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Lean Years (1981-1985), The

Synopsis
A thirteen-part television series, presented by Richard Ouzounian, on the history of the Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival. Episode 7. After the public controversy surrounding the Festival, John Hirsch returned to a period of media dissastifaction and financial problems. Footage includes excerpts from AS YOU LIKE IT (tx March 18 1884), THE TEMPEST (tx 20 February 1983) and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW (20 February 1983). Hirsch’s personal and professional style is compared with that of Robin Phillips. Colm Feore talks about Hirsch directing him in The Taming of the Shrew and Len Cariou relates his feelings regarding Hirsch’s interpretation of The Tempest. Eric McCormack talks about his audition, his apprenticeship at Stratford and his role in ‘full drag’ in a modern version of Measure for Measure directed by Hirsch.
Series
Stratford Gold
Language
English
Country
Canada
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
23 Jul 2002 at 19:30 (Channel: Arts & Entertainment Channel)
Duration
30 mins

Credits

Producer
Richard Ouzounian
Writer
Tracy Donaldson
Contributor
Colm Feore; Eric McCormack; Len Cariou; Richard Ouzounian

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Stratford (Ontario) Shakespeare Festival; Hirsch, John

Notes

Notes
The CBC archives permit scholars access to the collection on a case by case basis.
General
The Stratford Festival of Canada is a summer-long celebration of theatre held each year in Stratford, Ontario. Beginning November 2007, its name changed to The Stratford Shakespeare Festival.

Production Company

Name

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

Archive

Name

CBC Broadcasting Centre Archives

Address
205 Wellington Street West
Toronto
Ontario
Canada MSV 3G7

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