After all the lockdowns since 2020, my sister and I finally were able to see a live play last month at the new Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford, Ontario. The old theatre was in what started out as a curling rink. The new theatre is purpose built along the river and is a beauty. There are floor to ceiling windows around one end of the theatre so you can take in the fresh landscaping outside. At the moment, masks are required inside the theatre but that is set to be lifted later this month, all being well. My sister was able to remove hers at intermission because she had purchased a coffee.
The play was Richard III starring Colm Feore in the lead and Lucy Peacock as Queen Elizabeth. It is running until October 30, 2022. Given the photograph in the catalogue we thought it was a contemporary interpretation, however, apart from the very beginning and ending, the play has a traditional setting. The production was excellent and long so be prepared, but it didn’t feel long when we were watching it. On display in the lobby are King Richard III’s robe, chain of office, crown, orb and scepter from the 1953 production.