To provide community theatre in London;
To provide a training ground for drama and theatre personnel;
To develop and promote the application of drama and theatre in education;
To assist other dramatic and cultural groups in the community and area and to co-operate actively with other theatres and with regional, provincial, and national theatre groups.
The Donnellys is based on Canada’s most infamous vigilante murder. A story from 1880, that has grown in the telling with each generation since the events that shook the little village of Lucan followed by the trial in London, Ontario both of which caused a sensation around the world. The play sets out to answer the “why” of what happened, tracing the story back into the blood-feuds of old Ireland and illustrating the passions and hatreds that fueled this deadly tragedy.
At last, a play about curling, the noble sport that every winter turns otherwise sane Canadian men and women into broom-waving fanatics. Given the chance, any one of them would actively consider selling their soul to the devil for a chance to win the national championship known as “the Brier.” That’s the offer made to Willie MacCrimmon in this hilarious story. The time is the not-too-distant past, and the place is Shelby, Alberta, a small town in the foothills.
Helen and Paige really want a baby. Maybe even two. They’ve decided they want to use a sperm donor, but because of Paige’s own upbringing as an adopted child they want the donor to, at least, be known to the child. This challenge makes the normally anonymous favour even harder and more intimate than they expected. Through the fast-paced “dating” of several candidates, all of whom come with their own warning labels, Helen and Paige’s relationship is strained to a point where they must remember why they set out on this journey together in the first place.
Cinderella is a classic tale of true love and magic that will warm your heart. Complete with a wicked step mother, Prince Charming and a Fairy Godmother who can weave magic. Cinderella goes to a Ball that will change her life.
In 1888, esteemed actor, Richard Mansfield, began his run in the dual role of Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde at the Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End. It was an artistic triumph, albeit a financial failure. T.R. Sullivan’s script, while modifying Robert Louis Stevenson’s original to include a fiancee for Dr. Jekyll has been the basis for many of the adaptations of the famous story.
While the Ripper Murders raged on during the summer of 1888, Richard Mansfield, due to the reality of his portrayal of Hyde, garnered suspicion, for a time, as Jack the Ripper.
Fast forward 20 years later, to 1908 – Mansfield, having passed away in 1907, is being honored as a remount of Jekyll and Hyde is being commissioned at the very theatre it was last performed in. Frederick Douglas, an American thespian, has been brought over to command the role Mansfield made famous.
Rehearsals are underway and Douglas is struggling to capture the essence of Hyde. With opening night fast approaching, everyone is on edge – especially Douglas, who has had a strange visitor haunting him during the rehearsal period.
There’s no such thing as a secret in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia. Not when the gossips meet for coffee every day at the local diner. Vi, Rita, Mary Ellen, and Janine are all as close as can be, and they know everybody’s business. But when Sean, a doctor, arrives to take a temporary job at the clinic, he tips the Maritime town that’s famous for being halfway between the North Pole and the equator off its axis. This feel-good comedy will envelop you in a familiar warm hug that shares the relief of finding your people.
A classic love story, Pride and Prejudice is set in Regency era England. The play follows the character development of Elizabeth Bennet, an independent and intelligent woman who is loved by a self-reserved and powerful man Mr. Darcy. They learn about the repercussions of hasty judgments and eventually come to appreciate the difference between being superficial and being true to one’s self. A classic piece filled with comedy. Its humour lies in its honest depiction of manners, education, marriage and the distribution of money during the Regency era.
Proof is a work that explores the unknowability of love as much as it does the mysteries of science. It focuses on Catherine, a young woman who has spent years caring for her father, Robert, a brilliant mathematician in his youth who was later unable to function without her help. His death has brought into her midst both her sister, Claire, who wants to take Catherine back to New York with her, and Hal, a former student of Catherine’s father who hopes to find some hint of Robert’s genius among his incoherent scribblings. The passion that Hal feels for math both moves and angers Catherine, who, in her exhaustion, is torn between missing her father and resenting the great sacrifices she made for him. For Catherine has inherited at least a part of her father’s brilliance — and perhaps some of his instability as well. As she and Hal become attracted to each other, they push at the edges of each other’s knowledge, considering not only the unpredictability of genius but also the human instinct toward love and trust.
A play that presents an idea bigger than “the universe and everything contained in it.” This absurdist comedy imagines Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso meeting in a Parisian cafe in 1904, just before the renowned scientist transformed physics with his theory of relativity and the celebrated painter set the art world afire with cubism. It plays fast and loose with fact, fame, and fortune as these two geniuses muse on the century’s achievements and prospects, as well as other fanciful topics, with infectious dizziness. Bystanders, including Picasso’s agent, the bartender and his mistress, Picasso’s date, an elderly philosopher and an idiot inventor introduce additional flourishes of humor. The final surprise patron to join the merriment at the Lapin Agile is a charismatic dark-haired singer, time-warped in from a later era.
Humour, heart and humanity are the ingredients that make this play a must-see! David, a successful novelist with writer’s block, has received some devastating news he’s kept to himself. Lucy, his housekeeper of twenty-eight years, has her own secret that she’s afraid to admit. As Lucy is getting ready to end her shift, David invites her to stay and have a drink, curious about the woman who’s been tending to his house all these years. But as the night sets in and the drinks start to flow, secrets reveal themselves, for better or worse.
Welcome to the talk show, Real Talk with Fairytale Legends, where the seven dwarves tell the story of Snow White as the Fairytale Players bring it to life. As each new dwarf takes a turn telling part of Snow White’s famous story in his or her own unique voice, the players’ re-enactment shifts to match the style and personality of that particular dwarf. At any given moment, the story can be anything — romance, comedy, home improvement show, suspense, Western, epic poetry, mystery, cooking show, stand-up routine, or blockbuster action movie!
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” The small English village of Longbourn is thrown into an uproar with the news that Mr. Bingley, a wealthy young bachelor, has rented the nearby manor of Netherfield Park, especially for the Bennett family with five unmarried daughters. At a ball, the girls meet Mr. Bingley and his wealthy friend Mr. Darcy, after which life for the Bennett family will never be the same. In this staging of Jane Austen’s classic story, audiences will experience the scope of grandeur of the Georgian Era, while exploring class, reputation, and love.
A hysterically funny and deeply touching play, it deals in shocking detail with all the important elements of childrearing; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Humourous, emotional, ecstatic and hysterical, Mom’s the Word is a chorus line of confessional anecdotes and vignettes combined to create the mother of all comedies. Without the rose-coloured lens treatment, Mom’s the Word is a hilarious, intimate look at motherhood.
In the fall of 2003, a cadet at the Royal Military College of Canada, Joe Grozelle, vanished and was found dead three weeks later. The play follows the exclusive story of a botched investigation and Ron Grozelle’s decade long quest to find out how his son died and why no answers have been available. WHY is this a COLD CASE?! A gripping and enveloping story of a family in a time of loss striving to understand.
The play begins with Alison onstage and sets about, apparently, to tell the story of how the idealism of youth has led only to disappointment. The one thing she would save from a burning house is a bottle of sand from near the Dead Sea, a symbol of the sweat and blood of human effort in ancient times that by the end of the play comes to represent the memories of accumulated effort in a single human being. As Alison awkwardly tries to tell her tale, the characters involved in it suddenly begin appearing even when she does not want them to. Gradually she loses any narratorial control as the story tells itself and Alison has to relive increasingly more painful scenes from her life.
Faust meets professional baseball in the classic Broadway sendup of love and the American pastime. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd, trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favourite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation, Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life that he’s left behind. It’s loaded with great songs, such as What Lola Wants and You’ve Got to Have Heart.
The unsuspecting Birling family are visited by the mysterious Inspector Goole who arrives just as they are celebrating an engagement. The Inspector reveals that a girl called Eva Smith has taken her own life by drinking disinfectant. While horrified, the family are initially confused as to why the Inspector has called to see them. What follows is a thrilling investigation through which the family discover that they are all in fact caught up in this poor girl’s death.
A funny and heartwarming look at retirement and the adjustments needed as people move into a new phase of their lives. A retired man is driving his wife crazy and she suggests activities OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE that he could do. He finally takes up a new hobby with unintended consequences.
Here come the Brides! Hysterically-funny, a wildly turning and unexpectedly touching slice of small-town life that boils over with riotous, prenuptial shenanigans. Talk about marital mayhem as new-found relationships emerge in this hilarious look at small-town weddings gone wrong.
Gardner and Fanny Church are preparing to move out of their Beacon Hill house to their summer cottage on Cape Cod. Gardner, once a famous poet, now is retired. He is living with progressing dementia as his wife Fanny valiantly tries to keep them both afloat. They have asked their daughter, Mags, to come home and help them move. Mags agrees, for she hopes as well to finally paint their portrait. She is now on the verge of artistic celebrity herself and hopes, by painting her parents, to come to terms with them and they with her. Mags triumphs in the end as Fanny and Gardner actually step through the frame and become a work of art ineffable and timeless.
So you think fifty is too late to shake things up and put yourself out there? Ally doesn’t think so and if getting back in the game with bags, sags, and wrinkles isn’t enough, she dares her friends to take a chance and join her in the uncertain world of online dating. The results are hilarious and touching and might make you wonder if anyone is ever who they say they are. This play gives us a heartfelt look at friendship, love, and secrets among five women who have shared everything. They prove it’s never too late to take a chance, never too late to learn from each other, and never too late to surrender your heart.
Set in Terre Haute, Indiana in late 1979, The Nerd centres on the hilarious dilemma of a young architect who is visited by Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved has life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. However, Rick’s awkward manner and inappropriate behaviour throws the occasion into shambles. It turns out that Rick makes life unravel to those who meet him, and he overstays his welcome with a vengeance. (more…)
Based on the Apocryphal tale Susannah and the Elders, the opera is set in the 1950s backwoods of Tennessee and centres around 18-year-old Susannah. The innocent Susannah faces hostility from the women in her community for her beauty and the attention it attracts from their husbands. She also catches the eye of newly-arrived Reverend Olin Blitch, whose influence will ultimately lead Susannah and this community to tragedy.
Sixty years after its creation, the stunning music and moving story of Susannah continue to be incredibly poignant.
Be Our Guest as we invite you to step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Beauty and the Beast. This stage version includes all of the wonderful songs from the film along with new songs. You and your family will be thrilled by the wonder and adventure of this Tale as Old as Time.
Engineering student Jean Fournier escapes the 1989 Montreal Massacre. But his life spirals downward as his feelings overwhelm him. His parents, Benoît and Kathleen, are put to the test as they try to help their only son find a way to cope. The play takes us back through the lives of the fictional Fournier family and in so doing gives a poignancy to the words, fears, and jests we share every day without knowing how significant they may become. In simple and sensitive dialogue, The December Man (L’homme de décembre) examines our feelings in times of darkness. The depth of the Fournier’s love for one another will strike a universal chord.
Three estranged sisters meet on the eve of their mother’s funeral. As they attempt to organize the funeral, alternative memories of their childhood wash over them and the secrets of their separate lives are revealed. Laughter and tears, memories fade, blur and persist as the sisters reminisce, watched over by the ghost of the mother to whom they are preparing to say goodbye.
When a woman says she needs new shoes, what she really means is she wants a new job. When she says she needs a new house, what she really needs is a new husband. And when she says she needs a new car, what she really wants is a new life. One night, by chance, she is offered the opportunity to step into another life, and she takes it. Becky’s New Car is about life, love, marriage and detours we take on the road to happiness.
This is an emotional, compelling musical that will evoke everything from laughter to tears of sorrow and joy, just like life itself. While Matthew Godkin suffers from a life-threatening heart attack, his thirteen-year-old daughter, Angelika, is determined to help him get better. Gifted with a new harp, she discovers the powers within music to help her dad’s heart heal. Because we never really know what life has in store for us, a shocking turn of events gives us yet another opportunity to think deeply about the meaning of life.
A hilarious comedy. Empty-nesters, trying to rekindle the spark in their marriage, return to the campground of their youth in a broken-down tent trailer. Things have changed at the campground since their last visit…when all is exposed…everyone is in for a surprise and a lot of laughs.
A well-loved and award-winning play presenting the story of one woman, Albertine, at five different times in her life. The older Albertines warn the younger ones of what is to come — “Our fate depends on you,” Albertine at 70 says to Albertine at 30. Together, with her sister Madeleine, these five Albertines provide a moving portrait of the extraordinary life of an “ordinary” woman.
This new, updated translation celebrates this classic Canadian drama that has intrigued and delighted audiences around the world.
Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twenty-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins.
Based on the real-life experiences of the playwright’s parents, this comedy, Harvest tells the story of Allan and Charlotte, farmers who trade their life in the country for a condo in the city. When they rent their farmhouse to a young pilot intent on raising a different “crop,” they begin a journey filled with an assortment of unforgettable characters all played by the same two talented actors.
Harvest has been produced across Canada from British Columbia to the Atlantic Provinces but will be the first production in London where Allister and Carolyn Cameron, the real Allan and Charlotte, live.
How will Vivien Bliss get her new (Harlequin Romance) novel finished in the face of, behind the back of, in spite of, and with the help of an advice columnist, a nosy reporter, a doctor in pantyhose, an orphan with a cake and Helga, the evil Russian physicist? Glorious mayhem and laughter ensues…. (more…)
Anne of Green Gables is a Canadian classic!! The musical adaptation of the story of an imaginative red-haired orphan searching for belonging is guaranteed to tug at heartstrings and tickle funny bones.
Two brothers on a weekend fishing holiday unexpectedly meet up with two sisters. What follows is smart, funny, with moments of sentiment and real-life drama. It’ll drop you to your knees with laughter on one hand, and then quietly break your heart with the other. (more…)
Jan had a string of bad relationships, trying various dating methods and is not in the “I hate men” phase. Jerry was the classic “player” until he found out he was a father by an ex-girlfriend and now has a desire for a committed relationship. Mix in some coffee, some chocolate, some shooters, a group of friends and online dating… and the fun begins.
Imagine being shipwrecked and washing up on a foreign shore barely escaping with your life, separated from your family, not knowing if they are alive or dead. To add to your distress, you are fearful of your status in this strange country, which may or may not welcome you. Once again, Shakespeare proves his relevance in today’s world in this comedy of mistaken identities. (more…)
Danny Dunkel, a Jewish liberal public defender, is asked to represent Mike, a neo-Nazi skinhead, accused of murder by kicking an immigrant man to death, a circumstance that forces them to examine their ethics, justify their actions and question their beliefs.
“What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” —Langston Hughes (1951)
Sacrifice, trust and love among the Younger family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity is a timeless story of hope and inspiration. The play is as relevant now as it was when it opened on Broadway in 1959.
The story of Mary, a recently orphaned 10-year-old who has been sent to live with her reclusive uncle. Her uncle’s great mansion on the moors is a place of secrets. A unique blend of realism and magic, The Secret Garden remains a moving expression of every child’s need to nurture and be nurtured—a story that has captured for all time the rare and enchanted world of childhood. (more…)
An Englishman, an Irishman, and an American are being held hostage in Beirut in the ’90s. Their nationalistic differences are highlighted in their fears of death, of being forgotten, of insanity. They work together to overcome this by cooperating with their imaginations, creating moments elsewhere for themselves—reinforcing that our survival is rooted in our shared humanity. (more…)
This controversial and sexually charged play was written in 1897 by Arthur Schnitzler. There have been many translations of the original and this translation, like the others, adheres to the daisy-chain structure. Ten scenes about sex, each obscurely connected to the next. Playful and suggestive!
Prelude to a Kiss puts “for better or worse” to the test. Part romantic comedy, part magical realism, Prelude to a Kiss explores the nature of love and commitment in an unexpected way, taking us on a fantastic journey through Peter and Rita’s whirlwind courtship and marriage and beyond. A mysterious old man at their wedding asks to kiss the bride. This kiss will change everything.
This short two-character play is based on the love letters of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov and his famous actress wife, Olga Knipper. Eloquent and moving, the play is a brilliant dramatization of this creative couple and their relationship.
The plot follows a few days in the life of the successful and self-obsessed light comedy actor Garry Essendine as he prepares to travel for a touring commitment in Africa. Amid a series of events bordering on farce, Garry has to deal with women who want to seduce him, placate both his long-suffering secretary and his estranged wife, cope with a crazed young playwright, and overcome his impending mid-life crisis.