STRATFORD, CT — An ambitious plan for Stratford’s former Shakespeare theater site would see a replica of The Bard’s 1614 Globe Theatre on a campus dedicated to the arts with the potential to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to town each year. But with a cost of more than $70 million, it won’t come cheap.
“We want to create something unique, a national treasure, a famous historic theater,” said Tom Evans, a Stratford resident with a background in acting and business management who is the driving force behind the idea.
According to Evans, the time is right to commit to building a major attraction at the previous location of the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, which was destroyed in a 2019 fire, but had largely been dormant for decades beforehand.
“We have a blank slate that hasn’t existed in Stratford for a long time,” Evans said at a preliminary discussion