14 May 2018

Ontario is the Place for Summer Theatre

Planning a holiday either before or after ProComm 2018? Ontario has great places to visit and great shows to see.

The Stratford Festival, well-known for its Shakespeare productions is much more than that. This year, you can take in musicals like The Music Man or The Rocky Horror Show, American classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and Long Day’s Journey into Night and, of course, Shakespeare: Julius Caesar, The Tempest, Coriolanus and A Comedy of Errors. Stratford, Ontario itself is a lovely place to visit, with great hotels, restaurants and art galleries.

The Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, right in the centre of the Niagara wine-making region has an exciting line-up with Stephen Fry, well-known from the TV series Bones, as well as dozens of major motion pictures. He will be featured in a trilogy entitled Mythos, a world premiere. For the family, there will be The Magician’s Nephew, based on C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories, Grand Hotel, based on the movie musical and The Hound of the Baskervilles,for fans of Sherlock Holmes. Niagara-on-the-Lake also has wonderful hotels and restaurants. It is a beautiful place to visit.

If your planning on a few extra days in Toronto, there are musicals, Shakespeare in the Park and a new adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. The musicals are Come from Away, about the warm welcome travelers received when their flights were unexpectedly diverted to Newfoundland due to 9/11, The King and I and Wicked.  A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet will be performed on alternating days in High Park, and Soulpepper Theatre is the producer of Orlando.

So, if theatre is your ticket, Toronto, Stratford and Niagara-on-the-Lake have exciting prospects.