Georgia Shakespeare is closing its doors.

“We are saddened to announce that after 29 years, Georgia Shakespeare is ceasing operations,” producing artistic director Richard Garner and Managing Director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons said in a statement posted on the Brookhaven-based theater’s website Oct. 8.

In a press release, the theater said that because of the company’s financial troubles, its board of directors voted unanimously Oct. 8 to close up shop. The theater company cancelled its planned December production and ended employment of all its employees, the press release says.

The company already had cancelled its production of Henry V, planned for October, and had said it would evaluate the future direction of Georgia Shakespeare in consultation with its long-time supporters and key members of the Atlanta funding community.

“While we were heartened by a strong wave of moral support, the reality is that we were unable to secure the funds required to create a sustainable path forward.  Consequently, we came to the sad conclusion that we needed to cease operations,” board chairman Daniel Norris said in the release.

Bauer-Lyons said the company had made progress, “but our lack of operating capital made us extremely fragile financially. Many people have fought heroically to enable Georgia Shakespeare to keep producing world-class theatre with great local artists, but ultimately we were not able to attract the operating capital required for us to operate as a healthy organization.”

Georgia Shakespeare was founded in 1986 as a summer festival.  The company, based at Oglethorpe University, said contemporary interpretations of Shakespeare serving as the core of its programming.

The theater company said patrons who have purchased tickets to its planned December production, Holiday Panto, should check the company’s website for further information.

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