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While L.A. will never lack cinemas to see everything from the latest blockbuster to an underground foreign film, catching a play can be a much harder task in this town of cinephiles.

Thankfully, rather than book a trip to Broadway, underserved theater fans can head south to San Diego, where the Tony Award-winning Old Globe will be throwing its annual Shakespeare Festival from June 3 through September 30.

Shakespeare fans will be delighted to know that "Richard III", a blood-soaked story of a power-hungry lord intent on seizing the English crown, and underrated comedy "As You Like It" will be performed in the  605-seat, al fresco Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. In addition to the Shakespeare fare, acclaimed courtroom drama "Inherit The Wind" will also run all summer long.

A tradition since 1935, the Old Globe's Shakespeare Festival has always drawn top talent, from directors to actors, and this season is no different. Jay Whittacker (Prison Break) will play the title role in "Rich III" as well as Oliver in "As You Like It", while Adrian Sparks (Community, The West Wing) will play Matthew Harrison Bradey in "Inherit The Wind". On the directorial side of things, renowned British director Lindsay Posner makes his Old Globe debut with "Richard III".

In addition to the three rotating plays, seminars, post-show forums and other special events will take place at the venerated theater. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit The Old Globe.

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