About Stratford Festival
The Stratford Festival, North America’s leading classical theatre, draws nearly half a million visitors every year. Founded by Tom Patterson in 1952, with Tyrone Guthrie as its first Artistic Director, it presented its first season in 1953, using an innovative thrust stage devised by Guthrie and designer Tanya Moiseiwitsch. That stage revolutionized Shakespearean performance in the twentieth century and inspired the design of several other major venues worldwide, including the Vivian Beaumont Theater at New York’s Lincoln Center. Today, led by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney, the Festival presents a seven-month season of a dozen or more plays in four venues, and over the years has hosted such actors as Christopher Plummer, Dame Maggie Smith, Christopher Walken, William Shatner and many others. Besides Shakespeare, its repertoire features classics both ancient and modern, contemporary dramas, musical theatre and premières of new plays.