In Henry VIII, the Tudor Court is locked in a power struggle between its nobles and the Machiavellian Cardinal Wolsey, the King's first minister and the most conspicuous symbol of Catholic power in the land. Wolsey's ambition knows no bounds and when his chief ally, Queen Katherine, interferes in the King's romance with Ann Boleyn, he brings gigantic ruin upon himself, the Queen and centuries of English obedience to Rome. Famous in its own day as Shakespeare's most sumptuous and spectacular play, Henry VIII is a gorÂgeous pageant of masques and royal ceremony; a blaze of fireworks, cannonfire, red satin and cloth-of-gold. But within the passages of grandeur works the mind of the mature Shakespeare: psychological and political insight, language of great depth and power and, in the figures of Wolsey and Katherine, two of his most vivid and memorable characters.
News About Henry VIII at Stratford Festival
Final Week To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards
December 23, 2019
There's just one final week to submit votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
December 19th Update: DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Royal Alexandra Theatre Leads Best Musical Category in the BWW Toronto Awards Voting
December 19, 2019
We're heading into the final week of voting for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Vote today to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
Just Two Weeks Left To Vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards
December 16, 2019
There's just two weeks left to vote for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards Update: DEAR EVAN HANSEN - Royal Alexandra Theatre (Mirvish) Leads Best Musical!
December 09, 2019
There's just a few weeks left to make your voice heard and submit your votes for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The people have spoken nominations are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatre's achievements and performers are recognized!
December 2nd Update - Current Standings for the BWW Toronto Awards!
December 02, 2019
It's December! Voting is now underway for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! Now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized. Check out the first set of stats below.
First Standings - Voting Opens for the BWW Toronto Awards!
November 25, 2019
Voting is NOW OPEN and the first votes are in for the 2019 BroadwayWorld Toronto Awards, brought to you by TodayTix! The nominees are set, and now you can vote to make sure your favorite local theatres and performers are recognized!
Stratford Festival Announces Casting For 2020 Season
October 17, 2019
With the new Tom Patterson Theatre taking shape on the banks of the Avon River, the Stratford Festival is thrilled to announce key casting as it builds the acting company for its monumental 2020 season.
Stratford Festival's BILLY ELLIOT Extends To Nov. 24
October 09, 2019
The Stratford Festival's season will now stretch to November 24, with a three-week extension of Billy Elliot the Musical, which has been packing houses since it opened in the spring.
Stratford Festival 2020 Announces 15 Plays, A New Theatre, and More
August 13, 2019
Colm Feore will utter the first words on the Stratford Festival's newest stage, an echo of the inaugural performance in 1953, when Alec Guinness's opening speech in Richard III anticipated the a?oeglorious summera?? that was to come for Stratford. Feore, an internationally acclaimed stage and screen actor, is just one of a diverse company of accomplished actors who will present a repertory season of 15 productions in four remarkable theatres.
Harry Hadden-Paton Will Lead THE KING'S SPEECH At Chicago Shakespeare
August 08, 2019
Chicago Shakespeare Theater announces today the cast and creative team for the North American Premiere production of The King's Speech, beginning September 12 in The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare. Writer David Seidler brings the remarkable true story that inspired the Academy Award-winning film back to the stage in a new production of the play, directed by Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winner Michael Wilson. Following the play's North American premiere in Chicago, the production is slated for engagements at other theaters across the country.
THE CRUCIBLE Begins Previews On Stage at Stratford's Avon Theatre
August 01, 2019
Previews begin today for The Crucible, Arthur Miller's haunting dramatization of the Salem witch trials. Directed by Festival veteran Jonathan Goad, the production opens on Friday, August 16, at the Avon Theatre, marking the 12th and final production in the Festival's 67th season, which runs until November 10.
BWW Review: The Stratford Festival's MOTHER'S DAUGHTER Brilliantly Brings a Beloved New Trilogy to a Fine Close
June 20, 2019
MOTHER'S DAUGHTER, the third and final installment of playwright Kate Hennig's 'Queenmaker Trilogy' had its world premiere at the Stratford Festival's Studio Theatre Friday night. The play follows the reign of Mary I Queen of England and like the two previous instalments, it is reimagined (or perhaps 'restored') to be told from the perspective of the women at the centre of the story. Directed by Alan Dilworth, this production provides a fitting end to the intimate story of tradition, family, faith, imperfection and sisterhood that audiences first became immersed in 4 years ago.
BWW Review: The Stratford Festival 's HENRY VIII Dazzles at the Studio Theatre
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.
Stratford Festival Celebrates A Crowning Moment For The New Tom Patterson Theatre Centre
May 30, 2019
The Stratford Festival celebrated a crowning moment at the new Tom Patterson Theatre Centre on Wednesday. Major donors, Board members and government officials gathered together for the first time in the new facility for a "topping off ceremony" - the placement of the final beam that will support the roof over the new auditorium.
Stratford Festival's 67th Season Officially Opens on Monday
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