Prepare for an evening of fun aboard the HMS Pinafore. This delightful Gilbert and Sullivan operetta has been entertaining audiences since 1878, and you’ll love its fresh performance this year at the Avon Theatre. It’s full of fun on the high seas and love overcoming differences in social status. Join them for a night of hilarious antics and a very happy ending, and you’ll appreciate the new life breathed into this perennial, classic show.
The Stratford Festival counts among Ontario’s most beloved daytrip destinations. It sits just a stone’s throw away from The Parlour and right in the heart of Stratford Ontario’s theatre district.
Since the Festival began in 1953, it has undergone a number of name changes that reflect its classical theatre roots. Tom Patterson, a local journalist-turned-theatre-producer, founded the Stratford Shakespearean Festival. (It has also been known as the Shakespeare Festival and the Stratford Shakespeare Festival before finally getting its current name.) The festival’s success is responsible in large part for making Stratford the arts and culture center it is today.
Ancient masterworks by Shakespeare as well as the best of contemporary playwrights like Gilbert and Sullivan find a home at the Stratford Festival, the crown jewel of theatre experiences in Ontario. Presented live in Stratford Ontario, Stratford Festival participants get transported into faraway worlds and ancient times, all for the price of a few theatre tickets.
This season’s festival promises to be an unexpected feast for the senses. Here is an in-depth look at the Festival Theatre.