By William Shakespeare
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
HE’D KILL FOR A CROWN – AS OFTEN AS IT TAKES
Charismatic, cunning and utterly ruthless, the
misshapen Richard, Duke of Gloucester, is the very
embodiment of lethal ambition as he manoeuvres and
murders his way to the throne of England. But once
one reaches the top, the only way left is down – and
in Richard’s growing roster of vengeful enemies, none
are more menacing than the ghosts of his past.
Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen Burfield & family, by Dr. M. Lee Myers, by Martie & Bob Sachs, by The Westaway Charitable Foundation and by Catherine & David Wilkes
Support for the 2020 season of the Tom Patterson Theatre is generously provided by
Colm Feore. Creative Direction by Punch & Judy Inc. Photography by David Cooper.
2020: George, Duke of Clarence in Richard III, Second Lord Dumaine in All's Well That Ends Well and Fletcher in The Miser. Ninth season. Stratford: Othello, Merry Wives, Front Page, Tempest, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, Tartuffe, Macbeth, All My Sons, Twelfth Night, King Lear, Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Three Musketeers, Merchant of Venice, Much Ado, Henry V. Elsewhere: Lincoln, Topdog/Underdog (Arts Club); James, Superior Donuts (Coal Mine); Beast/Prince, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Aquarius); MLK, Mountaintop (Theatre Kingston); Edmund, King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach); Simba, The Lion King (Mirvish/Disney); Othello, Othello (Bard on the Beach); Clybourne Park (Citadel); Mercutio, Romeo and Juliet; Eilif, Mother Courage; Nativity, A Christmas Carol (NAC); Gratiano/Morocco, Merchant of Venice (SITR); Mitch, Spelling Bee (Belfry/Arts Club); Orlando, As You Like It (Soulpepper); Rock and Roll (Canadian Stage); Wilbur County Blues (Blyth). Film/TV: Expanse, Senior Trip, YTV Rocks, Degrassi. Training: National Theatre School of Canada, Soulpepper Academy, St. Michael's Choir School.
2020: Lord Hastings in Richard III and King of France in All's Well That Ends Well. 12th season.
2020: Stanley, Earl of Derby, in Richard III, Gentleman in All's Well That Ends Well and Sir Arthur Edgerton in The Miser. 12th season. Stratford: The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Front Page, Coriolanus, Napoli Milionaria!, The Changeling, Timon of Athens, Macbeth, As You Like It, Pericles, The Alchemist, King Lear, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Tempest, Caesar and Cleopatra. Elsewhere: Shakuntala (Premiere Dance Theatre); The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God (Mirvish); Twelfth Night, Donut City (Canadian Stage); Pusha Man, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Passe Muraille); Top Gun the Musical (Factory Theatre/N.Y.C.); Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare in Action); Founding Member of Obsidian Theatre Company. Film/TV: Assassin's Creed Origins, Killjoys, Dark Matter, Watch Dogs 2, Jean of the Joneses, Saving Hope, Murdoch Mysteries, Nikita, Owning Mahowny, The Incredible Hulk, Warehouse 13, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, XIII. Training: MFA, York University. Awards: Tyrone Guthrie Award. Dora nominations: Twilight Café, The America Play.
2020: Lady Anne in Richard III, Helen in All's Well That Ends Well and Marianne in The Miser. Sixth season. Stratford: Bess/Anne (Mother's Daughter), Ann Putnam (The Crucible), Antipholus of Syracuse (The Comedy of Errors), Emily (Brontë: The World Without), Gabriel/Beelzebub (Paradise Lost), Isabella (The Changeling), Lydia Lubey (All My Sons), Lola (Bunny), Dame Pliant (The Alchemist). Elsewhere: Mother's Daughter (Soulpepper); The Play's the Thing, An Enemy of the People (Segal Centre); The Bacchae (Centaur Theatre); The Lady Smith (Black Theatre Workshop); Scapin, Much Ado About Nothing (Repercussion Theatre). Film/TV: What We Do in the Shadows; On the Basis of Sex; Slaxx; 19-2; Hero: The Life and Times of Ulric Cross; Assassin's Creed: Origins; 30 vies; The Battle of Wills.Training: Birmingham Conservatory; McGill University; Dawson College. Awards: Mary Savidge Award (2016); Elsa Bolam Award (2006); Brian Cloutte Award (2005). Online: jessicabhill.com, @jessicabhill. Et cetera: Love and Gratitude.
2020: Queen Elizabeth in Richard III and B in Three Tall Women. 33rd season. To the Tom Patterson Theatre. Where the audience might feel that it could reach out and touch the whisper of the silk dress or taste the blood or open the letter or kiss the ring or surreptitiously pass a handkerchief to the queen or to the clown to wipe the brow of pain, the tears of joy, laughter, relief, loss, love. Actor to actor, actor to story, audience to story, audience to actor, the connection has been palpable over the years. And now, although it is dressed in new, very fine finery, we will continue to honour its humble beginnings and its intimate exchange of breath and heart through the ages. Congratulations to all who have made this extraordinary dream a reality, and to you for celebrating with us. Bravo!
2020: Sir William Catesby in Richard III, Duke of Florence in All's Well That Ends Well and Guinness Menzies in Hamlet-911. Ninth season. Stratford: The Homecoming, As You Like It, The Matchmaker, Hamlet, Love's Labour's Lost, King Lear, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Front Page, Othello. Elsewhere: 10 seasons at the Shaw Festival, appearances with Soulpepper, Tarragon, National Arts Centre, Vancouver Playhouse, Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, MTC, Theatre Aquarius, Canadian Stage. Film/TV: Orphan Black, Designated Survivor, Murdoch Mysteries, Run to Me, Ride, Defining Moments, Whatever Linda, The Gathering. Awards: 1983 St. Catharines Minor League Baseball Sportsmanship Award. Twitter: @mikeshara. Et cetera: Love to Molly, Carla, my parents and brothers, Jeff and Matt.
2020: Citizen #3 in Richard III, Widow Capilet in All's Well That Ends Well and Jessica, Siri in Hamlet-911. 10th season. Stratford: Grandma Elliot in Billy Elliot the Musical, lyricist for The Merry Wives of Windsor, Lady Markby in An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Dubose in To Kill a Mockingbird, Cicero, Volumnius in Julius Caesar, Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Gabrielle in The Madwoman of Chaillot, Diana in and lyricist for The Adventures of Pericles. Elsewhere: Paulina and Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Queen Marguerite in Exit the King, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Philaminte in The Learned Ladies, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey); Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost, Emilia in Othello, Mistress Quickly in Henry IV Part 2 (Shakespeare Santa Cruz). Et cetera: Ms Adler is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning lyricist.
2020: King Edward IV, Sir Christopher in Richard III, Lafew in All's Well That Ends Well and Mervin in The Miser. 25th season. Stratford: Suffolk (Henry VIII), Deputy Governor Danforth (The Crucible), Friar Laurence (Romeo and Juliet), The Prospector (The Madwoman of Chaillot), Antiochus, Simonides (Pericles), Surly (The Alchemist), Capulet (Romeo and Juliet), Axel Oxenstierna (Christina, The Girl King), Hubert (King John), Caliban (The Tempest), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing), Buckingham (Richard III), Macduff (Macbeth), Fluellen (Henry V), Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice), Cornwall (King Lear), Leontes (The Winter's Tale), Grumio (The Taming of the Shrew), Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida), Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet). Elsewhere: Brutus (Julius Caesar), Antonio (The Tempest), Captain Keller, Karl (Heaven), Abbott (Inexpressible Island), Anderson (Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme), Quinn (The Affections of May), Johnny (Balconville), Jacob Mercer (Salt-Water Moon), Taylor (K2), Billy (The Collected Works of Billy the Kid).
2020: Jane Tyrell in Richard III, Rosemary in Hamlet-911 and understudy in Three Tall Women. Eighth season. Stratford: Patience Maria in Henry VIII, Stephanie Crawford in To Kill a Mockingbird, Calpurnia in Julius Caesar, Celia in As You Like It, Caroline Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Elsewhere: Citadel Theatre, Blyth Festival, Shakespeare in the Ruff, Canadian Stage, YPT, Theatre NorthWest, Sudbury Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre, Resurgence Theatre, Theatre by the Bay, Brookstone Theatre, Buddies in Bad Times, Thought for Food, Equity Showcase, Toronto Fringe and SummerWorks. Film/TV: Re:possessed Homes (short film), Murdoch Mysteries, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Missing, Train 48, Our Hero, The City, F/X: The Series, Falling Fire. Training: George Brown Theatre School, Banff/Citadel Robbins Academy. Awards: Jean A. Chalmers Award, 2018 Tanya Award in recognition of excellence.
2020: Executioner #2 in Richard III, The Boy in Three Tall Women and Jeremy in Hamlet-911. Third season. Stratford: Sir Henry Guildford in Henry VIII, Eribo, A Bully in The Neverending Story, Harold in An Ideal Husband, appeared in To Kill a Mockingbird and understudied in Julius Caesar. Elsewhere: Atreyu in The Neverending Story (National Arts Centre); Katurian K. Katurian in The Pillowman (Orlando Fringe 2016). Film/TV: Guest star on episodes of Reign (CW Network), Murder U (Discovery ID). Training: University of Windsor, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Instagram: @thicctheband.
2020: Mayor in Richard III, Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well and Jack in The Miser. Ninth season. Stratford: Henry VIII, Nathan the Wise, Birds of a Kind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Julius Caesar, Cymbeline, Timon of Athens, King John, King Lear, Brothers Karamazov, The Swanne, Agamemnon. Elsewhere: Lear (Groundling), The Boat (TNB/Neptune), Mr. New Year's Eve (Blyth), The Maids (Buddies in Bad Times), Mother Courage, St. Carmen of The Main (NAC), Death of the King, Macbeth, Aurash (Modern Times), Monsieur D'Eon Is a Woman (Pea Green), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Canadian Stage). Film/TV: Dr. Cabbie (writer), Reveille (writer, director), Pompeii, Hemlock Grove, Gangland Undercover, Mutant X, La Femme Nikita. Awards: Several Dora nominations - Best Actor, Ensemble; Harold Award, William Needles Award 2019. Et cetera: Video game credits include Far Cry Primal, Assassins Creed - Unity and Syndicate, Ghost Recon Wildlands and Starlink.
2020: Sir Richard Ratcliffe in Richard III, Younger Lord #1 in All's Well That Ends Well and Charlie in The Miser. Fourth season. Stratford: The Neverending Story, Paradise Lost, The Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, The Crucible, The Changeling, Timon of Athens, The Madwoman of Chaillot. Elsewhere: Paradise Lost (Centaur); Hamlet, All's Well…, Das Ding (Canadian Stage); Acha Bacha (TPM/Buddies); Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking-Glass (Charlottetown Festival); The Crucible, The Royal Comedians, Dirt, Letters from the Great War (Soulpepper); Alligator Pie, A Craigslist Cantata (national tours); The Lion, the Witch… (TNB); Banyan Tree (Theatre Direct). Film/TV: Riftworld Chronicles, Nikita, Saving Hope, Dan for Mayor, Little Mosque. Training: Graduate of the Soulpepper Academy; University of Toronto/Sheridan. Awards: John Hirsch Memorial Award; Dora Award nominee/winner; MyTheatre/BroadwayWorld nominee. Et cetera: Big thanks to his family, friends; Robyn & Danny; Antoni, Scott, Beth; and, most of all, his incredible mum. Follow him @theqasimkhan.
2020: Mistress Shore in Richard III, Diana Capilet in All's Well That Ends Well and Eleanor in The Miser. Third season. Stratford: Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII, Assunta in Napoli Milionaria!, Adriana in The Comedy of Errors. Elsewhere: World premières: Anywhere But Here (Electric Company), Green Lake (Solo Collective), Good Day and Good Night (Carousel Theatre). Musicals: West Side Story (Theatre Under the Stars), El Jinete: A Mariachi Opera (Puente Theatre). Film/TV: Bella Ciao! (Commercial Drive Productions), Un Día de Sol (Códice Cinema). Training: Canadian College of Performing Arts, Studio 58, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. Awards: Jessie Richardson Award (Best Actor in a Lead Role: Green Lake), Ovation Award nomination (Best Supporting Actor: Anita in West Side Story), Sidney J. Risk Foundation and Studio 58 Acting Award. Et cetera: Gracias a mi familia en Guatemala y a mi familia Latinx en Canada. Los amo.
2020: Citizen #5 in Richard III, Nurse in All's Well That Ends Well and Marlene in Hamlet-911. Stratford debut. Elsewhere: Juliet in Measure for Measure (Repercussion Theatre), Lily in The In-Between, Old Witch in Little Witch (Geordie Theatre), Timon in Heart in Hand (Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective). Training: National Theatre School.
2020: Sir Robert Brackenbury in Richard III, First Soldier, Interpreter in All's Well That Ends Well and Yorick in Hamlet-911. Fourth season. Stratford: Mother's Daughter, The Crucible, The Comedy of Errors, Napoli Milionaria!, The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Treasure Island, The Breathing Hole. Elsewhere: Edgar, King Lear (NAC); Mooch, Where the Blood Mixes (Theatre NorthWest); Clov, Endgame (Theatre Newfoundland Labrador); Puck, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Stephenville); Titus, The Devil's Disciple (Neptune); Kemp, Vigil (Live Bait Theatre); Velveteen Rabbit, The Velveteen Rabbit (Theatre New Brunswick); Loomis, Our Eliza (Ship's Company Theatre); An Acre of Time (GCTC); Injun Joe/Fred, Dead White Writer on the Floor (Magnus Theatre). Film/TV: Haven, Mr. D, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, New Waterford Girl, Blackfly, Gracie's Choice, Trudeau II, Black Harbour, Charlie Zone, Picnicface. Training: BFA, Memorial University. Et cetera: Wela'lin to my family in Newfoundland, my friends in Nova Scotia, and all my relations on Turtle Island.
2020: Scrivener in Richard III, Fay in The Miser and understudy in Three Tall Women. 15th season. Stratford: During 14 seasons, Brigit has been involved in 39 productions and responsible for 57 roles. Personal favourites are Meg Page in last season's The Merry Wives of Windsor, Amalia in Napoli Milionaria! and Toinette in The Hypochondriac. Brigit has appeared in seven productions of Shakespeare's plays that were filmed here at the Festival and presented in movie theatres around the world and on CBC. They are available to purchase through the Festival's gift shop! Elsewhere: Agamemnon (Next Stage); Narcisse Mondoux (Grand); Come Back to the Five and Dime… (Grand/Five & Dime Productions - Dora nomination); Enron (Theatre Calgary); The Merry Wives of Windsor, Glorious, Man of La Mancha (TBTB); The Ballad of Stompin' Tom, Another Season's Harvest (Blyth); The Odd Couple (Segal). Online: Twitter @HOOPOOHEART.
2020: Princess Elizabeth in Richard III, C in Three Tall Women and Claudia in The Miser. Third season. Stratford: Mary Warren in The Crucible, Childlike Empress in The Neverending Story, Miranda in The Tempest, Officer 1 in The Comedy of Errors and Teresa in Napoli Milionaria! Birmingham Conservatory: Arden of Faversham, King Lear, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night.Elsewhere: The Neverending Story (NAC). Training: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre (Chicago Fellow). Proud alumnus of the Young Adult Council at Steppenwolf. Awards: Dora Mavor Moore - Guthrie Award. Et cetera: Much love and gratitude to Mom and Dad.
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