HIS­TORIC CON­NECTI­CUT THEATER GOES UP IN FLAMES

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Strat­ford — A his­toric theater in Con­necti­cut has been de­stroyed in an early morn­ing fire.

Fire­fight­ers ar­rived at the Amer­i­can Shake­speare Theatre in Strat­ford about 1 a.m. Sun­day to find heavy fire in the build­ing, which has been closed since the 1980s.

Fire Mar­shal Brian Lam­part says no one was in­jured. The cause is un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Strat­ford Mayor Laura Hoy­dick called the theater’s loss “dev­as­tat­ing.”

The Con­necti­cut Post re­ports that play­wright Lawrence Langner came up with the idea for the theater in 1950, and it was built with the help of Lin­coln Kirstein and phi­lan­thropist Joseph Verner Reed.

It opened in 1955, and fa­mous ac­tors per­formed there. The Amer­i­can Shake­speare Fes­ti­val Theatre held its fi­nal full sea­son there in 1982.

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