STRATFORD FESTIVAL THEATRE
Stratford Festival Theatre, Stage III Transformation
55 Queen Street
Stratford Shakespearean Festival Foundation of Canada
Tyrone Guthrie and Tanya Moisevitch’s daring 1953 invention of the thrust stage is re-imagined and re- engineered inside Stratford’s Festival Theatre.
A good way to look at the Stratford Festival transformation project is as a series of layers emanating from the inside out with the famous thrust stage at the very center. The final layer – the lobby layer – acts as a kind of case to the central instrument, the historic thrust stage auditorium.
MAGICAL, HORSESHOE-SHAPED DRIVE
The arrival sequence is shifted and reorganized as a horseshoe-shaped ceremonial drive and walkway – the Meighen Gardens – defined by magical, luminous, canvas-covered columns. Inside the drive, a series of terraces with perennial beds and a fountain offer visitors a chance to relax before, after and during intervals of the performance, amplifying the theatrical experience.
VITAL THEATRE CHANGES
Inside the auditorium, the sacred stage is honoured with recalibrated side walls and seating, new connections between existing vomitories, new sound and light locks, and an acoustical canopy overhead.
KPMB ARCHITECTS: Thomas Payne (partner-in-charge), Victoria Gregory, Goran Milosevic (associates-in-charge), Mark Jaffar, Ian Izukawa, Bill Colaco, Meg Graham
Robert Fairfield (consulting architect), Yolles Partnership Ltd. (structural engineers), Merber Corporation (mechanical and electrical engineers), James F. Vermeulen Inc. (cost consultant), Neil Turnbull Ltd. (landscape), Suzanne Powadiuk Designs (lighting), Leber-Rubes Inc. (code), KJA Consultants Inc. (elevator)