Friday, June 04, 2010

Christopher Plummer stars in 'The Tempest' at Stratford Shakespeare Festival


How did I miss that actor Christopher Plummer was Canadian?

That's why I'm a fan of George Stroumboulopoulos and CBC' The Hour (click on to watch the episode with George interviewing Plummer). Every night I learn a little bit more about O Canada.

Born in Toronto in 1929, Plummer attended Jennings Private School in Montreal. And his great-grandfather was Sir John Abbott, the mayor of Montreal who went on to become the Prime Minister of Canada. Of course we all know Plummer from his role as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music; but his resume is much more loaded than that.

Plummer's latest artistic foray is playing Prospero in Shakespeare's The Tempest at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario, which runs June 11-September 12, 2010.

Here's a fun piece in The New Yorker about Christopher Plummer and the Algonguin Hotel in New York, where he lived in the 1950s.

The Tempest with Christopher Plummer opens June 25, 2010 at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.