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“Intimate setting, excellent talent” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old Globe Theatre

Old Globe Theatre
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Balboa Park Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #40 of 424 things to do in San Diego
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading professional regional theatres and has stood as San Diego’s flagship arts institution for over 80 years. Under the leadership of Erna Finci Viterbi Artistic Director Barry Edelstein, The Old Globe produces a year-round season of 15 productions of classic, contemporary, and new works on its three Balboa Park stages: the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the 600-seat Old Globe Theatre and the 250-seat Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, both part of The Old Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, and the 605-seat outdoor Lowell Davies Festival Theatre, home of its internationally renowned Shakespeare Festival. More than 250,000 people attend Globe productions annually and participate in the theatre’s education and community programs. Numerous world premieres such as the 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Musical, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Bright Star, Allegiance, The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,and the annual holiday musical Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! have been developed at The Old Globe and have gone on to enjoy highly successful runs on Broadway and at regional theatres across the country.
Sisters, Oregon, United States
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28 reviews
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“Intimate setting, excellent talent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

The Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935 for the presentation of Shakespeare's plays as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. Today they continue the Shakespearean tradition but have added current plays of all types.

Visited June 2012
Thank Susan B
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San Diego
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“GREAT place to see a play!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2012

We have been to several plays here-mostly Shakespeare. Always enjoyed ourselves. Great venue

Visited June 2012
Thank Diane E
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Huntington Beach
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“Great way to spend an evening in San Diego”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

Always a great performance - wonderful cast and production of Richard III this year

Visited June 2012
1 Thank Bruce R
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Ramona, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Shakespeare Festival”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2012

Summer isn't summer without going to the outdoor Shakespeare festival at the Lowell Davies Theater at the Old Globe. Wonderful adaptations of the Bard's greatest hits. I remember my first time and seeing Henry II with John Goodman. Always fabulous sets and costuming. It is outside so bring layers-they will rent blankets-but I always bring my own- and there is a little cafe for dinner before the show and it is reasonable and pretty good but a better bet is the sculpture garden down the street (check if it is open for dinner). Come early and walk around the historical park a bit (built for the World's Fair in the 30's) and find it easier to park. For 10.00 you can get Valet parking in front of the Fine Art Museum-well worth it! Come even earlier and take in the Fine Art Gallery, Timken Gallery, and the Mingei Gallery-all in the same area and wonderful eye candy for art lovers. Look on-line for coupons or days they are less expensive.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego, California
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“Top notch productions”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2012

Professional productions, nice theaters (there are three of them in all), good sets, a mixure of types and styles of plays, and pretty reasonable prices. Recommended. We often have season tickets.

Visited June 2012
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