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Downtown’s newest resident: Shakespeare

Just as the theater world comes down from its post-Smith Center opening high, the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company ups the ante, announcing last Friday the details of a $45-million Reed Whipple Cultural Center expansion. If successful, it will not only make LVSC the first resident theatrical company in Nevada, but include a new art gallery, expanded theater seating and the return of one of Vegas’ famed independent restaurants, Rosemary’s Restaurant, which closed in July 2011. Mayor Carolyn Goodman wore a tiara and waved a jeweled wand while announcing that last detail.

The 35,000-square-foot performing arts center will also feature an expanded 499-seat theater, Opportunity Village gallery, and the Bard Lounge, for pre- and post-show drinks.

As Nevada’s first member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT), the LVSC will use only union actors, directors, costumers and designers in its professional productions, slated to begin in 2014.