Sunday, July 27, 2008

Provincial Funding for Shakespeare's Universe

From CBC News:

"The Ontario Ministry of Culture has announced $80,000 in new funding for Shakespeare's Universe: Her Infinite Variety, a new outdoor production at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

"John Wilkinson, MPP Perth-Wellington, made the announcement Friday following the show's premiere and the opening of the Festival Pavilion on parkland adjacent to the Festival Theatre in Stratford, Ont.

"Written and directed by Peter Hinton, Shakespeare's Universe explores the often paradoxical role of women in late 16th and early 17th century England, where women did not appear on stage even though Shakespeare's plays contain some of the greatest female roles ever written.

"The 75-minute production was commissioned to complement the 2008 Stratford program, which includes Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, and All's Well That Ends Well.

"Shakespeare's Universe runs until Sept. 28, with eight performances a week in the new pavilion on parkland adjacent to the Festival Theatre. Admission is $10.

"Wilkinson said the new funding is intended for marketing the show."

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