Monday, May 28, 2012
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.