Strat­ford Fes­ti­val ex­tends four plays this sea­son.

Four Strat­ford Fes­ti­val pro­duc­tions given longer runs

The Beacon Herald - - FRONT PAGE - GALEN SIM­MONS STAFF RE­PORTER gsim­mons@post­media.com

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.

CYLLA VON TIEDEMANN/ STRAT­FORD FES­TI­VAL

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.

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