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All tickets $25 unless otherwise indicated.

Margaret Atwood: Shakespeare in My Work

This event will be live-streamed
Saturday, August 8, 10 to 11 a.m.
Avon Theatre

From the libretto of John Beckwith’s 1964 choral suite The Trumpets of Summer, commissioned by the CBC for Shakespeare’s 400th birthday, to Cat's Eye and the Earle Grey Players, to her most recent book, Stone Mattress: Nine Tales, to the upcoming Tempest project – and everything in between – Margaret Atwood discusses her work and her relationship to the Bard.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of the Empty Space

Sunday, August 9, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

When a director approaches a bare stage with a play, it's with two questions in mind: What is the story? And how can my team of actors and other artists tell this story through their bodies, these words, and the toolkit of imagination? How are we to fill this empty space? The directors of this season's Shakespeare productions, Chris Abraham, John Caird, Antoni Cimolino and Scott Wentworth, explore the challenges of directing with Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of Human Rights

This event will be live-streamed
Saturday, August 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

The modern concept of human rights, coming out of the ashes of World War II and the Holocaust  this idea that all of us have at least one thing in common, the right to be treated with equity and respect  has profoundly changed our world: genocide and slavery, famine and the oppression of women are no longer acceptable norms. But what of the future? What have we achieved, and how do we move forward? Featuring diplomat and humanitarian and CBC Massey lecturer Stephen Lewis, with journalist and human rights activist Sally Armstrong and Payam Akhavan, international human rights lawyer and former UN prosecutor, and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

The Science of Shakespeare
Sunday, August 16, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

Journalist, writer and broadcaster Dan Falk discusses Shakespeare and the beginnings of modern science.

What Makes a Shakespearean Actor
Saturday, August 22, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

In this talk Stanley Wells, Honorary President of The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, draws on accounts and anecdotes of many great Shakespeare actors from his time to ours, as well as on his own long experience of theatergoing, to discuss the various qualities that contribute to greatness in the acting of the major roles in the plays.
Ideas at Stratford: The Massey Lectures Forum
The Discovery of the Heart

Sunday, August 23, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Studio Theatre

There are visible and invisible worlds. In politics and society, we've created entire structures of law and norms of behavior, and we think that by following these outward and visible signs of how to live together, that's it, we've built a society. But then  how do so many similar societies seem to be so different? Physicists tell us that perhaps there are parallel universes. Is there a parallel universe of the Heart, where we might find the real values that make us tick? Maybe it's not law and government that makes a Good Society, maybe it's something far deeper. Featuring former governor general and CBC Massey lecturer Adrienne Clarkson, with mathematician and playwright John Mighton and former street kid and United Church minister turned politician Cheri DiNovo, and moderated by Ideas host Paul Kennedy.

Hamlet's Appeal
Saturday, September 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Festival Theatre
Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin  along with Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Moldaver and Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal Eleanore A. Cronk  hears the Crown's appeal of Hamlet's acquittal in the murder of Polonius. With Marie Henein representing the Crown, Brian Greenspan representing Hamlet and Dr. David Goldbloom as an expert witness, this not-to-be-missed event is sure to enlighten and entertain. Tickets are free but advance reservation is encouraged.

Join us as well for A Meal with Appeal
on Friday, September 11, at 5 p.m.
Support for Hamlet's Appeal is generously provided by Mary and Guy Pratte.

LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium

This event will be live-streamed
Saturday, September 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Avon Theatre

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi delivers the thirteenth Symposium keynote on citizenship and the importance of inclusion alongside Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul. Co-presented by the Festival and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. More information about the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium is available at the ICC website.

Exploring the Perimeter: Where Art Meets Science
Saturday, September 26, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Theatre

Lee Smolin, co-winner of the 2014 Buchalter Prize in Cosmology, theoretical physicist and faculty member at the Perimeter Institute, and Michael Healey, playwright and adaptor of The Physicists, in a conversation on the intersections of art and science in their respective work. Co-presented by the Perimeter Institute.




HamletThe Taming of the ShrewLove's Labour's LostThe Adventures of PericlesThe Sound of MusicCarouselThe Diary of Anne FrankThe PhysicistsPossible WorldsShe Stoops to ConquerOedipus RexThe AlchemistThe Last Wife

Sustaining support for the Forum
is generously provided by
Kelly & Michael Meighen and
the T.R. Meighen Foundation

Support for the 2015 season
of the Forum is provided in
memory of Dr. W. Philip Hayman.


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