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!