Teenagers Charged With Setting Fire to Shakespeare Theater in Connecticut


Two teenagers were charged Monday with setting the January fire that destroyed the Shakespeare Theater in Stratford, Conn., a 1,500-seat venue that once featured performances by Oscar-winning actors.

The theater, which opened in 1955 and closed about three decades later, was modeled after the Globe Theater in England, which burned down in the 17th century. The Connecticut theater once featured performances by Katharine Hepburn, Helen Hayes and Christopher Walken.

On Jan. 13 at about 1 a.m., a fire was reported at the Shakespeare Theater, and the building was ultimately reduced to a smoldering mound of mangled steel.

Frank J. Riccio II, the lawyer for one of the teenagers, said in a phone interview on Monday that his 18-year-old client was charged with arson, burglary, reckless endangerment and criminal trespass in connection with the theater fire. Mr. Riccio would not identify his client, who was 17 at the time of the fire.



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