STRATFORD - The Shakespeare Theater in Stratford will open its doors to the public tomorrow for the first time in 12 years.

Town leaders hope the eight-day open house will kick off a large fundraising effort to revive the historic landmark, which has played host to well-known actors such as Katherine Hepburn, Burt Lard, Ed Asner and William Shatner.

Volunteers cleared 30 tons of garbage out of the Elm Street theater, replacing it with displays of old pictures, props and set pieces.

The last Shakespeare season inside the building was held in 1982 with various shows and concerts continuing until 1999, when it closed completely. Officials say it will take millions of dollars to completely restore the theater.

The open house will run Thursday through Sunday, both this weekend and next weekend.