Fire, closure and renewal.

In 1940, Angus Bowmer decided not to participate in the Festival and production duties were taken over by William Cottrell and Lois Bowmer. A backstage fire that year destroyed almost all costumes and the company completed the season in modern dress, as seamstresses worked to replace costumes. The Association closed the doors of the Festival from 1941 to 1946 in deference to the draft and WWI and invested the Festival funds in war bonds. Production resumed in 1947 with the return of Angus Bowmer, and the Elizabethan stage was rebuilt.

1940s Production History