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American Shakespeare Theatre


Neil Young A Man Nees a Maid (piano) live

From the Concert at the “American Shakespeare Theatre”, Stratford CT (1/22/71).
With German Subtitles/Deutsche Untertitel.

imagesThe American Shakespeare Theatre was a theater company based in StratfordConnecticutUnited States. It was formed in the early 1950’s by Lawrence LangnerLincoln Kirstein, and philanthropist Joseph Verner Reed. The American Shakespeare Shakespeare Festival Theatre was constructed and the program opened on July 12, 1955 with Julius Caesar.

Plays were produced at the Festival Theatre in Stratford from 1955 until the company ceased operations in the mid-1980’s.  The company focused on American interpretations of William Shakespeare‘s plays, but occasionally produced plays by other playwrights. It was the home of the American Shakespeare Festival.

The last full season of the festival as a producing organization was 1982.  The last production on the theater stage was a one-person show of The Tempest in September 1989.

images-1Actors involved with American Shakespeare Theatre include Alex CordEarle HymanDavid GrohKatharine HepburnFred GwynneMorris CarnovskyWill GeerJohn HousemanJames Earl JonesChristopher PlummerHal Miller Lynn Redgrave,Christopher WalkenRene AuberjonoisDavid BirneyMeredith BaxterMichael MoriartyJan MinerKate ReidFritz Weaver, and Charles Siebert.

The 9th Festival! Stratford will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream, performed by CT Free Shakespeare, on the grounds July 31-Aug 1, 2013.

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