The Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is the main venue for the town's annual Stratford Shakespeare Festival. The town lies on the Avon River — just like Shakespeare's British birthplace — and had schools named after Romeo and Juliet before the festival started in 1953.
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Cara Ricketts plays Innogen in <em>Cymbeline</em>, one of three Shakepeare plays produced for this year's festival.
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For the first Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 1953, a circus tent was brought from Chicago and raised on a hillside.
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Mike Shara (left) as Cornelius Hackl and Josh Epstein as Barnaby Tucker in <em>The Matchmaker</em>, a play Thornton Wilder rewrote into its current form 50 years ago in Stratford<em> .</em>
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Most theaters let audiences know the show is about to start by blinking the lights. Stratford's Festival Theater in Stratford, Ontario, is a bit more festive. Four burgundy-uniformed buglers and a drummer quicken the pace of hundreds of theatergoers who've been ambling up the hill from the banks of the Avon River. When curtain time arrives, a cannon will boom.
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Originally published on Fri August 10, 2012 1:50 pm
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