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2023 Legacy Gala honouring Lucy Peacock. Hosted by Sheila McCarthy. Monday, October 2, 2023. Four Seasons Hotel, Toronto.


On October 02, 2023, we had the pleasure of honouring Lucy Peacock at our Stratford Festival Legacy Gala, hosted by Sheila McCarthy.

It was a great evening of celebration for a distinguished actress, who has been featured in more than 80 productions at the Stratford Festival in her 40 year career.

After graduating from the National Theatre School in 1983, Lucy made her debut as Hermia in the inaugural Dream in High Park, toured with Regina's Globe Theatre, and played Mary Snow in Saltwater Moon at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal. She then joined the Stratford Festival Young Company in 1984, and her portrayal of the role of Mrs. Sullen in The Beaux’ Stratagem captured the attention of both audiences and critics alike; she subsequently reprised the role to much acclaim in 2014. 

Since then, she has journeyed through the stories of Ophelia, Rosalind, Viola, Portia, Desdemona, Lady Macbeth, Titania, Beatrice, Gwendolyn, Helena, Duchess of Malfi, Masha, Mary Stuart, Volumnia, Queen Elizabeth and Satan. She has explored leading roles in Three Tall Women, Bakkhai, All My Sons, John Gabriel Borkman, Private Lives, Hello, Dolly!, The King and I, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, and a two-year run of her sold-out cabaret, Late Night with Lucy. As well, Ms Peacock played two seasons at the Festival with her acclaimed, sold-out, one-woman tour de force show, The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead, which also toured to Vancouver. Her portrayal of seven characters ranging from age 4 to 84 garnered rave reviews.

Ms Peacock has shared the stage and worked with some of the most iconic actors, directors and artists of this generation, including Christopher Plummer, John Neville, Richard Monette, Martha Henry, Antoni Cimolino, Brian Bedford, Sir Jonathan Miller, Cary Perloff, Robin Phillips, Susan H. Schulman, Brent Carver, Susan Wright, Janet Wright, Goldie Semple, Peter Hinton-Davis, Jackie Maxwell, Colm Feore, Seana McKenna, Peter Donaldson, Jillian Keiley and Robert Lepage.

She has captivated audiences at major cultural institutions such as the National Arts Centre, The Segal Centre, Centaur Theatre, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Citadel, The Globe Theatre, Canadian Stage, Vancouver Playhouse, The Coalmine Theatre, The Winter Garden and Broadway’s Lincoln Centre. She has several film and television credits, and is a four-time recipient of Stratford's Tyrone Guthrie Award.  She is, as well, the published author of Limericks by Lucy Peacock as the Duchess of Malfi: Written as She Lay Dead on the Stage.

Known for her compassion and commitment to the Stratford Company, Lucy mentors, guides and teaches young actors and works with both production and artistic management to accomplish common goals of dignity and respect in service to the work. Her generosity to the Stratford community is always appreciated as she has helped raise over $200,000 for Performing Arts Lodge Stratford with her multi-year commitment to directing and hosting their annual fundraiser at the Festival Theatre.

The proceeds from this successful evening will support the key artistic priorities of the Stratford Festival.

2023 Gala Co-Chairs

Barry Avrich, Wendy Pitblado, David Simmonds

2023 Sponsors

Platinum Table 
Sandra & Jim Pitblado

Gold Tables

Canada Life

Power Corporation of Canada

Laura Dinner & Richard Rooney/Mary Ann & Robert Gorlin

Silver Tables 


Peter Gilgan Foundation

"All the devils are here"
John & Dian Bell  
Sylvia D. Chrominska & Carol Stephenson 
Ian & Helen Giffen
Paul Maranger & Robert Brown

Bronze Tables

Bell Canada

Bennett Jones

Birch Hill Equity Partners



Hut 8

Major Rock


David & Patricia Adams
Tristan Armstrong | Patrick Duncan 
Terry Cassaday 
David Harris 
Shelley & David Peterson
Wendy Pitblado      
Susan & Peter Restler 
Brian Rolfes & Bradley Berg | McKinsey 
The Slaight Family Foundation                    
Larry & Pamela Stevenson
Raymond Chabot Grant Thorton

Media Partner


2023 GALA