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“Excellent theater in Balboa Park” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Old Globe Theatre

Old Globe Theatre
1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101 (Balboa Park)
619-234-5623
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Ranked #5 of 220 attractions in San Diego
Type: Theaters
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: One of the nation's top regional theaters, the Old Globe continues to draw more than 300,000 people annually.
San Diego, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Excellent theater in Balboa Park”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

There are three theaters in the complex and during the summer, there is something playing nearly every night. The Shakespeare Festival's shows in the summer are outdoors and consistently good. The smallish theater in the round facility produces some of the most engaging productions, because of the intimacy. There are no bad seats in any of the venues.

Plan for a pre- or post- show snack or meal at the nearby Prado Restaurant. It's only steps away in the park and is a terrific place for a meal in the restaurant proper or something simpler in the bar.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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“Wonderful theater complex”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Wonderful theater complex. For a number of years, I've come to see Shakespeare's plays and loved Summer evening shows, particularly those around the Perseid meteor showers, in the middle of August.

Visited September 2012
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Delta, Canada
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“Special Evening in San Diego”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Travelled to San Diego in May. Took in a play at the Old Globe theatre in Balboa Park. What a good decision. The theatre is oustanding from a viewing and acoustic perspective, the players were top class and the setting in Balboa park was incredible. Online odering process is really simple and you simply pick up your tickets at the door just before show time. Sorry that we didn't arrive a few hours before the show to give us more time to wander through Balboa Park - it is simply gorgeous. If you are looking to add a special event to your San Diego experience this is a perfect choice.

Visited May 2013
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Glendale, Arizona
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic time no matter which theater”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We have been fortunate to see Shakespeare in the outdoor theater and another excellent show in the small theater in the round. I would say there is not a bad seat in either and the entertainment value is a 10.

Visited August 2012
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Milwaukee, WI
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“Beautiful space and grounds, great productions”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

I've seen two shows at the Old Globe and had a great time during each visit. Both shows have been in the enclosed theatre, which has a distinct 60s/70s vibe on the interior, but it doesn't take away from the productions. Seats are comfortable and the house is set up so that there really aren't any bad seats (and their online ticketing process is great-- you can actually choose to see what the stage will look like from the seat you pick). The theatre grounds are beautiful and the buildings evoke the British theatre from which it takes its name.

Their productions are top-notch and if you get to the theatre early, you can take in some of Balboa Park first, making for a perfect outing.

Visited October 2012
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