Stratford Announces Cast Selection for 2014
Colm Feore as King Lear
Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino says, "2014 promises to be a thrilling year onstage. We have in our leading roles a number of actors who are at the height of their powers. This extraordinary ensemble will give us moments of both cathartic sadness and giddy joy as we explore the many faces of madness presented through this playbill."
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
Previews start May 5; opens May 26; closes October 10
Colm Feore returns after five years as King Lear. He plays Archer in Cimolino's production of The Beaux' Stratagem. Stephen Ouimette is the Fool; Scott Wentworth (Tevye, Shylock and Capulet in 2013) is Gloucester. Evan Buliung is his son, Edgar, and Brad Hodder, his bastard son, Edmund. Jonathan Goad is the Earl of Kent. After her debut as Shylock's daughter, Jessica, Sara Farb is Cordelia; newcomers Maev Beaty and Liisa Repo-Martell play Goneril and Regan.
Feore was Macbeth and Cyrano de Bergerac in 2009. He has also played Don Juan, Coriolanus, Hamlet, Romeo and Richard III. TV work includes The Borgias, Revolution, The Good Wife and Saving Hope. Film credits: Kenneth Branagh's Thor, Clint Eastwood's Changeling and the Oscar-winning film Chicago, which also won the 2003 SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. He is next seen in Marc Webb's upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spiderman.
Crazy for You, the New Gershwin Musical
Music and Lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; Book by Ken Ludwig
Directed and Choreographed By Donna Feore
Previews start April 21; opens May 27; closes October 12
Josh Franklin debuts as Bobby Child; Chilina Kennedy returns as Polly Baker. Tom Rooney is Bela Zangler.
Franklin is Billy Crocker in the first national touring production of Kathleen Marshall's Tony-winning revival of Anything Goes. Previous credits: Broadway casts of Anything Goes, Ghost, Legally Blonde and Grease as well as in the first national tours of Jersey Boys, Grease, Disney's On The Record and All Shook Up. TV: Gossip Girl, The Tony Awards (2007 and 2011) and A Capitol Fourth alongside Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin and the Sesame Street characters.
Kennedy returns for the first time since her Broadway run as Mary Magdelene in the Festival's production of Jesus Christ Superstar. She debuted in 2009 as Maria in West Side Story followed by Evita, Lois Lane in Kiss Me, Kate, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Rose of Sharon in The Grapes of Wrath. She played Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest at the Neptune Theatre, and recently finished a run of the world première of A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, in which she originated the role of Phoebe at Hartford Stage and The Old Globe in San Diego. She played the title role in the world première of Evangeline at the Charlottetown Festival.
A Midsummer' Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed by Chris Abraham
Previews start May 16; opens May 31; closes October 11
Stephen Ouimette is Bottom, set in a Stratford garden at a wedding at which the couple's actor friends present their own version of the play. Unconventional casting includes the sharing of the roles of Titania and Oberon by Evan Buliung and Jonathan Goad, Chick Reid as Puck and Tara Rosling as Lysander. Bethany Jillard is Hermia; Liisa Repo-Martell is Helena, and Mike Shara is Demetrius. Scott Wentworth is Theseus.
Ouimette celebrates his 20th season at Stratford in 2014, delighting audiences this season as Lucio in Measure for Measure and Estragon in Waiting for Godot. Highlights include Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night, Hysterium in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Canon Chasuble in The Importance of Being Earnest and Touchstone in As You Like It. He directed productions including Timon of Athens in 2004, and played title roles in Hamlet, King John, Amadeus and Richard III. He recently gave an acclaimed performance as Harry Hope in The Iceman Cometh at The Goodman Theatre in Chicago with Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy.
Buliung in 2011 was Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath and Roger in The Little Years. Stratford highlights include Mac in King of Thieves, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Edgar in King Lear, a role that he will return to in 2014. He originated the role of Khashoggi in We Will Rock You in Toronto and Aragorn in the world première of Lord of the Rings, for which he earned a Dora nomination. Other credits include Hanks in Farther West and Jamie in Long Day's Journey into Night at Soulpepper Theatre, Macduff in Macbeth at Chicago Shakespeare, as well as numerous leading roles at the Shaw Festival.
Goad played Oberon before - in the Festival's 2004 production. His 2013 season featured three major roles: Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Porthos in The Three Musketeers and Gratiano in The Merchant of Venice. Stratford credits include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Mark Antony in Julius Caesar, Hippolytus in Phèdre, Iago in Othello and Angelo in Measure for Measure. Numerous film and television credits include Nikita, Heartland and Rookie Blue, as well as the recurring role of Christian Doyle on Republic of Doyle.
The Beaux' Stratagem by George Farquhar
Directed by Antoni Cimolino
Previews start July 31; opens August 15; closes October 11
Colm Feore is Archer in the first Restoration comedy presented at the Festival since 1995. Martha Henry is Lady Bountiful, Lucy Peacock is Mrs. Sullen, and Mike Shara is his sidekick Aimwell. Scott Wentworth plays Mr. Sullen and Bethany Jillard, Dorinda.
Henry marks her 40th season in 2014. A Companion of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award, she boasts a career without parallel. Since 1962, Henry has played nearly every female leading role in Shakespeare's canon, and was seen most recently as the Prof in this season's beloved production of Taking Shakespeare. Other recent acting credits include Queen Margaret in Richard III, Mme de Rosemonde in Dangerous Liaisons, the Countess of Rosillion in All's Well That Ends Well and Hecuba in The Trojan Women. Ms Henry is the Director of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre.
Lucy Peacock was Mary Stuart this season, and in 27 seasons, she was Elora in the world première of The Thrill this season as well as Nana in For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Audrey in As You Like It, Masha in Three Sisters and a tour-de-force performance of all of the characters in The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. Peacock is Creative Director and host of the popular cabaret series Late Night with Lucy. She will next be seen as Arkadina in The Seagull at the Segal Centre this February.
Since joining the company in 2009, Mr. Shara has such memorable roles as Roderigo in Othello and Aramis in The Three Musketeers this past season, as well as Cornelius Hackl in The Matchmaker, Christian in Cyrano de Bergerac and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest. Mr. Shara is a veteran of the Shaw Festival and has performed across the country. His television work includes Murdoch Mysteries, Little Mosque on the Prairie and Queer as Folk.
Man of La Mancha
Written by Dale Wasserman; Music by Mitch Leigh; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Directed by Robert Mcqueen; Choreographed By Marc Kimelman
Previews start May 18; opens May 29; closes October 11
Tom Rooney plays Cervantes. Chilina Kennedy is Aldonza, in addition to her lead role in Crazy for You. Steve Ross, after Uncle Ernie in Tommy and Lazar Wolf in Fiddler on the Roof, is Sancho.
Rooney returns for his seventh season after Angelo in Measure for Measure and Vladimir in Waiting for Godot. Credits include Ensign Pistol in Henry V, Malvolio in Twelfth Night and Master Ford in The Merry Wives of Windsor. He premièred the role of Robert Service in the new Canadian musical Wanderlust in 2012, and was Wilbur in both the Broadway and Toronto productions of Hairspray. His remarkable performance in Kristen Thomson's Someone Else at Crow's Theatre this past January earned him the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance.
Alice Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll
Adapted For the Stage by James Reaney
Directed by Jillian Keiley
Previews start April 30; opens May 31; closes October 12
Trish Lindström, last seen as Miranda to Christopher Plummer's Prospero, returns to play the title role in Alice Through the Looking-Glass. Cynthia Dale is the Red Queen, Dion Johnstone is the White King, Tom McCamus is the March Hare and Brian Tree is Humpty Dumpty.
In three seasons, Lindström has memorable performances in addition to her Miranda, including Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, Louise in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and Lucetta in The Two Gentleman of Verona. Her extensive stage career includes Helen in Bloodless: Trial of Burke and Hare at Theatre 20, Catherine Givings in In the Next Room or the vibrator play at Tarragon Theatre and Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream at Soulpepper Theatre, as well as Squeaky Fromme in Assassins at TIFT/Birdland and the title role in Mimi at Tarragon, both of which earned her Dora Award nominations.
Hay Fever by Noël Coward
Directed by Alisa Palmer
Previews start May 28; opens June 19; closes October 11
Lucy Peacock plays Judith Bliss. Cynthia Dale, last seen as Dorothy Brock in the 2012 hit 42nd Street, is Myra Arundel.
Throughout 11 seasons, Dale has played many leading roles including Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Maria in The Sound of Music, Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Guenevere in Camelot, Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker and Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew. Dale has worked in theatre from Toronto to New York and on screen in countless television and film productions. Her wildly popular cabaret Cynthia Dale in Concert: Outside Looking In was a highlight of the Festival's inaugural Forum this season.
TOM PATTERSON THEATRE
King John by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tim Carroll
Previews start May 21; opens May 28; closes September 20
Tom McCamus plays the title role. Seana McKenna is Constance. Graham Abbey, after Iago in Othello, is the Bastard. Patricia Collins (Hanna in The Thrill) is Queen Eleanor.
McCamus has memorable performances, most recently including Antonio in The Merchant of Venice, Friar Laurence in Romeo and Juliet, Iachimo in Cymbeline, Tim Casey in The Grapes of Wrath and Le Vicomte de Valmont in Dangerous Liaisons. His beautifully drawn comedic characters include Horace Vandergelder in The Matchmaker, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor. His career at Stratford stretches back to 1994, when he made his unforgettable debut as Edmund Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night.
Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Martha Henry
Previews start May 15; opens May 30; closes September 21
Seana McKenna is joined by Geraint Wyn Davies as the Cook and Ben Carlson as the Chaplain.
After Elizabeth in this season's sold-out production of Mary Stuart, McKenna returns for her 23rd season in 2014. Her credits include Medea, Andromache, Phèdre, Clytemestra and Richard III. McKenna has also turned in a number of memorable comedic performances, most recently including the hilarious Madame Arcati in this season's Blithe Spirit and Dolly Levi in The Matchmaker. She has played every one of Shakespeare's leading ladies, many of them here at Stratford, as well as his wife, Anne Hathaway, in the one-woman show Shakespeare's Will.
Carlson marks his seventh season at Stratford in 2014, after Lord Burleigh in Mary Stuart and Charles in Blithe Spirit. Highlights include Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Fluellen in Henry V, Feste in Twelfth Night, Touchstone in As You Like It, Brutus in Julius Caesar and the title role in Hamlet. He spent 12 seasons at the Shaw Festival, well remembered for his marathon Man and Superman, The Return of the Prodigal and All My Sons.
Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
Directed By Gary Griffin
Previews start August 3; opens August 14; closes September 20
Geraint Wyn Davies and Yanna McIntosh share the stage as Shakespeare's great lovers Antony and Cleopatra. They were last seen together in 2012, as Cymbeline and his Queen, and in 2009, as Julius Caesar and Calphurnia. Ben Carlson is Octavius and Tom McCamus is Enobarbus.
Wyn Davies, featured this year as Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure and the Earl of Leicester in Mary Stuart, as well as in the Forum series Geraint Wyn Davies Presents... "Wordplay," returns for his 11th season. He played the title role in Pericles and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Boys from Syracuse. Recent credits include Cymbeline, Stephano in The Tempest, Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Polonius in Hamlet and Dylan Thomas in the one-man show Do Not Go Gentle. His stage career has taken him throughout Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. and he has dozens of film and television credits, including key roles on ReGenesis, Republic of Doyle, 24, Slings and Arrows, Airwolf and Forever Knight.
McIntosh in her ninth season, had key roles in two of the season's most highly lauded productions, playing the Queen in Cymbeline and a powerful and highly original Elektra. Her Stratford credits include Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, Grace in The Little Years, Hermione in The Winter's Tale, Lady Macbeth, Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Helen in The Trojan Woman and Mme. Volanges in Dangerous Liaisons. McIntosh is a Dora and Gemini Award-winning actor, whose Toronto credits include Condoleeza Rice in Stuff Happens and the title roles in Mary Stuart, Hedda Gabler and Belle. She was recently nominated for the Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award of Excellence.
Christina, the Girl King by Michel Marc Bouchard, Translated By Linda Gaboriau
Directed by Vanessa Porteous
Previews start July 29; opens August 14; closes September 21
Jenny Young debuts as the androgynous, free-thinking monarch. Graham Abbey is Count Johan Oxenstierna.
A graduate of Studio 58 in Vancouver, Ms Young was most recently seen in the critically acclaimed satire Proud, at Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company. Her other stage credits include Frieda in The Clockmaker at the Thousand Islands Playhouse, Rhoda Dunn in The Age of Arousal at the Shaw Festival, Karen in And So It Goes at the Factory Theatre and a Maid in the world première of Margaret Atwood's The Penelopiad, a co-production between The Royal Shakespeare Company and the Canadian National Arts Centre. She also played Ernestine in The Anger in Ernest & Ernestine at Theatre Columbus, for which she earned a Dora Nomination for Outstanding Performance.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, a Chamber Play by William Shakespeare
Directed by Peter Sellars
Location Still To Be Revealed
Previews start July 11; opens July 24; closes September 20
A group of four actors play all of the roles: Sarah Afful, Dion Johnstone, Trish Lindström and Mike Nadajewski.
Afful is a recent graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre. This season, she played Mariana in Measure for Measure and appeared in Mary Stuart. Previous credits include Elektra and The Pirates of Penzance. Her other credits include Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing and Octavia/Iris in Antony and Cleopatra at Bard on the Beach, as well as roles in Macbeth: nach Shakespeare at Theatre Conspiracy/Gas Heart, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Pound of Flesh/Pacific Theatre and The Eighth Land at PI Theatre. Her film and television career includes roles on Smallville, Caprica, Eureka, The Perfect Score and American Dreams.
Dion Johnstone returns to participate in Mr. Sellars's innovative Dream project. Audiences will remember him from another Stratford Dream, the 2009 production in which he played Oberon. His other memorable performances here include Aaron in Titus Andronicus, Caliban in The Tempest, Macduff in Macbeth, Edmund in King Lear and Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird. Mr. Johnstone has a vast television career as well, including roles on Flashpoint, Defiance, The Listener and Stargate SG-1.
Mike Nadajewski celebrates his fifth season in 2014, after delighting audiences as Peter in Romeo and Juliet and Perchik in Fiddler on the Roof this season. His Stratford highlights include Mordred in Camelot, Mike in Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and Amiens in As You Like It. He will also be remembered for playing Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, a role which he reprised on Broadway and at La Jolla Playhouse, and Hero in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which he reprised in a Mirvish production in Toronto. A graduate of the Birmingham Conservatory, Mr. Nadajewski is also the co-founder of Talk Is Free Theatre.
Tickets for the 2014 season go on sale to Members of the Stratford Festival on November 11, 2013, and to the general public on January 4, 2014. To purchase tickets at that time, visit
stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1.800.567.1600.
Christopher Plummer Lifetime Achievement Award
In Conversation with Antoni Cimolino