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Opening Week Reviews Are Here!

Critics and audiences are thrilled with Stratford’s first round of official openings

Though our season opening night didn't quite go as planned, the rest of the week was full of high energy, resounding cheers and high praise. We'll have more great reviews for you as more productions have their official openings - including The Tempest - but here are just a few of the highlights so far:

The Music Man

"This kind of joy is what it's all about"

"Eye-popping choreography"

"I didn't want this show to end"

- Toronto Star

 

"A gift to the audience"

"A heart-thumping drumline and acrobatic dance number that alone is worth the price of admission"

"Thrilling dance"

- Postmedia

 

"Hits all the right notes - with an incredibly talented company"

"What truly makes this production shine is that each and every performer is excellent"

"Utterly spectacular"

"Superb"

- Broadway World

 

Long Day's Journey Into Night

"Masterful production"

"Tour-de-force performances"

"A glorious trek well worth taking"

- Postmedia

"Captivating from start to finish"

"An absolute must-see this season"

"The stellar company keeps the audience captivated"

"Heartbreakingly beautiful" 

- Broadway World

"Gloriously gobsmacking"

"Brilliantly portrayed"

- The Globe and Mail

"Excellent cast"

- Toronto Star

 

An Ideal Husband

"Delightfully fun and well-cast production"

"Hilarious"

"The play is enjoyable from beginning to end"

- Broadway World

"Theatre that's clever, compelling and thought-provoking"

"This production deserves great praise"

"A skilled and well-directed cast results in an hysterically funny play"

- Postmedia

"Sparkling new production"

"Wildean mix of comedy and melodrama"

- The Globe and Mail

"Immensely entertaining"

- Toronto Star

 

The Comedy of Errors

"Adventurous production"

"Sexy, eye-catching"

"Colourful and witty"

"Genuinely hilarious"

- Toronto Star

"Delightfully winning and forward-thinking"

"Sheer fun"

"Marvelously innovative production"

"William Shakespeare would be truly appreciative"

- Postmedia

To Kill a Mockingbird

"resonates deeply"

"powerful"

- The Globe and Mail


"Goad excels with a moving performance of truth and courage"

"Casting is top-notch from the supporting actors to the leads"

"Matthew G. Brown delivers a heartfelt, touching and gripping performance…both moving and breathtaking"

"Provocative and thought-provoking, To Kill a Mockingbird is must-see theatre."

- Postmedia

 
The Rocky Horror Show

"4 out of 4 stars"

"Giddy, triumphant Rocky Horror Show rocks" 

"High-energy rock-concert staging"

- The Globe and Mail

"Grabs the audience and doesn't let go until everyone dances the Time Warp"

"A gender-bending, intergalactic sexcapade"

"Titillating and tantalizing talents"

- Postmedia

"Brings top-notch musical theatre talent"

 

"Sexy choreography"

- Toronto Star

 


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Such Stuff as Dreams are Made On

Meet André Morin, the “tricksy spirit” of The Tempest

It was one of those dream-like moments in which everything changes.

One fateful Monday morning, André Morin was at home in the Parkdale flat he shared with friends, preparing for an audition later that day, when his phone rang.

"I looked and saw that it was Antoni Cimolino calling from his personal cell phone," recalls Mr. Morin. "I thought to myself, 'What is this about?' and answered. Antoni briefly explained that The Tempest's original Ariel, Brent Carver, would be unable to continue with the role, and made me the offer - asking me if I could start rehearsing that Thursday. Of course, I said yes immediately!"

The logistics of changing your life's direction at such short notice can be daunting, but things fell neatly into place for Mr. Morin.

"It all happened so fast! But as luck would have it, my brother was available with a vehicle, so he helped me move to Stratford the very next day. I was in a daze for the whole drive - it was all so overwhelming. I moved into a flat the Festival had arranged for me, spent Wednesday getting in a few groceries and going over the script like a mad thing, and then walked into the rehearsal hall on Thursday."

Luckily, Mr. Morin is no stranger to the Festival. A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory, he's performed at Stratford in five previous seasons, in such roles as Edmund in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Peter van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank. Stepping into the shoes of such a beloved performer as Brent Carver must be nerve-racking, but Mr. Morin has felt surrounded by friends from the outset.

"I am so grateful that there was such great support in the room when I joined the cast for my first read-through," he says. "I sat down at the table, and right away Lucy Peacock reached over and took my hand. 'I'll be okay,' I thought."

Playing the "tricksy spirit" Ariel opposite Martha Henry's Prospero has been eye-opening for him. As the past Director of the Birmingham Conservatory, Ms Henry has been his long-time instructor and mentor.

"Martha knows me well from directing me at Birmingham, and I know her from that experience, so I've been lucky to walk into the role with that sort of trust level already established between us. But now she is my artistic colleague - and that's a big mental leap to take, from seeing someone as a mentor and a hero to becoming their co-creative. That is something that is truly phenomenal about Stratford: the fact that we have a company full of incredible artists who are willing to sit and converse with the younger performers. I think that passing on and sharing of experience is the life-blood of the company."

The Tempest boasts a fantastically talented, multi-generational cast, and that has made Mr. Morin's journey to playing Ariel a joyful one.

"We have the full spectrum of performers on stage," he says. "From the youngest of us right on up through to some of the best actors in the country. This collective experience of the cast offers something like a family reunion where skills get passed down through the generations. There is always something to learn, every single time: it's like having a master class every day. It's been sobering to discover that the amount of effort that goes into a performance never changes - it doesn't get any easier, no matter how long you've been acting. The work never stops. And at the heart of it, the Festival company, artistic staff and coaches are like a big family who try their very best to take care of and help one another."

In this whirlwind trip from the phone call to the stage, one wonders if Mr. Morin could single out a favourite moment along the way.

"I've developed a little ritual for myself," he says. "In Act IV, scene 1, Prospero has her iconic speech with some of the most magnificent lines in Shakespeare: 'Our revels now are ended. These our actors, / As I foretold you, were all spirits and / Are melted into air, into thin air.' I stand just below Martha in the vom, waiting for my entrance - watching and listening - and I have this wonderful moment where I can just take it all in before I am summoned on stage."

Such stuff as dreams are made on, indeed.

 

The Tempest runs at the Festival Theatre until October 26. For more information and to book your seats, visit our website or call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen Burfield & family, by Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine, by Dr. M.L. Myers, by The Westaway Charitable Foundation, and by Jack Whiteside

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The Wit and Wisdom of Winthrop Paroo

A chat with one of The Music Man’s young stars, Alexander Elliot

Q: When were you first interested in stage performing? Did you always want to be an actor?

Alexander Elliot: Let's see - I'm 13 now, so I guess I was seven when I started doing shows for fun with the CharActors Theatre Troupe in Thornhill. Actually, the truth is that my parents forced me to go! Not that it hasn't turned out pretty well in the long run, but I just hated it that first year. But I got into it the second year and really started enjoying learning how to perform and doing shows for large audiences. Every year, we'd present a musical production like Grease and High School Musical.

A big turning point for me came during our production of Annie. The agent of one of the girls in the cast was in the audience that night, and she was really impressed that I played five different roles, and liked how I made each character really distinct. She asked me to join Artist Management Inc., and I've been with the AMI agency since I was 11. Being a professional actor is definitely my Plan A in life. Plan B would have to be something to do with science - particularly space.

Q: Tell us a bit about the audition experience. Has being in the Festival been a dream goal of yours?

AE: The first time I ever came to Stratford, I saw Twelfth Night and Guys and Dolls and they were both so absolutely mind-blowingly fun. I watched all those crazy dance numbers and thought to myself, "There's no way that I can ever do this - everyone up there is so amazing!"

My first The Music Man audition in Toronto was nerve-racking. Auditions were held over a three-day stretch, and I was the very last kid that they saw on the last day. Instead of getting nervous about it, I thought, "Well maybe they'll remember me the best."

The callback two months later in Stratford was a totally crazy day. We had a group dance audition from 10 until 11:30, and then my solo audition was at 1:30. I did my scene and a song, and then waited outside with two or three other kids. We were going back in and out of the room for hours!

My mom came up with a funny way to tell me I got the part. I'd already been cast as the lead for the CharActors production of Tom Sawyer, and I was in the car on my way to rehearsal when my mom called my cell and asked, "Hello - may I please speak with Winthrop Paroo?" Then I called all my friends to share the news - my reaction was about 50% crying and 50% calling!

Q: Winthrop is a little boy who faces some big issues. What are some of the biggest challenges for you in the show?

AE: The first big thing I needed to do was prepare how to perform with a lisp. I had a great singing teacher who taught me the trick of speaking with a really relaxed tongue, and it worked! Winthrop is really shy about his lisp - it makes him want to hide away from people most of the time. And losing his dad so young is very sad for him: I spend a bit of time before each show just thinking about that loss to help me get into his mood and mentality. He has a lot of ups and downs, like his major happy turning point of being given a cornet by Harold in the "Wells Fargo Wagon" number - it's the nicest thing that's ever happened to him in his life. And that's what makes finding out about Harold's fraud even more heartbreaking for Winthrop. There are a lot of big emotions for him to cope with in the show.

Q: What are some of your favourite moments in the production? Tell us why you think The Music Man will hold such great appeal to Festival audiences.

AE: Obviously, I really love "Gary, Indiana" - I can't stop thinking about that song. It's always playing in my head. Winthrop runs in, bursting with joy - just so excited. That's one kind of fun for me, the way this show can be intimate moments for two or three characters, and then - boom! - a totally different kind of fun altogether. Everything's happening all at once, and there are 40 people on stage in "Shipoopi" and "Seventy-Six Trombones." I love that there's such great synergy between those fantastic dancers and all the kids marching. I think audiences will love everything about the show. It's packed full of catchy songs and amazing acrobatic choreography, and there are tons of brilliantly funny bits along with a few sad moments - so who could ask for anything more? It is a wonderfully happy, feel-good show and I think everyone of all ages will enjoy it.

 

The Music Man runs at the Festival Theatre until November 3. For more information and to book tickets, visit our website or call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin, by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins, and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Peterson 

Production Co-Sponsors: RBC and Union Gas 

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Late-Night Fun and Frolics with The Rocky Horror Show!

Don’t just dream it – be it! Join in the revelry with a cocktail and make a (late) night of it!

Ladies and gentlemen - time to don your fishnets and toss on your most towering high heels for the best ongoing party of the season! I see you shiver with antici… pation, so let's get straight to the point.

I'm sure you're well aware, my darlings, that you may purchase delightful adult beverages to enjoy before - and even during - the magnificent debauchery onstage. But did you know our Avon Theatre bars will stay open after the show? You can toast the evening's shenanigans with wine or beer, or really enter the spirit of the occasion with our very own super-special Rocky cocktail: the Velvet Darkness! Mingle and meet, and maybe talk a few new friends into dancing the Time Warp with you.

But wait - there's more!

Because The Rocky Horror Show is the ultimate in after-dark fun, the Festival is offering two wild and crazy late-night performances! Things get rockin' at 10 p.m. on Saturday, June 16 (book now and don't miss out!), and again just before Halloween, on Saturday, October 27.

The party never stops!

No matter when you come to the show - and you WILL come see us, won't you, my sweets? - a fantastic party awaits. We encourage one and all to dress up as your favourite character or just as a wilder, weirder version of yourself. Leather, corsets and thigh-highs - oh my! Check out our trailer for some costume inspiration:

Really, REALLY get into the audience partici… pation with your very own Rocky kit full of fun props to make for a wild interactive experience.* Buy your Partici… pation Kit here and pick it up before the show!

(*But please be just a little itty bit well behaved and follow the Rocky Horror etiquette tips outlined on our website.)

The ultimate fantasy for Rocky Horror fans - fulfilled!

Are you obsessed by all things Rocky? Well, we can hardly blame you - after all, Frank N. Furter is irresistible. Indulge in the ultimate experience with The Rocky Package! This thrill-ride of a package includes:

~ Ticket for a Premium zone seat

~ $100 in Stratford money that can be used at local merchants

~ VIP Partici…pation Kit that includes:

  • Items to use during the show
  • Autographed poster
  • Stratford coffee travel mug
  • Discount coupons for the Stratford Festival Shop

Call 1.800.567.1600 to book!

 
The Rocky Horror Show
runs at the Avon Theatre until Halloween on October 31. For more information and to book tickets, visit our website or call the Festival Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

Funding Generously Provided by the Government of Ontario.

 

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Antoni Cimolino’s Must-See Forum Picks

We asked our Artistic Director to choose a few not-to-be-missed Forum events that you’ll be sure to love

Explore Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino's top three Forum picks for June and July - and reserve your spot at these unique events! The dates will be here before you know it.

Assassinating Thomson | June 17 & June 24

Art, politics, ambition, love and murder are intertwined in this one-man tour-de-force, which delves into the mysterious death of famous Canadian painter Tom Thomson and the subsequent rise of the Group of Seven.

Creator and performer Bruce Horak, a legally blind painter, actor and playwright, paints the audience's portrait live on stage as he explores the facts and fictions surrounding the death of one of Canada's greatest artists, and shares the unique way he sees the world.

Here's an exclusive video of Bruce's performance of this piece at the Thousand Islands Playhouse in 2016:

 

In Search of Global Freedom | June 23

There are many places in the world where citizens' freedoms are constrained; and citizens' concerns about their ability to direct their future transcend national borders. Join Randall Hansen, Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs, along with other experts, to discuss the global meaning of freedom.


Steven Page and Art of Time | July 13

Steven Page teams up with the virtuosic Art of Time Ensemble in a concert of works by Leonard Cohen, Randy Newman, Radiohead, Barenaked Ladies, Elvis Costello and others. Favourite songs reinvented by some of the greatest minds in classical, pop and jazz, and delivered by a defining voice in contemporary rock.


With an incredible line-up of music, performances, workshops, special dining events and fascinating guest speakers, there's so much more for everyone to explore at the Forum this season. Visit our website and expand your Festival experience!

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Literary Lives Revealed: Meeting the Brontë Sisters

The struggles and heartbreaks of the famed trio of writers are explored in the world première of Brontë: The World Without

Toronto-based playwright Jordi Mand has long been fascinated by the Brontës. She'd already entertained for some years the idea of developing a play about the famous trio of literary sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - when she was invited to participate in the Stratford Festival's Playwrights Retreat in 2014.

"It was a phenomenal opportunity," says Ms Mand. "Over three weeks in the fall, I spent time with a handful of amazing Canadian playwrights. I saw all of the shows that season and got an intimate behind-the-scenes look at the Festival, getting a day-to-day taste of life in Stratford. It's a special place."

But it was the work on stage in the Studio Theatre that had her most enthralled.

"Christina, the Girl King was playing that year, and I found it to be such an exciting piece," she says. "Director Vanessa Porteous did a wonderful job telling this powerful woman's story, and I couldn't be happier that she is now directing my play on that very same stage this season. The Studio Theatre space itself is so intimate - it almost feels like a secret club.

"And in subsequent years, with the debuts of Kate Hennig's The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial and Hannah Moscovitch's Bunny, there seemed to be a huge interest in new plays at the Festival with female-driven narrative. It felt like the right place for my story about the Brontë sisters."

Following her time with the Playwrights Retreat, Ms Mand approached Bob White, the Festival's Director of New Plays, with her idea for her piece. After developing a draft, a reading was staged and the play was officially commissioned by Stratford.

"When I made a visit to the Brontës' home in Haworth, I was struck by their unique world and the relationships of the three sisters," says Ms Mand. "Even today, the place feels very remote - they lived their lives cut off from the rest of the world in this obscure location, battered by constant winds and visited by deadly illness. Death was a constant companion.

"I wanted to explore the nuances of the complex female relationships between the siblings. People have this idea that they were submissive and quiet Victorian women, but the sisters weren't like that: they had wildly complicated relationships with each other, and were both lifelong mutual staunch supporters and fierce rivals."

In many ways, the play tells a very modern story that will resonate strongly with audiences. Fame and remarkable talent aside, the sisters are presented as single women leading ordinary lives in times of great hardship. Financial circumstances are grim: there is an ongoing struggle to save on basic household expenses - like having to cut out bacon and coffee to make ends meet, or re-using the same envelope over and over to submit manuscripts. Still worse are their worries about finding the money for an operation to save their ailing father's eyesight and about the constant danger of losing their home.

The interpersonal high drama - the intense love and rivalry between the sisters, their shared need to protect and help their father, and the unseen but deeply impactful looming presence of their drunken and troubled brother - also speak to modern life and the idea that things have really not changed very much.

"Now, more than ever, it seems the right time and place to tell women's stories," says Ms Mand. "With all the headlines and the #MeToo movement, there is a great hunger for and interest in female narratives. The Brontë sisters had very few options - unmarried women of the lower classes could really only become governesses or domestic servants - and to be published, they decided to hide behind false male names to help their chances of being considered serious writers. Though a lot of societal progress has been made, women are still harshly judged and pressured at every turn when compared to men."

The world's fascination with Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë has increased with recent and upcoming bicentenary celebrations, exhibitions and creative projects marking the sisters' births. Two hundred years later, the books enjoy an enduring hold on people's hearts and imaginations.

"At the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth, I was struck by the palpable emotional connection the visitors - especially women - experienced as they explored the house," recalls Ms Mand. "It was very powerful to witness the tears of women as they stood in the drawing room where the sisters wrote, clutching their well-read personal copies of the novels and just soaking in the haunting atmosphere. The family still feels very much present in every one of those rooms."

Almost everyone has read, or at least knows about, the work of the Brontës, but Jordi Mand wants to give audiences a deeper look at the details and inner workings of their personal lives.

"As I was researching and musing on the play, I was surprised to discover that a lot of people don't know about Anne at all!" she says. "Or that a great number of folks seem unaware that Emily wrote only one book [Wuthering Heights]. Of the three, Charlotte enjoyed the biggest success in their lifetimes. Still, they tend to get mashed together somehow, even though they had three very individual artistic tracks to follow and things were not easy for any of them.

"So often on stage we see stories of royals and the moneyed classes. That's why I think this is the right time and place to present this intimate, behind-the-scenes origins story - to show audiences that, despite the eventual fame and prestige, the Brontë sisters had incredible battles to make their ways in the world, and under a constant shadow of death.

"I wanted to honour the incredible artistic lives and legacy of these three ambitious women."

Brontë: The World Without
runs at the Studio Theatre from June 6 to October 13. For more information and to book tickets, visit our website or call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

Production support is generously provided by Sylvia D. Chrominska and by M. Fainer

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Paradise Lost: From Page to Stage

Erin Shields turns heaven and hell upside down in this witty, modern, feminist retelling of John Milton’s epic poem about the first battle between good and evil

Q: What is your background as a theatre practitioner and playwright?

Erin Shields: After high school in Hamilton, I studied acting for three years in a conservatory program at Rose Bruford College of Speech in Drama in London, England, and then moved to Toronto. It was incredibly difficult to break into the acting scene, so I decided the only way forward was to start writing and performing my own material.

The first play I wrote was called Hotdog, a one-woman show about a vegetarian who eats a hotdog. (It all goes downhill from there!) I self-produced the show and toured it to fringe festivals across the country, which was an incredible experience.

The following years I collaborated with my theatre peers (Andrea Donaldson, Maev Beaty, Alan Dilworth, Brendan Healy, Gideon Arthurs and many more who are still working in theatre today) to write, act and produce my own shows with my company, Groundwater Productions, in festivals like Rhubarb and the Fringe. My breakout play was If We Were Birds, which Alan Dilworth directed for the Summerworks Festival in 2008. It was picked up by Richard Rose and played at the Tarragon Theatre in 2010.  

Since that time, most of my work has been as a playwright rather than an actor. I have written shows for larger theatres such as Shaw, Tarragon Theatre and the Segal Centre, but continue to write small-scale pieces as well. In 2014, I moved to Montreal, where I live with my husband and daughters. Most recently I premièred a piece in Montreal in both French and English with a site-specific company called Théâtre à corps perdus.

 
Q: When did you first have the idea to adapt Paradise Lost as a theatrical piece? How did it find its way to Stratford?

ES: While I was forging my way as a young theatre-maker, I decided to do a part-time degree in English literature at the University of Toronto. In my third year, I took a course exploring John Milton through an intertextual study of Paradise Lost and scripture. My professor, Dr. Paul Stevens, is the person who really cracked open Paradise Lost for me. He approached the text with respect, but also a healthy dose of irreverent humour, and his passionate, often provocative, lectures led us on a journey through the text.

We did not work chronologically but rather thematically, examining the Old Testament from a Protestant perspective in an attempt to comprehend Milton's relationship to the Bible. Professor Stevens facilitated an in-depth investigation that linked the texts so completely I often felt as though I was observing a dialogue between the texts - not only noting the Bible's influence on Paradise Lost but also the impact Milton had had on a contemporary reading of the Bible. At the completion of that class, I knew my curiosity for both texts had only just begun.

Paradise Lost stayed with me long after that course. The theatrical potential beckoned to me, and I wrote a couple of pieces before this one, using Paradise Lost as source material. Finally, I decided I was ready to take on the whole poem, and proposed a contemporary theatrical adaptation to the Stratford Festival.

I reached out to the Director of New Plays, Bob White, about my idea for the adaptation, and he asked me to prepare a two-page description of the project, which was then green-lit for a first-draft commission. For about ten months, I worked on the first draft (which was more like a third draft by the time I submitted it), then sent it back to Bob. The Festival then offered me a full commission to finish the play. We had a couple of workshop readings along the way.


Q: What were some of the main challenges you faced in creating this theatrical interpretation of such a dense work of literature?

ES:Paradise Lost is often held up as The Greatest Work of English Literature. So … that was intimidating. Milton was blind when he wrote Paradise Lost and therefore dictated the epic poem, so I decided the best place to start would be to read the text aloud - in some manner channelling the way in which it was originally written. Like Shakespeare, Milton's text resonates in the body, so reading it aloud gave me a deeper understanding of the text. As I worked to contemporize the poem, I made choices about which elements of the text to stay close to and which elements to veer away from. I gave myself permission to bend the story and language - staying true to what I felt to be the drive of Milton's work, but freeing up the details.

Q: What are you most looking forward to seeing on stage in this première production?

ES: Right now, I'm just looking forward to getting into rehearsals. As a playwright, I spend most of my working hours alone making something that is ultimately intended to be shared in time and space. As I write, I leave space for the director, actors and designers to contribute to the storytelling. Getting into the rehearsal hall, I finally get to see the other artists fill in those spaces - the actors support the words with subtext, emotion and a connection to one another; the designers create the visual and audio landscape in which the actors play; the director drives the team towards a holistic vision of the piece; and, most importantly, the audience experiences the play, transforming it into a lived communal experience.

 
Q: You have done much to update and make the story relevant to today's audiences. What are some of the main points you'd like people to think about and discuss after they see the show?

ES: I hope to take audiences on an epic journey with this play. My goal is to create a vibrant adaptation of the poem that is full of action, poetry, longing, humour, rebellion, revenge, forgiveness and love. At times, the play takes its source material very seriously. At other times, it's completely irreverent. I hope audiences will find pleasure in the story, and will be provoked to think about our mythical inheritance and how we interact with one another in a personal and political way.

 
Paradise Lost
plays at the Studio Theatre from August 1 to October 21. For more information and to book tickets, visit our website or call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

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Honouring Megan Follows

Join us at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel as we celebrate this beloved Canadian star at our 2018 Stratford Festival Gala

Everyone loves Anne Shirley.

Recognized and adored by audiences worldwide for her ACTRA/Gemini Award-winning starring role in the Anne of Green Gables TV movies, Megan Follows has had a stunning and varied career in television, film and theatre. Her most recent iconic role brought her back into the international spotlight, portraying Queen Catherine de'Medici in the CW Network/CBS Studios series Reign, which chronicled the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots. Ms Follows was nominated each year for a CSA for her layered portrayal of this fan-favourite villain. 

Never out of the spotlight since her childhood, Ms Follows has enjoyed a remarkably varied career that has encompassed critically lauded lead roles on stages across Canada - including her highly acclaimed Juliet at the Stratford Festival in 1992 and her portrayal of Mozart's wife, Constanze Weber, in our 1995 production of Amadeus - as well as memorable appearances in such TV series as Hollywood Heights, Longmire, Second Chances, World Without End, House M.D., Heartland, The Border, CSI, ER and Law and Order.. 

Her feature film work includes leading roles in Allan King's acclaimed Termini Station; Stephen King's Silver Bullet; Gregory Nava's A Time of Destiny, with William Hurt and Timothy Hutton; Christmas Child, with William Moses; Foreign Affair, with David Arquette; and Reluctant Angel, among others. She now divides her time between directing and acting, and is currently shooting a key recurring role in SYFY's genre-breaking hit series Wynonna Earp.

An intimate night of celebration

The 2018 Stratford Festival Gala will celebrate Megan Follows's outstanding career on Monday, September 24, at the beautiful Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Toronto. This unforgettable gala evening will include tributes, music and entertainment presented by Stratford Festival artists. We'd love you to join us!

For an information package about the event and to book tickets to our annual Legacy Gala, please contact our Director of Advancement, Rachel Smith-Spencer, at rsmithspencer@stratfordfestival.ca or call 1.800.567.1600, ext. 2402.

Lasting legacy

All proceeds from the gala evening will support the Stratford Festival's key initiatives of creating thought-provoking productions for an increasingly diverse audience, and to foster and develop the very best of Canadian theatre practitioners.