Stratford Festival to honour Eric McCormack with Legacy Award

Sept. 18 gala comes just ahead of Will & Grace revival's debut


Ahead of his TV sitcom return this fall in the Will & Grace revival, Emmy-winning Canadian actor Eric McCormack will be honoured by the Stratford Festival as the latest recipient of its Legacy Award.

Born and raised in Toronto, McCormack served as a member of Stratford’s company for five seasons in the late 1980s, appearing in more than a dozen productions, including Measure for MeasureMuch Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

He has performed in Canadian theatres across the country as well as on Broadway (The Music ManThe Best Man) in addition to his TV credits. Along with the reboot of Will & Grace, McCormack is also the producer, director and star of the Netflix series Travelers.

“I first met Eric when he was playing Romeo to my then girlfriend and now wife Brigit Wilson’s Juliet,” artistic director Antoni Cimolino said in a statement.

“Over time as we worked together at the Stratford Festival he became a dear friend. At every point his enormous talent and originality shone like a beacon.”

The festival will honour McCormack on Sept. 18 at a gala held at Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Past recipients of the Stratford award include Christopher Plummer, Gordon Pinsent, Martha Henry and Maggie Smith.