Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 2, No. 193. Thursday, 8 Aug 1991.
Date: Thurs, 8 Aug 1991 23:21 EST
Subject: Stratford Festival Announcements
Press Releases from the Stratford Festival:
The Stratford Shakespearean Festival (Stratford, Ontario)
issued a press release this week announcing the playbill
for the 1992 season, the festival's 40th.
SHAKSPEReans can look forward to *Romeo and Juliet*,
*Love's Labour's Lost*, *The Tempest*, and *Measure for
Measure* (all at the Festival Theatre), and *The Two
Gentlemen of Verona* (at the Tom Patterson / Third
Stage). We can hope that the *LLL* planned bears NO
relation to the recent disastrous production by the Young
Also on the bill are Gilbert & Sullivan's *H.M.S.
Pinafore*, Robertson Davies' *World of Wonders* (adapted
for the stage by Elliot Hayes), Joe Orton's *Entertaining
Mr. Sloane*, Michel Tremblay's *Bonjour, la, Bonjour* (in
English), Willy Russell's *Shirley Valentine*, and Anton
Chekhov's *Uncle Vanya*. Two commissioned plays, by
Sharon Pollock and Jean-Marc Dalpe, are still in
development, perhaps for the 1993 season.
Incidentally, the Festival held a book-signing on July
24, 1991, for Alan Somerset's new book, *The Stratford
Festival Story: A Catalogue-Index of Productions at the
Stratford, Ontario Festival, 1953-1990*. (Professor
Somerset is currently the English Department Chair at the
University of Western Ontario). The book, published by
Greenwood Press, can be bought in Canada for
approximately $69. More complete than the hefty paper
volume is the electronic database used to create it,
which is available for purchase by institutions and has
already been acquired by the Stratford Festival Archives,
the Shakespeare Centre in Stratford, England, and the
Canadian Opera Company. The database apparently digests
309 books of newspaper clippings (over 400,000 reviews,
interviews, etc.), as well as details of 636 productions,
workshops, touring shows, and 19,000 roles.