Nathan the Wise at the Stratford Theatre Festival

Friday, July 12, 2019 5:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Nathan the Wise
Join WCGS in Stratford Friday, July 12, 2019 for Nathan the Wise, the 18th-century play by German playwright G.E. Lessing. Famous for its "Ring Parable" extolling the equality of world religions, the play is rarely performed in Canada. This production, directed by Toronto-based German director Birgit Schreyer Duarte, "celebrates the common humanity that unites us all." 

Ticket purchase includes a seat at the play, an introduction to the play by Dr. Andrea Speltz of Waterloo's Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, and a light dinner reception before the show.

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Dr. Andrea Speltz at the Forum Talk

Professor Andrea Speltz at the Forum Talk

Want to learn more about the play?
Here are a couple of articles that might be of interest to you:

  • Nathan the Wise was performed in 2016 in New York with F. Murray Abraham in the title role. The version used, an adaptaion by Edward Kemp, is the same version that will be performed in Stratford. Read the review from The New York Times. 
  • The Goethe-Institut Toronto recently published a blogpost on a 1921 film version of the play.


Regular Members: Instead of $105 you pay $50 plus HST ($56.50)

Student Members: Instead of $45 you pay $25 plus HST ($28.25)

Please Note: The auditorium is steeply inclined, and reaching the back rows may be challenging for those with restricted mobility. Please contact WCGS before you buy tickets, if you think this will be a difficulty for you. We will be happy to look into alternate arrangements (contact: Misty -

Attendees will pick up their tickets at the talk.


5:00 pm talk with Dr. Speltz (Chalmers Lounge in the Avon Theatre)

6:15 pm reception (Chalmers Lounge)

8:00 pm Nathan the Wise (Studio Theatre - around the corner from the Avon Theatre)


Stratford offers metered parking around the downtown core, with Special Access spaces (free of charge with valid permit) on George and Downie Streets.