The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 15.0745 Monday, 22 March 2004
Date: Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 19:31:03 -0500
Subject: Shakespeare of Canada
Shakespeare of Canada
N.Y. 'Lear' has roots in Stratford, Ontario, Festival
Saturday, March 20, 2004 Posted: 6:48 AM EST (1148 GMT)
NEW YORK (AP) -- The arrival of "King Lear" at Lincoln Center last month
created a buzz deserving of a play considered by many to be the finest
work in the Shakespearean canon.
After all, the production, which quickly sold out its entire run through
April 18, has a legendary director in Jonathan Miller and one of the
world's best actors in Christopher Plummer as the mad king.
But the real source of the fanfare surrounding "King Lear" lies in a
former railroad town in southern Ontario, Canada, that has been turning
out classic drama for more than 50 years.
The Stratford Festival of Canada first put on this "King Lear" in 2002,
and the play earned so much acclaim that it is having another run in New
York, giving a bigger stage to the festival and several actors who have
quietly become mainstays of the Shakespearean theater north of the border.
Virtually the entire cast of "King Lear" made its mark at Stratford, the
largest classical repertory theater in North America. The festival has
become an annual tradition for theater buffs, with hundreds of thousands
of people making the pilgrimage to Stratford each year.
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