The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company has been rooted on Race St. for nearly two decades but soon, they'll be re-locating to a multi-million dollar theatre in Over-the-Rhine.
Employees at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company call their establishment “the best kept secret in Cincinnati” because if you drive by it, you may not notice it but if you go inside it, you’ll never forget it. Look beyond the glass doors and you'll find the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company -- a theatrical gem nearly 20 years in the making.
"This has been a great place for us and it's very sentimental but we're all feeling like we just need a little bit more elbow room,” said Director Jeremy Dubyn. “Artistically we're growing."
With a packed house nearly every show night, they've certainly grown out of their current 150 seat theatre. Soon, they'll be making their way into new theatre that encompasses all things Shakespearian.
"We’re going to be able to produce epic stories the way they were meant to be presented,” said Producing Artistic Director Brian Isaac Phillips.
The new theatre is set to open in 2017 on the corner of 12th Street and Elm Street. "Our new space is going to have a thrust stage which is to bring the audience closer into the action as well as have a balcony which will give the audience an experience very similar to the swan theatre," Phillips explained.
Incredibly, the company has managed to raise 13 of the 17 million dollars needed for the new theatre. "Between private donors and community funds, we've been able to put this together. Our board has been fantastic," Phillips told us.
"It’s great after being here for a long time to feel this welcome from the city and to be able to move to this part of downtown, it's thriving and coming alive and being in really visible space," Dubyn said. Dubyn says plays and musicals will continue being held in the current location until the new location opens in the fall of 2107.