By Keith Tomasek, June 6, 2022
The Stratford Festival, North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, launched its 70th season this past week.
With an ensemble of 125 actors in ten productions, the season began with performances of “Hamlet,” “Chicago” and “Richard III.”
A thrilling, contemporary production of “Hamlet” launched the season. Directed by Peter Pasyk with Amaka Umeh in the leading role, it’s already a hit with critics.
The new theatre’s 600-seat auditorium is an updated version of the former Tom Patterson theatre with its unique elongated thrust stage and state-of-the-art technology.
International design influences are evident throughout the award-winning architectural marvel. For example, each of the theatre’s three bars is carved out of unique marble, their high-top tables covered in the same material from Greece, Italy, or Turkey in each case.
The exterior is covered by a veil of Spanish bronze beams and Italian glass. Hand-made Danish brick is used on the walls. Regional design touches include a limestone pillar from Owen Sound, and the stage constructed of strips of Canadian birch sourced from a woodlot in Tobermory, located 250 kilometres north of Stratford.
- A new adaptation of “Little Women” opens on July 7.
- “All’s Well That Ends Well” opens on July 8.
- “Hamlet-911” by international best-selling author and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald opens on August 25.
Bookmark this handy guide to the complete Stratford Festival 2022 playbill.
You can read all the reviews at the Shows page on this website.
The season runs until October 30th. Tickets move fast, and some performances have limited runs. To avoid disappointment book now.
Stratford Festival Telephone Box Office
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Friday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
To purchase online visit: https://www.stratfordfestival.ca/