We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“The Grand Theatre”
Review of Stratford Festival

Stratford Festival
Ranked #1 of 31 things to do in Stratford
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Stratford Festival, North America's largest repertory theatre festival, features plays by Shakespeare and other top playwrights each season in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
Reviewed August 10, 2014

This is the Crown Jewel of Stratford. The grand theatre is home to many Shakespearean plays. The round theatre provides excellent visual and audio quality. The plays are spectacular... I have seen several with Christopher Plummer who is master of actors.

Visiting this theatre is a must if you truly want to see the foundation of theatre in Stratford.

Thank lingar
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (1,732)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"chorus line"
in 88 reviews
"twelfth night"
in 27 reviews
"plays and musicals"
in 22 reviews
"world class theatre"
in 32 reviews
"romeo and juliet"
in 27 reviews
"b b"
in 31 reviews
"first rate"
in 38 reviews
"top notch"
in 59 reviews
"wonderful theatre"
in 26 reviews
"christopher plummer"
in 22 reviews
"singing and dancing"
in 24 reviews
"avon river"
in 55 reviews
"high school"
in 19 reviews
"theatre experience"
in 19 reviews
"live theatre"
in 32 reviews
"first class"
in 23 reviews
"many years"
in 35 reviews

874 - 878 of 1,732 reviews

Reviewed August 9, 2014

The title says it all. I have seen Shakespeare performed in many countries and must give 2 thumbs up to this small town Ontario version. Simply fabulous. Saw King Lear this year and my wife, a bigger fan - and authority - on Shakespeare than I could not say enough about the quality of the presentation. We can't wait to return yet again for another Stratford experience.

Thank chillin51
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 9, 2014

This used to be Canada's premier stage event of the year. It has been declining over the past decade due to elevated prices, bad management, and mediocre restaurant and hotel services in Stratford. Former Director Des MacAnuff did much damage, but the current management has continued the trend.

3  Thank GeorgeFMarkhamON
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Stratfest, Social Media at Stratford Festival, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2014

Hi George,

We strive to provide an exemplary theatre experience to all our patrons and welcome feedback from all. In fact, response to our 2014 season has been extraordinary. For example, Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino’s King Lear, starring Colm Feore, has just been extended for a second time and is helping increase sales of Shakespeare productions by 25%.

Regarding ticket prices, it has always been our goal to make our productions accessible to everyone. To ensure this, we have multiple savings program available throughout the season and patrons can save up to 70% on tickets with these deals. In addition, we offer many exclusive deals through our social media pages, and offer great savings on tickets during the pre-season period.

Also, from organizing multiple local festivals to dining and hotel options for every budget, the city of Stratford and local businesses are also working towards offering every visitor an overall positive experience.

We hope your futures visits with us will be more positive. If you have any further concerns, please do write to us at: socialmedia@stratfordfestival.ca


Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Stratford Festival is a terrific place to see top-drawer performances of Shakespeare and other plays/musicals. If you saw Sling and Arrows you will be thrilled to see some of your favorite actors still onstage.

Thank Jim H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed August 7, 2014

The Theatre is wonderful You see plays in a weekend you can't see anywhere else with a quality of acting - costumes etc that are far superior to anywhere else we've been

Thank UsualSuspectCanada
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Stratford Festival also viewed

Stratford, Ontario

Been to Stratford Festival? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing