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 Timon of Athens New

Timon’s compulsive generosity makes him the most popular man in Athens – until his funds run out. Now, embittered by ingratitude, what will he do when his city comes under attack?
  • 2018
  • 01:57:41
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/30/2020

Stratford Festival Romeo and Juliet

Two families of Verona, the Montagues and the Capulets, are embroiled in a long-standing and deadly feud. One night, Romeo, a Montague, gate-crashes a party being given by the Capulets.
  • 2018
  • 01:57:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/13/2020

Stratford Festival The Tempest

In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge does she mean to take? Staring Martha Henry as Prospero and Michael Blake as Caliban.
  • 2019
  • 01:57:48
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/13/2020

Stratford Festival Coriolanus

The Stratford Festival's "riveting" and "exhilarating" (The New York Times) production of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage, explores the age-old tensions that still tear at the heart of democracy. Starring André Sills as Coriolanus.
  • 2019
  • 01:57:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/13/2020

Stratford Festival Macbeth

This Shakespeare favourite is a haunting story of ambition and its dark consequences, where a military hero and his wife conspire to seize the throne of Scotland. Starring Ian Lake as the power-mad Scottish King and Republic of Doyle's Krystin Pellerin as a charming but devious Lady Macbeth, the show was among the festival's top-selling tickets of all time.
  • 2017
  • 01:55:48
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2018

Stratford Festival Love's Labour's Lost

Four young men swear off women to devote themselves to learning – only to fall for four attractive newcomers. Shakespeare’s language reaches its most virtuosic heights in a vivacious comedy that will dazzle and delight.
  • 2017
  • 01:55:52
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 02/13/2018

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