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GLT's Original Home - Lakewood Civic Auditorium

"In the 1950s and early 1960s, two theater trends were converging. One of those trends was a rising interest in Shakespeare...The second trend was the desire to produce high quality, non-commercial theater, especially classical theater, and especially beyond the boundaries of the Broadway district in New York." - Margaret Lynch, The Fifty-Year History of Great Lakes Theater.

Great Lakes Theater (then known as, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival) was born during this convergence. Our highlighted genre this week launched Great Lakes Theater with seasons full of Shakespearean shows that formed our mission and established our place within the theatrical community.

In our current season structure, we have two dedicated spots where we explore the many works of Shakespeare. Check out these production photos representing this genre from over the past six decades!

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Twelfth Night - 1966

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Troilus & Cressida - 1969

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Henry IV, Part I - 1971

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Othello - 1979

Genre merrywives 1983

The Merry Wives of Windsor - 1983

Genre lll 1988

Love's Labour's Lost - 1988

Genre midsummer 1994

A Midsummer Night's Dream - 1994

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Richard III - 1998

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Romeo & Juliet - 2001

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Macbeth - 2008

Genre muchado 2013

Much Ado About Nothing - 2013

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Julius Caesar - 2019

Fun Facts

Top Titles
Some titles of The Bard's have appeared many times on Great Lakes Theater's stage. The Taming of the Shrew leads with eight productions and As You Like It, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Twelfth Night are next in line with seven productions each throughout our history!

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The Taming of the Shrew
(pics l-r 1971, 1984, 1993, 2011 & 2019)

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As You Like It 
(pic 2014)

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(pic 1989)

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
(pic 2017)

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Twelfth Night
(pic 1985)

Famous Faces
Shakespeare has long drawn some very famous faces to perform at Great Lakes Theater. Take a look at just some of those notable actors who've graced our stage over the years!

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Tom Hanks
The Two Gentlemen of Verona

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Hal Holbrook
King Lear

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Delroy Lindo

Creative Context
Creativity abounds when a Shakespeare production is built at Great Lakes Theater. Take a look at some of the imaginative settings these productions have received throughout the years!

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The Comedy of Errors - 2009

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A Midsummer Night's Dream - 2010

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Othello - 2010

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The Taming of the Shrew - 2011

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The Merry Wives of Windsor - 2014

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Love's Labour's Lost - 2016

Director's Night Insights - Shakespeare

Click on the images below to listen to Director's Night pre-show discussion audio from some of our recent Shakespeare shows to learn more about the productions!

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