The Stratford Festival in Ontario opened its 50th season May 27 with a production of Shakespeare's All's Well That Ends Well, one of the plays mounted by the nascent company back in 1953.
In the first years of the now world-renowned Canadian festival, plays were mounted under a tent. This year, All's Well played the flagship festival theatre, whose various nooks and crannies now have corporate underwriters. The multimillion-dollar initiative has four venues and hundreds of employees, many working year round.
The opening week of the 2002 Stratford Festival continues to June 1 with the openings of My Fair Lady May 28, The Threepenny Opera May 29, The Scarlet Pimpernel (the non-musical play) May 30, Romeo and Juliet May 31 and Henry VI: Revenge in France and Henry VI: Revolt in England June 1.