Experience Canada's Shakespeare paradise without leaving the states

STRATFORD, Ont. -- No passport? No problem.

Stratford Festival Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has United States residents covered if they've always wanted to see Shakespeare's work at the world-renown Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada.

While he won't get U.S. residents a passport and ferry them to the festival, he'll do what might be the next best thing: Bring some of the festival's live productions to movie screens across the U.S.A.

The Stratford Festival HD Stage-To-Screen Series kicks off in the U.S. on April 24, with"Hamlet," followed by the rarely told "The Adventures of Pericles" beginning May 8 and "The Taming of the Shrew" beginning May 29.

Producer and director Barry Avrich has captured the productions using 10 cameras and 128 tracks of sound "to create an immersive high-definition, surround-sound experience while remaining faithful to the stage version of the productions," according to press material.

This year's stage-to-screen series coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and celebrates its legacy. The Bard of Stratford-upon-Avon was born in 1564 in that English city and died in 1616.

The series is part of Cimolino's project to capture all of Shakespeare's plays over the next 10 years and bring them to a global audience.

The project launched in February 2015 with the release of "King Lear," "King John" and "Antony and Cleopatra."

The following is this year's line-up described in greater detail by the festival's publicity team:

"Hamlet" -- It's been called the greatest play in the English language and this production "the most complete, most fulfilling, most satisfying in decades of theatergoing." Jonathan Goad is witty and courageous in the title role, but also deeply human. The film excites and surprises at every turn, with a cast of some of the finest classical actors in the world bringing to life the most intense and heart breaking relationships the stage has ever seen. Directed for the stage by Antoni Cimolino. Directed for film by Shelagh O'Brien. Produced by Barry Avrich.

"The Taming of the Shrew" -- Shakespeare's boisterous comedy will stir your emotions with the love story of Katherina and Petruchio, the feisty couple at the center of Shakespeare's most pointed social commentary. Deborah Hay gives a "performance for the ages" as the Shrew and Ben Carlson is the perfect counterpoint as her plotting suitor, creating a chemistry that sets the stage alight. Directed for the stage by Chris Abraham. Produced and directed for film by Barry Avrich.

"The Adventures of Pericles" -- One storm at sea brings love into the life of Pericles, Prince of Tyre, while another snatches it away. This magical production of Shakespeare's epic tale is "moving from beginning to end." Evan Buliung gives a sweeping performance, portraying the dashing young prince with verve and swagger and taking him into his elder years with sorrowful tenderness. A story rarely told, and oneyou won't soon forget! Directed for the stage by Scott Wentworth. Produced and directed for film by Barry Avrich.

For ticketing information, visit http://www.specticast.com/en/categories/stratford-festival-hd-2016-series.

The Stratford Festival has existed for more than 60 years. Its primary goal is producing Shakespeare's work, but also stages classics by other playwrights.

The festival, a repertory theater, presents a seven-month season of a dozen or more plays in four venues, together with a forum of events to enhance the play-attending experience.

Since it's first season in 1953, the festival has drawn more than 26 million theatergoers from around the world.

For more information about the Stratford Festival, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca.‎