Stratford Shakespeare Festival production history

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This page describes the production history of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

The Stratford Shakespeare Festival (formerly known as the Stratford Festival of Canada) is a summer-long celebration of theatre held each year in Stratford, Ontario.[1] Theatre-goers, actors, and playwrights flock to Stratford to take part—many of the greatest Canadian, American and British actors have played roles at Stratford. It was one of the first and is still one of the most prominent arts festivals in Canada.

The Festival's primary mandate is to present productions of Shakespeare's plays, but it also produces a wide variety of theatre from Greek tragedy to contemporary works. The following is a chronological list of the productions that have been staged as part of the Stratford Festival since its inception.

1953[edit]

1954[edit]

1955[edit]

1956[edit]

1957[edit]

1958[edit]

1959[edit]

1960[edit]

1961[edit]

1962[edit]

1963[edit]

1964[edit]

1965[edit]

1966[edit]

1967[edit]

1968[edit]

1969[edit]

1970[edit]

1971[edit]

1972[edit]

1973[edit]

1974[edit]

1975[edit]

1976[edit]

1977[edit]

1978[edit]

1979[edit]

1980[edit]

1981[edit]

1982[edit]

1983[edit]

1984[edit]

1985[edit]

1986[edit]

The 1986 season was staged by Artistic Director John Neville with Shakespeare plays produced against a modern play with similar themes or characters (i.e. Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead).[2]

1987[edit]

Artistic Director John Neville staged the 1987 season with an Anti-War theme.[2]

1988[edit]

1989[edit]

1990[edit]

1991[edit]

1992[edit]

1993[edit]

1994[edit]

1995[edit]

1996[edit]

1997[edit]

1998[edit]

1999[edit]

2000[edit]

2001[edit]

2002[edit]

2003[edit]

2004[edit]

2005[edit]

2006[edit]

2007[edit]

2008[edit]

2009[edit]

2010[edit]

2011[edit]

2012[edit]

2013[edit]

The 2013 season was staged by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino around the themes of Societies Divided and The Outsider

2014[edit]

The 2014 season was stage by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino around the theme of Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge

Frequency of production of Shakespeare's plays[3][edit]

Comedies

Histories

Tragedies

Note: All 3 parts of Henry VI were performed in 1966 and 1980 in an abridged version. In 2002, using the Barton/Hall method of combining 1 Henry VI with the first half of 2 Henry VI, and the second half of 2 Henry VI with 3 Henry VI, the plays were renamed Henry VI: Revenge in France and Henry VI: Revolt in England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CBC Arts report, July 17, 2007
  2. ^ a b Robert Cushman, Stratford Festival of Canada. Fifty Seasons at Stratford. Madison Press Books. ISBN 1-895892-15-5
  3. ^ http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/about/history.aspx?id=1178