Jul 18, 2012

By Scott Walker

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Brian Dennehy  and Brian Bedford are returning to the Stratford Festival next year.

Dennehy will star in Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot,” while Bedford plays “Shylock” in “Merchant of Venice.”

The first season from incoming Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino will also feature two major musicals: “Fiddler on the Roof” and “The Who’s Tommy.” The latter will be staged by outgoing Artistic Director Des McAnuff, who won a Tony Award for directing “Tommy” on Broadway.

Along with “Merchant of Venice”, there is plenty of Shakespeare being offered next season, including “Romeo and Juliet”, “Othello”, and “Measure for Measure”.

Canadian plays “Taking Shakespeare” by John Murrell, and “The Thrill” by Judith Thompson are also on the bill.

There’s more online at

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