Theatre season is in full swing at the Stratford Festival in Stratford, Ontario. Home to North America’s largest repertory theatre, it’s not uncommon to spot celebrated actors such as Colm Feore and Cynthia Dale both on and offstage, in the restaurants and shops in this energetic theatre town.
One of 13 productions on the playbill this season includes The Diary of Anne Frank, on stage at the Avon Theatre, one of four theatres in Stratford. It tells the compelling story of a Jewish girl and her family who went into hiding during the Second World War to escape the Nazis. The Diary of Anne Frank production runs until October 10.
This production coincides with the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II on June 6. In honour of this date, The Stratford Perth Museum is hosting a new travelling exhibit from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Anne Frank: A History for Today, runs until October 12th. See never-before-seen artifacts and learn the role Canadian soldiers played in liberating the Netherlands in 1945.
It’s easy to get to Stratford from Toronto by bus. The Stratford Direct Bus offers $25 roundtrip bus service from the Intercontinental Toronto Centre (225 Front Street West, corner of Front and Simcoe). Via Rail has daily service to Stratford as well. Plan an eventful day trip and pack in one or even two shows. The bus leaves Stratford at 5pm and again at 11pm.
If you’re planning an overnight trip, Ambercroft Bed & Breakfast is a charming 19th century farmhouse on a beautiful tree-lined street, within walking distance to all four theatres, shops, restaurants and the Avon River.
(Originally published August 23, 2015)