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Old Globe Theatre

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Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 1363 Old Globe Way, San Diego, CA 92101-1696
Phone Number:
+1 619-234-5623
12:00 - 19:00
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Sun 12:00 - 19:00
Tue - Wed 12:00 - 19:00
Thu - Sat 12:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Tony Award-winning Old Globe is one of the country’s leading...

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.

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Great Theatre

Overall a great theatre located in the middle of San Diego's Balboa Park. Pretty much every seat is a good seat in the Old Globe so don't feel you need to spend a fortune to get a... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2014
Erica O
San Diego, California, United States
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San Diego, California, United States
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Overall a great theatre located in the middle of San Diego's Balboa Park. Pretty much every seat is a good seat in the Old Globe so don't feel you need to spend a fortune to get a good view. The theatre is clean and well maintained with helpful staff. Parking can be somewhat of an issue so plan to arrive... More 

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We paid $80 each for tickets to Time and The Conways and left at intermission. The play seems an odd choice for an American regional theatre, especially since seems to be generally considered a second rate example of Priestley's work. This cast and director did nothing to dispel that notion. They were not capable of consistent or convincing English manners... More 

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Greenville, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

I was in town for business, and heard about the Globe Theatre. so, I called and found there were tickets still available for that same night. I saw Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a wonderful comedy. It is such a beautiful theater, right in Balboa Park. I wish I had gone earlier and had a drink there at... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

It's always great to watch a historic play on a warm San Diego summer night outdoors. And the actors and theatre staff are always helpful. The concessions are also more varied than at other SD Theatres. Unfortunately, there are only a few ideal areas for seating, as the audience area is more of a half-circle, rather than other SD Theatre's... More 

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Poway, California
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

Recently saw Time and The Conways here at the Old Globe. It's been decades since I've stepped foot in this theater.... What a loss for me!!! Our evening was so delightful...had drinks and appetizers in the nearby Prado restaurant. Highly recommend an evening at The Old Globe.....going to buy summer season tickets!!!

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 29 May 2014 via mobile

The Old Globe offers 3 theaters in one location and often offers 2 or more plays going at once. One of the theaters is an outdoor theater for showing Shakespeare. How great is that?! If you're in town during Christmastime, catch the yearly production of The Grinch and the magical tree lighting if you can.

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Reviewed 26 May 2014

What a wonderful place to see a play and what a great play! This is in the beautiful Balboa Park and it was a wonderful night. We saw Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (may have those names out of order) and it was fabulous. We had probably the cheapest seats in the theater but were still able to see everything.... More 

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Reviewed 24 May 2014

We too saw Water By The Spoonful, in the theater in the round. It is a very small space, so you are close to the actors and the action. The cast did fine as far as I could tell. It's the play itself that I did not care for. The helpful box office person got us hot tix for the... More 

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San Diego, California
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

Went here to see A Midsummer Night's Dream a few summers ago, and it was a wonderful experience. The venue is small and well designed so that all seats are "good" seats. This is an excellent place to introduce your kids to good theatre without breaking the bank. I highly recommend this venue.

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

Saw "Water By the Spoonful" and thoroughly enjoyed it. Nothing beats theatre in the round for an intimate drama.

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