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July 28, 2009 | David Ng
Shakespeare's Globe, the renowned London theater company, is returning to the United States this fall in a tour that will make two November stops in Southern California -- at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica (Nov. 19-29) and at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 13-15). The company will perform Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" using a traditional Elizabethan staging that involves elaborate costumes and a mostly bare stage. -- David Ng
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December 16, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Shakespeare throws caution to the wind in "Cymbeline," a late romance so fantastically convoluted that the characters themselves can't help expressing disbelief at what occurs. The plot, a stuffed sausage of Shakespearean story lines, positively defies summary. Contemporary directors of an adventurous bent have been drawn to Shakespeare's self-parodying frolic, in which anything can happen and just about does. The dead rise, a head gets lopped off, a father and his children are miraculously reunited and lovers overcome the terrible obstacles thrust in their way, to make the "gift/ the more delayed, delighted.
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April 18, 2012 | By David Ng
The Broad Stage's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Wednesday, will feature appearances by a number of prominent performers including actor Hal Holbrook, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and thespians from Shakespeare's Globe in a production of "Hamlet. " The fifth anniversary season will also mark a new collaborative series with Los Angeles Opera, featuring Placido Domingo conducting a new opera. As reported Wednesday in The Times, a new building is set to rise next to the Broad Stage, providing the organization with more performance and rehearsal space.
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November 28, 2012 | By David Ng
  Shakespeare's Globe -- the famous outdoor theater venue in London -- will honor its late founder, the once-blacklisted American actor-director Sam Wanamaker, by naming a new indoor stage after him.  The indoor venue, which will enable the company to produce year-round, will be called the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. Wanamaker worked for many years to create the Globe but died in 1993 before he could see the finished project, which debuted in 1997. The new theater space will seat approximately 320 people and will be lit by candlelight in the historic Jacobean tradition, according to report from the BBC News.
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November 28, 2012 | By David Ng
  Shakespeare's Globe -- the famous outdoor theater venue in London -- will honor its late founder, the once-blacklisted American actor-director Sam Wanamaker, by naming a new indoor stage after him.  The indoor venue, which will enable the company to produce year-round, will be called the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. Wanamaker worked for many years to create the Globe but died in 1993 before he could see the finished project, which debuted in 1997. The new theater space will seat approximately 320 people and will be lit by candlelight in the historic Jacobean tradition, according to report from the BBC News.
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August 21, 1996 | SUE LEEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's been a long intermission--383 years. The blare of trumpets from the $45-million reconstruction of William Shakespeare's circular, open-air Globe Theater Tuesday heralded the first performance since the original burned down in 1613. As actors warmed up for a short season of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," staff members anxiously watched for signs of tempests above the painstakingly rebuilt wood-and-thatch construction on the south bank of the River Thames.
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April 25, 2012 | By David Ng
BP's financial sponsorship of a cultural institution is once again provoking heated words in the arts community. This time, the World Shakespeare Festival has become the center of attention after a group of British actors launched a protest against the partnership between the oil company and the Royal Shakespeare Co. The World Shakespeare Festival is a global celebration of the Bard's plays coinciding with the Cultural Olympiad in London....
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November 16, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Tired of the pomp and circumstance of costume drama? Looking for a lively, playfully stripped down, less fuddy-duddy-ish take on the classics? Not that interested in experiencing a catharsis? Then head down to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for the touring British production of "Hamlet" from Shakespeare's Globe. This brisk, clearly enunciated, vigorously youthful staging, employing a solid company of eight versatile actors, puts me in mind of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's goal of remaking the U.S. military into a leaner, agile and more flexible operation.
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July 2, 2012 | By David Ng
The latest edition of the annual Ojai Playwrights Conference, set for  August, will feature a new play by Terrence McNally, as well as return appearances by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Father Gregory Boyle. The conference, one of the country's top centers for new play development, is scheduled to take place Aug. 8 to 12. McNally's play "And Away We Go," which will be the closing workshop production of the conference, travels through time to visit various theatrical rehearsals in ancient Rome, Shakespeare's Globe and other historic venues.
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December 16, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Shakespeare throws caution to the wind in "Cymbeline," a late romance so fantastically convoluted that the characters themselves can't help expressing disbelief at what occurs. The plot, a stuffed sausage of Shakespearean story lines, positively defies summary. Contemporary directors of an adventurous bent have been drawn to Shakespeare's self-parodying frolic, in which anything can happen and just about does. The dead rise, a head gets lopped off, a father and his children are miraculously reunited and lovers overcome the terrible obstacles thrust in their way, to make the "gift/ the more delayed, delighted.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2012 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Tired of the pomp and circumstance of costume drama? Looking for a lively, playfully stripped down, less fuddy-duddy-ish take on the classics? Not that interested in experiencing a catharsis? Then head down to the Broad Stage in Santa Monica for the touring British production of "Hamlet" from Shakespeare's Globe. This brisk, clearly enunciated, vigorously youthful staging, employing a solid company of eight versatile actors, puts me in mind of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld's goal of remaking the U.S. military into a leaner, agile and more flexible operation.
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September 27, 2012 | By David Ng
"Freud's Last Session," the stage drama that imagines a meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, was a popular off-Broadway success in New York, opening in 2010 and running for close to 800 performances at two theaters. Starting in January, the play will make its Los Angeles-area debut at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica starring Judd Hirsch as Freud and Tom Cavanagh as Lewis. The play is scheduled to run Jan. 16 to Feb. 10. Tyler Marchant, who directed the original New York production, will stage the version at the Broad.
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July 2, 2012 | By David Ng
The latest edition of the annual Ojai Playwrights Conference, set for  August, will feature a new play by Terrence McNally, as well as return appearances by Stephen Adly Guirgis and Father Gregory Boyle. The conference, one of the country's top centers for new play development, is scheduled to take place Aug. 8 to 12. McNally's play "And Away We Go," which will be the closing workshop production of the conference, travels through time to visit various theatrical rehearsals in ancient Rome, Shakespeare's Globe and other historic venues.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2012 | By David Ng
BP's financial sponsorship of a cultural institution is once again provoking heated words in the arts community. This time, the World Shakespeare Festival has become the center of attention after a group of British actors launched a protest against the partnership between the oil company and the Royal Shakespeare Co. The World Shakespeare Festival is a global celebration of the Bard's plays coinciding with the Cultural Olympiad in London....
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2012 | By David Ng
The Broad Stage's 2012-13 season, which will be announced Wednesday, will feature appearances by a number of prominent performers including actor Hal Holbrook, violinist Pinchas Zukerman and thespians from Shakespeare's Globe in a production of "Hamlet. " The fifth anniversary season will also mark a new collaborative series with Los Angeles Opera, featuring Placido Domingo conducting a new opera. As reported Wednesday in The Times, a new building is set to rise next to the Broad Stage, providing the organization with more performance and rehearsal space.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2009 | David Ng
Shakespeare's Globe, the renowned London theater company, is returning to the United States this fall in a tour that will make two November stops in Southern California -- at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica (Nov. 19-29) and at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 13-15). The company will perform Shakespeare's "Love's Labour's Lost" using a traditional Elizabethan staging that involves elaborate costumes and a mostly bare stage. -- David Ng
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2012 | By David Ng
"Freud's Last Session," the stage drama that imagines a meeting between Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis, was a popular off-Broadway success in New York, opening in 2010 and running for close to 800 performances at two theaters. Starting in January, the play will make its Los Angeles-area debut at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica starring Judd Hirsch as Freud and Tom Cavanagh as Lewis. The play is scheduled to run Jan. 16 to Feb. 10. Tyler Marchant, who directed the original New York production, will stage the version at the Broad.
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June 7, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
Broadway will get a concentrated dose of comedy and tragedy this fall - brought on by acclaimed British actor Mark Rylance. The two-time Tony winner - formerly artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe in London - will star in Globe productions of “Twelfth Night” and “Richard III, ” which will rotate in repertory for a 16-week engagement at New York's Belasco Theatre, said producers Sonia Friedman and Scott Landis. The productions first opened at the Globe last summer and later transferred to the West End; Rylance received rave reviews for his leading roles as "Twelfth Night's" lovesick, wealthy countess Olivia and the titular, scheming Richard III. British actor-author Stephen Fry will make his Broadway acting debut opposite Rylance, playing Malvolio, in "Twelfth Night.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1996 | SUE LEEMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's been a long intermission--383 years. The blare of trumpets from the $45-million reconstruction of William Shakespeare's circular, open-air Globe Theater Tuesday heralded the first performance since the original burned down in 1613. As actors warmed up for a short season of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," staff members anxiously watched for signs of tempests above the painstakingly rebuilt wood-and-thatch construction on the south bank of the River Thames.
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