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Stratford Festival
The Stratford Festival
Festival
is an internationally recognized annual repertory theatre festival running annually from April to October in the city of Stratford, Ontario, Canada.[1] Founded by local journalist-turned-producer Tom Patterson, the festival was formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean Festival, the Shakespeare Festival
Festival
and then Stratford Shakespeare
Shakespeare
Festival
Festival
before changing to the current name. Theatre-goers, actors, and playwrights flock to Stratford to take part — many of the greatest Canadian, British, and American actors play roles at the Stratford festival
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The Tempest
The Tempest
The Tempest
is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare
Shakespeare
wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where the sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to cause his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to believe they are shipwrecked and marooned on the island
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Thrust Stage
In theatre, a thrust stage (also known as a platform stage or open stage)[1] is one that extends into the audience on three sides and is connected to the backstage area by its upstage end. A thrust has the benefit of greater intimacy between performers and the audience than a proscenium, while retaining the utility of a backstage area. Entrances onto a thrust are most readily made from backstage, although some theatres provide for performers to enter through the audience using vomitory entrances. A theatre in the round, exposed on all sides to the audience, is without a backstage and relies entirely on entrances in the auditorium or from under the stage. As with an arena, the audience in a thrust stage theatre may view the stage from three or more sides. Because the audience can view the performance from a variety of perspectives, it is usual for the blocking, props and scenery to receive thorough consideration to ensure that no perspective is blocked from view
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Ontario
Ontario
Ontario
(/ɒnˈtɛərioʊ/ ( listen); French: [ɔ̃taʁjo]) is one of the 13 provinces and territories of Canada
Canada
and is located in east-central Canada.[7][8] It is Canada's most populous province[9] accounting for nearly 40 percent[10] of the country's population, and is the second-largest province in total area
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Measure For Measure
Measure for Measure
Measure for Measure
is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1603 or 1604. Originally published in the First Folio of 1623, where it was listed as a comedy, the play's first recorded performance occurred in 1604. The play's main themes include justice, "mortality and mercy in Vienna," and the dichotomy between corruption and purity: "some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall." Mercy and virtue prevail, as the play does not end tragically, with virtues such as compassion and forgiveness being exercised at the end of the production
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The Taming Of The Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
The Taming of the Shrew
is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1592. The play begins with a framing device, often referred to as the induction,[a] in which a mischievous nobleman tricks a drunken tinker named Christopher Sly
Christopher Sly
into believing he is actually a nobleman himself. The nobleman then has the play performed for Sly's diversion. The main plot depicts the courtship of Petruchio
Petruchio
and Katherina, the headstrong, obdurate shrew. Initially, Katherina is an unwilling participant in the relationship; however, Petruchio
Petruchio
"tames" her with various psychological torments, such as keeping her from eating and drinking, until she becomes a desirable, compliant, and obedient bride
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Vincent Massey
Charles Vincent Massey
Vincent Massey
CH CC CD PC FRSC(hon)[n 1] (February 20, 1887 – December 30, 1967) was a Canadian lawyer and diplomat who served as the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada, the 18th since Canadian Confederation. Massey was born into an influential Toronto
Toronto
family and was educated in Ontario
Ontario
and England, obtaining a degree in law and befriending future prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King
William Lyon Mackenzie King
while studying at the University of Oxford. He was commissioned into the military in 1917 for the remainder of the First World War
First World War
and, after a brief stint in the Canadian Cabinet, began his diplomatic career, serving in envoys to the United States and United Kingdom
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Hamlet
The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, often shortened to Hamlet (/ˈhæmlɪt/), is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
at an uncertain date between 1599 and 1602
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Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night, or What You Will[notes 1] is a comedy by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written around 1601–02 as a Twelfth Night's entertainment for the close of the Christmas season. The play centres on the twins Viola and Sebastian, who are separated in a shipwreck. Viola (who is disguised as Cesario) falls in love with Duke Orsino, who in turn is in love with the Countess Olivia. Upon meeting Viola, Countess Olivia falls in love with her thinking she is a man. The play expanded on the musical interludes and riotous disorder expected of the occasion,[1] with plot elements drawn from the short story "Of Apollonius and Silla" by Barnabe Rich, based on a story by Matteo Bandello. The first recorded performance was on 2 February 1602, at Candlemas, the formal end of Christmastide
Christmastide
in the year's calendar
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The Turn Of The Screw
The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw
is an 1898 American novella by Henry James
Henry James
that first appeared in serial format in Collier's
Collier's
Weekly magazine (January 27 – April 16, 1898). In October 1898 it appeared in The Two Magics, a book published by Macmillan in New York City and Heinemann in London. Classified as both gothic fiction and a ghost story, the novella focuses on a governess caring for two children at a remote estate who becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted. In the century following its publication, The Turn of the Screw
The Turn of the Screw
became a cornerstone text of academics who subscribe to New Criticism. The novella has had differing interpretations, often mutually exclusive. Many critics have tried to determine the exact nature of the evil hinted at by the story
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Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt
Peer Gynt
(/ˈpɪər ˈɡɪnt/; Norwegian pronunciation: [ˈpæːr ˈjynt]) is a five-act play in verse by the Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen
published in 1867. Written in Danish—the common written language of Denmark and Norway
Norway
in Ibsen's lifetime—it is one of the most widely performed Norwegian plays. Ibsen
Ibsen
believed Per Gynt, the Norwegian fairy tale on which the play is loosely based, to be rooted in fact, and several of the characters are modelled after Ibsen's own family, notably his parents Knud Ibsen
Knud Ibsen
and Marichen Altenburg
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Globe Theatre
The Globe Theatre
Globe Theatre
was a theatre in London associated with William Shakespeare
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Richard III (play)
Richard III
Richard III
is a historical play by William Shakespeare
William Shakespeare
believed to have been written around 1593. It depicts the Machiavellian
Machiavellian
rise to power and subsequent short reign of King Richard III
Richard III
of England.[1] The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio
First Folio
and is most often classified as such. Occasionally, however, as in the quarto edition, it is termed a tragedy. Richard III
Richard III
concludes Shakespeare's first tetralogy (also containing Henry VI parts 1–3). It is the second longest play in the canon after Hamlet
Hamlet
and is the longest of the First Folio, whose version of Hamlet
Hamlet
is shorter than its Quarto
Quarto
counterpart
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Tony Award
The Antoinette Perry
Antoinette Perry
Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre,[1] more commonly known as the Tony Award, recognizes excellence in live Broadway theatre. The awards are presented by the American Theatre Wing and The Broadway League[2] at an annual ceremony in New York City. The awards are given for Broadway productions and performances, and an award is given for regional theatre
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Scott Wentworth
Scott Wentworth (born 1955 to June and Harry Wentworth) is an American actor and director who immigrated to Canada in 1986. Wentworth was born in Baltimore, Maryland. After starting his career in New York City, he began a long association with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in the 1985 production of The Glass Menagerie. He would later perform in a wide variety of roles at Stratford, such as Cliff in Cabaret, the title role in Macbeth, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Shylock in Merchant of Venice
Merchant of Venice
and Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. He also directed Henry IV, Part 1
Henry IV, Part 1
and Henry IV, Part 2
Henry IV, Part 2
in 2001 and The Adventures of Pericles in 2015. He returned to New York in 1989 to appear in Welcome to the Club, and received a Tony nomination (Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical)
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The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie[1] is a memory play by Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame. The play has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Rose. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller. The play premiered in Chicago in 1944. After a shaky start it was championed by Chicago critics Ashton Stevens
Ashton Stevens
and Claudia Cassidy, whose enthusiasm helped build audiences so the producers could move the play to Broadway
Broadway
where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award in 1945
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