This Tony Award-winning complex of three performance venues is in Balboa Park, behind the Museum of Man. Though best known for the 581-seat Old Globe -- fashioned after Shakespeare's wooden-O theater -- it also includes the 225-seat Cassius Carter Centre Stage and the 612-seat open-air Lowell Davies Festival Theatre. More than a dozen plays are scheduled here year-round, from world premieres (and subsequent Broadway hits) like The Full Monty and Into the Woods to the excellent summer Shakespeare festival when the theater goes into true repertory style, alternating performances each night. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! has been a popular family draw during the holidays since 1997. High-profile actors regularly grace the stage -- past performers include Chita Rivera, John Lithgow, John Goodman, Hal Holbrook, and Ellen Burstyn. Backstage tours are offered most weekends at 10:30am and cost $5 for adults, $3 for students, seniors, and military. The box office is open Monday (and other nonperformance days) noon to 6pm, and noon to 15 minutes after last curtain on performance days.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010