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May 10th - September 30thTom Patterson TheatreTicket Info
Generally Positive Reviews based on 17 Critics
  • most reviewed show of the season
17 Reviews

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This is a listing for the 2012 season. For the current 2023 shows click here.

NOW Magazine - Jon Kaplan

A great piece of theatre

“The Greek team that created this production – director Thomas Moschopoulos, designer Ellie Papageorgakopoulou, composer Kornilios Selamsis and choreographer Amalia Bennett – working with Canadian lighting designer Itai Erdal, give a contemporary look to the show.”

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The National Post - Robert Fulford

Comedy or tragedy?

“It was originally listed among the tragedies, perhaps because most scenes involve characters planning to kill each other or mourning the death of someone. But it’s now classified as a comedy. It has jokes, though the humour is enacted within a dark, always tumultuous world. It ends happily for almost everyone concerned.”

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Bloomberg Businessweek - Jeremy Gerard

Model of a modern major star

Gerard, the chief U.S. drama critic for Bloomberg News, writes about several Stratford productions in this critical round up. He likes Henry V, Cymbeline, Pirates and Hirsch. He’s less fond of 42nd St. and dismisses Wanderlust as “a total misfire.” Read more about Wanderlust’s mixed reviews HERE

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The American Conservative - Noah Millman

Holding Cimiliono to a higher standard

Millman’s concludes with reflections on how “many reviewers have looked to this production for signs of what [incoming Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino’s] tenure will be about.” Indeed the critics are discussing what Cimilino’s tenure will bring. This critic ups the ante at a table where everyone’s seeking a full house.

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Chatham this week - Karen Robinet

A must-see production

“The opportunity to see Cymbeline does not present itself often, and this is a must-see production…The show also benefits from some original music composed by singer/songwriter Steven Page and stunning fight sequences, artfully choreographed and performed.”

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The Montreal Gazette - Pat Donnelly

Shakespeare comme il faut

Donnelly notes the impressive production bodes well for the future of the Festival under Cimolino’s leadership. “Intelligently staged, powerfully acted, essential theatre. The last time I saw a Cymbeline of this calibre was in 1986, when the Robin Phillips World War II version played the Festival Stage.”

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Chicago on the aisle - Nancy Malitz

Lights, fights and great sound

“writes about how Cimolino uses each production element to create a drama whose sum is much greater than its parts. On the acting she notes “There is both comedy and tragedy in their arsenals and deep knowledge of Shakespeare in their memories.”

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89.5 FM. CIUT - Lynn Slotkin

The good and the bad

Slotkin, formerly a regular on CBC radio, covers Much Ado About Nothing and Cymbeline. On Much Ado Slotkin notes “Christopher Newton’s production to be dull, often unfunny, clumsily directed, with lots of subtext getting away from him or ignored.”

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Postmedia News - Jamie Portman

A winning trifecta

The review covers Cymbeline, Much Ado About Nothing and The Matchmaker, opening with strong praise: “It’s not often that a Stratford Festival opening week hits the bull’s eye as decisively as it has with the three plays that have launched its 60th season.”

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Robyn's Reviews - Robyn Godfrey

Everything in order for a perfect...

“Mr. Cimolino has a formula for how things get done on Stratford’s stages. It is a near perfect example of classic Stratford Shakespeare Festival – an excellent cast in the hands of a good director who understands how to use the unique space of the Tom Patterson Theatre.”

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The London Free Press - John Coulbourn

Cymbeline keeps you constantly...

“This is…a hugely impressive ensemble, [with] the likes of Peter Hutt, Nigel Bennett, Ian Clark, Andrew Gillies, Brian Tree and a host of others – and from the very top of the show, Cimolino makes the most of its talents, shaping performances that showcase the best of each actor’s individual skills, while still serving the complex demands of text and story.”

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The Globe and Mail - J. Kelly Nestruck

Clear, coherent interpretation of...

“Antoni Cimolino, incoming artistic director of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, has taken on the challenge and staged a clear and coherent, if somewhat exhausting production on the catwalk stage of the Tom Patterson Theatre.”

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The Record - Robert Reid

Harbinger of Cimolino's artistic...

“Cimolino interprets the play as a romantic fantasy, equal parts dream and nightmare, by exploiting its elements of fairytale, folktale and mythology…[he] has assembled the kind of super ensemble that defines Stratford at its best…With only three Shakespeare plays gracing Stratford stages…it’s reassuring to acknowledge that Cymbeline does the festival’s namesake proud.”

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Stratford Beacon Herald - Laura Cudworth

Director Antoni Cimolino keeps it...

Cudworth raves: “The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s production of Cymbeline will be remembered not only as one of the best this season but in all likelihood one of the best in the theatre’s history…As Iachimo Tom McCamus will make your skin crawl as he lurks about Innogen’s bed chamber.”

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Toronto Star - Richard Ouzounian

Second 60 years of the Stratford...

Ouzounian raves about Cimolino`s willingness to trust his cast, “a trust which is paid off a hundredfold“ adding that the final scene, with Graham Abbey, is “one of the most moving moments on a Stratford stage in recent years.“ Performances of note include Geraint Wyn Davies, Cara Ricketts, Nigel Bennett…

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