The Old Globe is bringing classic Shakespeare to the wider San Diego community in November with a traveling series of free performances of “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The “Globe for All” program is an effort to present theater to diverse audiences in underserved communities around San Diego.

Four performances are free and open to the public, while six others are scheduled for private groups ranging from naval personnel to prisoners.

“With production values scaled to non-theatrical venues such as gymnasiums, cafeterias and multipurpose rooms, audiences have an intimate, up-close and visceral experience of live performance and discover a shared sense of community between performer and spectator,” according to the Globe. “For some, the Globe for All tour is their first experience seeing live theater.”

This year’s play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular and charming comedies. Soldiers return victorious from battle, their sights now set on the peacetime pleasures of love and merrymaking. But for Shakespeare’s wittiest couple, Beatrice and Benedick, romance is a “merry war” all its own, and their clever barbs protect their wary hearts.

Here are the free public performances:

  • Friday, Nov. 13, 1:30 p.m. — George L. Stevens Senior Center, 570 S 65th St, San Diego.
  • Saturday Nov. 14, 3 p.m. — Malcolm X Public Library, 5148 Market St., San Diego
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. — San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd, San Diego
  • Sunday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. — Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego

The tour will culminate in four low-cost performances on Nov. 21-22 in the Globe’s rehearsal halls in the historic House of Charm in Balboa Park.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.