Give a Standing Ovation

Stratford has hosts one of the largest and most renowned theatre festivals in the world. During its lengthy April to November engagement, it attracts some of the world’s best actors, directors, designers and theatre talent. The original tent from 1953 has been replaced by four major theatres, pioneering the thrust stage that allows the audience to surround the actors on three sides, as they would have in Shakespeare’s day. Stratford boasts one of the best culinary schools in the country, an impressive selection of restaurants, hotels, schools, and the third largest costume warehouse in the world.

Overview

Length of Trip : Depending on your love of theatre, you can stay for days or weeks

Cost : Depending on the show and where you’re seated, ticket prices range from $40 to $150

Best time to go : Plays run typically from the beginning of May until the middle of October

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat : A handy guide to local restaurants is available here.

Official Site : www.stratfordfestival.ca

Where to Stay : A full and excellent range of accommodation options are available here. You can book your rooms through the website with no additional charge.

Getting There : Approximate driving times to Stratford from: Toronto: 2 hours Ottawa: 6 hours Detroit: 3 hours Buffalo: 3 hours Chicago: 8 hours Directions and maps

Note from Robin : Don't let the Bard scare you away. Although Shakespeare is in its name, the festival runs many other non-Shakespeare plays.

Gallery

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Photo: Richard Bain

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Photo: Erin Samuell

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Photo: Erin Samuell

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Photo: Terry Manzo

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Photo: Erin Samuell

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Photo: Krista Dodson

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