(April 1, 2020) The Stratford Festival is North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company. Its season is slated to open on June 2nd and run through December 31rd . With a production of All’s Well That Ends Well, the Festival celebrates the opening the of Tom Patterson Theatre, which joins its three other stages–the Avon, Studio and Festival Theatres. All’s Well That End’s Well is one of Shakespeare’s “problem plays,” defined by their moral complexity and their unorthodox blend of operatic and realistic drama. While it was a less popular play in Shakespeare’s time, its stylized, gender-bending plot and its ethical dilemmas make it an excellent choice for a 21st century interpretation. Another featured Shakespeare play in this season’s lineup is Richard III, a dark piece of royal propaganda that became embedded in England’s collective memory. Both plays promise to give the modern viewer much food for thought.
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