Stratford OK's Shakespeare repairs
STRATFORD -- The long-shuttered Shakespeare Theater will not be ready for Hamlet or even The Producers any time soon.
But nearly 20 years after the last performance in 1989, the once legendary Elm Street showcase will finally be getting a new roof, repairs and a paint job that could pave the way for it's opening next spring.
And it won't even cost the town any money -- for now.
The Town Council on Monday approved a proposal 8-2 that allows the town to enter into a "licensing agreement" with Rhode Island theater producer Bill Hanney, the latest operator chosen to try and renovate and reopen the theater, that permits the developer to put up between $200,000 and $250,000 of his own money to replace and repair the roof, make other repairs and paint the 50-year-old building.