Adapted by Brad Fraser
Conceived by Jillian Keiley
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Choreographed by Cameron Carver
In a revolutionary adaptation by Brad Fraser, this Richard is the story of a king who believes that God gives him the right to live above the rules and who ultimately suffers the consequences. The story is embedded in a time of great freedom that is soon crushed - the late 1970s and early '80s: when lives were lived at great volume against a suffocating strain of conservatism and fear. Fraser's adaptation maintains Shakespeare's text but draws on sources beyond Richard II.
Production support is generously provided by The Westaway Charitable Foundation.
2023: King Richard II in Richard II and Roberto Magliano in Grand Magic. Second season. Stratford: Smash in Every Little Nookie, John Brooke in Little Women. Elsewhere: Trout in Trout Stanley (Factory Theatre); Tom in The Glass Menagerie (Grand Theatre); Creator/Performer in Black Boys (Saga Collectif/Buddies in Bad Times); Belize in Angels in America (Arts Club); Leonardo da Vinci in Botticelli in the Fire, Isaac in Sunday in Sodom (Canadian Stage); Philip Clandon in You Never Can Tell (Shaw Festival). Training: National Theatre School of Canada. Et cetera: Stephen is a wandering poet who creates their own Poetic-Dreamscape-Odysseys. They seek to create work that activates the soul and takes us into a world of imagination. Like Willy Wonka. Stephen loves you.
Jordin Hall Birmingham Conservatory 2017/2018
2023: Henry Bolingbroke in Richard II and Mariano D'Albino in Grand Magic. Fifth season. Stratford: All's Well That Ends Well, Richard III, Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Neverending Story, An Ideal Husband, Julius Caesar, To Kill a Mockingbird. Elsewhere (selected): Montague/Steve in Serving Elizabeth (Thousand Islands Playhouse); Eribo in The Neverending Story (NAC); Othello in Othello (Driftwood Theatre); Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Leontes in The Winter's Tale (Dauntless City Theatre); Aaron in Titus Andronicus (Seven Siblings Theatre); Lysander and Robin Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Humber River Shakespeare). Film/TV: The Kings of Napa (OWN); The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu); Mayday (Discovery); See No Evil (Discovery ID). Training: Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre; Brock University (Performance Concentration). Et cetera: Love, peace, and SOULLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL TRAIN.
2023: Edmund Duke of York in Richard II, Holofernes in Love's Labour's Lost and understudy in Grand Magic. 11th season. Stratford: Hamlet, The Miser, The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, Timon of Athens, The Changeling, Shakespeare in Love, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Aeneid, Taming of the Shrew, Possible Worlds, The Beaux' Stratagem, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Richard III, Julius Caesar, Bartholomew Fair, Shakespeare's Universe. Elsewhere: The 4th Graders Present An Unnamed Love Suicide (Tiny Room); Jerusalem (OTM/Company Theatre); Silence, Art (Grand Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Western Canada Theatre); Hound of the Baskervilles, Robin Hood (Globe Theatre); Pitmen Painters, Boeing Boeing (Theatre Aquarius); Vigil, Lawrence and Holloman (Prairie Theatre Exchange); Having Hope at Home (Neptune); Twelfth Night, The Tempest (Hartford Stage); Pride and Prejudice (Theatre Calgary/NAC); The Lonely Diner (Blyth Festival); Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (NAC). Upcoming: Dock Spider (Magnus Theatre).
(he/him) Birmingham Conservatory, 2015/16
2023: Duke of Aumerle in Richard II, Brigadiere in Grand Magic and appears in Love's Labour's Lost. Sixth season. Emilio Vieira is a Toronto-based actor-creator. Stratford Festival credits include: Richard III, The Miser, The Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Bunny. Elsewhere: The Three Musketeers (RMTC); february: a love story (Globus Theatre); Cymbeline (Shakespeare BASH'd); Towards Youth: a play on Radical Hope (Crow's Theatre); Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare in High Park); Tartuffe (Canadian Stage); Coriolanus (Dartmouth, New Hampshire.) Emilio trained under the direction of Martha Henry and Stephen Ouimette in the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Thank you for supporting live theatre. Watch february: a love story on demand at februarytheplay.com. Instagram: @suddensparkcollective @emiliovieira.
2023: Swing in Rent and appears in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere:We'll Meet Again (Drayton Entertainment); 9 to 5 (Capital Theatre); Featured Singer (Royal Caribbean Productions); Dynamite in Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius); Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish Productions); All Shook Up and Soul Sistas (Mayfield Dinner Theatre); Babe Williams in Panama Game, Columbia in Rocky Horror Show (SCC). Training: Music Theatre Performance at St. Clair College; Second City Improv. Online: Instagram @malindacarroll_. Et cetera: Malinda would like to thank Mom, Hayden and all the friends and family for their love and support. Thanks TH and the Rent creative team for this opportunity. Dream big, anything is possible!
2023: Signora Marino in Grand Magic and Lady Scroop in Richard II. 12th season. Last season, Sarah was seen as Sian Ap Dafydd in 1939 and Siri/Jessica in Hamlet-911. Other Stratford credits: The Front Page, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Paradise Lost, Treasure Island, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Richard III, Private Lives, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and The Cherry Orchard. Elsewhere: The Antipodes, Marjorie Prime (Coal Mine); Mustard, The Small Room at the Top of the Stairs, Communion (Tarragon); Domesticated, A Whistle in the Dark, Marion Bridge (Company Theatre); The Penelopiad (Nightwood). Film/TV: Anne with an E, Murdoch Mysteries, Ginny & Georgia. Training: George Brown Theatre School. Awards: Dora Awards for Marion Bridge and The Penelopiad, Toronto Critics Award for Marjorie Prime. For Max.
2023: Dr. Frankenstein in Frankenstein Revived and Lord Willoughby in Richard II. Second season. Elsewhere: Four seasons at the Shaw Festival (Peter, Peter and the Starcatcher; Johnny, Juno & the Paycock), seven seasons at Bard on the Beach (Shakespeare, Shakespeare In Love; Proteus, Two Gents), and performances across Canada in companies such as Terra Bruce, Groundling, RMTC, Citadel, Theatre Calgary, Vancouver Playhouse, Arts Club, Ruby Slippers, and Belfry… recent highlights: Done/Undone by Kate Besworth (BOTB; released on STRATFEST@HOME); Gary, Noises Off; Bob Cratchit/Jacob Marley, Dolly Parton's Christmas Carol; Lt. Kaffee, A Few Good Men; Dimmesdale, Scarlett Letter. Voice Over: Paw Patrol: The Movie, Pinkalicious, Screen Time. Film/TV: Good Witch, Murdoch Mysteries, The Strain, Fringe, Percy Jackson: Lightning Thief. Training: Studio 58, McIlroy & Associates. Et cetera: Charlie moonlights as a photographer, musician, and director. Online: Instagram @charlie_byrd.
2023: Lord Ross in Richard II, Nathaniel in Love's Labour's Lost and Ensemble in Grand Magic. Second season. Stratford: Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman. Elsewhere: Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night (Repercussion Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Canadian Stage); Sir in Encore (Tableau D'Hôte); Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in The Mountaintop (Persephone Theatre). Film/TV/Video Games: VFC, La Maison Bleue, Outriders. Training: Dawson College, Soulpepper Academy. Awards: Outstanding Lead Performance META for Martin in MOB (Centaur Theatre). Online: matthewkabwe.com, agencebridgetdechene.com. Et cetera: Matthew sends wishes of love and thanks to everyone who has supported him. Matthew is thrilled to be returning to the Stratford Festival for his second season. Matthew is also B.
2023: Appears in Richard II. Fifth season. Stratford: June in Chicago, No One Is Alone: A Sondheim Celebration, Here's What It Takes (2020), Zaneeta Shinn in The Music Man, Juliet in Romeo & Juliet: Remixed (workshop), The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, H.M.S. Pinafore. Elsewhere: Mary Poppins (Grand Theatre); Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto (Drayton); Rumspringa Break! (Grow) (CMTP/Theatre Sheridan); The Voices of Canada, We Are Canadian (Charlottetown Festival). Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Online: heatherkosik.com; @heatherkosik. Heather is also a photographer - her work can be seen at @kosikphotos. Et Cetera: Thank you always to my family for your endless love and support. Big love to my Devon, my biggest fan - thanks for being you.
2023: The Creature in Frankenstein Revived and Abbot of Westminster in Richard II. 11th season. Stratford: Why We Tell the Story, Up Close and Musical: Voice of a Preacher's Son, Billy Elliot, Little Shop…, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, Carousel, Crazy for You, Jesus Christ Superstar, Moby Dick, To Kill a Mockingbird, My One and Only. Broadway: La Bohème, Jesus Christ Superstar. Elsewhere: HMS Pinafore (Vancouver Opera); Ragtime (Theatre Calgary); Follies (Koerner Hall); Sweeney Todd, Floyd Collins (Shaw Festival); Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast (Grand Theatre); Little Mermaid, Mikado (Drayton); Evangeline (Charlottetown); Kismet, Of Thee I Sing (Encores! N.Y.C.); J.C.S. (La Jolla); Dark Star Requiem (Luminato); Porgy and Bess (Toronto Symphony); Elsewhereless (Tapestry). Film/TV: Queen Tut, Good Sam, Murdoch Mysteries, Departure, Mayday, Prodigal Son, The Producers. Training: Fresno State University. Et cetera: Vocal tutorial instructor, Sheridan College. Online: marcusnance.com. Instagram: @nance.marcus.
2023: Signora Zampa in Grand Magic and Duchess of York in Richard II. Second season. Stratford: Disability Consultant and Dramaturg for Richard III. Acting: Angel in How it Ends, Jenny Diver in The Threepenny Opera (Sick + Twisted); Anne in Shakespeare's Will, Richard III in Richard III, the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Ariel in The Tempest (Shakespeare in the Ruins). Playwriting: Head - the Anne Boleyn Musical (Shakespeare in the Ruins, published by Scirocco Drama); How it Ends (Sick + Twisted/Prairie Theatre Exchange published by Playwrights Canada Press). Training: National Theatre School. Et cetera: Debbie is a founder and former AD of Shakespeare in the Ruins and the current founding AD of Sick + Twisted Theatre. She lives in Winnipeg (Treaty 1) and in a cabin on the shore of Lake Winnipeg (Treaty 2). Love always to Arne, Gislina and Solmund.
2023: Gervasio Penna in Grand Magic, Bishop of Carlisle in Richard II, and Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. 20th season. Stratford: Chicago, The Miser, Finally There's Sun, Music Man, Rocky Horror, Guys and Dolls, The Lion, the Witch…, Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet, The Alchemist, Crazy for You, Tommy, Grapes of Wrath, The Misanthrope, Kiss Me, Kate, Cyrano de Bergerac, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Odyssey, Midsummer Night's Dream, Coriolanus. Elsewhere: goldfish (Here For Now); Every Brilliant Thing, The Foursome, For the Pleasure… (New Stages); Fleeto, Oh, the Humanity, 4th Graders (Tiny Room); London Road (Dora Award), Indian Ink, Into the Woods, Dream (Canadian Stage); Assassins (Dora Award) (TIFT); Frog and Toad (MTYP); Orson's Shadow (Pilot Group); A New Brain (Musical Stage Company); Shrek, A Christmas Story (Grand); The Producers (Mirvish/Neptune); Seussical, Sylvia (Aquarius); The Three Musketeers (Chicago Shakespeare); Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Citadel); Three Sisters (ATF).
Birmingham Conservatory 2010/2011
2023: Berowne in Love's Labour's Lost, Head Waiter in Grand Magic and Thomas Mowbray in Richard II. Eighth season. Stratford: Hamlet, Death and the King's Horseman, School for Scandal, Timon of Athens, Merchant of Venice, She Stoops to Conquer, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Anne Frank, Oedipus Rex, Hay Fever, Three Musketeers, Much Ado, Henry V, Grapes of Wrath. Elsewhere: 15 Dogs (Crow's Theatre); A Few Good Men (Drayton); The Matchmaker (Arts Club); Sleuth (Mayfield); Stag and Doe (Neptune); The Gamblers (Talk is Free); Chasse-Galerie (Storefront/Soulpepper). Film/TV/Video Games: Caillou, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, Redwall, Wind at My Back. Training: Circle in the Square, Birmingham Conservatory, UofT. Et cetera: Tyrone dedicates this season to his parents Booth and Janet-Laine. With love beyond measure.
Mateo G. Torres2023: Appears in Frankenstein Revived and Richard II. Second season. Mateo G. Torres (GUETCHA GUARITCHA) is a Colombian/Canadian multidisciplinary dance artist, producer, educator, actor and performer with extensive experience nationally and internationally. Stratford: Wendy and Peter Pan (cancelled), Just Short of Reality. Other (selected): Live performance: Kaeja d'Dance (multiple credits); Sashar Zariff Dance Projects (Kismet, Dance Made in Canada); Jacob Niedzwiecki (JQRS); Wind in the Leaves Collective (Eastman); Toronto Heritage Dance (1940). Film: Liminal. Choreography: studies on truths and justice (Allies and Friends - WITLC); I:Variations (Vanguardia Dance Festival); Dearest Love (Porch View Dances); Cornered/Breathing (Festival of New Dance NL). Et cetera: Mateo brings his honest and vulnerable self into his work, and fuses his eclectic movement training, creating a distinct movement quality and performance. Mateo feels very honoured to be a part of the Stratford Festival's 2023 season.
2023: Appears in Rent and Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Be Kind, Rewind and True North Mixtape in Toronto Fringe Festival (Randolph Theatre). Film/TV: series lead in The Next Step, guest appearance in The Hardy Boys and Ten Truths About Love. Radio/Recordings: Narrator for Queer Little Nightmares by David Zomparelli & David Ly. Training: Wexford Collegiate for the Arts, private coaching with Suzanne Bastien. Online: @daniverayo. Et cetera: Dani is also a professional dancer and teacher, and is mostly self-trained in all of her disciplines. Dedicating this to my family, friends, partner, Wex and mentors. To my fellow queer artists with a dream, this is for you and proof that your dreams will come true so long as you give it your all!
2023: Sir Henry Green in Richard II. Second season. Stratford: Jean Delorme in 1939. Elsewhere: Flute/Philostrate in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare BASH'd); Private Harris in Timothy Findley's The Wars (Grand Theatre); Chip Tolentino in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Hart House Theatre); Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest (Theatre Erindale). Film/TV:Save the Date (Watersign Productions); Revenge of the Black Best Friend (CBC Gem). Training: Theatre and Drama Studies Program, University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Online:johnwamsley.ca. Instagram: @wamsley. Et cetera: For Mom, Dad, Meagan and Andrew. Thank you for everything.
2023: Steve in Rent and appears in Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Peter in Peter's Final Flight (Ross Petty Panto); Mush in Newsies (Theatre Sheridan); Mazz in Pump Up the Volume (Canadian Music Theatre Project); Bernardo in West Side Story (Brott Music Festival); Ensemble in Apocalypsis (Luminato Festival). TV: Host on YTV's The Zone & The Zone Weekend. Training: Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance, Sheridan College. Online: Instagram @alex_wierzbicki. Et cetera: Alex would like to dedicate his festival debut to Ma & Pa for their continued love and support, to his dear friends for their encouragement, and to his fur baby Elvis.
2023: Appears in Richard II and Swing in Rent. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Bob in 9 to 5 (Port Hope Festival); Ensemble in Dixon Road (Musical Stage Co.); Orsino in Twelfth Night The Musical (Theatre Sheridan). Training: Sheridan College- Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance. Online: @travaewilliams on social media. He is also an upcoming singer/ songwriter with music on all music streaming platforms @travaewilliams. Personal note: To God be the glory and so much love to my beautiful family and friends. Blessings.
2023: Adaptor for Richard II. Brad Fraser is the author of many successful plays including the worldwide hit Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Poor Super Man and Shelley's Shadow. His films include Love and Human Remains, Leaving Metropolis and a South Korean version of Kill Me Now. For TV he was a producer and writer on the groundbreaking Queer as Folk and he has written extensively for other media. He earned his Master's degree from the University of Toronto, has taught many classes on writing, acting and directing, and recently saw the release of his memoir, All the Rage. He can be found at bradfraser.net, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
2023: Director of Richard II. Fifth season. Jillian was the founding Artistic Director of Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, and served as the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre from 2012 to 2022. Directing Highlights: Under Wraps, AfterImage, The Cheat, Fear of Flight, The Chekhov Variations, Salvage: Story of a House, Between Breaths, Colony of Unrequited Dreams, Oil and Water, I Forgive You (Artistic Fraud); Christmas Carol, Twelfth Night, Metamorphoses, Tartuffe, Copenhagen (NAC); Bakkhai, The Diary of Anne Frank, As You Like It, The Neverending Story and Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Stratford Festival); Tell Tale Harbour (Charlottetown Festival); Grand Ghosts (The Grand Theatre); Tempting Providence (TNL). Jillian has Honorary Doctorates from Memorial University and York University. She was the winner of the Siminovitch Prize for Directing and the Canada Council's John Hirsch Prize.
2023: Choreographer for Richard II. Stratford debut. Elsewhere as Director/Choreographer: No Place Like Home (Edinburgh Fringe Festival); Little Mermaid (Theatre Royal Bath); The Addams Family, The Wizard of Oz, Sweet Charity (St. Lawrence College). As Choreographer:Cabaret (Grand Theatre); Sweeney Todd [UK & Toronto], Something Bubbled, Something Blue (TIFT/Outside the March); Alice in Wonderland (Soulpepper/MTYP); Spring Awakening (Redgrave Theatre), La Strada (UK Regional Tour), Manhattan Parisienne with Alain Boublil (The Other Palace.) Online:www.cameron-carver.com; Instagram @cam_carver Training: Sheridan College MT and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (MA Theatre Directing). Awards: Dora Award- Sweeney Todd (Outstanding Original Choreography 2022); Les Enfants Terribles Award 2022; UK Theatre Award- Little Mermaid (Best Show for Young People). Et cetera: Much love to my mom (Lola Haché) and Rachael at Talent House. xofc
2023: Set designer of Richard II. 19th season. Stratford: Chicago, Billy Elliot, Little Shop of Horrors, The Music Man, The Rocky Horror Show, Guys and Dolls, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Hosanna, The Comedy of Errors, An Ideal Husband - set; The Crucible, A Chorus Line, Bunny, The Sound of Music, Christina, The Girl King, Taking Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Edward II, The Triumph of Love - set and costumes. Elsewhere: Design for Jasper at the Signature Theatre, Off-Broadway for Yonder Window, set for Embrasse at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, costumes for Frame by Frame at The National Ballet of Canada and Ex Machina, set for Hadrian at the Canadian Opera Company, and costumes for Ricciardo e Zoraide at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, Italy.
2023: Costume Designer of Richard II. Sixth season. Bretta is a set, lighting and costume designer for theatre, opera and circus. She is the resident designer at Catalyst Theatre, where she creates and tours new musicals across Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. Bretta also designs for New York Theatre Workshop, The National Theatre, Birmingham REP, the RSC, Cirque du Soleil, the National Arts Centre, Theatre Calgary, Edmonton Opera, Calgary Opera, Citadel Theatre and Grand Theatre. She is the recipient of over 25 awards including nominations for the Lucille Lortel Award. She represented Canada in Prague at the Scenography Quadrennial and her costume designs have been exhibited in Moscow, Beijing, Taipei and Canada. Online: bretta-gerecke.com.
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