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Press Release

 

ROBERT SEAN LEONARD RETURNS TO THE OLD GLOBE
AS HENRY HIGGINS IN THE GLOBE’S
100TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION OF PYGMALION


SAN DIEGO (Nov. 8, 2012)—Stage, television and film star Robert Sean Leonard will star as Henry Higgins in The Old Globe’s 100th anniversary production of George Bernard Shaw’s masterwork, Pygmalion.  The Tony Award-winning actor last appeared on the Old Globe stage as Edgar in Jack O’Brien’s renowned 1993 presentation of King Lear starring Hal Holbrook.  Directed by Nicholas Martin (Broadway’s Butley with Nathan Lane and Present Laughter with Victor Garber), Pygmalion will run on the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, Jan. 12 – Feb. 17, 2013.  Preview performances run Jan. 12 – Jan. 16.  Opening night is Thursday, Jan. 17 at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12 noon.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.

Robert Sean Leonard has performed in the Broadway productions of The Invention of Love (Tony Award), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Tony nomination), Born Yesterday, The Violet Hour, The Music Man, The Iceman Cometh, Arcadia, Candida (Tony nomination), Philadelphia, Here I Come!, The Speed of Darkness, Breaking the Code and Brighton Beach Memoirs.  His Off Broadway credits include Fifth of July, You Never Can Tell and When She Danced.  He also appeared in the West End production of Our Town.  Born in New Jersey, Leonard began acting at age 14 at The Public Theater in New York.  At 19, he made his film debut in the acclaimed Dead Poets Society.  His film credits include Much Ado About Nothing, The Age of Innocence, Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, Swing Kids, Tape, Chelsea Walls and Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco.  He appeared for eight seasons on the Fox medical drama “House.”

The Old Globe production of Pygmalion coincides with the 100th anniversary of its 1913 premiere in Vienna, Austria.  The Globe has presented Shaw’s masterpiece only once before in a 1985 production directed by former Artistic Director and multiple Tony Award winner Jack O’Brien.  The story—of speech professor Henry Higgins’ bet with a fellow scholar that he can pass off Eliza Doolittle, a common Cockney flower girl, as the pinnacle of English society—is an enduring one.  In addition to its long life on the stage, Pygmalion was adapted by Shaw for the screen in 1938 with Leslie Howard and Wendy Hiller.  It was adapted most famously as the beloved musical My Fair Lady starring Rex Harrison with Julie Andrews on Broadway and with Audrey Hepburn on film.

TICKETS to Pygmalion are currently available by subscription only.  Single tickets go on sale Sunday, Dec. 9 at 12 noon.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheOldGlobe.org, by phone at (619) 23-GLOBE or by visiting the Box Office at 1363 Old Globe Way in Balboa Park.  Performances begin on Jan. 12 and continue through Feb. 17.  Ticket prices start at $29.  Performance times:  Previews:  Saturday, Jan. 12 at 8:00 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 15 at 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 7:00 p.m.  Regular Performances:  Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 7:00 p.m.  There is a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and no matinee performance on Saturday, Feb. 9.  Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 29 years of age and under, seniors and groups of 10 or more.

Associated events taking place during the run of Pygmalion include:

INSIGHTS SEMINAR: Pygmalion
Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m.  FREE
Insights Seminars are informal presentations of ideas and insights to enhance the theatergoing experience.  The seminars feature a panel selected from the artistic company of each production and take place in the theater where the production is performed.  Reception, 6:30 p.m.  Seminar, 7:00 p.m.  Admission is free and reservations are not required.

POST-SHOW FORUMS: Pygmalion
Tuesdays, Jan. 22 and 29 and Wednesday, Feb. 6.  FREE
Discuss the play with members of the Pygmalion cast and crew at post-show discussions led by the Globe’s creative staff after the performances.

OUT AT THE GLOBE: Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for gay and lesbian theater lovers and the whole LGBT community, OUT at the Globe includes a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  $20 per person.  RSVP at (619) 23-GLOBE.  (Tickets to Pygmalion are sold separately.)

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  There are numerous free parking lots available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For additional parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

CALENDARMeasure for Measure (11/10-11/18), Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (11/17-12/29), Pygmalion (1/12-2/17), The Brothers Size (1/26-2/24), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (3/8-4/14), A Doll’s House (3/23-4/21), Other Desert Cities (4/27-6/2), Be a Good Little Widow (5/11-6/9).

PHOTO EDITORS:  Digital images of The Old Globe’s productions are available at www.TheOldGlobe.org/pressroom.

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theaters and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 75 years.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Barry Edelstein and Managing Director Michael G. Murphy, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival.  More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theater's education and community programs.  Numerous world premieres such as The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, A Catered Affair and the annual holiday musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theaters across the country.

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FACT SHEET

PYGMALION
By George Bernard Shaw
Directed by Nicholas Martin

RUNS:  Jan. 12 – Feb. 17, 2013
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

TICKETS:  Ticket prices start at $29.

SYNOPSIS:  The classic story of a speech professor who bets a fellow scholar that he can pass off a common Cockney flower girl as the pinnacle of English society.

CAST:  Robert Sean Leonard (Henry Higgins).

PREVIEWS:
Jan 12 SAT 8pm
Jan 13 SUN 7pm
Jan 15 TUE 7pm
Jan 16 WED 7pm
OPENING NIGHT: Jan 17 THU 8pm
REGULAR PERFORMANCES:
Jan 18 FRI 8pm
Jan 19 SAT 2pm
Jan 19 SAT 8pm
Jan 20 SUN 2pm
Jan 20 SUN 7pm
Jan 22 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jan 23 WED 7pm
Jan 24 THU 8pm (OUT at the Globe)
Jan 25 FRI 8pm
Jan 26 SAT 2pm
Jan 26 SAT 8pm
Jan 27 SUN 2pm
Jan 27 SUN 7pm
Jan 29 TUE 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Jan 30 WED 7pm
Jan 31 THU 8pm
Feb 1 FRI 8pm
Feb 2 SAT 2pm
Feb 2 SAT 8pm
Feb 3 SUN 2pm
Feb 3 SUN 7pm
Feb 5 TUE 7pm
Feb 6 WED 2pm
Feb 6 WED 7pm (Post-Show Forum)
Feb 7 THU 8pm
Feb 8 FRI 8pm
Feb 9 SAT 8pm
Feb 10 SUN 2pm
Feb 10 SUN 7pm
Feb 12 TUE 7pm
Feb 13 WED 7pm
Feb 14 THU 8pm
Feb 15 FRI 8pm
Feb 16 SAT 2pm
Feb 16 SAT 8pm
Feb 17 SUN 2pm
Feb 17 SUN 7pm

INSIGHTS SEMINAR
Monday, Jan. 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Seminar series features a panel of artists from the current show.  Reception at 6:30 p.m.  FREE

POST-SHOW FORUMS
Tuesdays, Jan. 22 and 29 and Wednesday, Feb. 6
Discuss the play with members of the cast following the performance.  FREE

OUT AT THE GLOBE
Thursday, Jan. 24 at 6:30 p.m.  $20
An evening for LGBT theater lovers with a hosted wine and martini bar, appetizers and door prizes.  Everyone is welcome.  (Show sold separately.)

BOX OFFICE WINDOW HOURS:  Noon to final curtain Tuesday through Sunday. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and VISA accepted.  (619) 23-GLOBE [234-5623]

LOCATION:  The Old Globe is located in San Diego’s Balboa Park at 1363 Old Globe Way.  Free parking is available throughout the park.  Valet parking is also available ($10).  For parking information visit www.BalboaPark.org.

PRESS CONTACT:
Jeffrey Weiser (619) 238-0043 x2352 jweiser@TheOldGlobe.org
Mike Hausberg (619) 238-0043 x2355 mhausberg@TheOldGlobe.org