|The Old Globe has a long and, at times, tragic story in Balboa Park. Both the original theater (built in 1935) and the Festival theater were destroyed by fire.
But rebuilding made the company stronger; it received a Tony in 1984 for excellence in regional theater and its Artistic Director, Jack O'Brien, received a Tony in 2003 for Best Direction of a Musical ("Hairspray").
The centerpiece of this complex (formally know as the Simon Edison Center for the Performing Arts) is the 581-seat Old Globe Theatre -- which was modeled after Shakespeare's original.
It operates during winter and summer seasons, as does the intimate 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage next door. The outdoor, 612-seat Lowell Davies Festival Theatre is used in the summer, with at least one Shakespeare production each Festival season.
While the Globe has always mounted Shakespeare productions, it also focuses on developing new works. Some, like "The Full Monty" and Stephen Sondheim's "Into The Woods,'' have made it to Broadway.
The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 234-5623
DRIVING DIRECTIONS - SPRECKELS THEATRE
DRIVING DIRECTIONS - OLD GLOBE THEATRE
Take Interstate 5 into San Diego. Exit at Sassafras Street and follow Kettner Boulevard to Laurel Street (second stop light). Turn left (east) on Laurel and drive straight into Balboa Park.
Take Interstate 5 North to the Sixth Avenue exit. Turn right (north) and follow Sixth Avenue to Laurel Street. Turn right (east) on Laurel and drive straight into Balboa Park.
Take Interstate 8 to 163. Go south on 163 and exit at University Ave. At the light, continue straight along Sixth Avenue to Laurel. Turn left (east) on Laurel and drive straight into Balboa Park.
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Box Office Hours: Noon until 15 minutes after curtain; (Noon-6 pm on non-performance days)