Monday, May 28, 2012

60th Stratford Shakespeare Festival, May 28-Oct 28

Tonight, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival launches their 60th season with a Gala presentation of Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Christopher Newton, the play will star Ben Carlson as Benedick and Deborah Hay as Beatrice. Newton was a member of the Festival’s acting company from 1966 to 1968.

Five other plays open in quick succession this week: 42nd Street, directed by Gary Griffin and featuring Sean Arbuckle as Julian Marsh, Kyle Blair as Billy Lawlor, Cynthia Dale as Dorothy Brock, and Jennifer Rider-Shaw as Peggy Sawyer; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, directed by Donna Feore, featuring Stephen Patterson as Snoopy, Erica Peck as Lucy and Ken James Stewart as Charlie Brown; Cymbeline, directed by Antoni Cimolino, featuring Graham Abbey as Posthumus, Tom McCamus as Iachimo, Cara Ricketts as Innogen, and Geraint Wyn Davies as Cymbeline; The Pirates of Penzance, directed by Ethan McSweeny, featuring Sean Arbuckle as the Pirate King, Kyle Blair as Frederic, C. David Johnson as the Major General, and Amy Wallis as Mabel Stanley; and The Matchmaker, directed by Chris Abraham, featuring Tom McCamus as Horace Vandergelder and Seana McKenna as Dolly Levi.

This is the final season Des McAnuff in the position of Artistic Director. The current General Director Antoni Cimolino will take over for McAnuff in 2013.

Cimolino joined Stratford as an actor in 1988 and played Romeo opposite Megan Follows’s Juliet in 1992. He has directed plays such as Filumena, Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair, and last year's The Grapes of Wrath with Tom McCamus and Evan Buliung, and The Night of the Iguana with Seana McKenna. His Shakespearean productions include Coriolanus with Colm Feore, As You Like It with Sara Topham, King John with Stephen Ouimette, Love’s Labour’s Lost with Brian Bedford, and Twelfth Night with William Hutt.


2012 Playbill

42nd Street
April 12 - Oct 28

A Word or Two
Jul 25 - Aug 26

The Best Brothers
June 26 - Sept 16

May 10 - Sept 30

Jul 29 - Sept 29

Henry V
June 24 - Sept 29

June 20 - Sept 14

May 2 - May 26

The Matchmaker
May 12 - Oct 27

Much Ado About Nothing
April 26 - Oct 27

The Pirates of Penzance
May 3 - Oct 27

June 20 - Sept 28

The War of 1812
June 26 - Aug 12

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