The gardens of Anuncia and Sisters of the shutter.
The theater has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, but has offered virtual programs and radio shows.