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The 2017 seminar was a wonderful week of entertainment and learning.  2018 seminar information will be posted throughout the year as it becomes available.  In the meantime, please view the content below from our recent seminar for an idea what to expect!


In July, join the McMaster Stratford Seminar Series for a great week of world-class live theatre, fine dining, learning, relaxing and socializing in scenic Stratford, Ontario. Participants attend numerous productions, lectures and discussion sessions, learn about theatre production staging, and have the opportunity to meet some of the Stratford Festival cast. The seminar is open to the public, and everyone is welcome. *Please note this is not an accredited course.

2017 seminar week performances (included and optional plays listed)
  • Twelfth Night
  • Timon of Athens
  • HMS Pinafore or The Virgin Trials
  • The Changeling
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Guys and Dolls
  • Bakkhai
  • Treasure Island (optional)
  • The School for Scandal (optional)
Please Note: we have a limited number of tickets available at the Tuesday Matinee time slot for The Virgin Trial, on a first come first served basis. When registering, please select HMS Pinafore or The Virgin Trial noting how many tickets you would like for your party for each.

6-Day (weeklong) and 2-Day (weekend) options will be available in 2017.
Seminar packages include access to all seminar lectures, discussion groups and activities.

6-Day (Monday to Saturday) Includes Monday and Friday night dinners and seven plays mentioned above with the choice of purchasing additional optional plays.  Lunch package available for $100. McMaster University graduate discount of $50.
Price - $999 (Reduced pricing from previous years reflects a reduction to seven included plays and an increase to two optional plays.)

2-Day (Friday and Saturday) Includes lunches, Friday night dinner and four plays: The Changeling, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens and The School for Scandal
Price - $549

You are responsible for booking your own accommodations. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Parlour Historic Inn and Suites for the McMaster group, available on a first come, first served basis. You can also visit the Stratford Festival’s website,, for other housing options and booking/contact information.

Our 2017 program packet is available.  Please click "Download Program Packet" to view. 

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