A Gala Evening in Honour of William Shatner

In 2011, the Festival inaugurated the Legacy Award; our first honoree was Christopher Plummer and last season we recognized the career of Dame Maggie Smith.  Now we are delighted to announce and honour the legendary William Shatner at a gala evening in Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Tables are currently on sale for this once-in-a-lifetime evening.  All proceeds from the gala will support the key priorities of the Stratford Festival: the production of great theatre, artist and director training, and education programs for audiences of all ages.

Monday, October 21, 2013
Four Seasons Hotel, Yorkville Avenue, Toronto
Reception:  6:30 p.m.             Dinner:  7:30 p.m.
Festive dress
Gala Chairs:  Barry Avrich, Brian Cooper and Beth Kronfeld

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A very limited number of tables are still available and single tickets will go on sale on Monday, September 9. To learn more about this wonderful evening, go to Individual Package – Canadian or Individual Package – U.S.

If you are unable to attend the evening but would like to make a tax-deductible gift celebrating the legendary career of William Shatner and the Stratford Festival please Donate now!


William Shatner was a member of the Stratford Festival company for three seasons, from 1954 to 1956, appearing in nine productions that included a tour of Tamburlaine the Great to Toronto and New York City.  His tenure at Stratford included roles in Measure for Measure, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Oedipus Rex, and an acclaimed production of Henry V.  The artists with whom he worked during those extraordinary early seasons at the Festival include Douglas Campbell, Jean Gascon, Lorne Greene, Don Harron, William Hutt, Frances Hyland, James Mason, William Needles, Christopher Plummer, Douglas Rain and Jean-Louis Roux.

In 1966, Mr. Shatner originated the role of Captain James T. Kirk in the television series Star Trek, which led to a film franchise where he returned as Captain Kirk in seven Star Trek movies.  His other television series include T.J. Hooker, The Practice and Boston Legal, for which he won Emmys and his first Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of eccentric lawyer Denny Crane.

William Shatner has recorded several albums and written 30 novels and non-fiction books including his autobiography – Up Till Now – which was a New York Times bestseller.

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