Feore will play the title roles in both Macbeth and Cyrano de Bergerac for the Canadian company. In a statement artistic director Des McAnuff, who will helm Macbeth, said, "William Shakespeare's Macbeth involves a journey for the theatre artist that may well be the darkest ride of them all. It leads into a black hole of terror and meaninglessness, and it is not for the faint of heart. I can think of no actor that is better equipped in terms of his talent and his skill-set than our leading player, Colm Feore. I have wanted to work with Colm for more than 25 years, and I can't believe my good fortune in getting to work with him on this extraordinary role in one of my favourite plays."
Feore's wife, Donna Feore, will direct the actor in Cyrano de Bergerac.
Feore's Stratford credits include the title roles in Don Juan (in both English and French), Coriolanus, Hamlet, Richard III and an earlier production of Cyrano de Bergerac. He will soon be seen as the U.S. President's husband in the Fox series "24." Feore's other screen credits include "Trudeau," "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Paycheck," "Chicago," "The Deal," "The Red Violin," "Bon Cop," "Bad Cop" and "Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould."
Further casting and production dates will be announced at a later date. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival season runs April-October 2009. For more information visit www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com.