If music be the food of love, play on
Siobhan McKenna as Viola, disguised as a male, meets Frances Hyland as Olivia, who falls in love.
Photo: Herb Nott, Toronto, The Stratford Festival, 1953-1957.
Tom Patterson discovers Viola for Guthrie in 1957
Festival founder Tom Patterson was on a "star-shopping trip" when he discovered Siobhan McKenna in New York. He went there to entice Julie Harris and Marlon Brando to come to Stratford. They were passed over when he saw Miss McKenna in the title role of a rave-review of Shaw's Saint Joan.
In true theatrical spirit, McKenna carried on in the role of Viola even though she suffered a painful leg injury during the season. Source: Streets of Stratford, 2004
Tyrone Guthrie invited Frances Hyland to play opposite James Mason in Measure for Measure in 1954. She returned to Stratford (1955, 1957-59, 1964-57) in a variety of roles including Perdita, Desdemona, and a definitive Ophelia opposite Christopher Plummer in 1957. Frances Hyland | The Canadian Encyclopedia