Today, March 27, is World Theatre Day. The day is organized by the International Theatre Institute, and has been celebrated around the globe every year since 1962.
Along with hosting various events worldwide, the ITI commissions a message from a well-known theatre professional (past message authors have included Jean Cocteau, Arthur Miller, Robert Lepage and Judi Dench). This year's message was written by Brett Bailey, a South African playwright and director. You can read the entire text here.
Over the years, George has talked about life in the theatre with a lot of guests, some actors, some directors, some just passionate about the craft. In honour of World Theatre Day, here's a roundup of some great conversation:
Plummer is an Oscar- and Tony-winning Canadian icon, who has tread the boards for more than 60 years. When he was in the red chair, he talked to George about his storied career, the art of classical acting and getting replaced in a show by William Shatner.
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber is the king of the modern mega-musical, and he talked to George about his career in the theatre, and seeing one of Judy Garland's final performances.
The actor and singer talked to George about starring in the mega-musical Phantom of the Opera — and starting out in a Tragically Hip cover band. He's now starring as Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables.
The Canadian stage legend talked about his work at the celebrated Stratford Shakespeare Festival, and shared some stories from his long career.
The World Champion figure skater is now a world-class actor, starring in Chicago on Broadway. He was in the red chair recently and talked to George about his new career.
She is best known for her role as Samantha on Sex and the City, but she has some pretty impressive stage credits, too. In this 2011 interview, Cattrall talked to George about her long career and starring on Broadway with fellow Canadian Paul Gross.
The incredibly prolific actor is no stranger to the stage. He talked to George about his career, including his next project: playing King Lear at this year's Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
The star of stage and screen (and also the daughter of politician Tommy Douglas and the mother of Kiefer Sutherland) shared a few stories from her long career.
Something You Might Not Know About Stratford
The actress Maev Beaty walks us through the history of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (as well as some of the Ontario city's most famous residents).