Christopher Plummer to be told he’s awesome by the Stratford theatre community
Christopher Plummer was nominated for an Emmy earlier this week for his work in the documentary Moguls and Movie Stars, and now the Toronto-born actor has also been announced as the recipient of a lifetime achievement award from the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. At 81, Plummer is no stranger to nominations—he received his first Oscar nomination ever for his role in The Last Station last year, is a member of the Order of Canada, won a Tony for his one-man show Barrymore and has several Genies under his belt—and, not that he needs to brag or anything, but he has certainly made his mark on the Stratford community, with over 10 seasons of performances to his credit.
Plummer is certainly deserving of this Stratford Festival lifetime achievement award, having started his career at the festival in 1956 in a production of Henry V. “Christopher Plummer is a national treasure,” Des McAnuff, Stratford’s artistic director, said in a news release yesterday. “He got his start at the Stratford Festival and has been a faithful supporter over the almost 60 years of its history.” Plummer will be honoured at a gala in Toronto on September 26, which brings together two Canadian theatre legends: fellow festival vet Gordon Pinsent will present Plummer with the award. We’d pay paper money to see the two of them onstage together.