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Performing Arts

Performing Arts
Performing Arts

If the whole world is a stage, San Diego is raising the curtains. The city's theater scene is an internationally recognized provocateur of creativity with a wide range of venues and performance repertoire. The innovative La Jolla Playhouse has been honored with a Tony, and staged the West Coast premier of Rent. The acclaimed Old Globe held the world premier of The Full Monty: The Musical, and has a season of Shakespeare that would let even Hamlet's ghost find peace. The Moonlight Amphitheater pulls on the power of the ancients to perform Broadway musicals under a backdrop of stars. This is one show you won't want to miss. Shhh… It's almost curtain call.

San Diego | Performing Arts

Balboa Theater
  • Balboa Theater
  • Originally opened as a vaudeville house in 1924, converted into a movie theater in 1932, closed in 1986, renovated and then reopened in January 2008…the Balboa Theatre has undergone many makeovers throughout the years.
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La Jolla Playhouse
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Nestled in the affluent community of La Jolla, The Playhouse is an innovative theatre known for turning classical productions into contemporary masterpieces.
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Lamb's Players Theatre
  • Lamb's Players Theatre
  • With its roots in street theater and its continued focus on artist-directed productions, Lamb's Players are known for premiering fresh, new works never seen anywhere else before. Lamb's Players Theatre has produced over 33 world premieres and over 30 regional premieres.
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Lyceum Theatre
  • Lyceum Theatre
  • The underground Lyceum Theatre below Horton Plaza produces provocative and exotic shows for curious, open-minded audiences.
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Marie Hitchcock Theatre
  • Marie Hitchcock Theatre
  • Some of the best performers are made of felt, wire and buttons. At Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater, everyone from pre-schoolers to grown-ups can enjoy watching shows featuring a cast of...
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Moonlight Amphitheatre
  • Moonlight Amphitheatre
  • As you crest the hill overlooking Moonlight Amphitheatre in Vista's Brengle Terrace Park, the spicy medicinal smell of the surrounding Eucalyptus robs the tension from your mind.
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National Comedy Theatre
Old Globe Theater
  • Old Globe Theater
  • From a reputable Shakespeare festival to an annual year-round season featuring 15 plays and musicals, the Old Globe Theatre provides a steady stream of cultural innovation to the San Diego region.
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Orchestra Nova San Diego
  • Orchestra Nova San Diego
  • Like a fine wine, the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, now called The Orchestra Nova San Diego, gets better with age. After 25 years, Orchestra Nova San Diego delivers world-class performances, electrifying audiences young and old, knowledgeable and newcomer alike.
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San Diego Ballet
  • San Diego Ballet
  • Drop into San Diego Ballet's Point Loma location to take a class, look around, and perhaps even watch the dancers rehearse a new piece.
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San Diego Opera
  • San Diego Opera
  • Opera is known for its soaring scores, revolutionary love affairs, and secretive, murderous plots. The San Diego Opera doesn't disappoint.
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San Diego Symphony
  • San Diego Symphony
  • Attending the San Diego Symphony in historic Copley Hall affords a majestic, old-world experience. French Rococo and Spanish Colonial style architecture blend to create a lush space worthy of one of the nation's top orchestras.
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Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion
  • In the heart of Balboa Park, you'll find the world's largest outdoor pipe organ, housed in an ornate Italian Renaissance style pavilion.
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The Civic Theater
  • The Civic Theater
  • The impressive and diverse list of performers who've thrilled and entertained audiences from the Civic Theatre's stage includes talents that range from Louis Armstrong to Frank...
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