Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 3, No. 14. Tuesday, 21 Jan 1992.
From: Ken Steele <
Subject: 1992 Stratford (Ontario) Festival
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 92 9:54:39 EST
A number of SHAKSPEReans have written to ask whether I know why
Stratford (Ontario) didn't seem to have cast the role of Juliet in the
upcoming production of *Romeo and Juliet* to be directed by Richard Monette.
Until yesterday, I didn't know, but here's the substance of a
Stratford press release which explains it:
Juliet will be played by internationally-known actress Megan Follows,
best known for her award-winning performances as Anne Shirley in CBC's
TV-movies "Anne of Green Gables" and "Anne of Avonlea: The Sequel."
Follows has been acting since the age of nine in theatre, film, and
television, including "Facts of Life", "Termini Station", and "Les
Liaisons Dangereuses" (at the Williamstown Festival in Massachusetts).
The press release does not indicate any previous experience playing
Shakespeare, but Follows will be supported by acclaimed director
Richard Monette and Barbara Bryne (Nurse), Antoni Cimolino (Romeo),
Colm Feore (Mercutio), and Bernard Hopkins (Friar Lawrence). The
production promises to be one of the best this season, and with
Follows in a leading role it will no doubt also be a box-office success.
You can now order 1992 Stratford Festival brochures by calling
(519) 271-4040 or writing: Festival Brochure, P.O. Box 520, Stratford,
Ontario, Canada N5A 6V2. Tickets go on sale February 22nd, and *Romeo
and Juliet* previews begin May 7th.