Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival comes to CBC with spectacular performances of King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, King John and more. The Stratford Festival has been setting the standard for classical theatre in North America for more than 60 years. Since its revolutionary first season in 1953, it has welcomed more than 26 million theatregoers from around the world, people who flock to this small Canadian town for one reason: an unparalleled quality of performance.

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Episodes

Stratford Festival Antony and Cleopatra

The contentious story of a midlife affair that shook the foundations of the ancient world comes to life in the Stratford Festival's production of Antony and Cleopatra, starring Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh as the powerful rulers whose insatiable love leads to the greatest of tragedies. Director Gary Griffin paints an unforgettable landscape depicting the devastation wrought by the ...
  • 2015
  • 01:56:16
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/06/2017

Stratford Festival King John

When the rule of a hedonistic and mercurial king is questioned, rebellion, assassination and excommunication ensue, culminating in the chilling attempt to commit an atrocity against a child, whose mother's anguished grief cannot atone for her blinkered ambitions for her son. This Stratford Festival production stars Tom McCamus and Seana McKenna, with commanding performances by Graham Abbey and Patricia Collins. ...
  • 2015
  • 01:56:16
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/06/2017

Stratford Festival The Adventures of Pericles

A storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre; another snatches it away. Many years must pass before fate guides the wandering hero to a poignant reunion with the family he thought he had lost forever. A reviewer in the Waterloo Region Record had this to say: "[Director Scott Wentworth] sets the story in Victorian times, as ...
  • 2016
  • 01:55:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/03/2017

Stratford Festival King Lear

A kingdom divided, a family destroyed, the faithful banished and the hateful left to wreak inhuman havoc in the realm. Four hundred years after it was written, King Lear resonates as never before. This powerful production by North America's leading classical theatre company stars the incomparable Colm Feore and is directed by the Stratford Festival's acclaimed artistic director Antoni Cimolino.
  • 2015
  • 01:56:14
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 03/03/2017

Stratford Festival Hamlet

A ghostly visitor with a shocking secret, a daughter devastated by loss, a deadly duel – and the most famous question in all of drama. Just some of the reasons why Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy will hold you spellbound. This Stratford Festival production stars Jonathan Goad as Hamlet, Adrienne Gould as Ophelia and Tom Rooney as Polonius. Directed by Antoni Cimolino, ...
  • 2016
  • 01:55:53
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/21/2017

Stratford Festival The Taming of the Shrew

Courtship or conquest? The breaking down of a defiant spirit – or a breakthrough that liberates a heart deprived of love? Is there a battle of wills that’s fiercer or funnier – or more hotly controversial? This Stratford Festival production of the Shakespeare classic stars Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay and is directed by Chris Abraham.
  • 2016
  • 01:55:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/21/2017