Skip to main content
Stratford Festival 2023 Season. Icon of Shakespeare writing with a quill. Red and grey accents.



DOWNLOAD EARLY ORDERING GUIDE
Download our Early Ordering Guide to explore the 2023 season.
CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT
Read the 2023 Casting Announcement.


MEDIA RELEASE
Read the 2023 Season Media Release.


PLAYBILL

King Lear

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by KIMBERLEY RAMPERSAD

Venue: Festival Theatre

 

Perhaps Shakespeare's greatest tragedy, King Lear is the story of an aging king, who, in demanding a show of devotion from his three daughters, leaves his kingdom divided, his family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm.

Rent

Book, Music and Lyrics by JONATHAN LARSON

Directed by THOM ALLISON

Choreographed by MARC KIMELMAN

Venue: Festival Theatre

 

Set in Manhattan in the 1990s and inspired by Puccini's opera La Bohème, this rock musical by Jonathan Larson follows a group of young East Village artists, performers and philosophers as they struggle through the hardships of poverty, societal discord and the AIDS epidemic in the search for life, love and art. With a song list that includes the iconic "Seasons of Love," Rent tells a story as relevant today as when it took Broadway by storm more than 25 years ago.

Much Ado About Nothing

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Additional text by ERIN SHIELDS

Directed by CHRIS ABRAHAM

Venue: Festival Theatre

 

The story follows Beatrice and Benedick, two quick-witted and sarcastic individuals who are happily single, but whose friends believe they would make a great romantic match. Set in the Early Modern world, an era of ever-changing attitudes towards marriage and power, the play presents a society at once filled with progressive feminist impulses and countervailing forces rooted in traditional patriarchal values. With his astonishing wit and insight, Shakespeare explores the complexities that underlie these growing social tensions.

 

Les Belles-Soeurs

By MICHEL TREMBLAY

Translated by JOHN VAN BUREK and BILL GLASSCO

Directed by ESTHER JUN

Venue: Festival Theatre

 

After 32 years, Michel Tremblay's masterpiece, which revolutionized Québécois theatre and is renowned the world over, returns to Stratford on the Festival Stage. Written in 1965, Les Belles-Soeurs portrays 15 Québécois women expressing their anger, desperation and frustration loudly, rudely and audaciously. Germaine Lauzon has won a million stamps in a contest. She invites her family and neighbours into her kitchen to help paste them into booklets. Fighting for any power in their suffocating lives, the women yell, backstab, dream and steal in grand theatrical style.

Monty Python's Spamalot

Book and Lyrics by ERIC IDLE

Music by JOHN DU PREZ and ERIC IDLE

A new musical lovingly ripped off from the motion picture "Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

From the original screenplay by GRAHAM CHAPMAN, JOHN CLEESE, TERRY GILLIAM, ERIC IDLE, TERRY JONES, MICHAEL PALIN

Directed by LEZLIE WADE

Choreographed by JESSE ROBB

Venue: Avon Theatre

 

Monty Python's Spamalot offers up a hefty share of irreverence in a hilarious spoof of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table as they go in search of the Holy Grail. This outrageous musical comedy by John Du Prez and Eric Idle, lets us look at our flaws and foibles and in doing so allows us to laugh at the things that make us human.

World Première Adaptation

A Wrinkle in Time

By MADELEINE L'ENGLE

Adapted for the stage by THOMAS MORGAN JONES

Directed by THOMAS MORGAN JONES

Venue: Avon Theatre

 

This new adaptation directed and written by Thomas Morgan Jones is based on the classic fantasy by Madeleine L'Engle, in which a young heroine leads her brother and a friend on a spectacular journey through space and time, from galaxy to galaxy, to save the world and rescue her father who mysteriously disappeared while working on an astounding scientific concept.

World Première

Frankenstein Revived

By MORRIS PANYCH

Based on the novel by MARY SHELLEY

Music by DAVID COULTER

Directed by MORRIS PANYCH

Movement choreographed by WENDY GORLING

Dance choreographed by STEPHEN COTA

Venue: Avon Theatre

 

At just 18 years old, Mary Shelley wrote the most celebrated horror story in English literature. Based on the novel, this exuberant and passion-filled theatrical movement-based piece by Morris Panych with music by David Coulter explores the big question at the heart of Shelley's work: what does it mean to be human?

World Première Translation:

Grand Magic

By EDUARDO DE FILIPPO

In a new English translation by JOHN MURRELL

Directed by ANTONI CIMOLINO

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre

 

A funny, thought-provoking and deeply moving play, presented in a new English translation by John Murrell. In this comedy we find Otto Marvuglia, a once master illusionist, reduced to performing magic for money at a seaside resort. When one of his tricks seems to go awry, a guest tumbles into a world of illusion as another escapes an unhappy reality.

Richard II

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Adapted by BRAD FRASER

Conceived by JILLIAN KEILEY

Directed by JILLIAN KEILEY

Choreographed by CAMERON CARVER

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre

 

In a revolutionary adaptation by Brad Fraser, this Richard is the story of a king who believes that God gives him the right to live above the rules and who ultimately suffers the consequences. The story is embedded in a time of great freedom that is soon crushed - the late 1970s and early '80s: when lives were lived at great volume against a suffocating strain of conservatism and fear. Fraser's adaptation maintains Shakespeare's text but draws on sources beyond Richard II.

Wedding Band

By ALICE CHILDRESS

Directed by SAM WHITE

Venue: Tom Patterson Theatre

 

The stellar work - written with great precision and powerful storytelling by Alice Childress - gives an emotional portrayal of a relationship between a Black seamstress, Julia, and a white baker, Herman, in the shadow of the First World War and the 1918 flu epidemic in Charleston, South Carolina. The couple's deep love and commitment faces the cruel racism of the Deep South in this revealing portrayal of interracial love, forced to navigate the societal racism of laws and culture, along with heartbreaking judgment from their own families and communities. Written during the Civil Rights era, the play resonates in our modern times of racial reckoning with movements such as Black Lives Matter, across North America, and at a time when a new pandemic is tragically altering lives.

World Première

Stratford Festival Commission

Casey and Diana

By NICK GREEN

Directed by ANDREW KUSHNIR

Venue: Studio Theatre

 

As the Toronto AIDS hospice, Casey House, prepares for the historic visit of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991, residents and staff are inspired to beat the odds as a plague continues to ravage a generation. This potent and moving drama by Nick Green, vividly captures a moment in time when a rebel Princess, alongside less famous caregivers and advocates, reshaped the course of a pandemic - and how those stricken by the virus found hard-won dignity, community and love in the face of astonishing hardship.

Women of the Fur Trade

By FRANCES KONCAN

Directed by YVETTE NOLAN

Venue: Studio Theatre

 

Set in eighteen hundred and something-something, somewhere upon the banks of a Reddish River in Treaty One Territory, where three very different women with a preference for 21st-century slang sit in a fort sharing their views on life, love and the hot nerd Louis Riel. In this lively historical satire of survival and cultural inheritance, playwright Frances Koncan shifts perspectives from the male gaze onto women's power in the past and present through the lens of the rapidly changing world of the Canadian fur trade.

Love's Labour's Lost

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

Directed by PETER PASYK

Venue: Studio Theatre

 

A beloved early comedy by Shakespeare, is reimagined for modern audiences. Seeking self-improvement, the King of Navarre and his three best friends swear off sex and love for three years, just as the Princess of France and three other women arrive on a diplomatic mission. Light-hearted drama reaches its climax in the twist ending of this touching and funny coming-of-age story.

Members can begin ordering online at noon November 6, 2022 and by phone at 9 a.m. on November 7, 2022  

General Public on-sale will start online at noon on December 12, 2022 and by phone at 9 a.m. on December 13, 2022 

On-Sale Dates
Membership LevelOnline at Noon   By Phone at 9 a.m.
Playwrights' Circle MembersNovember 6November 7
Sustainer/Prospero Society Members  November 7November 8
Associate MembersNovember 8November 9
Benefactor MembersNovember 9November 10
Ambassador MembersNovember 10November 11
Friend MembersNovember 11November 12

BECOME A MEMBER

Groups and Schools On-Sale Dates
Groups   Online or by phone on December 5 at 9 a.m.
Schools   Online or by phone on December 6 at 9 a.m.
General Public On-Sale Dates
General Public Online at noon on December 12 and by phone at 9 a.m. on December 13 

 

 All times are Eastern Time.