Adrian Noble Named Old Globe Shakes Fest A.D.

by Jacob Coakley


Adrian Noble (Photo by Ken Howard)
Adrian Noble (Photo by Ken Howard)

SAN DIEGO, CA—Adrian Noble has been appointed Artistic Director of The Old Globe’s 2010 Shakespeare Festival celebrating the theatre’s 75th anniversary season. One of the theatre’s most respected and sought-after directors, Noble will oversee the Festival and direct two of the three productions presented in repertory. Noble succeeds Resident Artistic Director Darko Tresnjak who will leave his post in September to pursue independent directing opportunities.


“The 2010 Shakespeare Festival will begin The Old Globe’s year-long celebration of 75 years in Balboa Park,” said Globe Executive Producer Louis G. Spisto. “I have long been an admirer of Adrian’s work and it is tremendously exciting to have him join us at this important time at the Globe. Adrian and I are currently in the planning stages for next year’s Festival and we look forward to announcing the season soon.”

Noble commented, “I am thrilled to be calling San Diego and The Old Globe my artistic home during the next year. The Globe has a worldwide standing in the theatre community and I am very much looking forward to working with Lou and the entire Globe staff to fashion a festival that is inspired by the Globe’s remarkable 75-year history.”

Noble’s career has taken him around the world directing both opera and theatre. He was artistic director of The Royal Shakespeare Company from 1990-2003 and has received 120 Olivier Award nominations. Noble’s recent productions include Carmen at Opéra Comique in Paris (June 2009), his universally acclaimed production of Hamlet at Canada’s Stratford Festival (2008), Verdi’s Macbeth at The Metropolitan Opera (2007) and the West End productions of the musicals Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Secret Garden. He will also be directing Don Giovanni for Opera de Lyon and Alcina for the Vienna State Opera in upcoming seasons.

Tresnjak was invited to lead the Shakespeare Festival in 2004. He is currently represented on the Festival stage with productions of Cyrano de Bergerac and Coriolanus, and will make his directorial debut at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with Twelfth Night in June 2010.

“The last six years have been an exhilarating time for me,” said Tresnjak. “I was honored to head the Shakespeare Festival as it returned to the repertory format and to have worked with the incredibly supportive staff at the Globe.”

“The Old Globe Shakespeare Festival’s return to repertory six years ago was met with great enthusiasm by audiences from around the country,” added Spisto. “The Festival’s reputation has continued to grow, with audiences from nineteen countries in attendance last season alone. Darko has contributed greatly to the Festival’s tremendous success and has helped to ensure its exciting future.”

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