Crazy Composition Competition – Write to win a pair of opening night tickets!

Let the madness of creativity take hold: enter our Crazy Composition Competition for a chance to win a pair of opening night tickets for King Lear!


Anticipation is growing for our 2014 season, and we can’t wait to present the twelve stunning productions this coming year as we explore the theme of Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge. Our Artistic Director, Antoni Cimolino, has carefully selected a playbill that has something for everyone.  Shakespeare lovers will be mad for King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, King John and two wildly different versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, while musical aficionados will go nuts for Crazy for You and Man of La Mancha. The merry madness continues with Restoration comedy making its first return to our stages in over a decade with The Beaux’ Stratagem. Rounding out the lunacy – ranging from the fantastical to the highly dramatic – is Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Hay Fever, Mother Courage and Her Children and Christina, The Girl King.

We will give you and a friend opening night tickets to King Lear on May 26, 2014, two Shakespeare-lover’s journals and two copies of King Lear. All you have to do for a chance to win this unique experience is to put quill to parchment… (Okay, okay – pen to paper or fingers to your keyboard!) …and write a few lines of poetry.

Watch here as Colm Feore discusses the madness of Lear in King Lear!

Here’s what you need to take home this amazing prize!*

In an e-mail to, please include:

  • A poem of no more than 20 lines about the Festival’s 2014 season playbill and themes. It can take the form of a Shakespearean sonnet, a haiku, a limerick, free verse – you name it!
  • Your first and last name.
  • Your mailing address, e-mail address and phone number.

The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2013 at midnight.

Your poems will be read and reviewed by a panel of Festival staff members, and the top submission will win the prize package to be awarded on December 19, 2013.

We have a season full of inspiration and a pair of tickets waiting for you, so sit down, summon up your most maniacal Muse and unleash your inner poet!

*Please note that your poem will be shared on our social channels for others to read. Failure to include any of the information requested above will render your submission null and void. Current Festival staff members are ineligible to submit an entry.


CONTEST OVER | Win tickets to Cineplex’s screening of The National Theatre’s This House

We’re excited to be giving away five pairs of tickets Cineplex’s screening of the National Theatre’s production of This House on May 16.

This House About This House
It’s 1974 and the corridors of Westminster ring with the sound of infighting and backbiting as Britain’s political parties battle to change the future of the nation, whatever it takes. In this hung parliament, the ruling party holds on by a thread. Votes are won and lost by one, fist fights erupt in the bars, and ill MPs are hauled in to cast their votes.

It’s a time when a staggering number of politicians die, and age-old traditions and allegiances are thrown aside in the struggle for power.

James Graham’s biting, energetic and critically-acclaimed new play strips politics down to the practical realities of those behind the scenes who roll up their sleeves, and on occasion bend the rules, to manoeuvre a diverse and conflicting chorus of MPs within the Mother of all Parliaments.

Watch the trailer for This House and read more about the production on Cineplex’s website.

To win a pair of tickets to This House on May 16, 2013, e-mail with the following information:

1)      Your first and last name
2)      Your e-mail address
3)      Your address
4)      The participating Cineplex theatre you’d like to see This House  at (please only select ONE theatre from the listing below)

The first five people to respond will be the lucky winners of a pair of tickets to see This House!

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

Participating Theatres – This House

Cineplex Odeon Crowfoot Crossing Calgary
Scotiabank Theatre Chinook Calgary
Cineplex Odeon South Edmonton Edmonton
EMPIRE City Centre 9 Cinemas Edmonton
Scotiabank Theatre Edmonton Edmonton
Cineplex Odeon Windermere Edmonton
Galaxy Cinemas Lethbridge Lethbridge
Galaxy Cinemas Red Deer Red Deer County
British Columbia
SilverCity Metropolis Burnaby
SilverCity Coquitlam Coquitlam
Cowichan Theatre* Duncan
Cineplex Odeon Aberdeen Mall Kamloops
Colossus Langley Langley
Galaxy Cinemas Nanaimo Nanaimo
Cineplex Odeon Park & Tilford North Vancouver
Max Cameron Theatre Powell River
Famous Players 6 Prince George Prince George
SilverCity Riverport Richmond
Salmar Classic Theatre Salmon Arm
Raven’s Cry Theatre* Sechelt
Royal Theatre* Trail
Scotiabank Theatre Vancouver Vancouver
Odeon Victoria Victoria
SilverCity Tillicum Victoria Victoria
SilverCity Polo Park Winnipeg
Nova Scotia
EMPIRE 8 Park Lane Halifax
SilverCity Ancaster Ancaster
Galaxy Cinemas Barrie Barrie
Galaxy Belleville Belleville
Rene M Caisse* Bracebridge
Galaxy Cinemas Brockville Brockville
SilverCity Burlington Burlington
Galaxy Cinemas Cambridge Cambridge
Galaxy Cinemas Chatham Chatham
Galaxy Cinemas Collingwood Collingwood
Galaxy Cinemas Guelph Guelph
Cineplex Odeon Gardiner’s Road Kingston
SilverCity London London
Cineplex Odeon Westmount Cinemas London
Coliseum Mississauga Mississauga
SilverCity Newmarket Newmarket
Cineplex Odeon Niagara Square Niagara Falls
Galaxy Cinemas North Bay North Bay
SilverCity Oakville Oakville
Galaxy Cinemas Orangeville Orangeville
Cineplex Odeon Oshawa Oshawa
Cineplex Odeon South Keys Cinemas Ottawa
Coliseum Ottawa Ottawa
EMPIRE 7 Ottawa Ottawa
SilverCity Gloucester Ottawa
Galaxy Cinemas Owen Sound Owen Sound
The Regent Theatre Picton
Galaxy Cinemas Peterborough Peterborough
Capitol Theatre* Port Hope
SilverCity Richmond Hill Richmond Hill
Galaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie Sault. Ste. Marie
Coliseum Scarborough Scarborough
SilverCity Sudbury Sudbury
SilverCity Thunder Bay Thunder Bay
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande Toronto
Cineplex Odeon Queensway Toronto
Scotiabank Theatre Toronto Toronto
SilverCity Yonge & Eglinton Toronto
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo Waterloo
Cineplex Odeon Devonshire Mall Windsor
Cineplex Odeon Brossard Brossard
Cineplex Odeon Cavendish Mall Cote St. Luc
Coliseum Kirkland Montréal
Scotiabank Theatre Montreal Montréal
Galaxy Cinemas Regina Regina
Galaxy Cinemas Saskatoon Saskatoon

* Select performances only showing at select locations. Please check with your local theatre for details.

Win the ultimate prize package for your mom!

Celebrate your mom this Mother’s Day with a deluxe gift package featuring some of Stratford’s finest, including

Enter to win and get a free beverage! 

Order tickets to any Stratford Festival performance by Thursday, May 9, at 11:59 p.m., and your name will be placed in our Mother’s Day draw. When you order your tickets you’ll also receive one FREE beverage voucher that can be redeemed at intermission.

The winner of our Mother’s Day prize package will be chosen at random on Friday, May 10, at approximately noon EST. The winner will be contacted by a Festival representative by either telephone or e-mail and must reply within 24 hours to maintain eligibility.

Call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600 to book your tickets and quote “Mother’s Day” to be entered into our draw and to receive your free drink voucher!

*Tickets must be booked through the Festival Box Office at 1.800.567.1600. For full contest details, visit our website.

Win a copy of Coriolanus! CONTEST OVER

Would you like to win a copy of Ralph Fiennes’s 2011 film Coriolanus? Along with our friends at D Films, we’re giving away three copies of Coriolanus to a few lucky winners today!

coriolanusENTER TO WIN: In an e-mail addressed to, send us the following information:* 

1) We’ve presented Coriolanus at the Festival four times in our history – list the names of two of the actors who have played Caius Martius Coriolanus.

2) Attach your name, e-mail address and mailing address.

If you didn’t get to see Coriolanus in theatres, watch the trailer here:

Caius Martius ‘Coriolanus’ (RALPH FIENNES), a revered and feared Roman General is at odds with the city of Rome and his fellow citizens. Pushed by his controlling and ambitious mother Volumnia (VANESSA REDGRAVE) to seek the exalted and powerful position of Consul, he is loath to ingratiate himself with the masses whose votes he needs in order to secure the office. When the public refuse to support him, Coriolanus’s anger prompts a riot which culminates in his expulsion from Rome. The banished hero then allies himself with his sworn enemy Tullus Aufidius (GERARD BUTLER) to take his revenge on the city.

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

37 Shakespeare quotes contest! CONTEST OVER

by Christi Rutledge

Happy New Year! We’re all looking forward to another wonderful season and can’t wait to share our twelve productions and new Forum events with all of our fans!

What better way to start off the New Year than with a ticket give-away! Now that you have all had a chance to “Brush up your Shakespeare,” we’re putting your knowledge to the test.

Last summer our Shakespeare School students helped us create an amazing video in which they recited 37 famous Shakespeare quotes from all 37 Shakespeare plays in less than two minutes – amazing!  We want you to let us know which play each of these quotes is from. If you answer correctly, you’ll receive a pair of tickets to any performance of our 2013 production of Romeo and Juliet between May 1, 2013, and May 25, 2013.

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

In an email addressed to

1) Make a list from 1-37. Beside each number write the name of the play that the quote in the video comes from.

2) Write your first name, last name, email address, phone number and Stratford Festival account number (to locate your Stratford Festival account number, log in to our website and click “My Account”);

3) Let us know which day you would like to see Romeo and Juliet:

  • May 1, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 4, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
  • May 7, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 11, 2013, 8:00 p.m.
  • May 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 22, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 24, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • May 25, 2013, 2:00 p.m.

All entries must be received before the contest closes on Sunday, January 13, 2013, at midnight! Please make sure to include all of the information requested above; submissions without any of the requested information will not be considered.

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

What’s your favourite line from Shakespeare? Let us know in the comment box below!

*UPDATE JANUARY 17, 2013: Please note that all submissions have now been responded to via e-mail, if for some reason you did not receive an e-mail, please contact Thank you, to everyone who participated!

The winner of our ‘Brush up your Shakespeare’ contest is…

Thank you to everyone who took the time to send us your amazing and creative photos reading Shakespeare as part of our “Brush up your Shakespeare” contest – we loved all of them!  We had a difficult time selecting just one winner, so we’ve decided to offer a second and third place prize as well!

In third place, winning a pair of tickets to any preview performance of  Othello or The Merchant of Venice, is Tracy Messenger! We loved this photo of you reading King Lear upside down on the static trapeze!

In second place, winning a pair of tickets to any preview performance of  Othello or The Merchant of Venice, is Nikki Pasqualini!  We absolutely adored your entry as you read The Complete Works of Shakespeare on a Merry-go-round in France! Adorable!

In first place, winning the grand prize of a pair of opening night tickets to Romeo and Juliet and a Shakespeare Lover’s diary, is Sarah Ball! We admire your commitment to reading more Shakespeare as you enjoyed a polar bear dip in the Pacific Ocean – sans bathing suit!

To view all of the amazing entries we received, click here!

Congratulations to all of our contestants and thank you for participating! We’ll have more contests starting again in January – keep watching for them!

The entries are rolling in…

We’re started to receive some great entries for our Brush up your Shakespeare contest and cannot wait to see more of your photos in the coming weeks!

You have until December 13, 2012 to take a photo of yourself reading Shakespeare in the most outlandish place you can imagine and send it to us! What’s in it for you? A pair of tickets to our 2013 opening night of Romeo and Juliet!  Click here for full contest details!

Here are a few of the photos that we’ve received:

In a canoe in the backyard…
Brush up your Shakespeare Contest -- Heidi Van Patten

At the Santa Claus parade…
nov 24 2012 004

A bit of lunch break reading…


Playing Miranda from The Tempest at a conference…

Tempest KL in wig 2012

In the middle of tap class…
photo (20)


Even your cat can join in…



Snuggled up with R&J…



More Shakespeare snuggles…

stephanie3Upside down…


What’s the prize? 
You could win a pair of tickets to our 2013 opening night performance of Romeo and Juliet, along with a copy of our Shakespeare Lover’s Journal so that you can keep track of all of your Shakespearean adventures!

Contest rules:

  • Send photo entries to along with your first and last name, phone number, your twitter handle (if you have one) and your Stratford Festival patron account number.
  • You must be reading Shakespeare in your photo
  • Entries will be accepted between November 16, 2012, and December 13, 2012.*

The winner will be chosen by selected Festival staff members and will be announced on December 14, 2012, through our Facebook page, Twitter account, blog and Google+ page. The winner will also receive a personal e-mail confirming their winning entry.

*Failure to include any of the information required above will render submissions null and void. By sending in your entries you allow the Festival to use your photos and to share them through our social media channels. To retrieve your Stratford Festival patron account number, log into our website and click on “My Account.” Opening night performance is on May 27, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. The winner is responsible for their own transportation to and from the theatre.