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Stratford Festival Visitors Guide

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Stratford Festival Visitors Guide

Stratford, Ontario, sits aside the Avon River.

Courtesy Stratford Shakespeare Festival

Stratford Festival in Brief:

The Stratford Festival, formally named the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, is a repertory theatre festival, permanently located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. It produces the best works of theatre in the classical and contemporary repertoire, with special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare.

Many famous actors have appeared in Stratford Festival productions, such as Alec Guiness (he spoke the first words back in 1953), William Shatner, Peter Ustinov, Christopher Walken and William Petersen of CSI fame.

When is the Stratford Festival:

The Stratford Festival runs each year from April to November.

Where is the Stratford Festival:

The Stratford Festival takes place in the town of Stratford in Ontario, Canada. Stratford is about an 2 hr drive from Toronto, 3 hrs from Buffalo and 3½ hr from Detroit. Get directions and see maps

Performances are at four separate theatres: Festival Theatre, Avon, Tom Patterson and the Studio Theatre.

What's Special about the Stratford Festival:

The Stratford Festival is one of the biggest Shakespeare theatre festivals in the world and attracts major stars, both as performers and audience members.

Many stars attending the Toronto International Film Festival have been known to sneak away from the big city to to take in the Stratford Festival. The quality of the productions and reputation of the festival is world-class.

Tickets for the Stratford Festival:

Tickets for the Stratford Festival range from CAD$25 to more than $100 each. Prices depend on time, production and ticket-buyer's age. Stratford Festival members receive a discount and have preferential, advanced ticket status.

Those purchasing tickets online must create an account.

Tickets may also be ordered by phone at 1-800-567-1600

Ways to Save:

  • Discounts are available when purchasing online
  • Two hours before certain performances, discounted rush tickets may become available in person and by phone.
  • Discounts are available to students, seniors, families and other age groups.
See more ways to save on tickets for the Stratford Festival.

Stratford, the Town:

With the success of the Stratford Festival, Stratford, Ontario, has a quaint, cultural feel with dozens of cute bistros, galleries, shops and gardens. The town sits prettily alongside the Avon River. Be sure to allow time to wander the town.

Where to Stay:

Stratford is a small town where B&Bs and independent inns are the norm, not chain hotels. Compare prices for Stratford accommodation

Restaurants - Where to Eat:

Stratford has a huge offering of restaurants, pubs and bistros to satisfy theatre-goers. Many of these eateries focus on local or organic ingredients. Don't miss Balzac's for coffee. The Church is a favourite for fine dining and more casual dining at the adjoining Belfry in a unique setting. Down the Street Bar and Restaurant is a great choice for a tasty bite and glass of wine in a hip environment.

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