Shake­speare theater through the years

Connecticut Post - - FROM THE FRONT PAGE/NEWS -

1950: Lawrence Langner comes up with idea for the theater and even­tu­ally en­lists the help of Lin­coln Kirstein and phi­lan­thropist Joseph Verner Reed to build it.

1955: The theater opens.

1960s and 1970s: High school stu­dents travel from around the coun­try to see pro­duc­tions at the theater.

1973: Joseph Verner Reed dies and money for the theater dies with him.

1982: The fi­nal sea­son of shows is held in the build­ing. Shows in­cluded "King Henry IV," "Twelfth Night" and "Ham­let" with Christo­pher Walken and Anne Bax­ter.

1983: State takes over the theater.

2005: Own­er­ship of the theater passes to Strat­ford.

2014: A com­mit­tee picks the Elm Street The­atre Com­pany to re­store the theater.

2015: Town Coun­cil picks the Strat­ford Stage Group to build a lux­ury ho­tel on the prop­erty and get the theater run­ning again.

2016: Town ends ne­go­ti­a­tions with the Strat­ford Stage Group.

April 2017: The town plans to hire an ar­chi­tect to pre­vent build­ing from fall­ing into dis­re­pair.

2017: Con­trac­tors bid to moth­ball the build­ing.

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