CBC News reports:
"Stage veteran Colm Feore has been tapped to play two leading roles for 2009, Macbeth and Cyrano de Bergerac.
"'I can think of no actor that is better equipped in terms of his talent and his skill set than our leading player, Colm Feore,' festival artistic director Des McAnuff said Tuesday. McAnuff will be directing Macbeth.
"'I have wanted to work with Colm for more than 25 years, and I can't believe my good fortune in getting to work with him on this extraordinary role in one of my favourite plays.'
"Feore is considered one of the country's foremost actors. In 2007, he was given the Award of Distinction at the Banff World Television Festival.
"Feore's stage credits include leading roles in Don Juan (in both English and French), Coriolanus, Hamlet, Richard III, My Fair Lady and an earlier production of Cyrano de Bergerac.
"Feore will be directed in Cyrano de Bergerac by Donna Feore, his wife.
"The couple has done previous Stratford collaborations, including Oliver!, Don Juan and My Fair Lady, for which she served as choreographer.
"Feore is also a star of the screen. He portrayed former prime minister Pierre Trudeau on the miniseries Trudeau, capturing a best actor Gemini.
"He'll play the husband of the U.S. president in the upcoming season of the hit TV series 24.
"Feore's film credits include Paycheck, Chicago, The Deal, The Red Violin, Bon Cop, Bad Cop and Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould."