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Christopher Plummer as Antony in Antony and Cleopatra, 1967.



Founded in 1967, the Archives hold records of our story right back to 1952. We house many rare and unique artefacts, including the robe worn by Alec Guinness in the inaugural 1953 production of Richard III, archival videos of productions, a chair reputed to have been owned by William Shakespeare and a copy of the Fourth Folio of Shakespeare’s works.

We also hold the personal archives of such Festival artists as Tanya Moiseiwitsch, Brian Jackson, Richard Monette and Stanley Silverman.

Using The Archives

We encourage researchers to contact us directly about archival material that we have. Information on some sections of the Archive can be accessed via our online catalogue. Please be aware that the catalogue is a work in progress and we will be adding more to it on an ongoing basis. 

While most of our material can be easily accessed, a few of our holdings have been designated “restricted access,” meaning that permission must be obtained in order to use them. Therefore, in order to avoid disappointment, please contact us before you come.

Photocopies and Reproductions

Where copyright permits, we can make photocopies and reproductions for users, for which we will charge. If you can’t come in yourself and need a member of staff to help with research, a charge for this also applies. Please contact us for more details.

Please also be aware that restrictions apply to photographs and other materials covered under agreements governed by Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and other professional associations.

Photo Release Procedures

As part of our standard photo release procedure, we require a copy of any item in which the photograph appears.

To use production photographs from the Stratford Festival Archives, you must follow these steps:

  1. Submit your detailed request in writing. We will send you a photo release form that you will need to sign and return to us.
  2. We will forward your request to Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and ask for permission to release images to you. You will have to follow the procedure outlined by Equity, and Equity will also let you know if you have to pay a fee to the actors: this is currently a minimum of $122.06 per actor per image.
  3. Once Equity responds, we will ask you to contact the actors in the relevant picture for their permission. We will provide contact information for their agents, if we have it. Actor contact information is also available from:
  • Canadian Actors Equity: 416-867-9165, or by email.
  • American Actors Equity: 212-869-8530
  • British Actors Equity: 011-44-207-379-6000, or email.
  • ACTRA: 416-489-1311, or 1-800-387-3516
  • Screen Actors Guild (USA): 855-724-2387

Once you have the actors’ written permissions, please forward them to the Archives. We will then send you the images and credit captions. We generally provide photos via email unless another method of delivery is requested. You may not archive the photos or re-use them for other projects. If you want to use them again, you must get back in touch with us and get new permissions.

Note that our basic photo fee for processing your request is $30 per image; please contact us for more information on rates for commercial use, including use in film, documentaries and television programs.Please note that HST will be added to all fees and that payment is due upon receipt of invoice.

Location: 350 Douro Street, Stratford, Ontario 

Hours of Operation & Tours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.  

Tours of the Archive and its exhibition run on Thursdays and Fridays, at 10.45 am, June to October.

Please Make an Appointment: The Archives are free and open to everyone.  Please call before visiting us so that we can help make the most of your time.  

Direct Festival Phone Line: 519-271-4040 or email: