Prentice Leads in ‘Much Ado’ and ‘Elizabeth Rex’ at Illinois Shakes

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Christopher Prentice returns to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival to star in Much Ado About Nothing and Elizabeth Rex. Chris, who made his professional debut at the Festival in 1998, will play Beatrice in Much Ado and Ned Lowenscroft, Shakespeare’s fictional master interpreter of female characters, in Elizabeth Rex by Timothy Findley. He will also play […]

Lucy Peacock and Seana McKenna in "Mary Stuart" at the Stratford Festival.

‘Mary Stuart’ extends for ‘unprecedented’ 4th time

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Due to overwhelming audience demand, the Stratford Festival is extending artistic director Antoni Cimolino’s staging of Mary Stuart at the Tom Patterson Theatre an unprecedented fourth time! The production has been sold out through three previous extensions, and patrons will now have four more opportunities to see the sleeper hit of the season in Stratford. Here’s […]

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Shakespeare’s dark comedy ‘Measure for Measure’ previews in Stratford

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Shakespeare’s satire Measure for Measure, which skewers vice and morals alike, began preview performances May 18 at the Stratford Festival‘s Tom Patterson Theatre. Directed by longtime Festival star Martha Henry, the production features Carmen Grant as Isabella, Stephen Ouimette as Lucio, Tom Rooney as Angelo and Geraint Wyn Davies as the Duke, with Randy Hughson as Pompey, Peter […]

‘Mary Stuart’ starts previews in Stratford

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Friedrich Schiller’s political thriller Mary Stuart starts previews today at the Tom Patterson Theatre. The Stratford Festival production, adapted by Peter Oswald and directed by Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, opens May 31 and runs through September 21. “Even queens become pawns in a life-and-death power struggle driven by faith, fear, ambition and desire,” according to […]

Lucy Peacock and Seana McKenna in "Mary Stuart" at the Stratford Festival.

‘Mary Stuart’ adds 2 perfs to 2013 season

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The Stratford Festival announces additional performances of Mary Stuart within the 2013 season, one in August and another in September. The Festival says it’s “taking action to meet growing demand for what is shaping up to be one of the season’s hottest tickets.” A quarter of the performances are already sold out. Matinee performances at 2 p.m. have been […]

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Christopher Prentice joins Stratford Festival company for 5th season

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Christopher Prentice has just started rehearsals for the 2013 Stratford Festival season, his fifth with the company, known as the largest repertory theatre company in the world. Prentice’s three-play track includes two shows at the intimate promenade-style Tom Patterson Theatre and one at the 1,100-seat proscenium Avon Theatre. At the Patterson, he will play Claudio in […]