Photostory #312: Canada's Stratford: City of Dramatic Art: Exit Steam - Enter Shakespeare

Gar Lunney , Dark
National Film Board of Canada
Release Date
May 29, 1962
CMCP fonds
Credit Line
Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography fonds, National Gallery of Canada Library and Archives
Main Text
The last act in the story of Canada's steam locomotives was played out in Stratford in 1958. Upstaged by brash new diesels -- first appearing on the scene to capture the railway spotlight nearly 10 years ago -- the curtain finally came down on Stratford the Railway Town. Today, this southwestern Ontario city is thriving once more after a come-back sponsored by one of the theatre's most durable playwrights -- William Shakespeare. The annual festival of dramatic art, which took its opening bow in 1953, is now a cornerstone of national culture, has put new sparkle in the pace of life for Stratford's 21,000 people. Against a backdrop of new motels, tourist homes and stores full of fine goods, Stratford the Theatrical Town plays to an audience of a quarter million, invites them to stroll its green swards, visit the Shakespearean gardens, relax in an atmosphere of cosmopolitan art amid Ontario's bright summer sunshine.