SAN DIEGO — "Cymbeline," Shakespeare's rarely seen romance about a legendary British king, will lead the Old Globe Theatre's return to its classical forte next summer when the theater will stage four classics, a world premiere and a contemporary comedy.
The season will feature two other Shakespeare plays, "Julius Caesar" and "Much Ado About Nothing; Moliere's "Tartuffe"; a world premiere by Stephen Metcalfe, "Emily"; and "Beyond the Fringe," a comic revue written by Alan Bennett, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller and Dudley Moore in 1961.
The emphasis will be on comedy, "a delicious respite . . . with edge and purpose," Globe artistic director Jack O'Brien said in a prepared statement.
"Beyond the Fringe," a satirical revue that spawned such television programs as "That Was the Week That Was" in Britain and Rowan and Martin's "Laugh-In" here, will open the season at the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, running June 4 through Aug. 31. A director has not been announced for the show, which was first produced at the Globe in 1972.