Stratford - Stratford Festival Theater

The Connecticut General Assembly established the American Shakespeare Festival Theatre as a nonprofit educational corporation in June of 1951. Ground was broken in 1954 and the theater officially opened in 1955. In addition to classical works, a variety of performing arts events filled the 1,534-seat auditorium during the years. In 1959 the Theater began to serve as an educational forum for young people and since then, more than 1.5 million students have been exposed to Shakespearean works.