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Old Globe Theater

Old Globe Theater
Old Globe Theater

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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. Located within idyllic Balboa Park, the theater further enhances the Park's reputation as a bastion for the arts.

Built in 1935 for the California Pacific International Exposition, the Old Globe stands as San Diego's flagship arts institution. For over 70 years, the theater has captivated audiences through its innovative presentations of works from and inspired by the most literary masterminds, including Shakespeare and San Diego's very own Dr. Seuss.

Performances occur on three stages: the 580-seat Old Globe Theatre, the 250-seat Arena Stage at the James S. Copley Auditorium in the San Diego Museum of Art, and the outdoor 612-seat Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. Productions range from the great comedies and tragedies of Shakespeare to newly developed works, some of which have gone to Broadway.

In addition to Shakespeare and various award-winning productions, the Old Globe hosts an annual family musical, Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Attraction Information

  • Box Office Hours:
  • Performance days: 12pm to last show
  • Non-performance days: 12pm to 6pm
  • Contact:
  • Location: 1363 Old Globe Way San Diego, CA
  • Phone: 619-23-GLOBE (234-5623)
  • Website:
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