CONNECTION TO THE ARCHIVES
In 1957, Duke Ellington composed Such Sweet Thunder, a jazz suite commissioned by and performed at the Stratford Festival in which Duke Ellington created original pieces inspired by the works of Shakespeare. Explore the house program for this cabaret to learn more about the influence of jazz on musical practices.
Duke Ellington and his orchestra in rehearsal at the Festival Concert Hall, 1957. Photographer unknown.
The Stratford Festival's Archives maintains, conserves and protects recent and historical records about the Festival and makes those materials available to people around the world. Our multi-media archival holdings date from 1952 and extend through to contemporary materials. We house correspondence, production records, Board minutes, photography, design artwork, scores, audio-visual records, costumes, props and set decoration, press releases and other promotional materials: these document the processes that bring a production to the stage and reflect all aspects of mounting a play from the administrative to the creative and beyond.
In addition to visiting the Archives in person, you can explore our online catalogue.