CONNECTION TO THE ARCHIVES
William Shakespeare has appeared in some of our plays before, including in the 2000 production of Elizabeth Rex in which Peter Hutt played the character of Shakespeare. Based on the image below or on your experience of this production, how does this representation of Shakespeare compare to how this character was portrayed in the 2021 production? Did anything surprise you?
Peter Hutt as William Shakespeare in Elizabeth Rex, 2000. Written by Timothy Findley. Directed by Martha Henry. Design by Allan Wilbee. Lighting design by Louise Guinand. Photography by V. Tony Hauser. Stratford Festival Archives, GPO_2000_004_1711
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.