4 Spectacular Theater Venues and A Preview of Shows Not to Miss in San Diego

Whether You’re a Local or a Fan of Musicals, You’ll Love These Places to See a Great Show

Written By: Amanda Lenox San Diego Theaters
Photography Provided By: Kevin Berne San Diego Theaters

You don’t have to book a trip to New York City to catch a Broadway show. San Diego has developed and cultivated an amazing theater scene all over the city. This season will have everything from Shakespeare’s drama and comedies, thought-provoking plays and smash-hit musicals. So skip the movies and head to one of these local theaters.


For the Local

The La Jolla Playhouse is one of the most renowned theaters that has launched some of the most well-known Broadway shows, including Jersey Boys and Thoroughly Modern Millie. This past summer, they celebrated 10 Tony nominations for two shows currently running on Broadway. The Playhouse recently premiered Wild Goose Dreams in September, directed by the award-winning Leigh Silverman and in November will premiere SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.

La Jolla Playhouse
2910 La Jolla Village Dr
La Jolla, CA 92037

For the Activist

Moxie Theatre, founded in 2004, produces plays that “defy female stereotypes of what people think women are writing about.” Their name Moxie, is a reminder to “never give up when times [are] hard.” Their 13th season, which begins on Sept. 17, is themed “Why We Persist.” Their shows include: Ironbound, The Diary of Anne Frank, BLISS (or Emily Post is Dead!) and The Madres.

Moxie Theatre
6663 El Cajon Blvd, Ste N
San Diego, CA 92115


For the Music Lover

Home to the San Diego Opera and Broadway San Diego, the Civic Theatre is the perfect venue for those who enjoy music. This season, the Civic Theatre will begin with productions such as An American in Paris, The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. One of the most anticipated shows of the season will be the critically acclaimed Hamilton, a rap musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton coming January 2018.

Civic Theatre
1100 Third Ave
San Diego, CA 92101


For the Shakespearian

All the world’s a stage…at The Old Globe in Balboa Park! The Globe is reminiscent of its namesake stage located in England that brought to life many of Shakespeare’s plays. The Globe celebrates Shakespeare throughout the year with events like a Shakespeare Festival, a summer film series, as well as a birthday celebration. This season, viewers will get the chance to enjoy Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night and Romeo and Juliet.

The Old Globe
1363 Old Globe Way
San Diego, CA 92101


He Who Shall Not Be Named: Macbeth is considered a cursed play, and actors avoid saying the name in the theater, and if they do, they have to go through a cleansing ritual before they are allowed back in.

Theater Seats By The Numbers:

99-Moxie Theatre
492-The Mandell Weiss Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse
600-The Old Globe
2,967-Civic Theatre
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