The american shakespeare theatre was a theater company based in stratford connecticut united statesit was formed in the early 1950s by lawrence langner lincoln kirstein john percy burrell and philanthropist joseph verner reedthe american shakespeare festival theatre was constructed and the program opened on july 12 1955 with julius caesar . Get this from a library the american shakespeare theatre stratford 1955 1985 roberta krensky cooper. 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. Coopers book constitutes a case study of the theatres organizational development and provides an overview of its production history from its first season in 1955 the american shakespeare festival was supposed to consist of three essential elements a theater an acting company and an academy for training actors in a distinctly american approach to shakespeare. Recommended citation richman d review of the american shakespeare theatre stratford 1955 1985 by roberta krensky cooper shakespeare quarterly autumn 1988
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