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Stratford Festival to stage The Rocky Horror Show as part of 2018 season

Richard O'Brien poses at the after party for the first night of The Rocky Horror Show at the Wimbledon Theatre in London, on Jan. 21, 2013. The Stratford Festival says it plans to present The Rocky Horror Show as part of its 2018 season, which includes a wide variety of theatrical genres along with its usual Shakespeare works.

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Get ready to do the "Time Warp" at the Stratford Festival in southwestern Ontario.

The festival says it plans to present The Rocky Horror Show as part of its 2018 season, which includes a wide variety of theatrical genres along with its usual Shakespeare works.

Donna Feore will direct the Richard O'Brien cult classic.

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The festival notes the production "speaks to our desire to live life in an uninhibited way," which falls in line with the 2018 season's theme of free will.

The repertory theatre company plans to present a total of 12 productions next year.

Tickets for the 2018 season will go on sale to festival members on Nov. 12 and to the general public on Jan. 5.

Artistic director Antoni Cimolino will helm The Tempest, starring stage veteran Martha Henry as Prospero.

Meanwhile, Feore will helm another song-and-dance production, "The Music Man."

Other shows in the lineup include the previously announced Coriolanus, directed by theatre maverick Robert Lepage in his festival debut. The festival says the production will use real-time video and elements of social media.

Director Nigel Shawn Williams will make his directorial debut at the festival with To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Jackie Maxwell, former artistic director of the Shaw Festival, will direct Paradise Lost.

The playbill also includes: Julius Caesar, directed by Scott Wentworth; The Comedy of Errors, directed by Keira Loughran; Long Day's Journey Into Night, directed by Miles Potter; Napoli Milionaria, directed by Cimolino; An Ideal Husband, directed by Lezlie Wade; and Bronte: The World Without, directed by Vanessa Porteous.

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