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Ga. Shakespeare cancels 'Henry V,' reviews long-term direction
Ga. Shakespeare cancels 'Henry V,' reviews long-term direction

BROOKHAVEN, Ga. -- Georgia Shakespeare announced Friday it has canceled its upcoming production of Henry V.

The Oglethorpe University-based theater company said it has "insufficient financial resources" to stage the Shakespeare play, which was slated to begin its run on Oct. 1.

Georgia Shakespeare's board and staff also plan to evaluate the theater's long-term direction. Company managing director Jennifer Bauer-Lyons said it has operated in the black four of the last five years, but suffers a lack of operating capital.

"We have remained a fragile organization financially," Bauer-Lyons said. "It is not enough to fix the business model. We also have to find a way to fix the balance sheet."

The theater company hit a financial snag in 2011 and launched an emergency Save Georgia Shakespeare campaign in an effort to raise $150,000. Fans and subscribers came through, donating more than $300,000.

Georgia Shakespeare plans to make an announcement about its future after Oct. 1.

Learn more about Georgia Shakespeare, including what to do if you bought tickets for Henry V, at gashakespeare.org.