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History

Timeline

1960 - 1980

Jan. 1962 La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art invited The Old Globe to produce series of plays at Sherwood Hall, La Jolla, continuing for two seasons in addition to series in Balboa Park.
Oct. 1963 In addition to The Old Globe productions, additional series staged at adjacent Falstaff Tavern following two seasons at Sherwood Hall. Continued for five seasons through 1968.
June 1964 First major tour (to Stanford University), in association with quadricentennial of Shakespeare's birth. Performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Macbeth.
Oct. 1965 Construction begins on production and administrative wing, providing new public restrooms, dressing rooms, costume-construction and storage area, rehearsal hall, scenery and property storage. Cost approximately $350,000; partially funded by COMBO grant from first federated arts drive in San Diego.
Oct. 1968 Construction begins on Cassius Carter Centre Stage, remodeled from former Falstaff Tavern into a permanent, 225-seat arena-style theatre.
Jan. 23, 1969 Cassius Carter Centre Stage opens with The Unknown Soldier and His Wife by Peter Ustinov, directed by Craig Noel.
May 12, 1974 100,000th patron attended an Old Globe winter season performance.
Jan. 1976 Lowell Davies retires as president of the Old Globe after 31 years of continuous service. Elected to newly created position of Board Chairman.
Oct. 1977 First of four seasons of touring productions of Old Globe's San Diego National Shakespeare Festival to Scottsdale, AZ, in association with Arizona Shakespeare Association.
Mar. 8, 1978 Arson destroyed the 43-year-old Old Globe. Board of Directors meets in emergency session and vows to rebuild theatre on same site. Performances of Old Times continue at Cassius Carter Centre Stage.
Mar. 14, 1978 The Sunshine Boys reopens for one week at The Spreckels Theatre to complete run interrupted by fire. Winter season of five productions continues at Spreckels Theatre. During remaining reconstruction period, two subsequent winter seasons are produced at California Theatre.
April 23, 1978 Fund-raising campaign begins under co-chairs Deborah Szekely and James Mulvaney for purpose of rebuilding The Old Globe.
April 26, 1978 Construction begins on a 620-seat outdoor Festival Stage adjacent to the site of former Old Globe.
June 16, 1978 29th San Diego National Shakespeare Festival opens on Festival Stage, which was erected in 52 days and completed 100 days after the fire. Henry V, co-directed by Craig Noel and Eric Christmas.
June 8, 1979 Three-theatre complex of proposed Old Globe, Cassius Carter Centre Stage and Festival Stage named Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts in honor of the late husband of Helen Edison, whose contribution to the rebuilding fund was at that time the largest, single, private donation ever made to a performing arts institution in San Diego.
Dec. 1, 1979 Ground-breaking ceremonies are held for the new Old Globe.