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Friday, November 8, 2013

Stratford Festival introduces $40 bus service from Detroit


November 8, 2013… The Stratford Festival is introducing a new luxury bus service between Detroit and Stratford for the 2014 theatre season – at a fabulous low price of just $40 return.

Enjoy a mid-week getaway, an extended weekend, or stay a whole week! Stratford Direct buses leave Detroit at 8 a.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays and return from Stratford at 5 p.m. on those same days, giving travellers the flexibility to choose the length of their Stratford visit. The service is available from June 3 to September 30.

“Last year we introduced a twice-daily bus from Toronto,” says Executive Director Anita Gaffney. “It was such a success that it prompted us to offer the service in Detroit, which is home to our biggest U.S. audience, and also just a three-hour drive away. We found the bus was used by patrons of all ages and helped bring new and lapsed patrons to the Festival. We hope the same will be true in Detroit.”

“Stratford has always been a hugely popular destination for Michigan theatre lovers,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “In particular they come to us for productions of the classics that surpass any they can see elsewhere – and so I’ve made it a priority to program repertoire that will appeal to this discerning audience. This year, we saw a dramatic increase in attendance from Michigan, including the return of patrons who hadn’t visited us in five years or more. We’re building on that with this new bus service – and an irresistible selection of plays – to make the Stratford Festival even more appealing to them than ever before.

Bus and theatre tickets, as well as accommodations, can be booked online at www.stratfordfestival.ca. If you prefer to speak to someone, call 1.800.567.1600, where our box office representatives can assist you. Tickets go on sale to Members of the Stratford Festival on November 11, 2013, and to the general public on January 4, 2014.

The bus must be booked in advance and travellers must also purchase theatre tickets in order to use the service. The precise pickup locations in Detroit will be announced soon. Passports or Nexus cards are required for border crossing.

Stratford Direct is generously sponsored by the Peter Cundill Foundation.

The 2014 season runs from April 21 to October 12, featuring King Lear; Crazy for You; two versions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Beaux’ Stratagem; Man of La Mancha; Alice Through the Looking-Glass; Hay Fever; King John; Mother Courage and Her Children; Antony and Cleopatra; Christina, The Girl King; and more than 150 events in The Forum.


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