CONNECTION TO THE ARCHIVES
William Hutt as Harpagon in The Miser, 1998. Directed by Richard Monette. Designed by Mérédith Caron. Lighting design by Michael J. Whitfield. Photograph by Cylla von Tiedemann. Stratford Festival Archives, GPO_1998_006_0003
The Miser was first produced at the Stratford Festival more than 20 years ago. What differences exist between what audiences found funny back then and what audiences find funny today? What remains the same?
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.