Stratford Festival extends four plays this season.
Four Stratford Festival productions given longer runs
Four of this summer’s popular plays have been given longer runs, extending the Stratford Festival’s 2017 season and giving theatre-lovers another chance to see them before they leave the stage.
Additional performances were announced Monday for Guys and Dolls (closing Nov. 5), The Madwoman of Chaillot (closing Oct. 1), The Breathing Hole (closing Oct. 6), and The Virgin Trial (closing Oct. 8).
“The fall is becoming an increasingly busy time for the Festival. The real height of our season is August, September and October now. As the shows are opening and running and we’re seeing the reaction and sales, we look at each one really carefully to make an assessment as to whether we can add capacity and draw in some more audiences,” said the Festival’s executive director, Anita Gaffney.
With three additional performances, the premiere theatrical run of The Breathing Hole has been extended to further showcase the work of the play’s diverse cast and crew, and highlight playwright Colleen Murphy’s environmental message.
“It’s such a special play and it opened later in our season, so it’s an opportunity to showcase this production. It’s extraordinary with such a big and varied cast, so it is a chance for some more people to see it – and it’s been sold at a very high (audience) percentage for a very long time,” Gaffney said.
The rarely performed production of The Madwoman of Chaillot has also been selling well this season. With six more dates added to the play’s run, audiences will have another opportunity to enjoy a performance in the Tom Patterson Theatre before the Festival moves ahead with its proposed redevelopment plans.
“The Virgin Trial is a new play and it has quite a number of additional dates. The previous instalment of this play, The Last Wife, also had a great response in a small house, it had very good sales, it had really good buzz around it, and we had extended it a couple of times because we wanted to give people a chance to see it with it being a new production,” Gaffney said.
As for Guys and Dolls, Gaffney said the Festival received a lot of positive feedback from people who saw the play and wanted to bring their friends and family back to see it again. With five more performances scheduled between Oct. 24 and Nov. 5, Gaffney hopes the play will draw more people into Stratford in that first week of November, effectively extending the city’s tourism season.
For more information on each of these plays and to find a full listing of the new performance dates, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca or call the box office at 1-800-5671600.
Devon Michael Brown (top) with members of the company in Guys and Dolls. The Stratford Festival announced Monday that four of its 2017 productions were being extended.