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Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection, 1920-2006 | Special Collections & University Archives

By Kira Hall

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Collection Overview

Title: Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection, 1920-2006Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1935-2006

Primary Creator: Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.) (1935-)

Extent: 29.11 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

I. Productions, 1934-2006

II. Shakespeare Festival, 1949-2005

III. Events, Programs, and Facilities, 1934-1993

IV. Publicity Stills and Portraits, 1920-1993

Subjects: Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.), Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)--Archives, Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)--History--20th century--Sources, Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)--Pictorial works, San Diego (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Sources, Theater--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources

Forms of Material: Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection documents the photographic history of the Old Globe Theatre and contains four series: Productions; Shakespeare Festival; Events, Programs, and Facilities; and Portraits and Publicity Stills.  The first three series are arranged chronologically, with oversized photographs listed at the end of each series.  The Productions series (1934-2006) is the largest of the collection.  Photographs include production stills, head shots, staging, behind-the-scenes, and premiere events.  Many of the files also contain photograph proofs and press releases.  The Shakespeare Festival series (1949-2005) includes production stills from the Old Globe’s annual San Diego National Shakespeare Festivals and the summer festivals which took its place during its 20-year hiatus. Associated events, such as Shakespeare on the Green, are also included in this series.  Most of the series is arranged chronologically, but some productions from 1981-2000 are housed in boxes 31-33. The photographs from this series have been digitized and are available via the Library's Digital Projects image databaseEvents, Programs, and Facilities (1934-1993) contains various celebrations, fundraisers, educational and outreach programs, and theatre construction photographs.  The Portraits and Publicity Stills series (1920-1993) is arranged alphabetically by last name of the actor or staff member.  Photographs include production stills, head shots, and candid pictures of actors and Old Globe staff.  Many of the individuals in this collection are not identified.

Biographical Note

The Old Globe Theatre opened for the California Pacific International Exposition on May 29, 1935, as a temporary structure that featured 50-minute versions of Shakespeare’s plays.  After the success of the Exposition, local citizens raised $10,000 in 1936 to have the theater complex retrofitted as permanent structures.  In February 1937, the State of California chartered the San Diego Community Theatre, a non-profit corporation, to coordinate fundraising and renovation activities for the theatre as well as to create a production company.  The Community Theatre, which changed its name to the Old Globe Theatre in 1958, leased the land and buildings in Balboa Park from the City of San Diego, and continues to do so as of 2014. The renovated Old Globe Theatre opened on December 2, 1937 with John Van Druten's The Distaff Side.  Aside from a six-year occupation by the U.S. Military during World War II, the theatre has operated continuously since its opening.

One of the original Distaff Side cast members was Craig Noel, who continued to act and direct at the Old Globe, eventually becoming its artistic leader in 1947.  Noel’s vision shaped the Old Globe throughout his seventy-year career with the theatre.  Noel and Board of Directors President Lowell Davies played instrumental roles in establishing the world-renowned Shakespeare Festival, which began in 1949 as a cooperative venture with San Diego State University, a partnership that ended after four seasons.  Noel began employing professional Equity actors for the Shakespeare festivals in 1959, shifting the theatre to professional status.  This transformation established the Old Globe as the oldest continuing professional not-for-profit theatre in California. The San Diego National Shakespeare Festival continued as an Old Globe solo venture until 1984.  After a twenty-year hiatus, the theatre re-instituted the festival in 2004 and continues to produce summer Shakespeare productions annually.

Also through Craig Noel's efforts, Falstaff Tavern became a second stage in 1963.  This arrangement proved successful, and in 1969 the Globe remodeled the Tavern and renamed it the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, in honor of the late San Diego arts patron and Shakespeare scholar.  In addition, Noel created Globe Educational Tours, a touring company that introduced the fundamentals of theatre to disadvantaged K-12 students in San Diego schools through live performance and lesson plans; and the Play Discovery Program, which provided new playwrights the opportunity to develop their talents through manuscript evaluations and possible production by the Old Globe Theatre.  Both programs began in 1974.  Seven years later, in collaboration with Dr. Jorge Huerta, Noel established Teatro Meta, a bicultural program aimed at strengthening cultural understanding between Hispanic and Anglo communities through the production of plays written, performed, and directed by the Hispanic community.

Arson destroyed the Old Globe Theatre on March 8, 1978, but the Cassius Carter Centre Stage, offices, dressing rooms, scenery, and costume shops survived.  To meet the need for the summer Shakespeare Festival, the Globe quickly erected an outdoor festival stage in only 52 days.  The actual rebuilding of the Old Globe Theatre required an extensive fundraising effort and several years to complete.  The new Old Globe opened on January 14, 1982.

In 1981, the board of directors established an artistic and administrative triumvirate to efficiently operate the new three-theatre complex.  Craig Noel was named executive producer.  Jack O'Brien, the nationally-acclaimed director who had staged eight productions at the Old Globe, became artistic director.  Thomas Hall, who came to the Old Globe with extensive administrative and production experience, was named managing director.

Also in 1981, the theatre’s board of directors established the Old Globe as a year-round professional company, marking the beginning of an incredible growth period.  In 1983, Jack O’Brien’s production of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth became the first live theatre telecast on PBS. In 1984, the Old Globe broke the national record for the largest subscription base for any non-profit theatre, topping 40,000 subscriptions.  In that same year, the Old Globe was awarded a Tony for Outstanding Achievement by a Regional Theatre.

The Old Globe’s winning streak ended abruptly in 1984 with the destruction of the festival theatre by another fire.  The outdoor stage was rebuilt in 1985 and named the Lowell Davies Festival Theatre in honor of the Globe's board president from 1945-1976, who had organized the Globe 400, a group of patrons whose donations provided a scholarship fund to assist promising amateur actors.

The board of directors has been the governing body of the Old Globe Theatre since 1938.  It creates institutional policies, establishes committees that shape the direction of the Old Globe, and controls funds. The Executive Committee, a sub-committee of the board of directors, has the power to make decisions on behalf of the board.  Another organization significant to the Old Globe is the Globe Guilders, established in 1957 to raise funds and to promote membership and attendance at Old Globe productions.

The three-theater complex, which includes the Old Globe, the Cassius Carter Centre Stage (remodeled and renamed the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre in 2009) and the Lowell Davies Festival Stage, is collectively named the Simon Edison Centre for the Performing Arts in honor of the late husband of Helen Edison, a generous donor to the Old Globe building fund.  The Centre has a total seating capacity of 1,446, and is unique in that all theater production facilities and administration offices are located within the complex.

As of 2014, the Old Globe produces 15 mainstage productions yearly, incorporating all periods and styles.  The Old Globe continues to honor its commitment to Shakespeare and other classic plays, while nurturing the development and production of new works.  The Old Globe’s 2014 operating budget of approximately $20 million makes the theatre one of San Diego's largest arts institutions.  Over 250,000 people annually attend Globe productions and participate in its educational and outreach services.

Subject/Index Terms

Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)
Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)--Archives
Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)--History--20th century--Sources
Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, Calif.)--Pictorial works
San Diego (Calif.)--Social life and customs--Sources
Theater--California--San Diego--History--20th century--Sources

Administrative Information

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives

Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Acquisition Source: Old Globe Theatre

Related Materials:

Old Globe Theatre Records, 1885-2010

Shakespeare Festival Photographs via SDSU Library Digital Collections.

Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Old Globe Theatre Photograph Collection, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.

Other Note: An Old Globe Theatre production history is available online and in the Lewis A. Kenney Reading Room.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Productions, 1934-2006],
[Series 2: Shakespeare Festival, 1949-2005],
[Series 3: Events, Programs, and Facilities, 1934-1993],
[Series 4: Publicity Stills and Portraits, 1920-1993],
[All]

Series 3: Events, Programs, and Facilities, 1934-1993Add to your cart.
Box 44Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Indoor and Outdoor Old Globe Photographs, 1934-1947, 1951, 1955, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Indoor Old Globe Photographs, 1948-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Oklahoma: Old Globe Workshop, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 15: On the Green, 1949-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 16: On the Green, 1949-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 17: On the Green, 1949-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Mary Poppins: Student Workshop Theatre, 1950Add to your cart.
Box 45Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Atlas Awards Dinners, 1955, 1959, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Shakespeare Bust, 1955, 1967, 1978, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Guymon's Party, 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Events and Facilities, 1957-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Events and Facilities, 1957-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: See How They Run: Workshop, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Telethon and Fundraising, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Old Globe Building Exterior Shots, 1960-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Publicity Shots, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Shakespeare's 400th Birthday Celebration, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Fashion Show, 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Cassius Carter Centre Stage Construction, 1968-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Costumes, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Twenty-Fifth Shakespeare Festival Celebration, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Fundraising Activities, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Globe Educational Tour (GET), 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Globe Educational Tour I: Taming of the Shrew, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Globe Educational Tour 2: As You Like It, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Globe Educational Tour 3: The Miser, 1975Add to your cart.
Box 46Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Regional Occupational Program (ROP) Theatre Arts Training, 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Globe Educational Tour 4: The Miser and Twelfth Night, 1975-1976Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Globe Educational Tour 5: The Imaginary Invalid and A Comedy of Errors, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Play Discovery Program, 1976-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Globe Educational Tour 6: Two Gentlemen of Verona and Romeo and Juliet, 1977-1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: School Programs, Workshops, Camp Oribit, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Fundraising, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Old Globe Fire, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Old Globe Groundbreaking and Rebuilding, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Old Globe Construction, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Old Globe Construction, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Old Globe Construction, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Box 47Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Old Globe Construction, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Fire and Reconstruction 3x5 Photographs, 1978-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Shakespeare Festival Performers Fundraiser, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Globe Educational Tour 7: All the World's a Stage, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Spreckels Theatre, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 6: California Theatre, 1979-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Globe Educational Tour 8: Comprehensive Employment Training Act (CETA) Company, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Guest Artist Series, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 9: William Shakespeare at the Groundbreaking Ceremony, 1979Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Globe Educational Tour 9: Do Me a Favorite and Hamlet, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Old Globe Visit by Joan Mondale, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Globe Educational Tour 10: A Shakespearian Mosaic, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Globe Educational Tour 12: Actors, Lovers, and Fools, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Re-Opening of the Old Globe Theatre, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Teatro Meta, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Globe Educational Tour 13: The Story of Macbeth, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Stage Seven Dance Theatre: Ballet at the Globe, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Founders' Gala, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Teatro Meta: Los Soles Truncos/ The Fanlights, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Education Programs/ Student Tour, 1983-1984Add to your cart.
Box 48Add to your cart.
Folder 1: El Teatro Campesino: Corridos, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Lowell Davies Festival Theatre Construction, 1984-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: COMBO Event, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Old Globe's 50th Birthday Bash, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Founder's Event, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Play Discovery Program: Diminished Capacity, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Play Discovery Program: Dusky Sally, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Annual Artistic Director's Affair, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Camp Orbit, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Young Globe Company, ca. 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Advancement Campaign: Heraldry, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Founders' Circle/ Pavilion Circle Volunteer Recognition, 1988Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Advancement Campaign: Volunteers, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Fairbanks Ranch Dinner, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Fayman/ Meridian Dinner, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Major Gifts Kick-Off Event, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Play Discovery Program: Best Man, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Play Discovery Program: Breaking Legs, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Play Discovery Program: Crazy From the Heart, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Play Discovery Program: Goodbye to the Hill, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Play Discovery Program: Metered Phone, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Play Discovery Program: The White Rose, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Play Discovery Program: Custer's Last Band, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Play Discovery Program: Lost Causes and Impossible Loyalties, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Play Discovery Program: Felicidad Inc., 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Play Discovery Program: The Man Who Killed God, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Play Discovery Program: The Midlife Crisis, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Angel Statuettes for Founding Members, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Special Engagement: Dylan Thomas Growing Up, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box 49Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Globe Educational Tour, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Globe Guilders, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 3: MFA Program, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Outdoor and On the Green, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Props and Set Designs, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Rehearsals, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Shakespeare Statue, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Teatro Meta, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Technical Department, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Various Social Events, n.d.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Ye Bye and Bye Gift Stall, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box OVRSZD 53Add to your cart.
Item 67: Box Office: Adrienne Batter and Bob Gustavson, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 68: Backstage: Bob Gustavson and Peggy Keelner, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 69: Rose Parade Float: Jerry Mawrocki, 1964Add to your cart.
Item 70: Old Globe Theatre Before New Wing Addendum, 1966Add to your cart.
Item 71: Cassius Carter Centre Stage Construction, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 72: Cassius Carter Centre Stage Construction, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 73: Cassius Carter Centre Stage Construction, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 74: Cassius Carter Centre Stage Construction, 1970Add to your cart.
Item 75: Globe Educational Tour: As You Like It at Villa Montazuma, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 76: Globe Educational Tour: As You Like It at Villa Montazuma, 1975Add to your cart.
Item 77: Twenty-Eighth Atlas Awards, 1976Add to your cart.
Item 78: Globe Educational Tour: Two Gentlemen of Verona , 1977Add to your cart.
Item 79: Visit from Queen Elizabeth II, 1983Add to your cart.
Item 80: Box Office, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 81: Costume Room, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 82: Intermission, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 83: Making Coffee in the Tavern, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 84: Old Globe Exterior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 85: Old Globe Exterior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 86: Old Globe Exterior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 87: Old Globe Exterior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 88: Old Globe Interior Audience Photograph, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 89: Unknown Production, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 90: Unknown Production, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 91: Unknown Production, n.d.Add to your cart.
Box OVRSZD 56Add to your cart.
Item 4: Globe Educational Tour, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 5: Cassius Carter Center Stage Construction, ca. 1969Add to your cart.
Item 6: Old Globe Exterior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 7: Old Globe Interior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 8: Old Globe Interior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 9: Old Globe Interior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 10: Old Globe Interior, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 11: Costume Room, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 12: Intermission Coffee Service, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 13: The Queen and Attendants, Food Service Promotion, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 14: The Queen and Attendants, Food Service Promotion, n.d.Add to your cart.

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[Series 1: Productions, 1934-2006],
[Series 2: Shakespeare Festival, 1949-2005],
[Series 3: Events, Programs, and Facilities, 1934-1993],
[Series 4: Publicity Stills and Portraits, 1920-1993],
[All]


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