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It's the next best thing after front row tickets to the Stratford Festival

Starting Sunday, Aug. 20 with Macbeth, catch the best of the Stratford Festival on CBC. Here's how to watch!

Starting Sunday, Aug. 20 with Macbeth, catch the best of the Stratford Festival on CBC

Better than front-row seats, watch the Stratford Festival's production of Macbeth on CBC Sunday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. Ian Lake and Krystin Pellerin star. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)

It's Canada's foremost Shakespeare festival, renowned around the world. So what if we told you that CBC is taking you to the Stratford Festival?


No, really!


The Stratford Festival's newest round of HD films are on CBC TV this summer, starting Sunday, Aug. 20 with Macbeth.

Starring Ian Lake as the power-mad Scottish King and Republic of Doyle's Krystin Pellerin as a charming but devious Lady Macbeth, the show was among the festival's top-selling tickets of all time when it appeared at the Festival Theatre last season. Directed by Antoni Cimolino for the stage, with music by Steven Page (Barenaked Ladies), tune in at 1 p.m. Sunday for your front row seat.

After that chilling tale, try the lighter side of Shakespeare. Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. the Stratford company brings you one of his earliest comedies, Love's Labour's Lost. The director of that one is John Caird. Born in Edmonton, he's a Tony Award-winning theatre artist who directed the world premiere of a little musical called Les Miserables. If this romantic romp of kings and princesses is new to you, consider this your spectacular introduction. 

Busy Sunday?


No need for drama. After the broadcast, you can find both programs online. Look for Macbeth and Love's Labour's Lost at cbc.ca/watch.

And now, a few photos from the productions...

Ian Lake as Macbeth. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Krystin Pellerin as Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Ian Lake (centre) as Macbeth with members of the company. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Krystin Pellerin as Lady Macbeth and Ian Lake as Macbeth in Macbeth. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Krystin Pellerin (centre) as Lady Macbeth, John Kirkpatrick as Doctor and Ijeoma Emesowum as Gentlewoman in Macbeth. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Members of the company in Macbeth. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Michael Blake (left) as Macduff and Ian Lake as Macbeth in Macbeth. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
From left: Andrew Robinson as Longaville, Mike Shara as Berowne, Sanjay Talwar as King Ferdinand of Navarre and Thomas Olajide as Dumaine in Love's Labour's Lost. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
From left: Sarah Afful as Rosaline, Ruby Joy as The Princess of France and John Kirkpatrick as Boyet in Love's Labour's Lost. (David Hou/Stratford Festival)
Sarah Afful (centre) as Rosaline with Josue Laboucane (left) as Costard and Ijeoma Emesowum as Maria in Love's Labour's Lost. (David Hou/Stratford Festival)
Juan Chioran (left) as Don Adriano de Armado and Josue Laboucane as Costard in Love's Labour's Lost. (David Hou/Courtesy of Stratford Festival)
Members of the company in Love's Labour's Lost. (David Hou/Stratford Festival)

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