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more ways to explore Romeo and Juliet

Toronto Reference Library Lecture
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street
Tuesday, March 5, at 7 p.m.
A talk by Jane Freeman on Romeo and Juliet. Admission is free, but tickets are required. These may be booked online through the library beginning four weeks in advance.

Guelph Public Library Lecture
Main Branch, 100 Norfolk Street
Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

A talk by Ann Wilson on Romeo and Juliet. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Hamilton Public Library Lecture
Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West
Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m.

A talk by Michael Happy on Romeo and Juliet. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Adam Gopnik: Shakespeare and Feasting
Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Friday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m.
Raised in Canada, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Join him for this celebratory dinner and hear his thoughts on banquets and the Bard. Cash bar. Admission: $75.

Original Pronunciation, with Tim Carroll
Studio Theatre, Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
Using scenes from Romeo and Juliet as illustration, the director explores the implications of original pronunciation in the performance of Shakespeare's plays. Admission: $20.

John de Chastelain: Ancient Grudges and New Mutinies
Tom Patterson Theatre, Saturday, June 15, at 10 a.m.
The former head of Canada’s military and former ambassador to the U.S. reflects on the Prince of Verona’s role as peacekeeper in Romeo and Juliet, and relates it to his own experience as a key player in the Northern Ireland peace process. Admission: $20.

Four Shakespeare Masterpieces at the Stratford Festival: Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice
The Festival Exhibition, 104 Downie Street (across from the Avon Theatre).
Open daily during the Festival’s opening week, May 27 to June 2. Otherwise open Wednesdays through Sundays, June 5 to October 20.
Weekday and Saturday hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in May, June, July and August; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September and October.
Closes at 2 p.m. on Sundays.
Different days or times may be available on request. The space is accessible and guided tours are available. Admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors and students; $4 per person for groups of 10 or more; free admission for children under the age of 13; special $2 price per person for school groups.

Exhibition Talks
The Festival Exhibition, 104 Downie Street
Saturdays, June 8, 22 and 29; July 6, 20 and 27; and August 3 and 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Festival artists and artisans discuss their contributions to past and present productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. Cost included in admission to the Exhibition.

June 8: Dr. Francesca Marini, Archives Director, and Rick Schmidlin, Film Producer and Historian.
Screening of rare archival footage about Stratford Festival productions of the four Shakespearean plays featured in our 2013 season.
June 22: Seana McKenna and Miles Potter
June 29: Roy Brown and Stewart Robertson.
Master prop-makers talk about their work and the history of the items displayed in the new Festival Exhibition.
July 6: Susan Coyne
July 20: Carmen Grant and Tom Rooney
July 27: Sara Topham
August 3: Tom McCamus and Chick Reid
August 24: Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino

A Rose by Any Other Name
Festival Theatre lobby, Saturday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m.
Practising psychoanalyst Mavis Himes speaks with Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about the insights psychoanalysis can bring to Romeo and Juliet. Free admission.

Lobby Talks
Festival Theatre lobby, Thursday, June 27; Thursday, July 4; Wednesday, July 17; Thursday, September 5; and Wednesday, September 11, at 11 a.m.
Informal chats by Director of Communications David Prosser. Free admission.

Playful Previews
Saturday, July 13; Sunday, July 28; and Saturday, August 10, at 12:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family for an active, on-your-feet introduction to the play you’re about to see. No observers, please. Admission: $15.

Reform It Altogether: Directing Shakespeare Today
Studio Theatre, Sunday, July 14, at 11 a.m.
With directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry. Chair: David Prosser. Admission: $10.

Tales Under the Tent
Festival Theatre Grounds
Wednesday, July 17, from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
Gather under the tent for family fun! Stratford Public Library staff provide stories and activities related to the play on stage at the Festival Theatre that afternoon. Look for the tent on the Festival Theatre grounds between the Discovery Centre and Upper Queen’s Park. Suitable for families with children ages 6 to 12. Cancelled in the event of rain. Free admission.

Stanley Wells: Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna
Studio Theatre, Friday, August 16, at 5:00 p.m.
Stanley Wells is Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares. Admission: $20.

Lois Kivesto: Music With Her Silver Sound: Orchestral Interpretations of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Festival Theatre lobby, Wednesday, July 31, at 11 a.m.
Lois Kivesto is a researcher for Canadian Stage. Free admission.

Faith and Religion in Shakespeare's Plays
Tom Patterson Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m.
In this special Talking Theatre event, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino talks to Paul Edmondson, Head of Knowledge and Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Rev. Dr. Edmondson was ordained as a priest in 2011. Free admission.

Festival Friday Chat
Festival Theatre lobby, Friday, August 16, at approximately 11:15 p.m.
A thirty-minute Q&A session with cast members. Free admission.

What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in our Times
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.
With artistic directors Antoni Cimolino (Stratford Festival), Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Moderator: David Prosser. Admission: $10.

Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar: Shakespeare in Kabul
Festival Theatre lobby, Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m.
The authors will sign copies of their book, Shakespeare in Kabul, following the talk. Free admission.

Table Talk
Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Friday, August 30, at 11:30 a.m.
Buffet lunch, followed by a talk on Romeo and Juliet by Jane Freeman. Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance. Cash bar. Admission: $37.

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