Location: La Jolla – Sharing land with UC San Diego (13 Miles/ 20 Minutes North of Downtown San Diego)
Cost: Individual Tickets from $25 to $75
Features: Dozens of Tony Award Winning Broadway Productions started at the La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse Highlights: Broadway productions ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’, ‘Jersey Boys’, ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’, and dozens more all started at the Playhouse Theatre in La Jolla. The original Playhouse was established in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, and Mel Ferrer.
The La Jolla Playhouse consists of three theatres on the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) campus. Each provides a different atmosphere and layout, but all seat about 400 – 500 patrons. On rare occasions there are two productions taking place at the same time in different theatres. Patrons with accessibility issues will find the Playhouse goes to great lengths to ensure all people can enjoy their productions.
Playhouse Performances – From one person solos to full stage musicals, the La Jolla Playhouse offers several productions each season. Productions typically last four to six weeks and generally run from Tuesday through Sunday.
Special Events – Enjoy a special evening in an intimate setting that often includes a dinner, performance by a nationally recognized entertainer, and a post party. Tickets prices for these special events include a donation to the La Jolla Playhouse.
Dining – There is a fine dining restaurant at the La Jolla Playhouse complex. It is Wolfgang Puck’s Jai restaurant. For more fine dining options, visit nearby La Jolla Shores, which less than a 5 minute drive away, or the Village of La Jolla, which is a little more than 10 minutes south of the Playhouse. For more casual restaurants, you will find several options along Villa La Jolla Drive, just south of the UCSD campus.
Information on Visiting the La Jolla Playhouse
Admission Prices: (Costs are Approximate)
- Parking is $2 for Weekday Performances and Free on Weekends. It is located across the street from the Playhouse on Revelle Drive. Visit the La Jolla Playhouse Parking web page for more details.
- Individual performance tickets range from $25 – $75 depending on the show. The minimum for some shows can be as much as $46.
- Most shows offer discounts for preview performances.
- Weekday nights are usually the least expensive while the Saturday evening performance is usually the most expensive.
Directions from Google Maps to Revelle Drive at the University of California, San Diego in La Jolla, CA 92037.
Traffic – For those attending weekend matinee performances during the summer, plan on a slow drive if you are heading southbound on highway I-5 through the northern areas of San Diego County. Otherwise, you should generally not encounter traffic delays for standard show times. (Learn how to get the latest traffic updates.)
Transit – Buses do serve the UCSD campus and come within a few hundred feet of the Playhouse with stops on Gilman Drive or North Torrey Pines Road. (See San Diego Transit Information for bus schedules and information for the online Transit Planner. Type in UCSD as your destination using the Transit Planner.)