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The outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Photo credit: TheOldGlobe.org

The Old Globe begins the process of reopening Friday when events return to the outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre at Balboa Park.

The Davies theatre hosts a free series of movies through July 3 – first up, Dreamgirls – along with live cabarets and performances of Shakespeare scenes, which begin June 19. Fully staged productions resume in August, when the musical Hair opens.

Though free, tickets for the movie screenings are required. The early dates become available on Tuesday.

The movie lineup – all shows begin at 8:30 p.m. – includes:

  • Friday – Dreamgirls starring Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy
  • June 5 – Disney’s Cinderella with Brandy and Whitney Houston
  • June 6 – The 1961 classic, and Oscar winner for Best Picture, West Side Story
  • June 11 – Passing Strange filmed live on Broadway by Spike Lee
  • June 12 – The Wiz starring Diana Ross
  • June 13 – George Takei’s Allegiance, the Broadway Musical on the Big Screen, a show that had its premiere at The Old Globe in 2012
  • July 1 – The West End staging of the Tony Award–winning Best Musical Kinky Boots
  • July 2 – The musical 1776 with William Daniels, Ken Howard and Blythe Danner
  • July 3 – Grease, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

Tickets for DreamgirlsCinderella, and West Side Story can be picked up Tuesday. On June 8, tickets for Passing StrangeThe Wiz, and Allegiance become available. On June 25, tickets will be released for Kinky Boots1776, and Grease.

The live lineup, with shows beginning at 8 p.m., includes:

  • June 19–20 – Solea Pfeiffer  of the Globe’s Almost Famous, the Hamilton tour and Hollywood Bowl’s West Side Story
  • June 25–27 – Tony Award nominee Carmen Cusack, from Bright Star at the Globe and on Broadway
  • July 9–11 –  Eden Espinosa, the Globe’s Rain, and Broadway’s Wicked and Rent
  • July 16-18 – Thinking Shakespeare LOVE!, a celebration of love in the Bard’s plays, poems, and songs performed live by seven 2021 graduates of Globe’s and University of San Diego Shiley Graduate Theatre Program.

Cabaret tickets, starting at $29, go on sale at noon June 11, as will Shakespeare tickets, starting at $20.

Strict masking and socially distancing rules will be in effect. Check the Globe’s website for updates.

Artistic Director Barry Edelstein described the theater’s upcoming lineup as full of “richness and vitality that audiences have come to expect from the Globe.”

Free engagement events on Copley Plaza outside the Globe also begin again Friday, including arts, fitness and cultural programming.

Meanwhile, Hair opens Aug. 10 at the festival theatre and The Old Globe’s two indoor theaters open in September with the world premieres of The Gardens of Anuncia and Shutter Sisters.

The theater has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic, but has offered virtual programs and radio broadcasts.

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