Come and experience North America's finest repertory company – The Stratford Festival.
It’s hard to believe that the very first performance featured Sir Alec Guinness performing in a tent on the banks of the Avon River. What followed has been over 60 years of remarkable productions and performances, with the Festival’s stages graced by an international Who's Who of the theatre world. As Mozart is to Salzburg and Wagner is to Bayreuth, Shakespeare is to Stratford. The Stratford Festival is, quite simply, Canada’s premier theatre arts festival.
Stretching from late April until early November, the Festival invites you to immerse yourself in all things theatrical. With four stages, each season offers visitors up to eight productions a day, appealing to all styles and tastes.
Get a backstage pass to the Stratford Festival
Ever wondered about just what it takes to make the magic happen on stage? Get behind the scenes!
From June through November, take a guided tour behind the scenes at the Festival Theatre. Behind every great production are great milliners, shoemakers, sewers, lighting engineers, and scenic designers who transform the artistic vision into tactile reality. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere.
From June through November, you can get access to one of the world's largest collections of costumes and props, ranging from swords to fake food and severed heads! You will be expertly guided through a 45 minute tour. Don't forget your camera—capture yourself dressed in costume at the end of your visit!
From June through mid-September, the banks of the Avon and its surrounding gardens are in full bloom. Of particular beauty are the Arthur Meighen Gardens, set around the Festival Theatre.
Watch the stage crew transform the Festival stage and set from one production to another.
Don't be dismayed if you don't “get” Shakespeare. He’s the Festival’s beating heart—but it’s about much more. The Festival offers many opportunities to learn about the vision of various artists, the artistic process, and the creative ingenuity of stagecraft behind the plays. There is also a whole series of interactive events, programmes, tours, and talks, many of which are free. Take advantage of these many opportunities at The Forum.