Top Performances and Plays in San Diego this August

Shakespeare's Hamlet at The Old Globe | Plays in San Diego
Head to The Old Globe to catch a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

Check out the best performances and plays in San Diego this month.

Edited by Madelyn Harris

Aug. 3-27. Andrew Lloyd Weber’s award-winning musical about the rise of Eva Peron—the controversial first lady of Argentina—features a Latin rock/jazz/pop score with such timeless classics as “On This Night of a Thousand Stars,” “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” and “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” SD Rep at Lyceum Theatre, 79 Horton Plaza, downtown, 619.544.1000.

Sergio Mendes
Aug. 6. 
Head to the Embarcadero waterfront concert arena to catch a performance by 1960’s bossa-nova master Sergio Mendes along with his combo, Brasil ’66. Mendes is known for fan-favorites such as “The Look of Love,” “The Fool on the Hill,” and “Mas Que Nada,” among others. 7:30 p.m. $27+. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, 619.686.6200.

Aug. 6-Sept. 10. Revenge thriller, ghost story, psychological drama, political epic, family saga. Packed with unforgettable characters, theatrical masterstrokes, and world-famous lines, Hamlet is one of the greatest plays ever written. Visit website for full schedule and prices. The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

The Explorers Club
Aug. 11-Sept. 24. A hilarious send up of a Victorian men’s club beset by women, poisonous snakes, exotic plants, bartending savages and crazed Irishmen. $62. Lamb’s Players Theatre, 1142 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.437.6000.

‘E.T. The Extra Terrestrial’ in Concert
Aug. 11. Guests will enjoy the San Diego Symphony’s live orchestra performance of John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score while the Spielberg’s family classic is projected on the big screen. 7:30-9:30 p.m.  $23-88. Embarcadero Marina Park South, 200 Marina Park Way, 619.235.0804.

Guys And Dolls
Through Aug. 13. Based on Damon Runyon’s famous tales of small-time hoods and show-girls, Guys and Dolls is filled with some of the most loved show tunes, including “Luck Be a Lady,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before” and “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” Visit website for full schedule and prices. Shiley Stage at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.





Animal Crackers
Through Aug. 13. Based on the original Marx Brothers Broadway hit and classic film, this stage adaptation is an outrageous, rollicking, laugh-out-loud musical comedy, complete with audience participation. Visit website for full schedule and prices. Cygnet Theatre in Old Town, 4040 Twiggs St., Old Town, 619.337.1525.

Ken Ludwig’s Robin Hood!
Through Aug. 27. Comic genius Ken Ludwig is back with a brand-new Globe-commissioned world-premiere comedy that tells the timeless story of a hero of the people who takes on the powers that be in hilarious fashion. Visit website for full schedule and prices. White Theatre at The Old Globe, 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park, 619.234.5623.

Kill Local
Through Aug. 27. A pitch-black comedy about blood ties, revenge and trying to get unstuck—especially when your life is dedicated to ending others’. Visit website for full schedule and prices. Potiker Theatre at the La Jolla Playhouse, 2910 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, 858.550.1010.


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