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Stratford Festival Shakespeare Collection Learning Resources

The Stratford Festival Shakespeare collection includes study guides for each film. These guides include a synopsis, list of characters, and a range of activities for students.

Antony and Cleopatra

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Year of Release: 2015

Reason and judgement prove no match for the tsunami of mutual passion engulfing Mark Antony, one of the three joint rulers of the Roman republic, and Cleopatra, the seductive queen of Egypt. Surrendering everything to their desires, they open the floodgates to a civil conflict that will shake the very foundations of their world.

Study Guide (PDF)

Hamlet

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Year of Release: 2016

A ghostly visitor with a shocking secret, a daughter devastated by loss, a deadly duel and the most famous question in all of drama: Shakespeare’s iconic tragedy will hold you spellbound. Hamlet has been called the greatest play and this Stratford Festival production “the most complete, most fulfilling, most satisfying in decades.”

Study Guide (PDF)

King John

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Year of Release: 2015

War is the inevitable result when the King of France demands that John relinquish his crown in favour of his nephew, the young Prince Arthur. Excommunication, attempted atrocity, rebellion and assassination all contribute to a political and personal turmoil that finds devastating expression in an anguished mother’s grief for her son.

Study Guide (PDF)

King Lear

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Year of Release: 2015

An aging monarch resolves to divide his kingdom among his three daughters, with consequences he little expects. His reason shattered in the storm of violent emotion that ensues, with his very life hanging in the balance, Lear loses everything that has defined him as a king – and thereby discovers the essence of his own humanity.

Digital Study Guide (Web)

Love's Labour's Lost

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Year of Release: 2017

A king and three friends swear off women to devote themselves to their studies just as a princess and three ladies arrive on a diplomatic mission. Shakespeare delivers a touching and funny coming-of-age story with a twist ending, beautifully told in this “vibrant” and “sublime” Stratford Festival production.

Study Guide (PDF)

Macbeth

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Year of Release: 2017

Inspired by the prophecies of three witches and encouraged by his ambitious wife, a murderous king claws his way to power. The Stratford Festival’s chilling production of Macbeth will haunt your dreams and leave you tingling.

Digital Study Guide (Web)

The Adventures of Pericles

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Year of Release: 2016

A storm at sea brings love into the life of Prince Pericles; another snatches it away. The Stratford Festival’s magical production of Shakespeare’s epic tale follows a fairy-tale hero on a miraculous journey to one of drama’s most poignant reunions. “Moving from beginning to end,” it’s a story rarely told and one you won’t soon forget.

Study Guide (PDF)

Romeo and Juliet

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Year of Release: 2018

Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families – but daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost. The famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers has never been more heartbreaking than in this captivating production by the Stratford Festival.

Digital Study Guide (Web)

The Taming of the Shrew

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Year of Release: 2018

Falling headlong in love, two teenagers defy the long-simmering hatred between their families – but daring to love one’s enemy comes with a terrible cost. The famous tragedy of star-crossed lovers has never been more heartbreaking than in this captivating production by the Stratford Festival.

Study Guide (PDF)

Timon of Athens

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Year of Release: 2019

Timon’s compulsive generosity makes him the most popular man in Athens – until his funds run out. Now, embittered by ingratitude, what will he do when his city comes under attack? This stirring production from the Stratford Festival is a heartbreaking masterpiece.

Study Guide (PDF)