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Photo Coverage: Stratford's 60th Season Opening Night Gala

On Monday May 28th, 2012 the Stratford Shakespeare Festival kicked off their 60th season in grand style reserved especially for these types of special occasions.  The streets of this quaint town were lined with men in tuxedos and women in ballgowns (despite the near record setting temperatures), the swans were gracing the Avon River and the red carpet was rolled out for stars, dignitaries and fans alike.

Among those in attendance were The Mayor of Stratford Dan Mathieson, the US ambassador to Canada, Stratford staples Colm Feore, Dan Chameroy, Cynthia Dale, Geraint Wyn Davis, Ben Carlson, Deborah Hay and Jesus Christ Superstar cast members Bruce Dow and Marcus Nance (who both flew in from NYC to celebrate with their Stratford family).

The 60th Season marks the last season for Artistic Director Des McAnuff, who was on hand last night to celebrate.  Also in attendance was General Director Antoni Cimolino who will be taking over as Artistic Director next year (and helm this year's Cymbeline).  The opening week kicked off with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and continues with 42nd Street, Charlie Brown, Cymbeline, Pirates of Penzance and The Matchmaker.

BWW was on hand for all the opening night fun and we are thrilled to bring our reader's photos from the glitzy evening.

When and Where?

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival 60th Season:

Much Ado About Nothing

42nd Street

A Word or Two

The Best Brothers



Henry V



The Matchmaker

The Pirates of Penzance


The War of 1812

You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

For more information or to purchase tickets please visit their official website at

Photo credit: James Wilkinson

The Shakespeare Flag atop the Festival Theatre

The Stratford Police Pipes and Drums

Swans on the Avon River

Horse and Carriage delivered Guests in Style

Stratford Guests Arriving

Cynthia Dale

Erica Peck and Robin Black

The Mayor of Stratford Dan Mathieson

Janice Zolf

Dion Johnson and date

Geraint Wyn Davis and Cynthia Dale

Jennifer Stewart and Alessandro Constantini

Tom Orr and Jesus Christ Superstar's Bruce Dow

Michelle Aravena, Drew Foster and Alexandra Frohlinger

Ben Carlson

Kyle Golemba, Franklin Brasz, Jesus Christ Superstar's Marcus Nance,

Anne Campion, Dave Campion and Guest

Andrea Runge

Des McAnuff

Ian Lake and date

Juan Chorian and guest

Lee Myers and date

Trish Lindstrom, Mike Shara and Ben Carlson

Stephanie Aniol and Andrea Smitko

Tyron Savage, Lara Gilchrist and Josh Epstein

Trent Pardy and Yanna McIntosh

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