Each of the season’s two high-intensity Foray periods focuses on its own theme. In addition to the following, Forays include special editions of regular series events.
FORAY 2: AUGUST 16 TO 20
Shakespeare 450: A Celebration of the Bard
Shakespeare’s First Folio
Stratford Perth Museum
4275 Huron Road, Stratford
Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m BUY NOW
and Sunday, August 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. BUY NOW
In celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, and for the first time in history, the only copy in Canada of the 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s works – lent to the Festival by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto – is on display at the Stratford Perth Museum. Admission: $15.
The Secrets of the Shakespeare First Folio BUY NOW
Saturday, August 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Eric Rasmussen of the University of Nevada/Reno spent two decades studying the 232 surviving copies of the First Folio, the collection of Shakespeare’s plays published by his friends after his death. His research resulted in a definitive scholarly work as well as a general-interest book, The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios. While the only Canadian-held copy of the Folio is displayed in Stratford, Dr. Rasmussen shares stories of those who have possessed, lost, stolen and treasured these priceless pieces of cultural history. Admission: $25. This event will be live streamed.
Elizabethan Court Dance BUY NOW
Studio Theatre Lobby Saturday, August 16, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Learn dances from the period and how they functioned in the social order. Instructor: Rebecca Harper. Admission: $25.
Souls Under Pressure BUY NOW
Sunday, August 17, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
“Where is the soul in Shakespeare?” Taking King Lear as their focus, Torrance Kirby and Paul Yachnin of McGill University ask what happens to the human spirit, in Shakespeare’s time and in ours, when people are pushed to the limits of endurance. Colm Feore joins the discussion, offering insights from an actor's point of view.
Shakesprov BUY NOW
Avon Rehearsal Hall 1 – Meet in the Studio Theatre Lobby, Monday, August 18, from 10 to noon. How hard could it have been for one man to have written Shakespeare’s canon? In this fun, engaging workshop, you will learn the keys to inventing your own lost Shakespeare play on the spot. Led by notable improviser, Second City Faculty and Shakespeare enthusiast, Marjorie Malpass, uncover the secrets of improvising in Iambic. Playing with imagery, inventing words, finding just the right insults - discover the power of being your own Bard. Admission: $40.
Embodying Shakespeare’s Text BUY NOW
Studio Theatre Lobby
Monday, August 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.
Explore and immerse yourself in the power of Shakespeare’s words. Led by Festival coaching staff and special guest artists, this three-hour workshop engages you in the processes our actors use to inhabit Shakespeare’s worlds. Admission: $40.
Shakespeare’s History BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Explore our playbill’s three examples of Shakespearean chronicle: King Lear (legendary), King John (historical) and Antony and Cleopatra (Roman). Admission: $25.
The Life and Adventures of Sam Wanamaker: The Man Who Built the Globe BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 19, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Sam Wanamaker is best known as the visionary founder of Shakespeare’s Globe, the theatre for which he campaigned tirelessly in the last third of his life. This illustrated talk by Paul Prescott, of the University of Warwick, draws on previously unseen archival material to present key episodes in his extraordinary journey as actor, director and cultural entrepreneur from Depression-era Chicago to Thatcher’s Britain. Admission: $15.
The Playwright’s Crucible BUY NOW
Tuesday, August 19, from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
As in Shakespeare’s day, watch a playwright contend with argumentative actors, demanding management and a temperamental director as they try to create his play before your eyes. Hosted by Joanne O’Sullivan. Admission: $30.
Shakespeare on the Road
Festival Theatre lobby
Wednesday, August 20, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
In celebration of the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth, Rev. Dr. Paul Edmondson from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and Drs. Paul Prescott and Susan Brock from the University of Warwick tell their story of reverse pilgrimage and shine a light on Shakespeare festivals across North America. Free admission.