The Old Globe Theatre is a professional theatre company located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. It produces about 15 plays and musicals annually in summer and winter seasons. Plays are performed in three separate theatres in the complex, which is collectively called the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts: Old Globe Theatre – 600-seat flagship theatre, fully enclosed, featuring the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre – 250-seat intimate theatre in the round (completed 2009) Lowell Davies Festival Theatre – 615-seat outdoor theatreThe Old Globe Theatre and the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre are part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The White Theatre also houses the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center.HistoryThe Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935, designed by Richard Requa as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. The theatre was based on a copy of one built for the Chicago Century of Progress, which in turn was a copy of the Globe Theatre in London, England, where many of William Shakespeare's plays were performed during his lifetime. Like the original Globe, the theatre was open in the center with a roof over the seating on the sides.During the exposition, it hosted 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays. At the end of the exposition, the Globe had been received so well that a nonprofit organization called the San Diego Community Theatre was formed to save the temporary structure from demolition. The committee leased the structure from the city, produced full-length plays, and created a more permanent structure by roofing over the theatre and bringing it up to code.For Old Globe Theatre and beyond, use our San Diego travel planning website to get the most from your San Diego vacation.
Old Globe Theatre Reviews
It was grand to happen upon this performance venue, modelled on the original in London. It’s in a most pleasant part of the magnificent park. Around it are grand walks and also an open air café. Numer... more »
Took in a last minute play (Almost Famous) and scored some great tickets! There are three theatres in one area of Balboa Park. It was so nice to go outside during intermission and grab a drink or just... more »
I love the Old Globe! They bring interesting productions to San Diego in a sophisticated, but intimate environment. I used to be a subscriber, but even now, I see at least two shows there each season. Casting and directing choices are usually refreshing, so even if you've seen a show at another theater, you should see it again at the Old Globe. Parking can be challenging and the food could be better, otherwise, you're in for a treat at the Old Globe.
Globe outdoor stage Shakespeare Festival "Romeo and Juliet." Barry Edelstein blew the doors off! Fabulous show. Really made it very accessible to a wide range audience. The staging and the interpolation of contemporary music made the script bold and alive. A must see. A wonderful way to spend a San Diego Summer Evening. Bravo!
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