Stratford Festival Theatre officially opens season to thousands

Opening night of Richard III at the new Tom Patterson Theatre in Stratford. (Image courtesy of Stratford Festival Theatre)

The Stratford Festival Theatre estimates more than 4,000 people converged on the Festival and Tom Patterson theatres for the official opening of its 70th season.

Hamlet, Richard III and Chicago were all on stage between Thursday, June 2 and Saturday, June 4.

Richard III is playing at the new $72-million Tom Patterson Theatre and Saturday evening’s opening included a drone light show that lit up the sky above the theatre and the Avon River.

Both theatres were filled to capacity for the performances.