Old Globe Theater San Diego

Witness incredible talent and performances that are crafted with excellence at Shakespeare's Old Globe Theater San Diego! Package rates are available.
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Experience the Wonders of the Old Globe Theater San Diego!

Nestled in the corner of Balboa Park, off of Balboa Drive in San Diego, is the Old Globe Theater. This theater is surrounded by museums, restaurants, beautiful gardens, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. It is the perfect place to spend a weekend exploring.

There are many restaurants to choose from including Old Globe’s very own Lady Carolyn Pub which offers a selection of sandwiches and soups, as well as other wonderful treats! You won’t attend a show with an empty belly! Although, no food or drink is allowed in the theater itself.

The Old Globe Theater San Diego was constructed in 1935 to replicate Shakespeare's Old Globe in London. It went on to produce curtailed versions of Shakespeare's plays, eventually expanding its horizons to include other world-renowned classic performances.

The Old Globe San Diego is now home to many nationally renowned actors, directors and playwrights.

On March 8th of 1978, this beautifully built theater experienced a tragic fire caused by arson. However, from an unfortunate tragedy came an amazing addition, an award-winning theater outdoors! Since a good portion of The Globe had to be rebuilt, they designed the Festival Stage for production space.

Unfortunately, in 1984, another arson fire claimed the Festival Stage. From there, the Lowell Davies Festival theater was created, providing 620-seats for theater lovers in 1985.

Over 20 productions that were produced in this very theater, the Old Globe, have gone on to Broadway earning 13 Tony Awards. In 1984 The Globe received a Tony Award for recognition in the development of theater.

The theater has a budget of $30 million per year as one of San Diego’s largest art institutions. It’s a top-ranked theater nationally, as well. No wonder over 250,000 people visit it annually!

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Multiple Stages for Hundreds of Performances

The Old Globe Theater has 3 stages across San Diego's Balboa Park. The Donald and Darlene Shiley stage is in the Old Globe Theater with 580 seats to fill. The Sheryls and Harvey White Theater has an additional 250 seats capacity. Both of these stages are contained indoors so that you can immerse yourself in the experience come rain or shine.

The third stage, the Tony award-winning Lowell Davies 620-seat festival theater, is located outdoors where the famous summer Shakespeare Festival takes place.

Across these three stages combined, the Old Globe features 15 productions and around 600 performances annually.

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Great theatre at The Old Globe is even more fun when you’re with friends! Groups of 10 or more save money and get early access before single tickets go on sale.

A few plays to name that you may have the privilege of seeing include:

  • Little Women - Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank - by Nathan Englander
  • The Taming of the Shrew - by William Shakespeare

They also embrace the holiday by holding an annual performance of, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Be sure to check the 'Shows and Tickets' section of the Old Globe Theater's website for upcoming productions and performances. As new productions are premiering, the performances are subject to change with time.

The actors and actresses you will see on these beautifully constructed stages are professionals who strive to keep the true essence of the theater community alive. This is an experience you truly don't want to miss!

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Enjoy the Ultimate Theater Experience in the Summer!

The Old Globe Theater has shows going on year-round, so there is no 'bad' time to visit this impressive theater. However, if you're a Shakespeare fanatic then the best time for you to visit would be in the summer.

Summertime, from the middle of June to July is when they showcase Shakespeare's plays for everyone to enjoy! You can enjoy the sunshine while you allow your soul to be filled with the recreations of these historical, world-famous plays.

Or, if your preference is the shade then they have the option of enjoying the festival at the indoor stages as well. They strive to provide an equal opportunity for all so no one is left out.

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Hurry and Get Your Tickets

You can easily purchase your tickets by going to the Old Globe Theater's San Diego website. You can also call the box office at (619)-23-GLOBE (234-5623). Use both of these avenues to check when tickets to certain shows go on sale to ensure you get your ticket!

If you're someone who wants to see several shows, then season packages are available to provide you with a great money-saving option. Purchasing a season package guarantees your seats before the tickets go on sale!

The Different Packages include:

  • Summer 4 plays
  • Summer 3 plays (Option A)
  • Summer 3 plays (Option B)

Both summer 3 play packages feature three separate plays. Be sure to check what they are before you purchase the package.

Prices vary depending on your seating choices. The most expensive being Summer 4 plays at $499 for the gold seating, and Summer 3 plays at $124 for Area B.

As always, prices are subject to change so be sure to call ahead beforehand, or check the website for up-to-date prices.

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Here are a few things you should know before you go to bypass any unpleasant surprises:

Hours of Operation

The theater is open Tuesday through Sunday with showtimes beginning at noon, with the last showtime at 6:00 pm. The box office is closed on Mondays. Always check beforehand as these hours can change.

How to Find the Theater and Park

The theater is located in Balboa Park and easily accessed from major freeways. Parking can be difficult during peak hours. It is recommended all theater patrons arrive at least 1 hour before showtime to secure their seats.

Land the Best seats in the House

The front row seats tend to sell out very quickly. If you prefer to be front and center, keep an eye out for the early bird specials and get your tickets as soon as possible.

Have fun!

The most important tip is to enjoy yourself. In our daily lives, we are constantly attached to our phones and computers. Let this be a time when you turn it off and allow yourself to experience the essence of true theater performance.

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