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Timothy Findley on the Stratford Festival early days

The Stratford Festival grew from humble beginnings in a leaky tent into a revered institution. The drama festival has continued to attract actors, critics and theatre-goers from around the globe. Paradoxically, this almost proved to be its undoing. With international directors at the helm in the early years, frustrated Canadians sat on the sidelines. Financial problems almost shut the festival down. But the curtain would rise again on a new golden era.

Timothy Findley recalls the early days of the Stratford Festival.

Medium: Radio
Program: Writers & Company
Broadcast Date: Oct. 14, 2001
Guest(s): Timothy Findley
Interviewer: Eleanor Wachtel
Duration: 3:53

Last updated: December 13, 2012

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