Jul 05, 2013

By Scott Walker

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The City of Stratford has honoured two artists who have created some of the Festival’s most memorable moments.

Brian Macdonald directed and choreographed the landmark 1982 production of The Mikado that went on to tour Canada, before playing on Broadway and London’s West End. He also created hit versions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers, Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore, and Iolanthe.

Stratford has commemorated Macdonald’s work with a bronze star that has been embedded in the sidewalk outside the Avon Theatre, where the Gilbert and Sullivan productions played.

The 85-year-old said he was “completely surprised” by the honour.

Another Stratford legend, Brian Bedford, also received a star. The winner of  Tony, Obie, and Drama Desk awards has been part of the Stratford season for 28 years. He directed this year’s production of Blithe Spirit.

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