The Stratford Festival Story

The Stratford Festival Story

by J. Alan B. Somerset


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The Stratford Festival Story by J. Alan B. Somerset

This reference book records the activities of the Stratford, Ontario (Shakespeare) Festival, which is considered the premiere professional festival in North America. Alan Somerset documents not only the Stratford theater activities, but also the Festival's many tours, television productions, and out-of-season and workshop performances. Somerset has used the latest database-management techniques to create the most complete reference book on the Festival to date. He has organized his work into three parts: a catalogue index, title index and name index. Somerset also offers a summary of the Festival's history and guides readers to the range of material preserved in the Festival Archives.

Somerset introduces the indexes by sketching the Festival's history and guiding readers to the Festival Archives and to his own database, which can be used by the public. The Catalogue Index documents all the recoverable details (including important review information) about each production, workshop, tour, television broadcast, and other type of performance mounted by Stratford. The Title Index provides complete reference to particular plays, and the Name Index allows readers to trace the careers of all performers and production staff members in the Festival's history. This book, which also contains several photographs, is valuable to theater critics, Festival patrons, and students of performance criticism, Shakespeare, and modern theater history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313278044
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/17/1991
Series: Bibliographies and Indexes in the Performing Arts Series , #8
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

J. ALAN B. SOMERSET is Associate Professor and Chairman of the English Department at the University of Western Ontario. He is author of Halliwell Phillipps' Scrapbooks: An Index, and editor of Four Tudor Interludes and A Play of Love. He also has several articles on theatre to his credit, including Secular Drama in A Companion to the Medieval Theatre (Greenwood Press, 1989).

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements


Catalogue of Productions

Title Index

Name Index

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