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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Stratford Festival opens its 63rd season with Hamlet




STRATFORD, ON -- The Stratford Festival’s 63rd season opened May 25 with Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy Hamlet, directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and starring Jonathan Goad in the title role.



Watch the Hamlet trailer: https://youtu.be/gA9UKz4s2tc



Five more productions open this week: two Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, The Sound of Music and Carousel; the world première of Michael Healey’s adaptation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s The Physicists; an inspirational production of The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman; and Shakespeare’s sweeping drama The Adventures of Pericles.



Two plays open next week: Oliver Goldsmith’s madcap romance She Stoops to Conquer on June 4; and Shakespeare’s boisterous comedy The Taming of the Shrew on June 5.



“All of us here at the Stratford Festival are tremendously excited about the plays opening tonight and over the next two weeks,” says Mr. Cimolino. “We can’t wait to share our work and to see the rest of the season unfold over the coming months.”




Five more shows open throughout the summer: an exciting new production of John Mighton’s Possible Worlds on July 15; a spellbinding interpretation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, translated by Stephen Berg and Diskin Clay, on July 16; the much anticipated world première of Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife on August 14; Shakespeare’s glorious comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost on August 14; and Ben Jonson’s hilarious spoof The Alchemist on August 15.



The 2015 season also features more than 150 events at the Stratford Festival Forum, which focuses on the theme of Discovery and the Eureka moments that can change a character’s – or a person’s – life forever. It features an impressive lineup of some of the world’s most engaging intellectuals, artists and cultural figures including Margaret Atwood, Brent Carver, Adrienne Clarkson, Adam Gopnik, Allan Hawco, Stephen Lewis, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, John Mighton, Dr. Samantha Nutt and John Ralston Saul.



For more information and to purchase tickets to the 2015 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.



The Stratford Festival’s 2015 season runs until October 18, featuring Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Love’s Labour’s Lost, The Adventures of Pericles, The Sound of Music, Carousel, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Physicists, Possible Worlds, She Stoops to Conquer, Oedipus Rex, The Alchemist and The Last Wife.

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Stratford Festival 55 Queen Street PO Box 520 Stratford ON | N5A 6V2

519.271.4040 x 2297

Box Office: Toll Free 1.800.567.1600 Local 519.273.1600

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2015 Season | April to October

Hamlet | The Taming of the Shrew | Love’s Labour’s Lost| The Adventures of Pericles
The Sound of Music | Carousel | The Diary of Anne Frank | She Stoops to Conquer 

The Physicists | Oedipus Rex | The Alchemist | Possible Worlds | The Last Wife

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