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Old Globe Theatre
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Balboa Park Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour
Ranked #46 of 451 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.
Reviewed August 15, 2013

Dont spend your evening sitting in the hotel watching TV. Go see a performance in an out door venue where you can get a cider. But it is outdoors, even in August you need a jacket for the cool evenings. Locals know the deal and take blanket.

Only problem is the nearby eatery is just a snack/sandwich place. Go eat a big lunch the evening you go to a performance. It is located in Balboa Park, so after you find a parking spot, you will have to walk a bit to get to the theater. Not enough time if you go to a restaurant and try to get to the theater before curtain up.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

Midsummer Night's Dream at the Old Globe Theatre was fabulous!
Every minute was VERY engaging. The cast members were multi-talented both acting and tech. The stadium seating was fine. We were glad we brought coats and blankets since the evenings are chilly, even in the summer. Hope to attend again.

Thank CBecky327
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Anytime is a good time to visit The Old Globe Theatre. During the summer, three theatres are in operation: a large main stage, a small arena stage, and the outdoor Festival Stage where three plays are done in repertory. The repertory typically includes to Shakespeare plays and a third, more contemporary piece. Staging on all stages ranges from brilliantly creative to absolutely magical. Actors with excellent stage, film, and TV credentials are featured along with topnotch directors and designers. Centered in Balboa Park, this is the place for an evening or matinee of outstanding theatre. Backstage tours are also available for visitors. Simply call the theatre office to find out whether one is being offered during your stay.

Thank Paradocs
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

There are three separate theatres in Balboa Park and we only managed to attend one performance. It was an excellent performance of Double Indemnity. I imagine the other plays are of the same caliber. The location is easy to get to by bus and the park itself is interesting and free.

Thank nancy H
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

I'll be honest. I'm not overly in love with the Globe. I have other favorite theaters. Nevertheless, although I didn't renew my annual subscription this year, I'd did buy one for the Summer. I have no fault with the choice of plays, the actors or the theaters. However, it is very difficult to get a good to great seat in general. The patronage of the theater is very strong and because of that it just isn't possible to break into the first 1/3 of the orchestra seats. I've tried, but I'm always way to far back to really enjoy the performances. Also, be warned, the theater is cold. They do tell you to bring a sweater or something to keep you warm and you should. Sometimes it is so cold that you can't enjoy the play. I go to the theater in San Diego two to threes times per month, so I'm not unaware of the offerings. I think for your money the Cygnet is an excellent alternative to the Globe. Also, parking is nothing short of a nightmare on week-ends at Balboa Park.

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