Detroit to Stratford – $40 Return Bus Service

“Nini Lisy’s recent trip to the Stratford Festival was similar to others she has taken since 1989…What was different this time was Lisy’s mode of transportation. Lisy and her husband, Joe, boarded a sleek new Stratford-sponsored bus that picked them up and dropped them off just a few miles from their St. Clair Shores home. She says it helped make this year’s trip one of the best ever.” – A great feature on our direct Detroit to Stratford bus service from the Detroit Free Press. Read here:

The Detroit to Stratford – $40 return bus service offers routes from two convenient Detroit locations and from each Stratford theatre! Click here for more:


Press Release | Stage management pioneer Jack Merigold dies at 91

December 12, 2013Jack Merigold, part of the Stratford Festival’s first stage management team, died Wednesday, December 11, at age 91 from pancreatic cancer. Jack was well loved by many generations of his Festival family and will be greatly missed.

“Jack was the dean of Canadian stage managers,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “He worked with the Stratford Festival’s founding Artistic Director, Tyrone Guthrie, in Stratford, New York and London. Jack’s skill and precision were equaled only by his energy and so he was an asset to any theatre company. But for a new and growing theatre scene in Canada he was a pioneer.

“Jack attended Stratford productions, play readings and Birmingham Conservatory presentations faithfully to his last days. He will be missed by the entire Canadian theatre family but nowhere more than here at the Stratford Festival where his journey started.”

Mr. Merigold was born in Hamilton on November 7, 1922. He served in the RCAF during the Second World War and helped produce the Sky’s the Limit Air Force comedy shows. When Mr. Merigold returned to Canada in 1946, he was accepted into the Royal Conservatory in Toronto, where he completed a two-year program in voice and acting. There were virtually no professional opportunities for actors in the country at that time, so upon graduation, he and some fellow graduates of the program formed a touring group called the People’s Repertory Company, which toured from 1948 to ’49 with a converted war-time dental truck carrying eight people and four theatrical sets to town halls and city auditoriums across Ontario. It was with this group that he first stage managed a production.

Mr. Merigold quickly made a name for himself and was hired as an assistant stage manager by Tyrone Guthrie for the Festival’s inaugural season in 1953. He soon became Dr. Guthrie’s stage manager and their working relationship stretched beyond Stratford to include 12 productions in New York and four in London.

Mr. Merigold was with the Festival for 16 seasons between 1953 and 1976, in a variety of roles. He was the production stage manager for the Avon Theatre and for opera, and later served as the purchasing agent. He was the assistant to the director on 1960’s HMS Pinafore and 1961’s The Pirates of Penzance, a production in which he also appeared as an actor. In 1974 he directed This Is the Rill Speaking at the Third Stage (now the Tom Patterson Theatre).

His acting career included a recurring role on CBC TV’s Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town and appearances on the Wayne and Shuster TV specials. He worked with Lorne Greene at the Jupiter Theatre and performed at the Eaton Auditorium, the Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Belmont Theatre. He was the co-creator of a program called Theatre in the Home, which brought professional performances into retirement homes.

As a stage manager he also travelled coast to coast with Spring Thaw. Later in his career, after leaving the Stratford Festival, he served as the chief administrator of the Bayview Playhouse in Toronto. Mr. Merigold was a longtime member of ACTRA and was awarded Life Membership in Canadian Actor’s Equity for his outstanding contribution to the arts.

Mr. Merigold was always happy to share a story or two about his life in the theatre. He recounted tales of working with the greatest performers in the world and of meeting Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, but he said his greatest pleasure was giving young people a start in the theatre. Indeed many remember Jack as a great mentor, who gave them guidance that served them throughout their careers – as well as some very good laughs.

The Stratford Festival is dedicating the 2014 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Mr. Merigold, who played Puck at the beginning of his acting career. Details of a memorial will follow at a later date.


Job Opportunity | Telesales Revenue Manager

Would you like to play a meaningful role with North America’s leading classical repertory theatre? At the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, we attract the world’s finest talent, offering a unique experience for staff, artists, and actors alike. If you would like to be a part of this exciting organization, we are looking for someone to fill the role of…

Telesales Revenue Manager-Audience Development department

Reporting to the Director of Audience Development this position will motivate, coach and support telephone representatives to achieve sales and fundraising targets, in both membership and ticket sales. This will be achieved by developing effective calling scripts, managing the telesales lists, motivating and coaching representatives and ensuring all calling is compliant with calling standards and legislation.

You will have recent sales or fundraising experience and have demonstrated your management skills by motivating, coaching and developing staff and by achieving sales targets. Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, as well as discretion, integrity and diplomacy, are critical. Familiarity with or an interest in theatre or the arts is essential. You are expected to work two evenings per week, however weekends may also be required.

This is a full time position beginning early 2014.

We recognize that diversity- in our workplace, in our audiences and on our stages- fosters a rich and creative environment. We are actively engaged in building a more diverse workplace and encourage all qualified applicants to apply by January 10, 2014 to;

Human Resources
Stratford Festival
55 Queen Street
Stratford, Ontario N5A 6V2
Subject: Telesales Revenue Manager

A big 2013 thank you!

We’ve had an amazing 2013 season and there are still four weeks left to come out and enjoy some of our theatrical offerings! From fun with our “Brush up your Shakespeare” contest, to a hilarious Facebook social summary of Romeo and Juliet, to our epic Pinballapalooza where we set a Guinness World Record, to a beautiful opening week and a fabulous run of 12 shows to our three social media meet-ups, we’ve had an absolute blast celebrating our 61st season with you! We can’t begin to say thank you enough for all of your support online and in person throughout the past season.

As a small token of our appreciation, we’d like to offer you $29 tickets for any performance of Romeo and Juliet, The Three Musketeers and Blithe Spirit for the rest of the season!

Here’s a look at these three productions!

Blithe Spirit - On The Run 2013
Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of this amazing offer:

1) Log into our website with promotion code 51453.
2) Select any of the performances listed above.
3) Select your seats and check out.


1) Visit our Facebook page and click on the Stratford Social Ticket tab.
2) Select any of the performances listed above.
3) You’ll be directed to the “Select Your Own Seat” page. To take advantage of our $29 ticket price, enter promotion code 51453 in the “Have a Promo Code” box and click “Apply.”
4) Select your seats and check out.

We’ll see you at the theatre!

Bring home a small piece of the theatre with you! Our Theatre Store is having a fantastic 20%-off end-of-season sale – preserve some of your favourite moments with one-of-a-kind mementos! Click here for full sale details.

* Offer is not transferable and may expire without notice. Not valid in conjunction with any other promotion or on previously purchased tickets and excludes group orders (15 tickets or more to one performance date). Tickets available in A, B and C seating zones. Performances, casting, dates and pricing subject to change without notice. All prices exclude tax and handling fees. Offer is only available online or through Stratford Social Ticketing.

September Savings!

There’s a chill in the air and the days are getting shorter! Take a break from the hustle and bustle this September and join us for a performance of Tommy, The Three Musketeers or Romeo and Juliet for just $29 on any of the following dates:

The Three Musketeers – September 21 and 26
Tommy – September 17, 18 and 26
Romeo and Juliet – September 27

The Three Musketeers  - On The Run 2013

Here’s what you need to do to take advantage of our sweet September savings:

1) Log into our website with promotion code 51253
2) Select any of the performances listed above
3) Select your seats and check out!

*Offer may expire without notice. Not valid in conjunction with any other promotion, nor on previously purchased tickets (new orders only). Offer is not transferable. Excludes group orders (15 tickets or more to one performance date).  Price does not include taxes or A+ seating zones. Performances, casting, dates and pricing subject to change without notice. All prices exclude applicable taxes and handling fees.

CONTEST OVER | Tommy Ticket Giveaway

We’re giving away twenty pairs of tickets to our social fans to come and see our smash hit production of Tommy on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.!

The first twenty people to send an e-mail to along with the information requested below will win a pair of tickets to see our production of Tommy that has critics and fans raving!

In an e-mail address to, please provide us with your:*

1) Favourite song from Tommy
2) Stratford Festival account number
3) First and last name
4) E-mail address

Good luck and please ensure that you will be available to attend Tommy on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. before you reply! 

*Please note that failure to include any of the information requested above will render your submission null and void. Do not leave your personal information on our blog such as your Festival account number and e-mail address. We will only consider entries sent to

CONTEST OVER | TICKET GIVEAWAY | See Romeo and Juliet tonight!

Join us tonight for a performance of Romeo and Juliet!

The first ten people to send an e-mail to along with the information requested below will win a pair of tickets to see Romeo and Juliet tonight — July 31, 2013, at 8:00 p.m.!

Please provide us with your:

1) Stratford Festival account number
2) First and last Name
3) E-mail Address

Failure to include any of the requested information will render your submission null and void.