Stratford Festival commemorated as national historic event
June 13, 2019
Global Korean Post
The Stratford Festival Theatre is the largest classical repertory theatre company in North America.
Canada’s most esteemed theatre festival was honoured as a national historic event during a ceremony in Stratford, Ontario, on June 11, 2019.
Dr. Richard Alway, O.C, O.Ont., and Chair of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), commemorated the national historic significance of the Stratford Festival with a special ceremony to unveil a commemorative plaque at Stratford Festival Theatre. The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.
Named after the birthplace of English playwright William Shakespeare, the town of Stratford serves as a fitting location for a theatre festival. The Stratford Festival was founded in 1953 by local reporter Tom Patterson, who sought to improve Stratford’s faltering economy.
Upon its opening, the Festival provided employment to actors, directors and technicians. It attracted outstanding talent from across the country and helped launch the careers of many notable Canadian actors, including Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer.
More than 700 performances take place from May to October. The Stratford Festival has transformed the town’s cultural life for residents and visitors alike, with 500,000 playgoers attending the Festival every year.