Skip to main content

The Globe and Mail

Shakespeare in Stratford: A tradition in preview

Lucy Peacock, Geraint Wyn Davies, Tom Rooney, and Laura Condlln in the Stratford 2011 production of The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Andrew Eccles / Stratford Shakespeare Festival

One of Canada's most renowned theatre festivals launches its 2011 season with musicals, big names and a gender-bending production of Shakespeare's Richard III.

Globe theatre critic J. Kelly Nestruck previews some of the highlights in an exclusive video, while arts writer Guy Dixon talks to some of the players about opening-night jitters. Meanwhile, photographer Fernando Morales goes backstage to shine a spotlight on some of the people you don't see on stage.

Stratford by the numbers:

Story continues below advertisement

  • Impact on region's GDP: $140-million
  • Taxes raised: $76-million
  • % of budget from government funding: 6
  • Number of year-long jobs created: 3,000
  • General attendance: 525,000
  • Number of students attracted: 65,000 - 90,000
  • % of visitors from the Greater Toronto Area: 25
  • % of visitors from the United States: 22

Sources: Conference Board of Canada, Stratford Festival

Other summer Bardfests:

Report an error Licensing Options
Comments are closed

We have closed comments on this story for legal reasons. For more information on our commenting policies and how our community-based moderation works, please read our Community Guidelines and our Terms and Conditions.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Combined Shape Created with Sketch.

Thank you!

You are now subscribed to the newsletter at

You can unsubscribe from this newsletter or Globe promotions at any time by clicking the link at the bottom of the newsletter, or by emailing us at