One Hundred Thirty One (131) Stratford Festival (Ontario) Playbills, 1955-2000 .
On offer is a group of 131 playbills for productions at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. The playbills are from the years 1955 - 2000, representing seasons Three (3) through Forty Eight (48). Most, but not all, are for productions of Shakespeare's plays. They include productions at the Festival Theatre, the Avon Theatre, Third Stage, and the Tom Patterson Theatre (I think the last two may be the same venue), most being from the Festival Theatre. T are some years missing, and t are not complete playbills for any given year with the possible exception of a few from the 1970's and 1980's.
The changes in style, graphics, contents, play production style, advertising, and sponsors are quite interesting. I believe it is quite possible to see how the Festival has grown in fame and fortune by looking through these playbills.
Some Canadian and international actors of note who have played Stratford and are represented in these playbills include, in no particular order: Fiona Reid, Maggie Smith, Jonathan Crombie, Bruno Gerussi, Dinah Christie, Christopher Plummer, William Shatner, Michael Learned, Gordon Pinsent, Lorne Greene, Hume Cronyn, Cynthia Dale, Jessica Tandy, William Hutt, and Loreena McKennitt (music).
I have tear out pieces from what was probably a larger playbill or program for the years 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1992, and 1993, if the winning buyer would like them. Also included with the collection are many ticket stubs from the productions, some from the 1970's, but pretty much all from the 1980's onward. T are also inserts with some of the programs of a varied nature. The box the playbills came in also included a copy of each of the plays in paperback form and I am selling them in several separate listings.
This collection has given me cause to stop and think about the person who owned them, and how he/she must have enjoyed attending this noted theatrical Festival for over 40 years. The gap year (1959) is a mystery - an illness, a lack of funds, family responsibilities, travel elsew?
The following is a list of what is included with this lot:
1955 (3rd Season)- Julius Caesar; The Merchant of Venice
1956 (4th)- Merry Wives of Windsor; Henry Fifth
1957 (5th)- Hamlet; Twelfth Night
1958 (6th)- Much Ado about Nothing; Henry Fourth (Pt. 1); The Winter's Tale
1959 (7th)- none
1960 (8th)- King John; A Midsummer's Night's Dream; Romeo and Juliet
1961 (9th)- Henry the Eighth; Coriolanus; Love's Labour Lost
1962 (10th) Macbeth; The Taming of the Shrew
1963 (11th)- The Comedy of Errors; Timon of Athens; Troilus and Cressida
1964 (12th)- King Lear; Richard the Second
1965 (13th)- Henry the Fourth - Part 1; Falstaff (Henry the Fourth - Part 2); Julius Caesar
1966 (14th)- Henry the Fifth; Henry the Sixth; Twelfth Night + extra synopsis pamphlet
1967 (15th)- Antony and Cleopatra; Merry Wives of Windsor; Richard the Third
1968 (16th)- Romeo and Juliet; A Midsummer's Night's Dream
1969 (17th)- Measure for Measure; Hamlet
1970 (18th)- Cymbelline (+ ticket stub); The Merchant of Venice (+ ticket stub); The School for Scandal
1971 (19th)- Much Ado About Nothing; The Duchess of Malfi; Macbeth; Volpone
1972 (20th)- She Stoops to Conquer; King Lear; As You Like It
1973 (21st)- Othello; Pericles, She Stoops to Conquer; The Taming of the Shrew
1974 (22nd)- Love's Labour's Lost; King John; Pericles
1975 (23rd)- The Comedy of Errors; The Two Gentlemen of Verona; Measure for Measure
1976 (24th)- Hamlet; The Importance of Being Earnest; Antony and Cleopatra; The Way of the World; Measure for Measure; The Merchant of Venice
1977 (25th)- All's Well That End's Well(+ stub); As You Like It (+ stub); Much Ado About Nothing; A Midsummer's Night's Dream (+ stub); Richard the Third (+ stub); Romeo and Juliet (+ stub)
1978 (26th)- As You Like It (+ stub); Macbeth (+ stub); The Winter's Tale (+stub)
1979 (27th)- Hen...