Stratford Shakespeare Festival


Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Canadian summer theatrical festival. It was founded by the journalist Tom Patterson in Stratford, Ontario, in 1953. It includes four permanent theatres: the open-stage Festival Theatre, the Avon Theatre, the Tom Patterson Theatre, and the Studio Theatre. The festival features productions of William Shakespeare's plays (Stratford was chosen as its locale because the town's name matched that of Shakespeare's birthplace) but also performs other classic as well as modern dramatic works.

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