Shakespeare with a Newfoundland twist at Stratford Festival

By Katherine Hobbs for CBC News, 20 March 2016

Shakespeare’s comedy, As You Like It, will be getting a Newfoundland makeover this summer at the Stratford Festival in Ontario.

The play’s director, Jillian Keiley, is from St. John’s and has set the production in Newfoundland, featuring traditional music played by a live band.

For an added authentic feel, a number of people from the province —  including actor Petrina Bromley and musician Bob Hallett —  have been hired to take part.

“There is a distinct effort, I think, to bring the ambience of a Newfoundland celebration and the way Newfoundland entertainment can sort of blur the line between audience and entertainers and make that part of the evening here in Stratford,” said Hallett.

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