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Ian Rae: “How John Davis Barnett Helped to Found the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada"
The Public Humanities at Western, Western Libraries, and the Words Festival are pleased to present:

Ian Rae: “How John Davis Barnett Helped to Found the Stratford Shakespearean Festival of Canada"
24 September 2021, 12PM

How did Stratford, Ontario, come to be the home of the largest classical theatre in North America? Why did Stratford embrace Tyrone Guthrie’s radical—in 1952—notion of a permanent thrust stage for its Shakespeare Festival? This presentation will contextualize the story of the “Stratford Miracle” by explaining how the book collector and railway engineer J.D. Barnett (1849-1926) helped to prepare the social, cultural, and even physical grounds for the creation of the Stratford Festival. En route, we will consider Barnett’s role in founding the Arts Library at Western University and his proposal for a National Library of Canada.

Sep 24, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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