Stratford lawmakers push for state funding to rebuild Shakespeare Theatre

Posted: Updated:
STRATFORD -

Stratford lawmakers from both parties joined together to push for state funding to rebuild the Shakespeare Theatre after it burned down last weekend.

Stratford's legislative delegation sent a letter to Gov. Ned Lamont, requesting $5 million in state bonding assistance to help rebuild the theater.

"This is something that's important to our community, and it's so important that I think it transcends politics," says state Sen. Kevin Kelly.

The Shakespeare Theatre opened in 1955 and was modeled after the Globe Theatre in London. Well-known actors like Katherine Hepburn, Christopher Plummer and Christopher Walken performed at the theater in its prime.

MORE:  Arson not suspected in Shakespeare Theatre fire
Group launches GoFundMe page to rebuild Shakespeare Theatre
Questions remain following fire that destroyed Shakespeare Theatre
Stratford art lovers hold vigil for Shakespeare Theatre

The theater's last production was held in 1989, though special events continued to be held there.

The town of Stratford acquired the theater in 2005. It caught fire on Jan. 13 and burned to the ground.

"We're trying to turn this tragedy into hopefully a new path for the Shakespeare Theatre," says Rep. Joe Gresko.

Lawmakers say they previously requested bonds to renovate the theater but never got enough support, and they hope this time around will be different.

The town has put together a committee that will listen to the community for opinions on what will be done to the property.

Rep. Phil Hughes and Rep. Ben McGorty are also part of the effort.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."