Stratford Festival ready to reveal the new Tom Patterson Theatre

The Stratford Festival is ready to reveal their new $70-million Tom Patterson Theatre during a virtual event tomorrow.

It will be the public’s first peak inside a building the Festival describes as a work of art.

The big reveal will take place during a four-part documentary series premièring Thursday, June 10, at 7 p.m. ET at a live viewing party on its YouTube channel.

A media release says the series of digital tours and interviews reveals the exceptional architecture, the inspiration behind it and the technology that will make it one of the most remarkable theatres in the world.

The $70-million building was designed by Siamak Hariri, of Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects, who was selected for the project after an international search. The result, says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino, is “a work of art, not a conventional building.”

Prior to the pandemic, the Tom Patterson Theatre was scheduled to open officially at a ceremony on June 11, 2020, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tom Patterson, the founder of the Stratford Festival. Instead, the viewing party will mark the hometown hero’s 101st birthday.