April Fools’ offer – one day only!

We’re celebrating April Fools’ Day with great savings – no joke.

Book any seat at any Festival Theatre performance in May for just $39 – no joke! Pay the same low rate for all seating zones, even on opening nights. This offer is only available on April 1, 2013, so mark your calendars!

If you’re a Facebook fan, book through Stratford Social Ticketing on the Festival’s Facebook page – or book through our website!

Here’s how to order using Stratford Social Ticketing (with the option of creating a group event):

  • Visit the Festival’s Facebook page and click on the Stratford Social Ticketing tab
  • Select any performance of Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof and/or The Three Musketeers in May
  • On the “Select Your Seat” page enter promo code No Joke into the “Have a Promo Code?” box and click “Apply”
  • Select your seats and check out!

OR

Order through our website:

  • Log in with promo code No Joke
  • Select any performance of Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof and/or The Three Musketeers in May
  • Select your seats and check out

Want more from your theatre experience? Check out The Forum for concerts, workshops, talks and more, all inspired by the themes of our season.

If you’re coming from the GTA, try our new Stratford Direct Bus service for just $20 round trip.

Eligible Performances

Romeo and Juliet 

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 07, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 17, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 24, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Monday, May 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Fiddler on the Roof 

Saturday, May 04, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Monday, May 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 8:00 PM
The Three Musketeers 

Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 2:00 PM
Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Happy April Fools’!

*Offer not available on previously purchased tickets or in conjunction with any other offer. Promotion NOT available by phone. Promotion starts on April 1 at 12:01 a.m. and ends on April 1 at 11:59 p.m.

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Meet D’Artagnan – Interview with Luke Humphrey

This week, we sat down with company member Luke Humphrey to talk about his upcoming roles at the Festival this year. In his third season, Luke will be taking centre stage, playing D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers and Murph in Taking Shakespeare. Find out at bit more about your leading lad in this charming interview!

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Stratford Festival (SF): When did you first know that you wanted to be an actor?

Luke Humphrey (LH): Ever since I was a little kid I have enjoyed acting, but it was not till I was cast in my high school’s production of Romeo and Juliet that I fell head over heels in love with the craft. At the time I was focused on sports and music, and I was unsure about even auditioning. Finally, after a lot of thought, I decided to go for it, and I ended up being cast as Romeo. Doing that play changed my life. From that point on, it felt like the choice was out of my hands: acting was just something I had to do.

SF: This is your third season at the Festival and you’ll be performing two lead roles: D’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers and Murph in Taking Shakespeare. How does it feel to be taking centre stage?

LH: In all honesty, I’m a little nervous taking centre stage at a place as prestigious as Stratford, but what nerves I have are overshadowed by how giddy and excited I am for this season. This really is a dream come true for me. Not only do I get to tackle these amazing parts, I get to work with the most amazing and talented people – I could not be happier.

SF: The Three Musketeers is a much-loved and recognized story, and Taking Shakespeare is a relatively new work. As an actor, what excites you the most about working on a new play – and similarly, what excites you most about playing a role people know and love?

LH: With a role that people are familiar with, like D’Artagnan, there is always a little pressure to either compare yourself to or to replicate what has come before you. I think the key is to trust the material and the director and to discover the part as if it was the first time the play had ever been presented. That’s why we go and see great plays over and over again. We love seeing great stories told in a new way. Each production brings something new that we have never seen and helps to complicate and enrich our understanding of the story. Also, D’Artagnan is just so much fun. There is a reason the story and those characters have stayed with us: they are iconic and thrilling and somehow universal. It is an honour to try and bring these legends to life.

Taking Shakespeare has already proved such a thrilling experience for me. Being able to talk to the playwright, John Murrell, about the play as he is creating it and being able to read the different drafts as he shapes and hones the story is so exciting. I get to watch the characters and their journeys change and evolve as the story takes shape. In a new work there is a lot of freedom, which can both empowering and at times a little daunting, but overall it’s great to be able to take a new idea and breathe life into it. For me, that’s the thrill of being in the theatre: creating and sharing stories.

SF: Graham Abbey played D’Artagnan in 2000 and he’ll be playing alongside you as Athos in our upcoming production of The Three Musketeers. What does that mean for you as you create your version of the character?

LH: Trying to follow in the footsteps of Graham Abbey is quite the challenge, especially when he is there watching me! Luckily for me, Graham is a very supportive guy which should (hopefully) make things a little easier. I remember reading The Three Musketeers as a kid and running around with a fake sword in the backyard imagining I was D’Artagnan off on one of his adventures. I just love D’Artagnan’s attitude. He has this love for life and an insurmountable desire for adventure; it is contagious. For him, every challenge, every setback, every obstacle is an opportunity for something amazing. That, and the fact that he is incredibly dashing, honourable, brave, brilliant and daring all at once, makes him such an exciting and compelling character. This is an amazing opportunity for me to play out my childhood dream and hopefully bring some of that character that I fell in love with as a kid to life, to share with the audience.

SF: A lot of people are excited to see sword-fighting on stage in The Three Musketeers. Will this be your first time wielding a sword?

LH: I have a bit of experience with sword-fighting, mostly in college and in stage combat classes, but to prepare for the amount of sword-fighting in The Three Musketeers I started fencing and sword-combat training in my off-time. D’Artagnan is the best swordsman in France, he is a natural-born fighter, and he is legendary. I have to do my best to make sure I can fight up to his standards – not to mention show up the other Musketeers.

SF: You participated in the Festival’s Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, led by Martha Henry, and now you’ll be acting alongside her in the two-hander Taking Shakespeare. How do you feel the Conservatory has helped you as an actor, and how does it feel to be taking the stage with Ms Henry?

LH: I don’t think I would have the confidence in myself and my work to take on this season if it was not for my time at the Birmingham Conservatory. It was actually Martha Henry who taught me the most valuable lesson I learned about acting. She taught me that I could bring myself to a part: not try to make it something but allow myself to discover, not impose, what is there in the script and to trust in what I find. That being said, working opposite Martha Henry is intimidating, I mean, she is a legend. I guess I just have to take her advice and trust myself.

Just for fun…

SF: If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, whom would you invite?

LH: Chef Ferran Adria for sure, but he would also have to cook the dinner. Comedian George Carlin; not sure how happy he would be to be back from the dead or about the state of world, but I would sure love to hear him rant about it. After a couple bottles of wine, I would imagine Giacomo Casanova would have some pretty interesting stories to tell, so I would have to go with him for the third.

SF: The most-played song on your iPod is…

LH: “Wolf Like Me,” by TV on the Radio.

SF: Any guilty pleasures?

LH: Butter tarts and board games. I really love board games.

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How do you become a Musketeer? Take our crash course before seeing our upcoming production of The Three Musketeers!

Happy un-leap day! – Get your fix with $29 TiXX

Who says leap year can only happen once every four years? People loved our 2012 leap day promotion so much that we decided to break the mould this year and celebrate “un-leap day” with the launch of our TiXX program on March 1. Visit us online and get $29 tickets to a wide variety of performances throughout April, May and June! 

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Starting on un-leap day (a.k.a. March 1) at 9:00 a.m., log into our website and visit our TiXX page for a huge selection of $29 tickets! You’ll be able to book up to four seats for each of the performances we offer.

Our first batch of TiXX applies to select performances the following productions:

Take a sneak peek at twelve of the shows you’ll be seeing on stage this season!


Happy un-leap day and happy saving!

Visit our website for details about our TiXX program.

“All for one, and one for all!” – Family Day savings!

Join the adventure with The Three Musketeers and save! Buy one adult ticket and get up to four kids’ tickets for only $1 each!*

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We’ll be celebrating families over the next week, and what better way to kick off Family Day than with a family-friendly promotion! From Monday, February 18, until Thursday, February  28, when you buy one regular price adult ticket to any May or June performance of The Three Musketeers (excluding the opening on June 1), we’ll give you up to four kids’ tickets for $1 each!

Bring your family to the theatre and escape to the colourful world of 17th-century France, where you’ll cheer on the cadet D’Artagnan as he performs daring feats to win a place in the King’s Musketeers. 

Help get your kids ready for The Three Musketeers with this new video – How to become a Musketeer:

To book your family adventure, call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600 and quote promotion code 47363. Hurry – this great family deal is only available until February 28 at 8:00 p.m., 2013!

“All for one, and one for all!”

The Three Musketeers is presented by Schulich Children’s Plays.

Click here to watch as this group of mothers discuss the importance to sharing theatre with their children!

*Buy one regular price adult ticket for The Three Musketeers and get up to four kids’ tickets for The Three Musketeers for $1 each. Children must be under 18 years old to qualify for $1 ticket. Valid only on performances of The Three Musketeers in May and June, excluding opening. Offer not available on previously purchased tickets. Only available in A, B and C seating zones. Redeemable in person or through the Box Office at 1.800.567.1600.

Festival announces Langham Workshop directors

November 28, 2012… The Stratford Festival welcomes six directors to the 2013 Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction: Kevin Bennett, Mitchell Cushman, Andrea Donaldson, Kevin Hammond, Birgit Schreyer Duarte and Ken Schwartz.

“This is a dynamic and very talented group of directors,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “They come from across Canada and have widely different experiences within the theatre but are united in their love for and dedication to staging the classics. We are very excited to welcome them to the Festival.

“Under the direction of accomplished director and teacher David Latham, we have focused the program to provide a more comprehensive and deeper learning experience with Shakespeare and the classics.”

The workshop, launched in 2010 and named for the Festival’s second Artistic Director, the late Michael Langham, is designed for directors in mid-career who have experience working with the classics but not at a theatre of the complexity and scope of the Festival.

Participants are given classes in text, voice, movement and other disciplines. Working with director-mentors, they serve as assistant directors during the season and are given the opportunity to present a classical piece of their own choosing to an invited audience.

The Michael Langham Workshop for Classical Direction is sponsored by RBC and funded by Heritage Canada.

Participant Biographies

Kevin Bennett
Stratford debut: Assistant director of The Three Musketeers. Elsewhere (theatre): Founding member of Honest Fishmongers’ Equity Co-Op. Director: King Lear and Hamlet (Honest Fishmongers Equity Co-Op); 7 Stories (Dream Big Productions, Templeton Secondary School); The Priory (United Players of Vancouver); Treasure Island (Studio 58); Macbeth and Pet Stories (Limbo Circus Theatre); To Sea, or Not to Sea (Burnaby Summer Theatre); Paper Boats (Walking Fish Festival). Assistant director: She Stoops to Conquer (Arts Club); Richard III and Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach); NiX (The Only Animal, Cultural Olympiad); Dirty White (Theatre Terrific); The Merchant of Venice, Heptademic, The Winter’s Tale, Lot’s Wife (Studio 58). Training: Graduate of Studio 58; Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts’ How to Rehearse directing course.

 

Mitchell Cushman
Stratford debut: Assistant director of The Merchant of Venice. Elsewhere: Directing: Terminus (Mirvish/Outside the March); Mr. Marmalade, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Oh the Humanity and Other Good Intentions (Outside the March); The Cripple of Inishmaan (Studio Theatre, Edmonton); Oh My Irma (Edmonton Fringe); Seeds (touring director, Crow’s Theatre); A Skull in Connemara (Obstructed View). Assistant Directing: Travesties, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Month in the Country (Soulpepper); Them & Us (TPM); Cellular (Luminato). Training: Graduate of the University of Alberta’s MFA Directing Program. Awards: Prize for Production (Terminus, SummerWorks 2012), Theatre Passe Muraille Emerging Artist Award (SummerWorks 2011). Et cetera: Founding Co-Artistic Director of Outside the March; associate producer, Crow’s Theatre; resident artist, Theatre Passe Muraille; director of artistic programs, Paprika Festival; faculty member, Act 2 Studio at Ryerson. Upcoming: Possible Worlds (Talk Is Free Theatre).

 

Andrea Donaldson
Second season: Assistant director of Othello. Stratford: Assistant director of The Matchmaker. Elsewhere: Andrea Donaldson is the Assistant Artistic Director at Tarragon Theatre. Directing credits include the following Dora-nominated projects: The Atomic Weight of Happiness, Montparnasse, Offensive Fouls and The Unfortunate Misadventures of Masha Galinski. Other directing credits include Tyumen Then, The Possibilities and Crack, as well as her own play Garden and directing the Young Company at the Blyth Festival. Andrea is an associate artist with multi-award-winning Toronto theatre company Groundwater Productions and is an Associate Artistic Director of Directors’ Lab North, the Lincoln Center’s sister lab in Canada. Andrea has been nominated for the John Hirsch Directing Award (2008 and 2011) and has received two Dora Awards for performing in Theatre Direct’s URGE project And By the Way, Miss. Online: www.sometimesandrea.com.

 

Kevin Hammond
Second season: Assistant director of Measure for Measure. Stratford: Assistant director, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Langham Workshop: Director, A Most Unnoble Swerving. Elsewhere: Artistic Director/co-founder of Humber River Shakespeare Co.; Artistic Director of Shakespeare in the Rough, 2001 to 2005. Director: Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, The Comedy of Errors, Henry V, A Christmas Carol, A Shakespeare Cabaret (Humber River Shakespeare). Assistant director: Much Ado About Nothing, The Merchant of Venice (SITR). Adjudicator: National Shakespeare Youth Festival 2011 (Shakespeare in Action). Recordings: Oxford University Press’s Oxford Next online Shakespeare program (Julius Caesar, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream). Online: www.humberrivershakespeare.ca. Et cetera: Kevin directs a touring production of As You Like It this summer for Humber River Shakespeare and has completed the Certificate Course in Arts Education with York University and the Stratford Festival.

 

Birgit Schreyer Duarte
Stratford debut: Assistant director of Mary Stuart. Elsewhere: Assistant director/dramaturge, To a Flame (Nightwood Theatre/Tyst Teater/Teatteri Totti); dramaturge, The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely (Ngozi Paul); director, Little Pea’s Revolution (United Solo, New York); translator, The Test (Company Theatre), Life of Galileo (Small Wooden Shoe); director/translator, Kaspar & the Sea of Houses (SummerWorks Festival, SummerWorks Prize for Best Production); assistant director, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message, intern director, Fernando Krapp Wrote Me This Letter (Canadian Stage). Training: Theatre Ontario Professional Training Grant (Directing, with Josette Bushell-Mingo); University of Toronto (PhD, Drama); Munich University/Bavarian Theatre Academy, Germany (MA, Dramaturgy). Awards: Nomination, Helen and Kurt Wolff Translator’s Prize; Government of Canada DFAIT Award (for research in Canadian theatre). Online: www.birgitschreyerduarte.com. Et cetera: Literary associate, Shaw Festival (2008 to 2010). Currently: artistic and dramaturgical consultant for Canadian Stage. Originally from Munich, Germany.

 

Ken Schwartz
Second season: Assistant director of Romeo and Juliet. Stratford: Assistant director, Peter Pan. Elsewhere (as director): Over 30 productions for Two Planks and a Passion Theatre, including The Odyssey, Our Town, Rockbound and Lysistrata. Most recently directed Six Characters in Search of an Author for Dalhousie University. Training: Two-time graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada in directing (’92) and technical production (’90). Awards: Merritt Awards for outstanding director (’09, ’10) and outstanding production (’08, ’09, ’10), the Established Artist Recognition Award from the Province of Nova Scotia (’08) and the Queen’s Golden (’02) and Diamond (’12) Jubilee Medals. His production of Rockbound was a finalist for the Nova Scotia Masterworks Award in 2010. Et cetera: Currently the Artistic Director of Two Planks and a Passion Theatre (www.twoplanks.ca), which is the resident company at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts (www.artscentre.ca), of which Ken is a co-founder.

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Festival announces key casting for 2013

October 16, 2012… With the 2013 box office opening to Members in just a few weeks, the Stratford Festival is pleased to announce key casting for the 2013 season, featuring the return of many Festival favourites.

Jewelle Blackman, Michelle Giroux, Jonathan Goad, Kate Hennig, Dion Johnstone, Jeremy Kushnier, Mike Nadajewski, Paul Nolan, Stephen Ouimette, Steven Sutcliffe, Sara Topham and Scott Wentworth will be returning to the Festival in 2013, joining current company members Graham Abbey, Nigel Bennett, Michael Blake, James Blendick, Ben Carlson, Jacquelyn French, Carmen Grant, Deborah Hay, Randy Hughson, Luke Humphrey, Peter Hutt, Keely Hutton, Bethany Jillard, Gabrielle Jones, Ian Lake, Tom McCamus, Seana McKenna, Lucy Peacock, Chick Reid, Tom Rooney, Steve Ross, Stephen Russell, Mike Shara, Jennifer Stewart, Brian Tree and Geraint Wyn Davies.

Also joining the company are newcomers Daniel Briere, Nehassaiu deGannes, Kira Guloien, Hannah Miller, Andre Morin and Robert Markus. As previously announced, Brian Bedford, Brian Dennehy and Martha Henry will also return in leading roles.

“At the heart of the Festival stand extraordinary artists,” says Antoni Cimolino, who will take over as Artistic Director on November 1. “I am immensely proud of the company we have assembled for the 2013 season, bringing together some of our finest actors as well as some exceptionally promising newcomers. We look forward to working with them to present the most exciting stories ever told.”

Daniel Briere and Sara Topham to play Romeo and Juliet

ROMEO AND JULIET | DIRECTED BY TIM CARROLL | FESTIVAL THEATRE
PREVIEWS START MAY 1 | OPENS MAY 27 | CLOSES OCTOBER 19
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: SUN LIFE FINANCIAL
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: M. VAILE FAINER

Daniel Briere and Sara Topham will play the title characters in Tim Carroll’s production of Romeo and Juliet. They will be joined by Nehassaiu deGannes as Lady Capulet, Jonathan Goad as Mercutio, Kate Hennig as the Nurse, Tom McCamus as Friar Laurence and Scott Wentworth as Capulet.

Daniel Briere will make his Stratford debut as Romeo. A graduate of the National Theatre School, Mr. Briere has played such roles as Tranio in The Taming of the Shrew and Paris in Romeo and Juliet at Calgary’s Shakespeare in the Park, Borachio in Much Ado About Nothing at Driftwood Theatre, Number One in Lebenstraum at the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre and Art in The Mail Order Bride at the Blyth Festival.

Sara Topham will return for her 13th season to play Juliet. After her Stratford and Broadway turn as Gwendolen in The Importance of Being Earnest, Ms Topham returned to Stratford in 2010 to play Wendy in Peter Pan and La Présidente de Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons, followed by Olivia in Twelfth Night and Célimène in The Misanthrope in 2011. This past year has seen her in leading roles at the Hartford Stage Company, McCarter Theater Center and Shakespeare Theater Company.  Other key Stratford credits include Miss Mabel Chiltern in An Ideal Husband, Jessica in The Merchant of Venice, Grace Harkaway in London Assurance, Cordelia in King Lear and Rosalind in As You Like It.

Fiddler on the Roof to feature Kate Hennig and Scott Wentworth

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF | DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY DONNA FEORE | FESTIVAL THEATRE
PREVIEWS START APRIL 23 | OPENS MAY 28 | CLOSES OCTOBER 20
PRODUCTION CO-SPONSOR: UNION GAS LIMITED
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: THE HARKINS FAMILY IN MEMORY OF SUSAN HARKINS

Kate Hennig and Scott Wentworth will take the leading roles of Golde and Tevye in Donna Feore’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Jacquelyn French has been cast as Hodel, Keely Hutton as Chava, Gabrielle Jones as Yente, Andre Morin as Motel, Mike Nadajewski as Perchik, Paul Nolan as Fyedka and Jennifer Stewart as Tzeitel.

Kate Hennig, who is returning for her fourth season at Stratford, is well remembered for playing the dance teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, in Broadway’s Billy Elliot: The Musical, a role she also played in Toronto, winning a Dora Award for her performance. Most recently she was seen as Emma Goldman in this season’s Shaw Festival hit, Ragtime, as well as in A Man and Some Women. She was also in the wildly popular première of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, co-produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Arts Centre. Ms Hennig was last in the Stratford company in 1991, playing Mrs. Mullin in Carousel, Ursula in Much Ado About Nothing and the Player Queen in Hamlet. She can currently be seen playing Adele Witham in Bomb Girls on Global Television.

Scott Wentworth, who marks his 18th season in 2013, was last seen at Stratford in 2008, playing Commander Fernán Gómez de Guzmán in Fuente Ovejuna and Claudius in Hamlet. His musical credits at Stratford include playing Clifford Bradshaw in the 1987 production of Cabaret and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls in both 1990 and 2004 – a role he is currently reprising at the Segal Centre in Montreal. His other Stratford credits include the title roles in Macbeth, Richard III, Henry IV Part 1 and The Merchant of Venice, Iago in Othello, David Cutrere in Orpheus Descending and Theseus in Phèdre. Mr. Wentworth has also written a number of musicals in collaboration with his wife, Marion Adler, including Enter the Guardsman, which was nominated for an Olivier Award for best musical in 1997.

Musketeers Graham Abbey, Jonathan Goad, Mike Shara joined by Luke Humphrey as D’Artagnan

THE THREE MUSKETEERS | DIRECTED BY MILES POTTER | FESTIVAL THEATRE
PREVIEWS START MAY 18 | OPENS JUNE 1 | CLOSES OCTOBER 19

Graham Abbey, Jonathan Goad and Mike Shara headline Miles Potter’s production of The Three Musketeers, with Luke Humphrey playing D’Artagnan. They will be joined by Michael Blake as Count de Rochefort, Nehassaiu deGannes as the Queen of France, Deborah Hay as Milady de Winter, Bethany Jillard as Constance Bonacieux and Steven Sutcliffe as Cardinal Richelieu.

Graham Abbey, who will play Athos, returned to the Festival in 2012 for the first time since 2006 to play Posthumus in Cymbeline and Aigisthos in Elektra. His extensive television career includes the series lead, Gray Jackson, in The Border, Glen Martin in Degrassi and George Thomey in Republic of Doyle. His Stratford credits include Henry V, Macbeth, Romeo and Henry VIII, as well as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Happy in Death of a Salesman and D’Artagnan in the 2000 production of The Three Musketeers.

Jonathan Goad will play Porthos. Mr. Goad was last seen at Stratford in 2009, playing Quarlous in Bartholomew Fair, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar and Hippolytus in Phèdre. In 11 Stratford seasons, his credits have included Harold Hill in The Music Man, Iago in Othello, Angelo in Measure for Measure, Theseus and Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the title role in Pericles. Mr. Goad can also be seen on CBC TV, where he plays Christian Doyle in Republic of Doyle.

Luke Humphrey made his Stratford debut in 2010, appearing in The Tempest and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. This season he played Michael Williams in Henry V. He will also be remembered as the shirtless tango dancer in Much Ado About Nothing. His other credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at Highland Hall Theatre, Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Leontes in The Winter’s Tale at the Stella Adler Studio.

Mike Shara will return for his fifth season at Stratford to play Aramis. Mr. Shara is currently playing Cloten in Cymbeline and Cornelius Hackl in The Matchmaker. His Stratford highlights include Teddy in The Homecoming, Orsino in Twelfth Night, Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. Mr. Shara is a veteran of the Shaw Festival and has performed across the country. His television work includes Little Mosque on the Prairie, Queer as Folk and Due South.

Tom McCamus to play the Merchant

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE | DIRECTED BY ANTONI CIMOLINO | FESTIVAL THEATRE
PREVIEWS START JULY 30 | OPENS AUGUST 15 | CLOSES OCTOBER 18
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: SCOTIABANK
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: CATHERINE & DAVID WILKES; JANE PETERSEN-BURFIELD & FAMILY; BARBARA & JOHN SCHUBERT

Tom McCamus will once again collaborate with Antoni Cimolino in next season’s The Merchant of Venice, in which he will play Antonio. Mr. McCamus gave a searing performance as Iachimo in Mr. Cimolino’s production of Cymbeline this year and beautifully portrayed Jim Casy in 2011’s The Grapes of Wrath and Justice Overdo in 2009’s Bartholomew Fair. His portrayal of Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker continues to delight audiences. In his 12 seasons at Stratford, Mr. McCamus has played a vast number of leading roles including Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Le Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons, Master Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, King Arthur in Camelot, Vladimir in Waiting for Godot and Edmund Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night.

As previously announced, Brian Bedford will play Shylock. They will be joined by Michelle Giroux as Portia, Jonathan Goad as Gratiano and Hannah Miller as Jessica.

Stellar cast for Blithe Spirit features Ben Carlson, Michelle Giroux, Seana McKenna and Sara Topham

BLITHE SPIRIT | DIRECTED BY BRIAN BEDFORD | AVON THEATRE
PREVIEWS START MAY 16 | OPENS JUNE 1 | CLOSES OCTOBER 20
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: JOHN H. WHITESIDE; NONA MACDONALD HEASLIP
PRODUCTION SUPPORT FOR THE AVON THEATRE 2013 SEASON: THE BIRMINGHAM FAMILY

Brian Bedford will direct a stellar ensemble in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, with Ben Carlson as Charles Condomine; Michelle Giroux as Elvira, the ghost of Charles’s deceased wife; Seana McKenna as the medium, Madame Arcati; and Sara Topham as Charles’s second wife, Ruth. They will be joined by James Blendick as Dr. Bradman and Chick Reid as Mrs. Bradman. Mr. Bedford worked with Mr. Carlson and Ms Topham most recently in the Oscar Wilde comedy The Importance of Being Earnest in 2009.

Ben Carlson, currently playing Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing and Captain Fluellen in Henry V, returns for his sixth season at Stratford. Highlights of his time here include Feste in Twelfth Night, Alceste in The Misanthrope, Touchstone in As You Like It, Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, John Worthing in The Importance of Being Earnest, Brutus in Julius Caesar and the title role in Hamlet. He has worked throughout Canada and the U.S., and spent 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival, where he is well remembered for his marathon Man and Superman, The Return of the Prodigal and All My Sons, among other performances.

Michelle Giroux will celebrate her 10th season at Stratford in 2013. She was last here in 2007, when she played Jean Louise in the celebrated production of To Kill a Mockingbird and Julia in A Delicate Balance. Her Stratford credits also include Queen Isabella in Edward II, Katerina in The Brothers Karamazov, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Daphne in Present Laughter, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Gwendolen in the 2000 production of The Importance of Being Earnest.

After her hilarious turn as Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker, Seana McKenna will return for her 22nd season to play Madame Arcati. Stratford audiences will also remember Ms McKenna’s lighter side from such performances as Amanda Prynne in Private Lives, Monica Reed in Present Laughter, Dotty Otley in Noises Off and Lady Gay Spanker in London Assurance. Her other Stratford credits include her remarkable portrayals of Richard III in 2011 and Clytemestra in this season’s Elektra, as well as moving portrayals of Medea, Andromache and Phèdre. She has played every one of Shakespeare’s leading ladies, many of them here at Stratford, as well as his wife, Anne Hathaway, in the one-woman show Shakespeare’s Will, which was produced at Stratford in 2007 and 2011.

Newcomer Robert Markus to play Tommy

TOMMY | DIRECTED BY DES McANUFF | CHOREOGRAPHED BY WAYNE CILENTO | AVON THEATRE
PREVIEWS START MAY 4 | OPENS MAY 30 | CLOSES OCTOBER 19
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: RICHARD ROONEY & LAURA DINNER

Newcomer Robert Markus will play the title role in Des McAnuff’s production of Tommy. Mr. Markus graduated from the University of Alberta’s acting program in 2010. His credits include Gabe in Next to Normal at the Citadel Theatre and Theatre Calgary, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show and Young Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, also at the Citadel, and Angelo in The Comedy of Errors at the Freewill Shakespeare Festival.

He will be joined by Jewelle Blackman as the Gypsy, Kira Guloien as Mrs. Walker, Jeremy Kushnier as Captain Walker, Paul Nolan as Cousin Kevin and Steve Ross as Uncle Ernie.

Dion Johnstone takes title role in Othellowith Graham Abbey as Iago and Bethany Jillard as Desdemona

OTHELLO | DIRECTED BY CHRIS ABRAHAM | AVON THEATRE
PREVIEWS START AUGUST 4 | OPENS AUGUST 14 | CLOSES OCTOBER 19
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: BMO FINANCIAL GROUP
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: LARRY ENKIN & FAMILY IN MEMORY OF SHARON ENKIN;
MARTIE & BOB SACHS

Dion Johnstone will return to Stratford to take on the title role in Chris Abraham’s production of Othello, with Graham Abbey playing Iago and Bethany Jillard as Desdemona. They will be joined by Deborah Hay as Emilia, Peter Hutt as Brabantio, Mike Shara as Roderigo and Brian Tree as Gratiano.

Dion Johnstone comes to the role of Othello at the Festival, having turned in a number of memorable classical performances here, including Aaron in Titus Andronicus, Caliban in The Tempest, opposite Christopher Plummer’s Prospero, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macduff in Des McAnuff’s production of Macbeth, Edmund in King Lear, Iachimo in the 2004 production of Cymbeline and Orestes in the 2003 productions of The Flies and Electra. He has a vast television career as well, most recently including Harold Kalb in The Listener, Tyrone Evans in King and Barnaby Howe in Flashpoint.

Bethany Jillard made her Stratford debut in 2010 as Cécile Volante in Dangerous Liaisons and has since shone in both classical and contemporary roles as Lady Anne in Richard III, Young Kate and Tanya in The Little Years, Hero in Much Ado About Nothing and Catherine in Henry V. Her other credits include Miss Julie in the MTC Warehouse production of After Miss Julie, the title role in My Name is Rachel Corrie at Theatre Panik and Brooke in How It Works at Tarragon. She won the Equity Emerging Theatre Artist Award in 2010.

Seana McKenna plays Elizabeth to Lucy Peacock’s Mary Stuart

MARY STUART | DIRECTED BY ANTONI CIMOLINO | TOM PATTERSON THEATRE
PREVIEWS START MAY 3 | OPENS MAY 31 | CLOSES SEPTEMBER 21
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: DR. M.L. MYERS & DR. W.P. HAYMAN; ALICE & TIM THORNTON; DIANA TREMAIN; DR. DENNIS & DOROTHEA HACKER

Lucy Peacock will take on the title role in Antoni Cimolino’s production of Mary Stuart opposite Seana McKenna as Elizabeth.

It will feature Ben Carlson as Lord Burleigh, Geraint Wyn Davies as the Earl of Leicester and, as previously announced, Brian Dennehy as the Earl of Shrewsbury. James Blendick will play Amias Paulet, Peter Hutt will play Count Aubespine, Ian Lake will play Mortimer and Brian Tree will play Melvil.

Lucy Peacock celebrated her 25th season and 60th production with the Festival this season, playing the Hostess in Henry V and Mrs. Munsch in the new musical Wanderlust – as well as producing and starring in the cabaret series Late Night with Lucy. Last season she also combined musical theatre and Shakespeare, playing Morgan le Fey in Camelot and the delightfully scheming Mistress Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. Her career at Stratford has been studded with brilliant performances, including Nana in For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Audrey in As You Like It, Masha in Three Sisters, Emilia in Othello, the title roles in The Duchess of Malfi and Hello, Dolly!, and a tour-de-force performance of all of the characters in The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead.

After his stirring portrayal of King Cymbeline, Geraint Wyn Davies will again collaborate with Mr. Cimolino, playing the key role of the Earl of Leicester in Mary Stuart. Mr. Wyn Davies will celebrate his 10th season at Stratford in 2013. He began his Stratford adventure in 1986, playing Pericles and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Boys from Syracuse. Since then he has played a number of major roles, including Stephano in The Tempest, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the title roles in Julius Caesar and Henry V, Polonius in Hamlet, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady and Dylan Thomas in the one-man show Do Not Go Gentle. His stage career has taken him throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. and he has dozens of film and television credits, including key roles in Republic of Doyle, ReGenesis, 24, Slings and Arrows, Airwolf, Forever Knight and American Psycho II.

Measure for Measure to feature Carmen Grant, Stephen Ouimette,

Tom Rooney, Geraint Wyn Davies

MEASURE FOR MEASURE | DIRECTED BY MARTHA HENRY | TOM PATTERSON THEATRE
PREVIEWS START MAY 18 | OPENS MAY 29 | CLOSES SEPTEMBER 21
PRODUCTION SPONSOR: RBC
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: KARON BALES & CHARLES BEALL

Martha Henry’s production of Measure for Measure will feature Carmen Grant as Isabella, Stephen Ouimette as Lucio, Tom Rooney as Angelo, and Geraint Wyn Davies as Duke Vincentio, with Randy Hughson as Pompey, Peter Hutt as Escalus and Stephen Russell as Provost.

Carmen Grant made her Stratford debut in 2010, after completing her first year at the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, where she played such roles as Mrs. Higgins in Pygmalion, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Goneril in King Lear. At the Festival she has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, The Matchmaker, Titus Andronicus and Richard III. She received a Dora nomination for her portrayal of the title role in The Miracle Worker at YPT and won the Rising Star Award for playing Ruth in the ATP production of Zadie’s Shoes.

Stephen Ouimette recently gave an acclaimed performance as Harry Hope in The Iceman Cometh at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago, with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. Mr. Ouimette and Mr. Dennehy had performed together at Stratford in 2011’s outstanding productions of The Homecoming and Twelfth Night. Mr. Ouimette was also featured in the West End and Broadway productions of La Bete and is well-known for his portrayal of Oliver Welles in the television series Slings and Arrows. He has spent 18 seasons entertaining Stratford audiences with such performances as Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest and Touchstone in As You Like It. He has directed a number of productions, including Timon of Athens in 2004, and has played the title roles in Hamlet, King John, Amadeus and Richard III, as well as many other leading roles.

Tom Rooney will return for his sixth Stratford season, after delighting audiences as Robert Service in the 2012 première of Wanderlust and as Ensign Pistol in Henry V. Since joining the company in 2008, Mr. Rooney has fast become a favourite on the Festival stage, with his richly drawn portrayals of Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He gave standout performances in 2009 as the Porter in Macbeth, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Cassius in Julius Caesar.  In addition to playing the Narrator in 2010’s For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Mr. Rooney played Duke Frederick and Duke Senior in As You Like It and Autolycus in The Winter’s Tale.

Stephen Ouimette and Tom Rooney lead cast of Waiting for Godot

WAITING FOR GODOT | DIRECTED BY JENNIFER TARVER | TOM PATTERSON THEATRE
PREVIEWS START JUNE 13 | OPENS JUNE 27 | CLOSES SEPTEMBER 20
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: SYLVIA D. CHROMINSKA

Jennifer Tarver’s production of Waiting for Godot will feature Stephen Ouimette as Estragon and Tom Rooney as Vladimir. As previously announced, Brian Dennehy will play Pozzo. Randy Hughson will play Lucky.

Lucy Peacock stars in Judith Thompson’s The Thrill

THE THRILL | DIRECTED BY DEAN GABOURIE | STUDIO THEATRE
PREVIEWS START JULY 28 | OPENS AUGUST 13 | CLOSES SEPTEMBER 22

Lucy Peacock will play the leading role of Elora in the world première of Judith Thompson’s The Thrill, which was commissioned by the Festival and will be directed by Dean Gabourie. She will be joined by Nigel Bennett as Julian.

Luke Humphrey to take Shakespeare from Martha Henry

TAKING SHAKESPEARE | DIRECTED BY DIANA LEBLANC | STUDIO THEATRE
PREVIEWS START JULY 13 | OPENS JULY 30 | CLOSES SEPTEMBER 22
PRODUCTION SUPPORT: DR. NANCY EPSTEIN & DR. DAVID GOLDBLOOM

As previously announced, Martha Henry will play the Prof in John Murrell’s new play Taking Shakespeare, directed by Diana Leblanc. Luke Humphrey has been cast as the student, Murph.

Tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale to Members of the Stratford Festival on November 11 and to the public on January 5. The 2012 season concludes on October 28, with tickets still available for Much Ado About Nothing, 42nd Street, The Matchmaker, The Pirates of Penzance and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. To purchase tickets, contact the box office at 1.800.567.1600 or visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.

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