See two of Stratford Festival’s ‘jaw-dropping’ productions in Cineplex theatres this spring

Two plays from the past seasons of internationally renowned repertory theatre festival that runs from April to October in Stratford, Ontario will be presented on screens across Canada and internationally this year.

Coriolanus in Cineplex theatres on March 23

Directed by genre-defying theatre artist Robert Lepage, the production was included in the “Best Theatre of 2018” lists in The Washington Post, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and NOW. The New York Times called it “riveting” and “jaw-dropping.” The Chicago Tribune’s critic said it was “the greatest contemporary staging of this play that I ever have seen.” If you missed the “electric world premiere” (NOW) in Stratford, now’s your chance to see this “astonishing” production (Capital Critics Circle).

Lepage takes the story about the rise and fall of a legendary general who must face off against the angry Roman mob and infuses it with the energy of Occupy Wall Street and the Arab Spring. “By resetting dialogue-heavy scenes as talk radio gabfests, and representing the uninformed mob as anonymous voices on social media, Robert Lepage helps clarify Shakespeare’s portrait of a world, like ours, overwhelmed with insincerity” (The New York Times). He “wrangles a difficult play into a heart-stopping narrative” (Chicago Tribune), “rendering a clear and cinematic version that’s riveting, invigorating and smart” (The Globe and Mail). “Rarely has Lepage’s reputation as a cinematic theatremaker been more earned” (Toronto Star).

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Cimolino’s production of The Tempest in Cineplex theatres on April 13

The stage production was a true theatrical event, featuring the great Martha Henry as Prospero, more than five decades after she made her Stratford debut as Miranda in the 1962 production of the play. The New York Times called it “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes,” adding: “real magic and grandeur come from Martha Henry as Prospero.” The Chicago Tribune called Henry “one of the true greats.” She gave a performance full of “passion and power,” said The Globe and Mail.

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2019 festival season will begin on April 15 in Stratford, and will feature Othello, Billy Elliot the Musical, The Merry Wives of Windsor, The Front Page, Private Lives, Little Shop of Horrors, The Neverending Story, The Crucible, Henry VIII, Mother’s Daughter, Nathan the Wise and Birds of a Kind.

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