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The Old Globe Theatre, located in San Diegomarker, Californiamarker, produces about 15 plays and musicals annually, including Shakespeare, in summer and winter seasons. Plays are performed in three separate theatres in the complex, called the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts:
  • Old Globe Theatre — 518-seat flagship theatre, fully-enclosed
  • Cassius Carter Centre Stage — 225-seat intimate theatre-in-the-round demolished 2008
  • Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre — intimate theatre-in-the-round, expected completion 2010
  • Lowell Davies Festival Theatre — 615-seat outdoor theatre


The Old Globe Theatre was built in 1935 as part of the California Pacific International Exposition.The theatre was a copy of one built for the Chicago Century of Progressmarker, which in turn was a copy of the Globe Theatremarker in Londonmarker Englandmarker where many of Shakespeare's plays were performed during his lifetime.The theatre was open in the center with a roof over the seating on the sides.

During the expo, it hosted 50-minute versions of Shakespeare plays. At the end of the expo, the Globe had been received so well that a committee formed to save the temporary structure from demolition. Full-length plays were produced, and a more permanent structure was created by bringing the theatre up to code.

In 1949, the Old Globe Theatre launched what is now its summer Shakespeare Festival. The Cassius Carter Centre Stage was added in 1969, remodeled from the Falstaff Tavern restaurant.

In 1978 the Old Globe was destroyed by arson. It was rebuilt thanks to a community fundraising campaign. During reconstruction, a temporary outdoor theatre was built. In 1984, it succumbed to arson and was also rebuilt, and is now named the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. The entire theatre complex is now called the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts.


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