BWW Review: The Stratford Festival 's HENRY VIII Dazzles at the Studio TheatreBWW Review: The Stratford Festival 's HENRY VIII Dazzles at the Studio Theatre
by Lauren Gienow - May 31, 2019

The Stratford Festival of Ontario may be known first and foremost for mounting productions of Shakespeare's plays, but there are certain plays by the bard that only seem to come around once in a while. For example, HENRY VIII, a play written by William Shakespeare and John Fletcher, has only been performed three other times in the history of the Stratford Festival--the last one being in 2004. This season, director Martha Henry has created a production of this play that feels relevant and exciting. Stunning performances by Jonathan Goad and Irene Poole elevate it event further. (more...)

Stratford Festival's 67th Season Officially Opens on MondayStratford Festival's 67th Season Officially Opens on Monday
by Sarah Hookey - May 23, 2019

The Stratford Festival kicks off its 67th season on Monday with the gala opening of Shakespeare's Othello, followed by five more openings as the week unfolds: Billy Elliot the Musical, Henry VIII, Private Lives, Little Shop of Horrorsand The Merry Wives of Windsor. Artistic (more...)

HENRY VIII is Now in Previews At The Stratford FestivalHENRY VIII is Now in Previews At The Stratford Festival
by BWW News Desk - May 8, 2019

Henry VIII, Shakespeare's thrilling drama about a pivotal moment in history, is now in previews at the Studio Theatre. The production officially opens on Wednesday, May 29, and early demand for tickets has led to an extended run until October 20. (more...)

BWW Exclusive: An Interview with Mamie Zwettler About the Upcoming Nationwide film Release of Stratford Festival's THE TEMPESTBWW Exclusive: An Interview with Mamie Zwettler About the Upcoming Nationwide film Release of Stratford Festival's THE TEMPEST
by Lauren Gienow - Apr 12, 2019

Did you not get a chance to see the Stratford Festival's magical production of THE TEMPEST last season? Or maybe you did see it and are eager to get a taste of that magic again! You are in luck because the production was filmed and will be available for all to see through the Stratford Festival's Stage to Screen Series! With it's theatrical release set for Saturday, BroadwayWorld chatted with the production's Miranda, Mamie Zwettler about the experience of journeying to the magical island over and over again last season. (more...)

Stratford Festival's Work Being Showcased Far Beyond StratfordStratford Festival's Work Being Showcased Far Beyond Stratford
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2019

People will have a number of opportunities to see the work of the Stratford Festival on stages in Toronto and Montreal, as well as on screens across Canada and internationally this year. (more...)

Actor Douglas Rain, Stratford Pioneer And Voice Of 2001's HAL, Dies At 90Actor Douglas Rain, Stratford Pioneer And Voice Of 2001's HAL, Dies At 90
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2018

The Stratford Festival lost one of its pioneers today. Douglas Rain died of natural causes early this morning at the age of 90 at St. Marys Memorial Hospital, just outside of Stratford, Ontario, the city in which he established his career, becoming one of the world's great classical actors. (more...)

Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2019 Season, Including OTHELLO and MoreStratford Festival Announces Casting For 2019 Season, Including OTHELLO and More
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2018

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has announced key casting for the 2019 season, including Michael Blake as Othello and Amelia Sargisson as Desdemona in the season opener, Othello, one of Shakespeare's greatest and best-known tragedies. (more...)

BILLY ELLIOT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and More Announced For Stratford Festival's 2019 SeasonBILLY ELLIOT, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and More Announced For Stratford Festival's 2019 Season
by BWW News Desk - Aug 17, 2018

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino is pleased to announce the playbill for the 2019 season. Featuring 12 productions, it's built around a theme of Breaking Boundaries, which will also be explored through more than 150 thought-provoking and entertaining events at the Forum. (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - IN THE HEIGHTS, HUNCHBACK, GUYS AND DOLLS and More!Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our BroadwayWorld 6/22 - IN THE HEIGHTS, HUNCHBACK, GUYS AND DOLLS and More!
by BWW Special - Jun 22, 2018

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature IN THE HEIGHTS, HUNCHBACK, GUYS AND DOLLS and More! (more...)

BWW Review: Martha Henry's Performance is Magical in the Stratford Festival's Production of THE TEMPESTBWW Review: Martha Henry's Performance is Magical in the Stratford Festival's Production of THE TEMPEST
by Lauren Gienow - Jun 21, 2018

As the house lights went down in Stratford's Festival Theatre on June 10th and it became clear that director Antoni Cimolino's production of THE TEMPEST was about to begin, there were loud cheers of excitement and, quite frankly, relief from the audience-many of whom had been at the theatre for what was supposed to be Opening Night of the Festival just weeks earlier. All eyes were on the 44-season Festival veteran Martha Henry, who was already on stage. The anticipation among audience members was palpable. Everyone seemed excited that she finally had this moment that had been rudely taken away from her by a bomb threat on May 28th. And then, as is the case with all good theatre…those thoughts and emotions were swept away, as the audience became immersed in the story happening before the (more...)

BWW News: Stratford Festival Cancels Opening Night Performance due to Bomb ThreatBWW News: Stratford Festival Cancels Opening Night Performance due to Bomb Threat
by Lauren Gienow - May 28, 2018

Earlier this evening, the Stratford Festival's Opening Night Performance of THE TEMPEST was promptly canceled and audiences, staff, and performers were evacuated from both the Festival and Avon Theatres in response to what has now been confirmed as a bomb threat. Publicity Director, Ann Swerdfager released the following statement on behalf of the Festival: (more...)

Stratford Festival's Opening Week Begins MondayStratford Festival's Opening Week Begins Monday
by BWW News Desk - May 25, 2018

The Stratford Festival's 66th season opens officially on Monday, May 28, with Shakespeare's final masterpiece, The Tempest, featuring Martha Henry as Prospero. (more...)

THE TEMPEST Featuring Martha Henry As Prospero Now On Stage In StratfordTHE TEMPEST Featuring Martha Henry As Prospero Now On Stage In Stratford
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2018

Martha Henry stars as Prospero in Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Previews are now underway at the Festival Theatre and the production opens the 2018 season on Monday, May 28. (more...)

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Announces its 56th SeasonCabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music Announces its 56th Season
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2018

The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, America's longest running festival of new orchestral music, celebrates its 56th season and the second season of its esteemed Music Director and Conductor, Cristian M?celaru, July 29 - August 12, 2018. This year's festival takes audiences around the globe with a series of new works by composers from the US, UK, Canada, Macedonia, Romania, China, Korea, and Sweden. (more...)

Brent Carver Withdraws From Season; Andre Morin To Play ArielBrent Carver Withdraws From Season; Andre Morin To Play Ariel
by BWW News Desk - Feb 22, 2018

Actor Brent Carver has withdrawn from the Stratford Festival's 2018 season for personal reasons. He was to play the role of Ariel in The Tempest.  (more...)

Seana McKenna, André Sills, Daren A. Herbert & More Will Lead 2018 Season at Stratford FestivalSeana McKenna, André Sills, Daren A. Herbert & More Will Lead 2018 Season at Stratford Festival
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2017

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino just announced key casting for the 2018 season of the Stratford Festival, including Seana McKenna as Julius Caesar, Andr Sills as Coriolanus, and Daren A. Herbert as Harold Hill, the 'Music Man.' (more...)

Shakespeare, Musicals, Premieres and More to Explore Free Will at Stratford Festival in 2018Shakespeare, Musicals, Premieres and More to Explore Free Will at Stratford Festival in 2018
by BWW News Desk - Aug 22, 2017

For the Stratford Festival's 2018 season, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has chosen 12 productions that explore the theme of Free Will. (more...)

BWW Review: LIFE REFLECTED by the National Arts Centre Orchestra at the Luminato Festival
by Taylor Long - Jun 19, 2017

Four incredible artists bring to life the stories of four powerful women. LIFE REFLECTED, presented by the National Arts Centre (NAC) is a multi-media journey examining the lives of four women using photography, film, spoken word and music. The NAC Orchestra takes us through four individual pieces, led by conductor and Artistic Director, Alexander Shelley. Shelley describes the works as being united in the way the women 'learned to tread a new path and turn the tables on those who wanted to oppress them.' (more...)

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 6/2 - Dora Awards and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2017

Roundup: Check Out The Top Stories From Toronto You Might Have Missed 6/2 - Dora Awards and More! (more...)

BWW Review: Stratford Festival Opens its 65th Season with a Splendid Production of TWELFTH NIGHT
by Lauren Gienow - May 30, 2017

The 65th season of the Stratford Festival officially opened on Monday night with a production of William Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT. Director, Martha Henry has assembled a fabulous group of players and they do not disappoint. Just the thought of Geraint Wyn Davies, Tom Rooney, and Brent Carver sharing comedic scenes together had me rushing to the Festival Theatre to see this play. All three are as fantastic as one could hope for, but everyone else is equally as enchanting in their roles as well. (more...)

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