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Last chance to see 2017 shows!

The countdown is on – see these great productions now before it’s too late!

Our spectacular 2017 season is quickly drawing to a close, but there are still lots of incredible theatre offerings left for your October enjoyment. Check out the productions you may not have yet had the chance to see - or return and savour another viewing of your favourites before our theatres go dark until next year!
 
HMS Pinafore - RUNS UNTIL October 21
 
Romeo and Juliet - RUNS UNTIL October 21
 
The School for Scandal - RUNS UNTIL October 21
 
Twelfth Night - RUNS UNTIL October 21
 
Treasure Island - RUNS UNTIL October 22
 
And extended into November by popular demand:
Guys and Dolls - EXTENDED UNTIL November 5
 
Tickets for our October shows are selling fast - don't miss out!

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Show-Stopping Dance with Guys and Dolls!

You’re in luck! This season’s most jaw-dropping, eye-popping musical is now running into November.

The Festival Theatre is the place to be for the very best in musical comedy. Critics and audiences alike have been raving all season long about the glorious singing, perfect casting, hilarious comedy and show-stopping dance numbers in Guys and Dolls. The overwhelming popular demand has prompted us to extend this mega-hit until November 5!

New performance dates:
Tuesday, October 24, at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, November 1, at 2 p.m.
Thursday, November 2, at 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 4, at 2 p.m.
Sunday, November 5, at 2 p.m.
 
There are so many highlights in the show that the only downside is trying to choose your top favourite moment! Is it the delightful Miss Adelaide and her Hot Box Girls? The wild, all-out brawl in El Café Cubana? The incredible athleticism of the Crapshooters' Ballet? Or the foot-stomping, hand-clapping glee of "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat"?
 
Here's a taste of just some of our favourite scenes - enjoy!

 

Production support for Guys and Dolls is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin, by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen and by Catherine & David Wilkes. Production Co-Sponsors, RBC Royal Bank and Union Gas Limited.

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Members order their 2018 season tickets in a few weeks

Not a Member? Join today and get the best seats!

As a valued Festival patron, you must already be anticipating another wonderful season of amazing theatre. Now is a great time to join us as a Member, because Members get access to the best seats at the best prices by being able to order almost two months ahead of the general public.

Join today and enjoy the benefits!
Members play a huge role in our success by making a donation above and beyond their ticket purchases. They also gain some really great benefits, such as:

• Priority booking: get tickets almost two months ahead of the general public, giving you access to great discounts and seats
• Priority access to a number of ticket savings: Bring a Friend, Shakespeare Ticket Offer (a 50% saving) and Musical Ticket Offer (a 40% saving)
• Complimentary tickets
• Invitations to exclusive Member events and access to Members' lounges
• Plus much more!
 
Become a Member today, and don't miss out on being the first to order your 2018 season tickets.

Thank you for your much appreciated patronage. We hope you'll join us in 2018 as a Member and take advantage of these great perks!

If you have any questions about our membership program, call 1.800.567.1600 or email membership@stratfordfestival.ca.


 


 

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Looking Ahead to Robert Lepage’s Coriolanus!

Anticipation soars as the famed Quebec auteur comes to direct Shakespeare in our 2018 season.
It has been a long time coming, but next year the Festival is excited to finally be collaborating with one of the world's most celebrated directors, Robert Lepage.
 
After founding his own multidisciplinary production company, Ex Machina, in 1994, Mr. Lepage has earned international critical and popular acclaim for his epic and visually striking stage works, along with awards for his innovative solo pieces, plays, spectacular work with Cirque de Soleil, operas and musical events, and feature films such as Possible Worlds.
 
"We've been talking about it for years and years," says Stratford's Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino. "Robert visits the Festival annually, and we had an opportunity to really sit down and discuss the specific possibilities about four years ago at a brunch hosted by Adrienne Clarkson.
 
"The biggest challenge of all has been figuring out the timing - as you can imagine, Robert's schedule is completely nuts! He has a very different style of rehearsing and developing a production, and it was tricky trying to accommodate his work process with the way we do things here at Stratford."
 
Normally, a play set to open here in late May would begin rehearsals in February and be ready for public preview performances in April. The acting company works in repertory, meaning that performers are cast in different shows and rehearsal schedules are carefully made up to accommodate several productions rehearsing in tandem.
 
"Robert has an incredibly contrasting approach to our usual method here at Stratford," says Mr. Cimolino. "He tends to devise work from the ground up: he crafts ideas with performers to develop different iterations and then takes several passes over a work. Even when he works with pre-existing scripts, he will workshop his way through it, then go away and take time to think about it before he'll come back to the piece.
 
"We needed to figure out a way to fit this approach around how we do things here. I attended a showing of his touring solo show 887 in Edinburgh in April, and we discussed how best to rehearse in 2018, so we now have a plan in place to make it all work with Coriolanus."

Mr. Cimolino had the rare honour to observe Robert Lepage's process in action when he was invited to attend a workshop with the avant-garde Parisian stage ensemble Le Théâtre du Soleil. The company's founder, Ariane Mnouchkine, collaborates with her collective of 40 performers to improvise and create new works.
 
"Robert was invited by Ariane as the first-ever outside director to work with her troupe, and normally one wouldn't be able to observe the rehearsals in progress, so it was a real opportunity for me to be in attendance. It is quite the place: they've taken over a former bullet factory just outside of Paris and have a complex of five theatres on site."
 
This was a familiar way of working for Mr. Lepage, who uses a former fire-hall space, La Caserne, in Quebec City for rehearsing and workshopping with his Ex Machina company.
 
"I've been there to watch early workshops in February," says Mr. Cimolino. "Robert had seven performers exploring scenes from Coriolanus. Not only were they delving into the text and how to shape it, but he was looking at some technical ideas for staging and projections. Robert is extremely warm and approachable, and the actors were all clearly enjoying the process. I'll be returning in November for another showing after a further two-week workshop.
 
"It's great to discuss Shakespeare with Robert. He has so much to say about these classic plays, and that may surprise some people as he's so widely known as an artist who develops original scripts. I am always struck by his insights into the text: the mob figures large in his approach to Coriolanus - there are many questions about democracy, and the Roman Forum and its social exchange has strong parallels to today's social media, with its bullying and freedom to express ideas you might not say in person. What does that do to social discourse? He's an avant-garde auteur with absolute respect for the underlying text behind the work."
 
In order to integrate Mr. Lepage's hectic schedule and unique work process into Festival rehearsals in the late winter and early spring, Coriolanus will share a cast with Mr. Cimolino's production of The Tempest.
 
"His is a very different way of rehearsing - very compartmentalized and concentrated. Robert will work on Coriolanus in blocks, and then the cast will work on The Tempest when he is not available. We're so glad to have figured out a way to have this collaboration happen at long last, and we are very excited to share the results with our audiences next season."

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