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Raising the Tent: The Relaunch of the Stratford Festival

In 1953, facing a time of difficulty and great uncertainty about the town's future, the people of Stratford invited theatre-lovers throughout North America to come together to literally raise the tent for that first glorious season.

Today, in response to the challenges we continue to face and the opportunities we can see on the horizon, we have developed a campaign called Raising the Tent: The Relaunch of the Stratford Festival. Contributions to this campaign will be used to support our 2021, 2022 and future initiatives: seasons of recovery, renewal and relaunch.

It is not an exaggeration to say that the future of the Stratford Festival is being decided now. What this theatre will look like in the years ahead will depend largely on the actions and decisions we take today.

We look so forward to the joy that the 2021 season will bring, and to the post-pandemic future, when we can return to large-scale indoor performances and officially open our exquisite new Tom Patterson Theatre. 

Thank you for helping to get us there.

With your help, when it is safe to do so, we will once again hear that glorious fanfare, enter the theatre and take our seats, at long last.

*You will receive a receipt for donations over $25. The Stratford Festival is a registered charity in Canada (119200103 RR0002) and a 501 (c)(3) registered charity in the United States (BN#38-2420887).


Make a donation of any amount to the Stratford Festival in honour of your friends and family to acknowledge their birthdays, anniversaries or any special occasion. Your honoree will be recognized online and in our house and souvenir programs. We will write to the honoree, acknowledging your thoughtful gift in their honour.

Click here to make your Commemorative Gift.