By: Christi Rutledge
Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day! As all of the shelves in the stores turn red and pink with heart-shaped boxes of chocolate and strange stuffed bears and animals holding cliché quotes about love, let me suggest a different gift for your sweetheart. Take your valentine to the theatre and see one (or both!) of two romantic 2012 productions: Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker. The best part is – we’ll pay for your date! Buy one regular-priced ticket, and we’ll pick up the tab for the second* when you order online using promotion code 42255.
I’m all for making it a double-header, but if you need to choose just one play to see – or if they’re both new to you – here’s some information to help you out.
Much Ado About Nothing: (#ssfMuch)
As Claudio woos his beloved Hero, his friend Benedick and Hero’s cousin Beatrice trade insults in their “merry war” of mutual disdain. But as Claudio’s wedding day approaches, a series of deceptions – both friendly and malicious – brings about more than one dramatic change of heart.
Starring real-life married couple Ben Carlson as Benedick and Deborah Hay as Beatrice, this Shakespearean rom-com is the ultimate battle of the sexes and a deliciously good time!
The Matchmaker: (#ssfMatchmaker)
With his eye ever fixed on the bottom line, wealthy merchant Horace Vandergelder can’t see the value of love – even as he searches for a wife. His matchmaker, Dolly Levi, however, is making her own plans for him, while his clerks pursue their hearts’ desires in the big city.
If this story sounds familiar, you’ve probably seen Hello, Dolly!, which was based on The Matchmaker. American playwright Thornton Wilder developed his comedy here atStratford, and now two Festival favourites – Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna – are giving it life in the roles of Horace and Dolly.
*Buy one regular-priced ticket to The Matchmaker or Much Ado About Nothing for performances between April 26 and May 25, 2012, and receive your second ticket free. Offer is only available online for A, B and C seating zones; it may expire without notice and is subject to casting changes. Offer is not available in conjunction with any other promotions, including Family Experience, PlayOn and TiXX. Promotion is available for a maximum of two orders and expires on February 14, 2012, at 11:59 p.m.