1920 – 2005
Who was Tom Patterson?
Patterson was a veteran of World War II and a journalist writing for Maclean's magazine in 1953. From the time that he was a teenager, he had thought that his home town of Stratford, Ontario should be home to performances of Shakespeare's plays. The town was suffering from industrial decline due to the declining fortunes of the rail industry. Patterson, with no experience of the theatre, proposed the idea of a theatre festival. He persuaded the town council to back it, an enthusiastic committee of local citizens to organize it, and most importantly well-known Shakespearean director Tyrone Guthrie to run things. Alec Guinness was persuaded to perform the first year, and the festival has never looked back.
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- Jun 11, 1920
- Feb 23, 2005
on July 23, 2013