Stratford Road Trips


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Watch Blyth Theatre's production of Jumbo, featuring the famous elephant's last days in nearby St Thomas. After the play, enjoy a backstage tour. Thursday, July 4th. 12:15 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

This road trip takes us to the award-winning Blyth Festival Theatre for a matinee performance of Jumbo. On September 15, 1885 the Barnum and Bailey circus was in St. Thomas, southwest of Stratford. Two parallel railway tracks ran close to the grounds where the tents were pitched.  By 9:30 that night, Matthew Scott - Jumbo's favourite keeper - was escorting Jumbo and another smaller elephant, called "Tom Thumb" toward their cages. They were still some distance away when a special freight train appeared in the east.  Realizing the danger, Scott tried to move the elephants down the embankment on the side of the track.  When this failed, he urged them to run toward the circus train, where they could get off the main track more easily. After the play, Road Trippers are invited to a discussion with the director and/or the actors.

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Earlier Event: July 2
Later Event: July 5