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The American Shakespeare Theatre was a theater company based in Stratford, Connecticut, United States. It was formed in 1955 by Lawrence Langner, Lincoln Kirstein, and Joseph Verner Reed. Plays were produced at the Festival Theatre in Stratford from 1955 until the company ceased operations in the mid-1980s.[1] 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.[2]

Actors involved with American Shakespeare Theatre include Earle Hyman, David Groh, Katharine Hepburn, Fred Gwynne, Morris Carnovsky, Will Geer, John Houseman, James Earl Jones, Christopher Plummer, Lynn Redgrave, Christopher Walken and Charles Siebert.


  1. ^ Cooper, Roberta Krensky. The American Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford 1955-1985. Folger Books, 1986. ISBN 0918016886. ISBN 978-0918016881
  2. ^ Cooper, p. 27


Engle, Ron; Felicia Hardison LondrĂ©, Daniel J. Watermeyer. Shakespeare Companies and Festivals, an International Guide. Greenwood Press. 


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