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11 a.m. before selected Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday matinées of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Chicago, Wendy & Peter Pan, Richard III and The Rez Sisters.

Led by Festival teaching artists appearing in the matinée, these active workshops bring students from different schools together to explore the show's key themes, questions and characters. $4 per student.

(Free for participants in the Teaching Shakespeare and Teaching Contemporary Theatre Programs)

Support for Prologues is generously provided by John and Therese Gardner.

Prologue dates.

To book, please contact our Box Office

Tools for Teachers sponsored by


The Tools for Teachers program includes Prologues, Study Guides, and Stratford Shorts


These dynamic one-hour practical sessions provide students with a hands-on opportunity to deepen their Stratford experience. 

Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing: Looking at specific scenes and soliloquies, explore language and voice in conjunction with character and context.

Dramatic Deaths and Stage Combat: Discover Shakespeare's most powerful scenes of conflict and tension while learning principles of stage combat.

Yes, Let's - Through Improvisation: Jump into the world of spontaneity and explore how timing and rhythm help deliver an effective scene.

Physical Movement and Dance: Through dance motifs and exercises in status and spatial awareness, gain key insights into Chicago, Frankenstein Revived, and Monty Python's Spamalot.

Explore Richard III Through the Archives: Using unique artifacts from our Archives, delve into the Festival's long history with this play, from 1953 onwards, and explore the Anti-Hero and Protagonist in the opening scene.

$11 per student (minimum 15, maximum 30 students)

For an additional travel fee, workshops can also take place at your school.

Availability is limited. Reservations need to be made at least two weeks in advance.

To book or inquire, send us an email


Book a half-hour discussion with cast members immediately following your performance. $2.50 per student (minimum 20 students). Availability is limited. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance.

To book or inquire, send us an email 

Early Start Student Days
Performances on selected Thursdays in the spring and the fall start at 12:30 p.m. The early start applies to designated matinees of Wendy & Peter Pan, Hamlet, and Much Ado About Nothing.

Book early and take part in a free post-show chat with cast members. Advance reservation is required.