Stratford Festival 2019

The 2019 Stratford Festival  season commences on Saturday, April 16,  with a matinee performance of the Pop musical Billy Elliot. Tickets go on sale Jan 4, 2019 for an eclectic season of three Shakespeare plays from the dark Othello, starring Michael Blake as Othello to the endlessly amusing Merry Wives of Windsor, with the drama Henry VIII to complete the mix.  Altogether 12 productions at three theatres, cross a broad spectrum that should appeal to all ages and tastes. Some special prices can be found on selected days and All inclusive packages and  accommodation can be booked in advance. See the comprehensive Program guide available on request, for further information.

The popular Forum series, originally started as an added enhancement to the stage productions seems to be almost an entertainment in itself  with a varied program of events, debates, celebrity guest speakers, concerts and workshops almost everyday, for an immersion in the theatre experience.

Add the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre, University courses, and other realms of study and  Stratford has become a beacon of learning, for the Theatre/ Arts industry.

The Festival has a twice-daily Stratford Direct private bus service between Toronto and Stratford and new this year, Kitchener/Waterloo and Stratford. Stratford Direct cost is $29 return from Toronto downtown or Vaughan and $19 return  from Kitchener/Waterloo, during the season.  Seats must be reserved in advance at   Buses  operate daily, check departure points on the website.   Overnight stays of various durations can be accommodated. Some date exceptions apply on single performance days.

Make a day or weekend of it and include some sightseeing, dining and shopping, for which Stratford and the surrounding rural communities are  justly proud.

For further information on Playbill performance dates, the extensive Forum program and other special events, see the informative Program Guide.

To order the Program Guide or Tickets    contact:   1 800 567 1600    or  see

2 responses to this post.

  1. I am in Florida and when in Toronto stay in the north end of thecity is there a bus from there or only from downtown Toronto. Many thanks.


    • Posted by travelswithtess on May 3, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      Hello Lucy. : The bus leaves from only one location in downtown Toronto, outside the Intercontinental Hotel near Union Station, but you can get the subway direct from North Toronto to Union, close to the departure point.
      Enjoy your stay


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