Old Globe Theatre

The Old Globe is a professional theatre company located in Balboa Park in San Diego, California. It produces about 15 plays and musicals annually in summer and winter seasons. Plays are performed in three separate theatres in the complex, which is collectively called the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts:

  • Old Globe Theatre – 600-seat flagship theatre, fully enclosed, featuring the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
  • Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre – 250-seat intimate theatre in the round (completed 2009)
  • Lowell Davies Festival Theatre – 615-seat outdoor theatre

The Old Globe Theatre and the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre are part of the Conrad Prebys Theatre Center. The White Theatre is located within the Karen and Donald Cohn Education Center.

The Old Globe
Old Globe Theatre, San Diego
Address1363 Old Globe Way
LocationSan Diego, California, U.S.
Coordinates32°43′55.89″N 117°9′5.48″W / 32.7321917°N 117.1515222°WCoordinates: 32°43′55.89″N 117°9′5.48″W / 32.7321917°N 117.1515222°W
TypeRegional theater
CapacityOld Globe Theatre: 580
Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre: 250
Lowell Davies Festival Theatre: 620
ArchitectThomas Wood Stevens (original); Liebhardt, Botton & Associates, A.I.A. (rebuilt)


The Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935, designed by Richard Requa as part of the California Pacific International Exposition. The theatre was based on a copy of one built for the Chicago Century of Progress, which in turn was a copy of the Globe Theatre in London, England, where many of William Shakespeare's plays were performed during his lifetime. Like the original Globe, the theatre was open in the center with a roof over the seating on the sides.

During the exposition, it hosted 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays. At the end of the exposition, the Globe had been received so well that a nonprofit organization called the San Diego Community Theatre was formed to save the temporary structure from demolition. The committee leased the structure from the city, produced full-length plays, and created a more permanent structure by roofing over the theatre and bringing it up to code.[1]

In 1939, a young actor and director named Craig Noel was hired as general director. During World War II the U.S. Navy took over all buildings in Balboa Park, including the Globe. The Community Theatre group stayed together, producing one-act plays in various venues around San Diego. When the Globe was returned to civilian use in 1947, Noel returned as general director, and he remained in a leadership position until his death in 2010. In 1949 he launched the Globe's summer Shakespeare Festival in partnership with the drama department at University of San Diego. Since then the Shakespeare festival has been presented every summer except 1953, when Noel broke with tradition by producing the smash hit play Mister Roberts instead. The Globe continued to produce a combination of modern plays along with Shakespeare and other classics. In 1981 Jack O'Brien was hired as artistic director, while Noel became executive producer.[2]

The Cassius Carter Centre Stage, a theater in the round, was added in 1969 in what had been the Falstaff Tavern restaurant. It was rebuilt in 2009 as the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre.

In March 1978, the Globe Theatre was destroyed in an arson fire, and an outdoor festival stage was hastily constructed so that the 1978 season could still be produced. The Globe Theatre was rebuilt and reopened in 1981. In 1984, the festival stage in turn succumbed to arson. It was rebuilt and is now named the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The entire three-theatre complex is called the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Globe has grown into an internationally known theatre complex, an "influential powerhouse among regional theatres."[3] In 1984 it received the Tony Award for best regional theatre.

Productions that went to Broadway

Shows which originated at the Old Globe have gone on to Broadway to win nine Tony Awards and nearly 60 nominations.[4][5]

Year Show Opened on Broadway Notes
1987 Into the Woods 1988 Won Best Actress, Best Score, and Best Book of a Musical at 1988 Tony Awards
1988 Joe Turner's Come and Gone 1988 Won Best Featured Actress in a Play at 1988 Tony Awards
1988 Rumors 1989 Won Best Featured Actress in a Play at 1989 Tony Awards
1989 The Piano Lesson 1990
1990 Jake's Women 1992
1991 Two Trains Running 1992 Won Best Featured Actor in a Play at 1992 Tony Awards
1993 Redwood Curtain 1993 Won Best Featured Actress in a Play at 1993 Tony Awards
1993 Damn Yankees 1994 Won Best Featured Actor in a Musical at 1994 Tony Awards
1995 Getting Away With Murder (Globe title: "The Doctor is Out") 1996
1996 Play On! 1997
1998 Getting and Spending 1998
1998–present Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! 2006
2000 The Full Monty 2000
2002 Imaginary Friends 2002
2003 Julius Caesar 2005
2003 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All 2004
2004 Dirty Rotten Scoundrels 2005 Won Best Leading Actor in a Musical at 2005 Tony Awards
2005 Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life 2005
2006 The Times They Are A-Changin' 2006
2007 A Catered Affair 2008
2012 Allegiance 2015
2013 A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder 2013 Won Best Musical, Best Book, Best Costume Design of a Musical, and Best Direction of a Musical at 2014 Tony Awards
2014 Bright Star 2016
2016 Meteor Shower 2017

External links


  1. ^ "History". Old Globe Theatre. Retrieved 3 August 2017.
  2. ^ Mohr, Beth (Spring 1985). "The Old Globe Theatre: Highlights From Fifty Years". The Journal of San Diego History. 31 (2). Retrieved 2008-05-30.
  3. ^ Weber, Bruce (April 12, 2010). "Craig Noel, a Force in Regional Theater, Dies at 94". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  4. ^ San Diego News Network, April 4, 2010 Archived February 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Globe to Broadway". theoldglobe.org. The Old Globe. Retrieved 12 November 2018.
Allie Trimm

Alexandria "Allie" Trimm (born October 27, 1994) is an American singer and actress, active on Broadway, in regional theater and on television. She began performing in professional theatre in her native San Diego, California at age nine.Trimm made her Broadway debut in Jason Robert Brown's 13, playing the role of Patrice from October 5, 2008 through its closing on January 4, 2009. She appeared in 13 earlier in 2008 at Goodspeed Musicals Norma Terris Theatre, Connecticut. She performed the role of Kim MacAfee in the Broadway revival of Bye Bye Birdie with John Stamos and Gina Gershon from September 2009 through closing on January 24, 2010.Trimm is currently on hiatus from pursuing a dual degree in psychology and human biology from Stanford University to focus exclusively on theater.

Another Antigone

Another Antigone is a play by A. R. Gurney. It was first produced in March 1987 at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California. The play opened at Playwrights Horizons in New York City in January, 1988. It is dedicated by the playwright to John Tillinger. It was published by the Dramatists Play Service in January 1988. The play is based on the Greek tragedy, Antigone by Sophocles, which is a classic tale of how unbending hubris destroys all who fall prey to its spell. Another Antigone is the same story, with some modern twists.

Balboa Park (San Diego)

Balboa Park is a 1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park in San Diego, California, United States. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. There are also many recreational facilities and several gift shops and restaurants within the boundaries of the park. Placed in reserve in 1835, the park's site is one of the oldest in the United States dedicated to public recreational use. Balboa Park is managed and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of San Diego.

Balboa Park hosted the 1915–16 Panama–California Exposition and 1935–36 California Pacific International Exposition, both of which left architectural landmarks. The park and its historic Exposition buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark and National Historic Landmark District in 1977, and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Craig Noel

Craig Noel (August 25, 1915 – April 3, 2010) was an American theatre producer. He was the founding director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California and led it for more than 60 years. He "helped transform it from an insular community group into an influential powerhouse among regional theaters."The Old Globe began as an attraction at Balboa Park's 1935 California Pacific International Exposition with the presentation of 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays. After the exposition was over, the group reorganized as a community theatre. Noel, who had moved with his family to San Diego in 1918 and graduated from San Diego High School, acted in the initial production in 1937 at the age of 22. He soon began directing, and he was named the Globe's general director in 1939. After World War II service and a stint in Hollywood, he returned to The Globe in 1947 as resident director. He never left, personally directing more than 200 productions, producing 270 more, and building the Globe into a theatrical powerhouse which won the Tony Award for best regional theater in 1984. Shows which originated at the Old Globe have gone on to Broadway to win nine Tony Awards and nearly 60 nominations. In 1981 Noel hired Jack O'Brien to replace him as artistic director, but he remained active in the leadership of the Old Globe right up until his death.

He created the San Diego National Shakespeare Festival in 1949, making the Globe the first professional Actors Equity theater on the West Coast. Under his leadership the Globe added a second theatre, the in-the-round Cassius Carter Theatre, in 1968, and a third, the outdoor Festival Stage, in 1978. He led rebuilding efforts after the original Globe and later the Festival Stage were destroyed by arson. He was instrumental in creating the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program at the University of San Diego in 1987. In 1983, he established Teatro Meta, a bilingual playwriting program involving thousands of San Diego young people.He fostered the careers of numerous actors and directors who later achieved fame, including Jack O'Brien, Marion Ross, David Ogden Stiers, Kelsey Grammer, Kandis Chappell and Jonathan McMurtry.In 2005 Craig Noel celebrated his 90th birthday coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Old Globe Theatre. In 2007, he was awarded the National Medal of Arts for his ”decades of leadership as a pillar of the American theater.”He died April 3, 2010 at the age of 94 at his home in San Diego.

Culture of San Diego

The culture of San Diego, California is influenced heavily by American and Mexican cultures due to its position as a border town, its large Hispanic population, and its history as part of Spanish America and Mexico. San Diego's longtime association with the U.S. military also contributes to its culture. Present-day culture includes many historical and tourist attractions, a thriving musical and theatrical scene, numerous notable special events, a varied cuisine, and a reputation as one of America's premier centers of craft brewing.

Cygnet Theatre Company

Cygnet Theatre Company in San Diego, CA was founded in 2003 by Bill Schmidt and Sean Murray. The theatre's name is a reference to the Swan Theatre, a prominent competitor to Shakespeare's Globe. One of San Diego's major theatre companies is the Old Globe Theatre.

Globe Theatre (disambiguation)

Globe Theatre was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare.

Globe Theatre may also refer to:

Globe Theatre, Regina in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Globe Theatre, Dunedin, New Zealand

Globe Theatre (Newcastle Street), London, UK

Gielgud Theatre or Globe Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, UK

Shakespeare's Globe, London, UK

Old Globe Theatre of San Diego, California, U.S.

Globe Theatre, California, U.S., part of Universal Studios Hollywood

Globe Theater (Los Angeles), where Roberta Brown once performed

Globe Theatre, Boston (1871), Massachusetts, U.S.

Globe Theatre, Boston (1903), Massachusetts, U.S.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre or Globe Theatre, New York, U.S.

Church of the Messiah (Manhattan) or Globe Theatre, New York, U.S.

Pop-up Globe - a theatre company that performs Shakespeare plays in a temporary replica of the Globe Theatre

House of Charm

The House of Charm is a historic museum building in Balboa Park, San Diego. It was built for the 1915-16 Panama-California Exposition, and like most buildings from that Exposition it features Mission Revival Style architecture. It acquired its current name, "House of Charm", during the park's second Exposition held in 1935-36. It now houses the San Diego Art Institute and the Mingei International Museum as well as rehearsal space for the Old Globe Theatre. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Into the Woods

Into the Woods is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. The musical intertwines the plots of several Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault fairy tales, exploring the consequences of the characters' wishes and quests. The main characters are taken from "Little Red Riding Hood", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Rapunzel", and "Cinderella", as well as several others. The musical is tied together by a story involving a childless baker and his wife and their quest to begin a family (the original beginning of The Grimm Brothers' "Rapunzel"), their interaction with a witch who has placed a curse on them, and their interaction with other storybook characters during their journey.

The musical debuted in San Diego at the Old Globe Theatre in 1986 and premiered on Broadway on November 5, 1987, where it won several Tony Awards, including Best Score, Best Book, and Best Actress in a Musical (Joanna Gleason), in a year dominated by The Phantom of the Opera (1988). The musical has since been produced many times, with a 1988 US national tour, a 1990 West End production, a 1997 tenth anniversary concert, a 2002 Broadway revival, a 2010 London revival, and in 2012 as part of New York City's outdoor Shakespeare in the Park series.

A Disney film adaptation directed by Rob Marshall and starring Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Tracey Ullman, Christine Baranski and Johnny Depp was released in 2014. The film grossed over $213 million worldwide, and received three Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations.

Itamar Moses

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Jack O'Brien (director)

Jack O'Brien (born June 18, 1939) is an American director, producer, writer and lyricist. He served as the Artistic Director of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California from 1981 through the end of 2007.O'Brien has won three Tony Awards and been nominated for seven more, and won five Drama Desk Awards. He has directed and produced musicals, including The Full Monty and Hairspray, contemporary dramas such as The Piano Lesson, The Invention of Love and The Coast of Utopia, Shakespeare classics, including Hamlet and Henry IV (a combination of Part 1 and Part 2), and operas, including Il trittico at the Metropolitan Opera.

He has also been associated with some notorious Broadway failures. In 1972, he wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book for The Selling of the President, which closed after five performances. The Old Globe also co-produced the stage adaptation of Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, which closed after only one performance.

Mariana Dimitrova

Mariana Dimitrova (Bulgarian: Мариана Димитрова) was a famous Bulgarian actress born on May 28, 1954 in the small village of Kozarevetz, Veliko Turnovo region. She graduated from the Bulgarian film academy. Her second husband was the prominent Bulgarian director Eduard Zahariev. From 1997 to 2005 she lived in San Diego, California.

She played different roles in more than 30 Bulgarian movies, some of the most memorable ones in "Manly Times", "Ladies' Choice" and "My Darling, My Darling". She also took part in the Old Globe Theatre play "Pentecost" and in one of the episodes of "Six feet under" She wrote 2 books that are published in Bulgaria:"American syndrome" and "Curious travelers". She committed suicide on June 1, 2005.

Patricia Conolly

Patricia Conolly (born 29 August 1933) is an Australian stage actress.

Paxton Whitehead

Francis Edward Paxton Whitehead (born 17 October 1937) is an English actor, theatre director, and playwright. He was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for his performance as Pellinore in the 1980 revival of Camelot.

Rumors (play)

Rumors is a farcical play by Neil Simon.

Shakespeare festival

A Shakespeare festival is a theatre organization that stages the works of William Shakespeare on an ongoing basis.

The Boy Friend (musical)

The Boy Friend (sometimes misspelled The Boyfriend) is a musical by Sandy Wilson. The musical's original 1954 London production ran for 2,078 performances, making it briefly the third-longest running musical in West End or Broadway history (after Chu Chin Chow and Oklahoma!) until these were all surpassed by Salad Days. This musical marked Julie Andrews' American stage debut.

Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera in the Roaring Twenties, The Boy Friend is a comic pastiche of 1920s shows (in particular early Rodgers and Hart musicals such as The Girl Friend). Its relatively small cast and low cost of production makes it a continuing popular choice for amateur and student groups.

Sandy Wilson wrote a sequel to The Boy Friend. Set ten years later, and, appropriately, a pastiche of 1930s musicals (in particular those of Cole Porter) it was titled Divorce Me, Darling! and ran for 91 performances at London's old Globe Theatre in 1965. It is sometimes revived as a "double bill" with The Boy Friend.

The original score and manuscripts for the script and lyrics can be found in Wilson's archive at the Harry Ransom Center.

The Cocktail Hour

The Cocktail Hour is a comedy of manners by A. R. Gurney. It premiered in June 1988 in San Diego, California at the Old Globe Theatre and, on October 20, 1988, in New York City at the Off Broadway Promenade Theatre. Like many of Gurney’s plays, The Cocktail Hour is a comedy exploring the world of upper-class families in the Northeastern United States. A review in The New York Times described it as "an examination of an overprivileged family that fights domestic battles while downing drinks."


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