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February 02, 2020

Cleveland’s Classic Theater Company Announces Six-Show Season for 2020-21 to Headline Hanna Theatre Home

CLEVELAND, OH Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater (GLT), unveiled an ambitious, six-production array of classics to headline the company’s 2020-21 season. Great Lakes Theater’s fifty-ninth year is scheduled to run from September 2020 through May 2021 at Playhouse Square’s Hanna and Mimi Ohio Theatres.

GLT will commence its 2020-21 season with the classic turned musical romantic comedy, Jane Austen’s Emma, presented in rotating repertory with the Shakespeare’s epic history, Henry V (September 25 – November 8, 2020). The 32nd annual production of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, A Christmas Carol (November 27 - December 23, 2020) will bisect the season. In the winter/spring, GLT will present Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee, a Hercule Poirot thriller, (February 12 – March 7, 2021) followed by the Bard’s final glorious gift to the theater, The Tempest (March 26 – April 11, 2021) and Off-Broadway’s effervescent ‘50s Jukebox Musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes (April 30 – May 23, 2021).

GLT resident artist
, Victoria Bussert will helm this fall's musical production, Jane Austen’s Emma. Sara Bruner, will direct this season’s two Shakespeare offerings of Henry V and The Tempest. Our spring musical, The Marvelous Wonderettes, will be directed and choreographed by Jaclyn Miller, who has choreographed The Music Man, Mamma Mia! and others in recent Great Lakes Theater history. The director for Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee is still to be announced.

Great Lakes Theater’s 2020-21 season is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a generous public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. The Ohio Arts Council also provides generous season support.

Five of the company’s 2020-21 season offerings
(Jane Austen’s Emma,  Henry V, Agatha Christie’s Black Coffee and The Marvelous Wonderettes), will take place in GLT’s revolutionary, audience-friendly home at the Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, while A Christmas Carol will remain in its traditional Mimi Ohio Theatre setting.

Great Lakes Theater’s award-winning home at the Hanna Theatre features a unique thrust stage configuration where the audience surrounds the performance - affording attendees a uniquely intimate theater experience in which no seat is further than 13 rows from the stage. At the Hanna, patrons select from a variety of seating opportunities that include traditional seats, club chairs, lounge/bar seats, banquette couches and private box seating. Boasting a fully flexible hydraulic stage, state-of-the-art theatrical systems and a visionary “Great Room” inspired design concept that integrates the artist and audience into a single unified environment, Great Lakes Theater’s Hanna home is one of the most innovative theaters in the country.

Great Lakes Theater will continue to afford patrons extraordinary access to its production process at every Hanna Theatre performance in 2020-21.
The Hanna’s doors always open sixty minutes before each show allowing patrons to observe the complete pre-show preparation process of GLT’s actors and technical staff. Elements such as stage combat rehearsals, dance calls, prop/scenic pre-sets, technical cue rehearsals and actor warm-ups will be conducted in full view of patrons, offering GLT audiences an unprecedented glimpse into the theatrical process. A complete list of pre-/post-show enhancement programming is available at

Subscriptions to Great Lakes Theater’s 2020-21 season are on sale now.
An adult subscription to Great Lakes Theater starts as low as $186. Youth Savings subscriptions (for patrons aged 25 and under) begin at $39. For complete information, patrons should call (216) 640-8869 or visit 

Single tickets will go on sale in July.
Regular priced adult tickets will range from $15 - $89. Regular priced student/youth tickets for the Hanna Theatre are $13 ($30 for A Christmas Carol in the Mimi Ohio Theatre) and will be available for all performances.

Great Lakes Theater, Cleveland’s classic company,
has brought the pleasure, power and relevance of classic theater to the widest possible audience since 1962. The first resident company of Playhouse Square, GLT will celebrate its 39th year in downtown Cleveland this season. On its main stage and through its extensive education programming, Great Lakes Theater positively impacts the lives of over 100,000 adults and students annually.
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For More Information
Kacey Shapiro
Marketing and Communications Manager
(216) 453-1068

Related Shows:
The Tempest
The Marvelous Wonderettes
Jane Austen's Emma
Henry V
Agatha Christie's Black Coffee
A Christmas Carol

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