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Toronto Reference Library Lecture
Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street
Tuesdays, March 19, at 7 p.m.
A talk by Vivian Rakoff on The Merchant of Venice. Admission is free, but tickets are required. These may be booked online through the library beginning four weeks in advance.

Guelph Public Library Lecture
Main Branch, 100 Norfolk Street

Thursday, March 28, at 7 p.m.
A talk by Aidan Johnson on The Merchant of Venice. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Hamilton Public Library Lecture
Terryberry Branch, 100 Mohawk Road West
Wednesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

A talk by Mary Silcox on The Merchant of Venice. Admission is free; no tickets required.

Adam Gopnik: Shakespeare and Feasting
Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Friday, May 31, at 5:30 p.m.
Raised in Canada, essayist and commentator Adam Gopnik is a staff writer for The New Yorker. Join him for this celebratory dinner and hear his thoughts on banquets and the Bard. Cash bar. Admission: $75.

Original Pronunciation, with Tim Carroll
Studio Theatre, Saturday, June 1, at 10 a.m.
Using scenes from Romeo and Juliet as illustration, the director explores the implications of original pronunciation in the performance of Shakespeare's plays. Admission: $20.

Screening: Dark Lullabies
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Friday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m.

Canadian filmmaker Irene Lilienheim Angelico reaches for comprehension of the Holocaust through interviews with survivors and their children in Montreal and Israel – and with their contemporaries in Germany. Winner of six international awards, and selected as one of the 50 greatest documentaries of all time at the international Salute to the Documentary, the film will be followed by a chat with Angelico. Admission: $20.

Four Shakespeare Masterpieces at the Stratford Festival: Present and Past Productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice
The Festival Exhibition, 104 Downie Street (across from the Avon Theatre).
Open daily during the Festival’s opening week, May 27 to June 2. Otherwise open Wednesdays through Sundays, June 5 to October 20.
Weekday and Saturday hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. in May, June, July and August; 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in September and October.
Closes at 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Different days or times may be available on request. The space is accessible and guided tours are available. Admission: $6 adults; $5 seniors and students; $4 per person for groups of 10 or more; free admission for children under the age of 13; special $2 price per person for school groups.

Exhibition Talks
The Festival Exhibition, 104 Downie Street
Saturdays, June 8, 22 and 29; July 6, 20 and 27; and August 3 and 24, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Festival artists and artisans discuss their contributions to past and present productions of Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Measure for Measure and The Merchant of Venice. Cost included in admission to the Exhibition.

Speakers confirmed to date:

June 22 - Seana McKenna and Miles Potter

July 27 - Carmen Grant and Tom Rooney

August 24 - Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino

Screening: An Unlikely Obsession: Churchill and the Jews
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Wednesday, July 10, at 5:30 p.m.
A powerful documentary examining a neglected aspect of one of world history’s most renowned leaders: Winston Churchill’s relationship to Jews and Jewish issues. Drawing on a treasure trove of interviews featuring Churchill family members, Lord Conrad Black, Alan Dershowitz and others, the film explores the origins, implications and results of this world leader’s commitment to his generation’s most vulnerable people. Join director Barry Avrich and producer Michael Levine for a discussion after the screening. Admission: $20.

Reform It Altogether: Directing Shakespeare Today
Studio Theatre, Sunday, July 14, at 11 a.m.
With directors Chris Abraham, Tim Carroll, Antoni Cimolino and Martha Henry. Chair: David Prosser. Admission: $10.

Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream
University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Sunday, July 14, at 8 p.m.
Based on Neal Gabler’s best-selling book An Empire of Their Own, this award-winning feature-length documentary tells the story of the men who founded Hollywood. All were immigrants, or children of immigrants, who wanted to reinvent themselves as Americans. In the process, they reinvented America. Includes a post-screening chat with co-creator Stuart Samuels. Admission: $20.

Lobby Talks
Festival Theatre lobby, Tuesday, July 30; Tuesday, August 6; Friday, August 23; Tuesday, August 27; Friday, September 6; and Tuesday, September 10, at 11 a.m.
Informal chats by Director of Communications David Prosser. Free admission.

Priscilla Costello: Astrology and Shakespeare: The Secret Key to The Merchant of Venice
Festival Theatre lobby, Thursday, August 1, at 11 a.m.
Priscilla Costello is a counselling astrologer. Free admission.

Table Talk
Paul D. Fleck Marquee, Friday, August 9, at 11:30 a.m.
Buffet lunch, followed by a talk on The Merchant of Venice by Alan Somerset. Please reserve at least 48 hours in advance. Cash bar. Admission: $37.

Who Chooseth Me
Festival Theatre lobby, Sunday, August 11, at 11 a.m.
Practising psychoanalyst Mavis Himes speaks with Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino about the insights psychoanalysis can bring to The Merchant of Venice. Free admission.

Shylock Revisited
Factory 163, 163 King Street
Date & Time to be Announced
What happens if Shylock is a she? A participatory exploration of the co-mingling of antisemitism, sexism and The Merchant of Venice. Admission: $20.

University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus
125 St. Patrick Street
Wednesday, August 14, at 2 p.m.
An award-winning documentary about a Palestinian community organizer who united Fatah and Hamas members with Israeli supporters to save his village from destruction. Includes a post-screening chat with producer Ronit Avni. Admission: $20.

Faith and Religion in Shakespeare's Plays
Tom Patterson Theatre, Thursday, August 15, at 9:30 a.m.
In this special Talking Theatre event, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino talks to Paul Edmondson, Head of Knowledge and Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Rev. Dr. Edmondson was ordained as a priest in 2011. Free admission.

Stanley Wells: Sex and Love in Verona, Venice and Vienna
Studio Theatre, Friday, August 16, at 5 p.m.
Stanley Wells is Honorary President, Life Trustee and former Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, emeritus professor of Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and general editor of the Oxford and Penguin Shakespeares. Admission: $20.

What’s Past Is Prologue: Classical Theatre in our Times
Studio Theatre, Sunday, August 18, at 10:30 a.m.
With artistic directors Antoni Cimolino (Stratford Festival), Jackie Maxwell (Shaw Festival), Peter Hinton (recently of the National Arts Centre) and others. Moderator: David Prosser. Admission: $10.

Playful Previews
Sundays, August 18 and 25, at 12:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family for an active, on-your-feet introduction to the play you’re about to see. No observers, please. Admission: $15.

Anti-Semitism and The Merchant of Venice
Studio Theatre, Wednesday, August 21, at 11 a.m.
Len Rudner from the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, Holocaust historian Frank Bialystok and Shakespeare expert Vivian Rakoff examine the confrontation of synagogue and state in The Merchant of Venice. Admission: $10.

Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar: Shakespeare in Kabul
Festival Theatre lobby, Thursday, August 22, at 11 a.m.
The authors will sign copies of their book, Shakespeare in Kabul, following the talk. Free admission.

Geraint Wyn Davies Presents... "Wordplay"
Saturday, August 24
This play by Arnold Wesker tells the story of The Merchant of Venice from Shylock's point of view.

Star Talk
Festival Theatre Lobby

Sunday, August 25, following the matinée performance
Toronto Star
theatre critic Richard Ouzounian interviews Brian Bedford. Free admission.

Music in Fascist Italy
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 25 St. Andrew Street.
Saturday, September 21, at 5:30 p.m.

The ARC Ensemble (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) present a concert introduced by Artistic Director Simon Wynberg. Admission: $35.

Shylock Appeals
Studio Theatre, Saturday, October 5, at 10:30 a.m.
Witness the appeal of Shylock's sentence as argued by prominent lawyers before a court of outstanding Canadian judges. Free Admission.

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