The Blyth Festival has premiered 156 (and counting) new Canadian plays, an achievement very few arts organizations in Canada can parallel. All of these are plays written by Canadians, directed by Canadians, designed by Canadians, and performed by Canadians. All of them are fully realized professional productions about life in rural Canada.
To date, more than one million people, from every township and concession road in Huron County, every province and territory in Canada, all over United States, and all around the globe have attended the Blyth Festival.
The success of the Blyth Festival has led to the founding of many summer theatres in town halls across Ontario, and some have even since adopted a policy for also producing Canadian plays.
Dozens of plays born on Blyth’s stage have gone on to be produced worldwide. Plays from the Blyth Festival have won Governor General’s awards, been produced in 29 countries worldwide, and translated into dozens of languages, including American Sign Language.
“In almost every way that counts, the Blyth Festival Theatre in tiny Blyth stages an often original and daring Canadian repertoire that larger and considerably better funded Canadian theatres shy away from- and it does so with remarkably high-performance values.”
Barbara Gabriel, Reviews – Capital Critics’ Circle / Le cercle des critiques de la capitale, 2023
“Of all the regional theatres across Canada, no theatre has been as truthful and as faithful to its core audience as Blyth. It’s amazing to peruse its production history since its inception in 1975 and see all the plays it has presented that examine and celebrate rural issues generally and farming issues specifically.
“It’s a glorious tradition that is sure to continue. And, by the way, you don’t have to live in rural Canada to appreciate the contribution the Festival has made to helping us all understand the breadbasket that feeds the nation.”
Robert Reid, Reid between the lines, 2017