King Lear and Rent among highlights of Stratford Festival's 2023 slate

The Stratford Festival has announced its 2023 lineup and it includes the children's fantasy A Wrinkle in Time, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and the musical Rent.

Also part of the lineup: A Wrinkle In Time, Women of the Fur Trade and Love's Labour's Lost

The Stratford Festival last performed King Lear in 2014. Colm Feore, center, played the role of King Lear in that production. (David Hou/Stratford Festival)

The Stratford Festival is bridging the old and the new with a 2023 slate featuring Shakespeare classics, beloved musicals and fresh takes on familiar stories.

The renowned theatre company in southwestern Ontario has announced 13 plays to be staged the between mid-April and October under the season's theme of "Duty vs. Desire."

Stratford will hearken back to its Shakespearean traditions starting with season opener King Lear, which will be followed by productions of Much Ado About NothingRichard II and Love's Labour's Lost.

The festival will turn up the volume with a pair of musicals, the rock opera Rent and the Arthurian comedy Monty Python's Spamalot.

The lineup also features a movement-based reimagining of Mary Shelley's monstrous tale Frankenstein Revived, and a new adaptation of the children's fantasy A Wrinkle In Time.

Canadian stories set to hit the stage include the historical satire Women of the Fur Trade, the seminal Quebecois play Les Belles-Soeurs and the Stratford-commissioned Casey and Diana about a Toronto AIDS hospice preparing for a visit by the Princess of Wales in 1991.

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