Finally - the opening of the new Tom Patterson Theatre!
When we started this project, we knew that we were offering something very special: a gift to the Festival, to the city of Stratford and to the whole theatre community.
We welcomed donors from throughout North America who wanted to be part of this wonderful project and were thrilled by the response. This was not just from leadership donors but from thousands of patrons who made a gift to create this magnificent theatre. And we especially appreciated the enthusiastic support of our acting company, artisans, crew, stage management, staff and Friends of the Festival, all of whom participated in the campaign and led to its success.
We set an ambitious goal of raising $100 million dollars to build the theatre and to create an endowed fund to secure its operational future. Thanks to you, we announced on May 10, 2022 - the official opening of the facility - that we had raised over $105 million dollars!
In the end, the campaign truly lived up to its name as we all felt the spirit that lay behind the establishment of the Festival in 1953: a profound belief in the importance of theatre and a commitment to our beloved Stratford Festival.
Thank you for joining us in this extraordinary adventure. We hope you will feel great pride every time you walk through the doors - because you made this happen!
Ophelia Lazaridis and Dr. M.L. Myers, campaign co-chairs
Hon. Michael A. Meighen, honorary chair