CONNECTION TO THE ARCHIVES
This season, Sara Uwadiae, the costume designer for Death and The King's Horseman, travelled to Nigeria to source textiles, hats and other clothing to build the costumes for the show. In 2003, Roger Kirk did the same thing with a trip to Thailand to source fabric for The King and I. As he wrote in the house program for that year, "I had the masks and headgear made specifically for the Stratford production by a man who runs a Thai dance theatre troupe, and I got most of the fabrics in Bangkok." (Stratford Festival Program, As Quoted: Costume Designer Roger Kirk, The King and I, 2003. Quoted from an interview with Sharon Malvern).
Costume cutter Carol A. Miller working on Tuptim's Presentation Costume for The King and I, 2003. Photograph by Richard Bain.
Anne Marie Ramos as Tuptim and Charles Azulay as Lun Tha in The King and I, 2003. Directed by Susan H. Schulman. Set design by Debra Hanson. Costume design by Roger Kirk. Lighting design by Kevin Fraser. Sound design by Peter McBoyle. Musical direction by Berthold Carrière. Photograph by Michael Cooper.GPO_2003_009_0078
Wayne Sujo as Prince Chulalongkorn in The King and I, 2003. Directed by Susan H. Schulman. Set design by Debra Hanson. Costume design by Roger Kirk. Lighting design by Kevin Fraser. Sound design by Peter McBoyle. Musical direction by Berthold Carrière. Photograph by Michael Cooper.GPO_2003_009_0099
The Stratford Festival's Archives maintains, conserves and protects records about the Festival and makes those materials available to people around the world. Their collection contains material ranging from 1952 right up to the present and includes administrative documents, production records, photographs, design artwork, scores, audio-visual recordings, promotional materials, costumes, props, set decorations and much more. These materials are collected and preserved with the aim of documenting the history of the Festival, preserving the page-to-stage process, and capturing the creative processes involved in numerous other activities that contribute to the Festival each season.
In addition to visiting the Archives in person, you can explore a selection of their holdings via their online catalogue.