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What to wear to Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, ON

post #1 of 18
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I'm surprising my wife with a road trip to Stratford, ON for a little vacation in October (9th - 11th). We will be attending a couple of plays (I don't know which ones yet) so I'm wondering what to wear. Never been to Stratford, ON nor have I been to any sort of Shakespeare festival. Looks like all of the plays are in pretty swanky theatres so I'm wondering do I go sort of business casual think slacks button up shirt, or should i throw a blazer in the bag? Really kind of not sure. Will also be trying to find a nice place for dinner too so any help would be appreciated!
post #2 of 18
A bonnet and a sonnet.
post #3 of 18
Whatever you wear, you'll probably be dressed better than 80% of the men. Why not wear a suit? You can ditch the tie if you want to dress it down a bit.
post #4 of 18
Doublet and hose.
post #5 of 18
Wear what you like and feel comfortable in, and don't try to impress anyone.
post #6 of 18
Thread Starter 
lols, i was leary of this trip as well but I figured you only live once it won't kill me to try something once. Thanks TK I kind of figured that. Just wondering if anyone had any other suggestions. Plus I gotta recommend something for the wife too.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
Wear what you like and feel comfortable in, and don't try to impress anyone.

Oh that's a given. Well I'll try to impress the wife a lil lol.
post #8 of 18
It's fairly casual theatre so business casual wear is fine.

Bring good walking shoes as Stratford is nice to walk around in the fall.
post #9 of 18
I agree with fkl on both points. A nicely put together SC + odd trousers pairing will likely place you in the best-dressed 10% of the audience. Enjoy!
post #10 of 18
I've been to Stratford many times. People tend to dress in anything from cargo shorts and t-shirt to suit and tie. Three piece or tux would be too much. I agree with odd trousers + jacket if you want to look good without being overdressed.
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by shimmyt View Post
I'm surprising my wife with a road trip to Stratford, ON for a little vacation in October (9th - 11th). We will be attending a couple of plays (I don't know which ones yet) so I'm wondering what to wear. Never been to Stratford, ON nor have I been to any sort of Shakespeare festival. Looks like all of the plays are in pretty swanky theatres so I'm wondering do I go sort of business casual think slacks button up shirt, or should i throw a blazer in the bag? Really kind of not sure. Will also be trying to find a nice place for dinner too so any help would be appreciated!

If this is where you are speaking of - http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/, then the photos show a pretty casual atmosphere. That said, there may be plenty of occasion to dress it up a bit - suit for the man, dress for the lady. Otherwise, you could always go looking a tad bit like my avatar

Anyway, again, should this be the place: this looks like the comedy play for the time you'll be there:

http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/OnSt...7&prodid=26637

Seems like a fun time to be had. Enjoy.
post #12 of 18
tweed
post #13 of 18
Whatever you wear, enjoy your time. It's a beautiful town. Before she died, my aunt ran a bed and breakfast there, and I wish I'd have taken more opportunities to spend time there.
post #14 of 18
Just be sure to be comfortable...Uncut Shakespearean plays can run in excess of three hours.
post #15 of 18
Definitely casual, a tie would likely look out of place. If you care.
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