About Us - Reach & Impact

Hall of Fame

Famous actors who have appeared at Stratford

 

Alan Bates

 

Alan Bates
  • Richard III in Richard III, 1967
  • Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1967

 Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn
  • Frederick in Hadrian VII, 1969
  • Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, 1976
  • Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1976  
  • Hector Nations in Foxfire, 1980  
Brian Dennehy   Brian Dennehy
  • King of France in All's Well That Ends Well, 2008
  • Krapp in Krapp's Last Tape and Erie Smith in Hughie, 2008
  • Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, 2011
  • Max in The Homecoming, 2011

Colm Feore

 

Colm Feore
  • Over 25 roles, including Hamlet, Romeo, Orsino, Leontes, Iachimo, Iago, Richard III, Petruchio, Cassius, Cyrano de Bergerac, Oberon, Dionysus, Mercutio, Berowne, Angelo and Benedick. 

Megan Follows

 

Megan Follows
  • Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, 1992  
  • Constanze in Amadeus, 1995   

Robert Goulet

 

Robert Goulet
  • Macheath in The Beggar's Opera, 1958

Graham Greene

 

Graham Greene
  • Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, 2007
  • Lennie Small in Of Mice and Men, 2007

Lorne Green

 

Lorne Greene
  • Marcus Brutus in Julius Caesar, 1955
  • Morocco in The Merchant of Venice, 1955
  • Captions speaker in Mother Courage, 1987

Tammy Grimes

 

Tammy Grimes
  • Mistress Quickly in Henry IV, Pt 1, 1958
  • Mopsa in The Winter's Tale, 1958
  • Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, 1982-83

Paul Gross

 

Paul Gross
  • Hamlet in Hamlet, 2000
  • Playwright in residence, 1986

Alec Guinness

 

Alec Guinness
  • Richard in Richard III, 1953
  • King of France in All's Well That Ends Well, 1953

Julie Harris

 

Julie Harris
  • Blanch in King John, 1960
  • Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, 1960

Mike

 

Michael Learned
  • Virgilia in Coriolanus, 1961
  • Katharine in Love's Labour's Lost, 1961

James Mason

 

James Mason
  • Angelo in Measure for Measure, 1954
  • Oedipus in Oedipus Rex, 1954

 Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack
  • Many roles over 5 seasons, 1985-89
  • Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1989
  • Tusenbach in Three Sisters, 1989
  • Orleans in Henry V, 1989
John Neville John Neville
  • Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost, 1983-84  
  • Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, 1983  
  • Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, 1984
  • Major Pollock/Mr. Malcolm in Separate Tables, 1984
  • Anton Chekhov in Intimate Admiration, 1987
  • Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, 1988
  • Director of numerous productions, including Hamlet, 1986; Mother Courage, 1987; Three Sisters, 1989
  • Artistic Director of Stratford Festival, 1986-89

William Petersen

 

William Petersen
  • Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, 1984
Christopher Plummer

Christopher Plummer
  • Henry V in Henry V, 1956
  • Hamlet in Hamlet, 1957
  • Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, 1957
  • Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, 1958 (continued)
  • Leontes in The Winter's Tale, 1958
  • Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet, 1960
  • Macbeth in Macbeth, 1962
  • Cyrano in Cyrano de Bergerac, 1962
  • Antony in Antony & Cleopatra, 1967
  • Barrymore in Barrymore, 1996
  • Lear in King Lear, 2002
  • Julius Caesar in Caesar and Cleopatra, 2008
  • Prospero in The Tempest, 2010 
  • Himself in A Word or Two, 2012 

Sarah Polley

 

Sarah Polley
  • Alice in Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1994

Jason Robards Jr.

 

Jason Robards Jr.
  • Hotspur in Henry IV, Pt 1, 1958
  • Polixenes in The Winter's Tale, 1958

Howard Rollins

 

Howard Rollins
  • Othello in Othello, 1987

Paul Scofield

 

Paul Scofield
  • Coriolanus in Coriolanus, 1961
  • Don Armado in Love's Labour's Lost, 1961

William Shatner

William Shatner
  • Lucentio in The Taming of the Shrew, 1954 
  • Lucius in Julius Caesar, 1955
  • Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice, 1955
  • Gloucester in Henry V, 1956
  • Fenton in The Merry Wives of Windsor, 1956
Maggie Smith   Maggie Smith
  • Millamant in The Wayof the World, 1976
  • Cleopatra inAntony and Cleopatra, 1976
  • Titania/Hippolyta inA Midsummer Night’s Dream, 1977
  • Lady Macbethin Macbeth, 1978
  • Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, 1980   
Jessica Tandy Jessica Tandy
  • Lady Wishfort in The Way of the World, 1976
  • Eva in Eve, 1976
  • Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1976
  • Annie Nations in Foxfire, 1980
  • Mary Tyrone in A Long Day's Journey into Night, 1980

Peter Ustinov

 

Peter Ustinov
  • King Lear in King Lear, 1979
  • King Lear in King Lear, 1980

 Christopher Walken

 

Christopher Walken
  • Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, 1968
  • Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1968
  • Felton in The Three Musketeers, 1968   


Other well-known actors who have appeared at Stratford 

Kevin Anderson
Sharon Acker
Blair Brown
Lloyd Bochner
Rod Beattie 
Brian Bedford
Jeremy Brett
Michael Burgess
Jackie Burroughs
Lally Cadeau
Zoe Caldwell
Douglas Campbell
Len Cariou
Brent Carver
John Colicos
Patrick Crean
Jonathan Crombie
Seán Cullen
Keene Curtis
Henry Czerny
Cynthia Dale
Jennifer Dale
Peter Donaldson
David James Elliott
Timothy Findley
Maureen Forrester
Leonard Frey
Pat Galloway
Bruno Gerussi
Sir John Gielgud (one performance
of one man show)
Donald Harron
Martha Henry
William Hutt
Kim Hunter
Scott Hylands
Jeff Hyslop
Gordon Jackson
Jeff Jones
Lila Kedrova
C. David Johnson
David Langton
Nick Mancuso
Barbara March
Andrea Martin
Des McAnuff (as a director)
Tom McCamus
Sheila McCarthy
Seana McKenna 
Loreena McKennitt
Richard Monette
Ron O'Neal
Stephen Ouimette
Lucy Peacock
Nicholas Pennell
Gordon Pinsent
Anthony Quayle (tour only)
Douglas Rain
Kate Reid
Jan Rubes
Saul Rubinek
Alan Scarfe
Albert Schultz
Cedric Smith
Jean Stilwell
R.H. Thomson
Sada Thompson
Margaret Tyzack
Tony van Bridge 
Gwynyth Walsh
Al Waxman
Kenneth Welsh
Scott Wentworth
Kathleen Widdoes
Geraint Wyn Davies
Joseph Ziegler


Artistic Directors

 
Tyrone Guthrie Michael Langham Jean Gascon Robin Phillips John Hirsch
Tyrone Guthrie
1953 to 1955
Michael Langham
1956 to 1967
Jean Gascon
1968 to 1974
Robin Phillips
1975 to 1980
John Hirsch
1981 to 1985
John Neville David William Richard Monette Don Shipley Marti Maraden
John Neville
1986 to 1989
David William
1990 to 1993
Richard Monette
1994 to 2007
Don Shipley
2008 
Marti Maraden
2008 
                 
McAnuff_small   Antoni Cimolino            
Des McAnuff
2008 to 2012 
  Antoni Cimolino
2013 - 
           
   

Past Board Chairs/Presidents
 
1953 & 1954 Dr. Harrison A. Showalter Stratford
1955, 56 & 57 Mr. Alfred M. Bell Stratford
1958 & 1959 Mr. David M. Rae Stratford
1960 & 1961 Mr. Wilfred P. Gregory Stratford
1962 & 1963 Mr. Leonard C. Webster Stratford
1964 & 1965 Mr. W. Howard Hemphill Stratford
1966 & 1967 Mr. Floyd S. Chambers Toronto
1968 & 1969 Mr. Kenneth H.J. Clarke Toronto
1970 & 1971 Dr. Ian Lindsay Stratford
1972 & 1973 Mr. Donald D. McGeachy London
1974, 75 & 76 Mr. John V. Killer Stratford
1977 & 1978 Mr. John J. Heney Stratford
1979 & 1980 Mr. Robert V. Hicks Toronto
1981 & 1982 Mr. A. John Lawson Stratford
1983 Mr. Donald G. MacLeod Cambridge
1984 Mr. Oliver J. Gaffney Stratford
1985 Mr. Peter A. Herrndorf Toronto
1986 & 1987 Mr. William H. Somerville Stratford
1988 & 1989 Dr. Murray B. Frum Toronto
1990 & 1991 Mr. Ian H. McLeod Toronto
1992 & 1993 Mr. Thomas C. O’Neill Toronto
1994 & 1995 Mrs. Julia Foster Toronto
1996 & 1997 Hon. Michael Meighen Toronto
1998 & 1999 Mr. George S. Taylor St. Marys
2000 & 2001 Mrs. Sandra Pitblado Toronto
2002 & 2003 Mr. Don Woodley Mono Township
2004 & 2005 Mr. Tom Orr Stratford
2006 & 2007 Mrs. Kelly Meighen Toronto
2008 & 2009 Mr. Richard Rooney Toronto
2010 & 2011 Dr. M. Lee Myers London  
2012 & 2013 David Goldbloom Toronto