The Bard will have a permanent home in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company (LVSC) Friday announced plans to expand the Reed Whipple Cultural Center to accommodate a 499-seat theatre and rehearsal space.
LVSC is launching Capital Fund Drive in order to finance the $45 million project.
The addition will include the theatre as well as a "Bard Lounge," fine art gallery and updated Rosemary's Café, to be run by Chef Mike Jordan.
"It was one year ago today that the City of Las Vegas entrusted us with this beautiful building, the Reed Whipple Center, and along with that trust they also gave us a mandate to bring a first-class professional theatre to our region," said Dan Decker, artistic director for the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company. "This expansion allows us to create a multi-faceted cultural gem, anchored by Nevada's first permanent, professional theater company, and become a model for contemporary resident theaters across the country."
LVSC hopes to break ground on the project in about a year and present a full season of Shakespeare, classic plays, musicals, children's theatre and world premiere productions beginning in 2014.
"When we leased Reed Whipple to LVSC, we knew they were a perfect fit for our vision of downtown," said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. "Having Nevada's very first permanent professional theater company residing in the heart of our city is a true coup for downtown and is a great step forward as we grow into a city which embraces and fosters the cultural arts."
"The LVSC is contributing to a real downtown renaissance, and this expansion will not just give us amazing live theatre from Shakespeare to musicals and beyond, it will also become a hub of activity and excitement year-round," said Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Y. Barlow.
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