The Stratford Festival offers a look inside its new Tom Patterson Theatre

The Stratford Festival is offering a first look inside its new Tom Patterson Theatre with a four-part documentary series premièring this Thursday on YouTube.

Tom Patterson Theatre – Hariri Pontarini Architects.
Stage view.

This live series of digital tours and interviews reveals the inspiration behind the Theatre’s architecture and the technology. The $70-million building was designed by Siamak Hariri, of 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.”

Tom Patterson Theatre – Hariri Pontarini Architects.
Garden view.

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 the Stratford Festival’s founder, Tom Patterson. This year, the viewing party will mark Patterson’s 101st birthday.

The viewing party details include: 

EVENT: Discover the New Tom Patterson Theatre

DATE: June 10

TIME: 7 p.m. ET 

*The viewing party will stream for 36 hours. The documentaries will remain accessible on the Stratford’s Festival’s YouTube channel and its subscription service Stratfest@Home following the première. 



Inside the Jewel: Discover the Experience that Awaits You

Take a guided tour of what you’ll experience when you see a show at the Stratford Festival’s new Tom Patterson Theatre.

A Space of Significance: Architecture that Stirs the Heart

The experts and visionaries behind the Tom Patterson Theatre discuss designing for the human experience, architectural influences, building components and much more.

Beyond Beautiful: The Inspired Design of a Riverside Gem

Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino and architect Siamak Hariri discuss the impulses and inspirations behind the new Tom Patterson Theatre, and walk us through the exciting journey from idea to completion.

Machinery of Magic: The Technology that Supports the Art

Technical Director Greg Dougherty pulls back the curtain on some of the state-of-the-art technology that makes the magic happen behind the scenes at the new Tom Patterson Theatre.