Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Assistant Artistic Director Appointed

J. Kelly Nestruck reports for the Globe and Mail:

"The Stratford Shakespeare Festival seems to be stabilizing after its shake-up this spring, when two of the three artistic directors resigned, leaving Des McAnuff the last man standing.

"To fill the hole, Dean Gabourie has been appointed as assistant artistic director to McAnuff. Gabourie is in his fifth season at Stratford.

"Meanwhile, the 2009 season is shaping up, though the festival is remaining tight-lipped.

"Brian Bedford looks set to return to Stratford to direct Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest - taking the role of Lady Bracknell for himself. A Midsummer Night's Dream is planned with British director David Grindley at the reins. Other plays rumoured to be on the schedule are West Side Story and Ben Jonson's Bartholomew Fair."

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