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The Real Poems by Robert McQueen (Pride Week)


  • Thursday, June 8, 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 9, 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.

Location: Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre

Cost: From $29

From inside the lockdowns of 2020, Robert McQueen sat at his kitchen table and wrote about his experiences as a young queer man, living between Vancouver and New York during the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s. The Real Poems is at once spoken witness to the joy of youth and a memorial to the lives of colleagues, lovers and friends lost. An audience Q&A will follow the final performance.


Agit-Pop! Starring Pearle Harbour (Pride Event)


  • Thursday, June 15, 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 16, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 17, 8:00 p.m.

Location: Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre

Cost: From $29

She’s baaack! Superstar drag comedienne Pearle Harbour returns with her doomsday cabaret Agit-Pop! Think Judy Garland at Carnegie (on acid) – laughs, tears, a whole lotta makeup, and the pop hits of David Bowie, Britney Spears, Roy Orbison and more, as you’ve never heard them before.


Broadway and the Bard – CANCELLED


  • Wednesday, June 28, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 29, 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, June 30, 2:00 p.m.

Location: Tom Patterson Theatre

Cost: From $39

In Broadway and the Bard, Tony award winning stage and screen veteran Len Cariou gives full voice to an idea that he has harbored since his prophetic debut season on Broadway, first essaying Henry V and then singing opposite Lauren Bacall in Applause; combining his two great loves—Shakespeare and American Musical Comedy—into one rich and diverse tapestry; outfitting trenchant soliloquies and sonnets with inventive musical pairings from beloved writers of the Great White Way.

Conceived by Mr. Cariou with his ace collaborators, director Barry Kleinbort and musical director Mark Janas, the evening is an eighty-minute melding of superb soliloquy and memorable song performed by a one-of-a-kind master actor of exquisite vintage in what the Bard might refer to as “a most rare vision.”


Hey Viola!


  • Wednesday, July 26, 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27, 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, July 28, 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29, 2:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 29, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.

Location: Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre

Cost: From $29

Hey Viola! is a musical exploration of Canadian Civil Rights hero, Viola Desmond and could not be more relevant in this time of Civil Rights, Black Lives Matter, and Women’s Rights movements.

Vancouver songstress and actor Krystle Dos Santos, with the support of musicians Chris Davis, Steven Charles and Mary Ancheta brings the life of Viola Desmond to the stage using the dynamic and inspirational music that filled the home of this trailblazer of the civil rights movement. Using the musical format enriches the telling of her amazing and powerful story, ultimately an important Canadian story.




  • Wednesday, September 27, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, September 28, 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 1, 2:00 p.m.

Location: Lazaridis Hall, Tom Patterson Theatre

Cost: From $29

With an hour left to live, Guy is on a quest to determine what makes life worth living

Will Eno’s critically acclaimed Wakey, Wakey leads the audience on an irreverent and moving celebration of life, starring Festival favourite Graham Abbey. “Profoundly moving!”, Critics Pick – The New York Times

Wakey, Wakey premiered at the Signature Theatre in New York City in February 2017 under the direction of Will Eno to critical success:

  • “A work of humor, humanity and grace that makes you want to hug your lover, your neighbor and maybe an usher on the way out…” – Critics Pick, The New York Times
  • “⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️” – Time Out New York
  • “A work of humor, humanity and grace.” – Variety
  • “Alive with rippling depths of sorrow and warming currents of bliss.” – The Hollywood Reporter








Jun 08 2023


8:00 pm


Tom Patterson Theatre
111 Lakeside Dr, Stratford, ON N5A 3C1


Stratford Festival