Ore. Shakespeare Festival finds cracked beam

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ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has canceled all shows in the Angus Bowmer Theatre this week after discovering a main support beam is cracked and threatening to collapse.

The Mail Tribune reported that festival officials announced the weeklong closure Sunday afternoon as crews set up scaffolding to stabilize the sagging beam.

Actors on stage during a Friday night performance of "Measure for Measure" heard wood cracking and the next morning a city inspector discovered the damaged beam, resulting in the immediate closure of the 41-year-old building.

A festival spokeswoman said officials were grateful the 70-foot beam that spans the theater did not come down and that no one was injured.

The festival expects to decide later this week whether further closures of the 600-seat theater will be needed.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, http://www.mailtribune.com/