Nice to know a national institution can admit a mistake.
Blogger and broadcaster Lynn Slotkin received a note from the the the Stratford Shakespeare Festival PR rep Ann Swerdfager saying that the Stratford team has had a change of heart and, after snatching them away this week, will return her reviewers' privileges.
Here's the text of the message:
Please accept our regrets for any over-hasty action on our part regarding your media tickets for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Upon reflection, we realize that critical debate is an essential part of any vibrant theatrical culture and that we should continue to provide you with reviewer's tickets.
Perhaps it's not a coincidence that Stratford's email to Slotkin came after the Toronto Theatre Critics Association sent a message deploring their action:
The Toronto Theatre Critics Association deplores the recent decision by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival to revoke media ticket privileges to critic Lynn Slotkin for the remainder of the 2012 season. The TTCA believes critics should not be penalized for expressing opinions that might not please a theatre's management.
Looks like Stratford had a brief brain cramp and figured out that the fallout from their original decision would seriously tarnish its reputation. Give them some credit - they did finally think it through.