Aug 20, 2013
By Michael Kramer
The Stratford Festival has unveiled its 2014 season – and more than a dozen plays feature the theme of “Madness: Minds Pushed to the Edge.”
The lineup contains plays in which the protagonists are driven to extremes – and artistic director Antoni Cimolino says this leads to great drama -with characters whose minds are unbalanced by forces such as love, war, poverty and sexuality.
The upcoming Stratford season coincides with the 450th birthday of Shakespeare. Five of the bard’s plays are planned – including two versions of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”
The season includes “King Lear,” and “Antony and Cleopatra.” Also on the playbill is Bertold Brecht’s “Mother Courage” and Noel Coward’s “Hay Fever.”
Audiences next season can also see “Alice Through the Looking Glass”…”Christina” and the musicals “Crazy for You” and “Man of La Mancha.”
Tickets go on sale in early November for members and in early January for the general public.