Stratford Adventure, The*

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Stratford Adventure, The*

  • 1953 ----- color ----- 39 min ----- vhs
  • This is the remarkable story of the Stratford Shakespearean Festival's first season in 1953. Stratford native, Tom Patterson dreamed of establishing a Shakespearean theatre in his hometown. He was finally successful in having established a committee of interested and influential citizens who decided to send for Tyrone Guthre, producer at the Old Vic Theatre in London, to consult on how to embark on such a risky undertaking. A fund was launched, and against enormous financial and physical difficulties, the now-legendary huge tent, with a unique Elizabethan stage, was erected and Alec Guinness and Irene Worth were signed to come from England to star with Canadian actors in All's Well That Ends Well and Richard III. From an artistic and financial point of view, The Stratford Festival was an unqualified success, with that first five-week season being extended to six and all performances sold out! (Donated by the Department of Canadian Studies) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)
  • Topics: (Canadian Studies, Drama)