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By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | Directed by NIGEL SHAWN WILLIAMS
With Michael Blake, Laura Condlln, Gordon S. Miller, Amelia Sargisson, Johnathan Sousa

Undeterred by the differences in their backgrounds and life experiences, Othello and Desdemona defy prejudice to be united in marriage. But deadly malice lurks where the newlyweds least expect it, as the one man Othello trusts the most resolves to destroy their happiness at any cost.

Whispers of suspicion feed irrational jealousy in this gripping psychological drama, one of Shakespeare's greatest and best-known tragedies.

Production support is generously provided by The Westaway Charitable Foundation.

This production is sponsored by BMO Financial Group.

Book and Lyrics by LEE HALL | Music by ELTON JOHN | Originally Directed by STEPHEN DALDRY | Directed and choreographed by DONNA FEORE
With Nolen Dubuc, Dan Chameroy, Blythe Wilson, Marion Adler, Robert Markus, Steve Ross

Dreams don't come easy in the hardscrabble mining town, riven by a bitter national strike, where eleven-year-old Billy lives with his bereaved family. But Billy's discovery of his talent for dance awakens in him a passion that will transform his life and win the hearts of his whole community.

With its inspirational story, breathtaking dance numbers and music by pop legend Elton John, this award-winning show - based on the smash-hit movie - will appeal to all.

Production support is generously provided by the Harkins & Manning families in memory of Jim & Susan Harkins and by Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen.

This production is co-sponsored by RBC and Union Gas.

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | Directed by ANTONI CIMOLINO
With Geraint Wyn Davies, Sophia Walker, Brigit Wilson, Graham Abbey, Michael Blake, Lucy Peacock

Pursuing two respectably married women at the same time, a would-be seducer fails to anticipate that his targets will, quite literally, compare notes. Nor has he reckoned on the mischievous spirit in which the wives will use their wits and wiles to teach him the error of his ways.

Set in the 1950s, in a town not unlike Stratford, Ontario, this production brings Shakespeare's rollicking comedy close to home - and close to our hearts.

Production support is generously provided by Jane Petersen Burfield & family, by Dr. Desta Leavine in memory of Pauline Leavine and by Dr. M. Lee Myers.

By BEN HECHT AND CHARLES MacARTHUR | Adapted by Michael Healey | Directed by GRAHAM ABBEY
With Ben Carlson, Randy Hughson

Star reporter Hildy Johnson has had it with the newspaper business - until he finds himself harbouring a death row escapee with a tale to tell. Hildy's challenge now is to outwit corrupt cops and rival journalists to get the scoop of a lifetime - without losing the love of his life.

Written by two former Chicago reporters, this twentieth-century classic is a powerful and timely drama of civic corruption and journalistic truth-telling.

By NOËL COWARD | Directed by CAREY PERLOFF
With Lucy Peacock, Geraint Wyn Davies, Mike Shara, Sophia Walker

Divorced for five years, Elyot and Amanda are reunited by chance - while honeymooning with their new spouses. Succumbing to raging ex appeal, they run off together to Paris, only to discover all over again - hilariously - that there's more than one way to drive each other crazy.

The wit of Noël Coward is at its cheekiest in this uproarious romantic comedy, set in a sophisticated world of cocktails, glamour and sparkling repartee.

Production support is generously provided by M. Fainer.

Based upon the novel by MICHAEL ENDE | Adapted for the stage by DAVID S. CRAIG | Directed by JILLIAN KEILEY
With Qasim Khan, Jake Runeckles

Hiding in a closet to avoid school bullies, ten-year-old Bastian becomes immersed in a strangely compelling book: the tale of a hero's quest to save the realm of Fantastica from the encroaching terror of the Nothing. But is Bastian just a reader of this extraordinary story - or a vital part of it?

Filled with spectacle and wondrous other-worldly creatures, this beautiful tale of the trials of childhood and the triumph of creativity will delight and inspire the whole family.

The 2019 Schulich Children's Play

Book and lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN| Music by ALAN MENKEN | Based on the film by ROGER CORMAN, screenplay by CHARLES GRIFFITH | Directed and choreographed by DONNA FEORE
With Gabi Epstein, André Morin, Steve Ross, Dan Chameroy

Skid Row florist's clerk Seymour Krelborn is too shy to declare his love for his co-worker Audrey - until a mysterious exotic plant brings him unexpected fame and fortune. There's just one problem: the plant has ambitions of its own, and it thrives on only one food - human blood.

Awesome special effects, a tender love story and a fabulous sixties-style score all combine to make this deliciously campy sci-fi spoof a "monster" hit.

Production support is generously provided by Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin.

By ARTHUR MILLER | Directed by JONATHAN GOAD
With Tim Campbell, Scott Wentworth

In the Puritan town of Salem, Massachusetts, farmer John Proctor has been conducting an illicit relationship with a young woman in his employ. His refusal to take responsibility for his actions leads to an epidemic of fear and suspicion that engulfs the guilty and the innocent alike.

Inspired by historical events but no less pertinent to our own times, this American classic stands as a timeless tragedy of abusive behaviour and its all-consuming consequences.

Production support is generously provided by Sylvia D. Chrominska, by Martie & Bob Sachs, by Alice & Tim Thornton and by the Tremain family.

By KATE HENNIG | World Première | Directed by ALAN DILWORTH
With Irene Poole, Maria Vacratsis

Upon the death of Edward VI, the princess Mary - daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon - easily wrests the throne from Edward's official heir. But Mary remains haunted by her mother's ghost, urging her toward the course that will earn her the nickname of Bloody Mary.

Following The Last Wife and The Virgin Trial, this fascinating exploration of women, power and the nature of leadership concludes Hennig's brilliant Queenmaker Trilogy.

Production support is generously provided by Charles Beall & Karon Bales, by Dr. Robert & Roberta Sokol, by Sylvia Soyka and by Catherine & David Wilkes. Support for the creation of Mother's Daughter was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program and by Charles Beall & Karon Bales.

By WAJDI MOUAWAD | English translation by LINDA GABORIAU | English-language Première | Directed by ANTONI CIMOLINO
With Alon Nashman, Sarah Orenstein

Wahida, an Arab-American woman, and Eitan, a Jewish geneticist, fall in love in New York City. They travel together to Israel to meet Eitan's estranged grandmother - who holds the key to a long-buried family secret. But it takes a terrorist bombing for that shattering secret to emerge.

Weaving together multiple languages and divergent worlds of experience, this powerful contemporary drama probes to the very heart of who we are - or think we are.

Production support is generously provided by Barbara & John Schubert, by Sylvia Soyka and by Catherine & David Wilkes. Support for the creation of Birds of a Kind was generously provided by The Foerster Bernstein New Play Development Program.

By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE | Directed by MARTHA HENRY
With Jonathan Goad, Irene Poole

Church and state collide when England's king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. The consequences will be epochal for the country - and calamitous for the king's adviser, Cardinal Wolsey, who has been playing a dangerous game of his own.

Passion, political intrigue and personal faith drive the action as Shakespeare brings vividly to life the thrilling human drama behind a pivotal moment in history.

Production support is generously provided by Jack Whiteside.

By GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING | In a version by EDWARD KEMP | Directed by BIRGIT SCHREYER DUARTE
With Sarah Orenstein

In twelfth-century Jerusalem, a wealthy Jew whose daughter loves a Christian faces a dangerous question from the Muslim sultan: which is the one true faith? Nathan responds wisely and well - but subsequent surprising discoveries offer an even more persuasive answer to religious divides.

As moving as it is gently humorous, this rarely seen masterpiece of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.

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2019 Season Media Releases
Antoni Cimolino announces 2019 season
Stratford Festival puts The Front Page on the 2019 playbill
Stratford Festival announces casting for 2019 season