The Globe was thrown up just in time for the 1935 California Pacific International Exposition (the theater still a pile of lumber when the first company of actors arrived from Chicago), and delighted crowds with fast-paced, polished versions of Shakespeare's plays. Slated for demolition after the exhibition, the Globe was saved through the efforts of community members.
After a twenty year hiatus, during which The Globe continued to produce Shakespeare at a less frequent rate, the festival returned in 2004.
First Folio! includes items from collections housed in Special Collections & University Archives that document the history of the Old Globe and the Shakespeare festival. The event also features programming co-sponsored by the San Diego Public Library and The Globe, and coincides with the summer Shakespeare Festival, to include Macbeth and Love’s Labour’s Lost.