Memorial set for Craig Noel

A memorial service honoring Craig Noel, founding director of The Old Globe Theatre, will be held at 7 p.m. May 24 at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. The memorial, “Celebrating the Theatrical Legacy of Craig Noel,” was originally scheduled to be held in the Old Globe Theatre, but due to the size of the response, the event has been moved to the larger outdoor venue.

Following the service, a reception will be held on the theater’s Copley Plaza, a short walk from the pavilion. The service is free and open to all. The Globe’s lower courtyard will be named the Craig Noel Garden on the day of the memorial. Both entrances to the garden will bear his name, and a dedication plaque will be located at the main entrance.

Noel died at his home in San Diego of natural causes on April 3 at age 94. Over his more than 70-year career at the Globe, Noel directed more than 200 works, produced an additional 270 productions, and created innovative and influential theater programs.

In 2007, he received the National Medal of Arts from President George W. Bush in a ceremony at the White House.