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Discover fantasy and magic at THEMUSEUM this summer

Costumes from Stratford Festival Archives on display as part of Summer of Discovery

Kitchener, ONTHEMUSEUM’s featured exhibition Summer of Discovery features a room that invites visitors of all ages to enter a world of magic and fantasy with the exhibition Discovering Fantasy. Stepping into the room is like stepping backstage at the theatre: the walls are lined with costumes – some of which are also hung from the ceiling – from productions of both The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, courtesy of the Stratford Festival Archives.
The majority of the costumes were worn by actors and actresses portraying main characters. The costumes from The Tempest are from productions in 1982, 1999 and 2005; they were designed by Meredith Caron and Desmond Heeley. The costumes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream are from productions in 1968, 1976, 1982 and 1984; they were designed by Desmond Heeley, Susan Benson, Patrick Clark and Lesli Hurry.
There is also one costume on display from the 2005 production of Into the Woods: the Witch, designed by Danny Lyne.
“Discovering Fantasy transforms our space and lets visitors see new aspects of theater,” said David Marskell, CEO of THEMUSEUM. “Being able to see these outfits up close allows you to see stories with costume, and transcend the boundaries of a theater’s physical space.”
THEMUSEUM and the Stratford Festival Archives created a partnership last year when costumes from productions of Antony and Cleopatra were displayed to complement the Unwrapping Egypt exhibition.
More information about the Summer of Discovery and its six exhibitions – Mission: Outer Space A Com Dev Adventure, Science + You: Kohl Children’s Museum, Stratford’s Discovering Fantasy, Healing by Brian Knep, Ellipsis and #1562 Half the Air in a Given Space by Martin Creed – as well as tickets, can be found online at

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