On today’s date in 1975, Robin Phillips was appointed artistic director of the Stratford Festival, succeeding Jean Gascon, who served that role from 1968-74.
In 2002, the Royal Canadian Mint commemorated the Stratford Festival on a 50-cent silver coin as part of its Canadian Festivals series. Struck out of .925 per cent silver, the coin has a weight of 9.3 grams, a diameter of 27.13 mm and a thickness of 2.08 mm. The coin’s reverse depicts two actors with the Stratford Theatre in the background.
Phillips spent five seasons directing many Stratford Festival productions and promoting new talent, including actors Maggie Smith, Richard Monette, Martha Henry and Brian Bedford. He resigned in 1980 and later became the artistic director at the Grand Theatre in London, Ont.