Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Totus mundus agit histrionem...

This sign for the Old Globe Theatre shows Hercules Atlas holding a globe on his shoulders with the motto "Totus mundus agit histrionem" or "All the world's a stage". In the background, the short brown building is part of the theatre and the tower and dome are called the California Building. Like Alexandra mentioned a few weeks ago in her post of a sculpture near the theatre, San Diego's Old Globe is a replica of the one in London. It was built for the California Pacific International Exposition in 1935 and was one of the most popular attractions. Today there are 3 stages - the main stage, a stage in the round, and an outdoor stage where the Summer Shakespeare Festivals take place. Tonight is opening night for "The Two Gentlemen of Verona"!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the theater built in 1935 burned down, or at least was severely damaged, sometime in the 70s.

Thu Jul 05, 08:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Felicia said...

Yes, thanks for pointing that out. Read a great article here summarizing the Globe's first 50 years. There were 2 arson fires: the first one in 1978 destroyed the main stage and the second in 1985 burned the Festival stage.

Thu Jul 05, 01:04:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's actually a sign of Atlas, not Hercules.

Wed May 06, 12:38:00 PM PDT  
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Mon Apr 12, 06:42:00 AM PDT  

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