The Theater: New Shakespeare in Canada

Shakespeare has a new home this side of the Atlantic. The place: Stratford, a small (pop. 19,000) railroad town in the dairy country of southern Ontario, on the banks of Canada's River Avon. But the Shakespeare festival which opened there last week—on a neo-Elizabethan stage under a spreading carnival tent—is not straw-hat; it is distinctly top-hat. And the two plays, presented by a first-rate cast (stars: Alec Guinness. Irene Worth), are as surprising as the event itself. For the real hit is not the famous, battle-tested King Richard III, but the rarely produced...

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