Magazine article American Theatre

All You Ever Needed to Know about Stratford

Magazine article American Theatre

All You Ever Needed to Know about Stratford

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FEW EXTANT THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS HAVE BEEN AS THOROUGHLY DOCUMENTED IN PRINT AND media as has the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

n 1982, Toronto Star columnist Martin Knelman detailed Robin Phillips's frenetic 1975--80 tenure as artistic director of Stratford in his book A Stratford Tempest, a behind-the-scenes account with gossipy minutiae of boardroom shenanigans, featuring cameo appearances by Peter Ustinov, Maggie Smith, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Richard Monette and many others. In 1984, Hugh Hood wrote The Scenic Art, a semi-autobiographical novel that recounts the genesis of the festival.

Other media have gotten in on the act. Morten Parker made The Stratford Adventure, a 1954 documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada; more recently, in 2003, a dark comic mocu-drama, "Slings and Arrows" (set at the fictional New Burbaqe Festival, a thinly disguised Stratford), became a huge success on Canadian and American television. (Word out of Stratford has it that the creators of the series, Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney and Bob Martin, are in discussions about turning it into a musical.)

There's more Stratford in print: Two books by prominent Canadian critics came out in 2002 on the occasion of Stratford's 50th anniversary. Robert Cushman's critical retrospective, Fifty Seasons at Stratford, moves through a chronology of eight artistic directors from Tyrone Guthrie (1953-55) to Richard Monette (1994-2007). (In 2007, Monette himself documented his reign with the memoir This Rough Magic: The Making of an Artistic Director, written with David Prosser. …

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