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18/19 MAINSTAGE PLAYBILL

 
World Premiere
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
Adapted by Ellen Peterson
From the novel by Jane Austen
October 18 – November 10, 2018 (Preview October 17)

 
Jane Austen’s romantic novel comes to dazzling life in this spirited adaptation by local playwright Ellen Peterson. Brimming with wit, warmth and wisdom, Sense and Sensibility follows the plight of the downwardly mobile Dashwood sisters. As the family teeters on the edge of financial ruin, Elinor struggles to guide her family down a sensible path while Marianne plunges headlong into love. But in their desperate battle to find both affection and independence, the sisters must negotiate a truce between their heads and their hearts..


IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: THE RADIO PLAY
Adapted by Philip Grecian
Based on the film by Frank Capra
November 22 – December15, 2018 (Previews November 20 & 21)

 
“…manages to redouble the whimsy and nostalgic charm in a story already heaping with both.”-New Jersey Entertainment 
 
After a lifetime of putting off his own plans to help others achieve their dreams, George Bailey becomes rooted in Bedford Falls. One Christmas evening, frustrated and on the brink of ruin, he contemplates the unthinkable. It’s up to a good-natured angel named Clarence to show George how his small life has made a big impact. With this fresh take on a classic story, our Mainstage is transformed into a live recording studio during the golden age of radio. Join our ‘studio audience’ for this wonderful story, complete with sound effects and old-time jingles.


Roald Dahl’s
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
January 10 – February 2, 2019 (Previews January 8 & 9)


“…a riotously uplifting love letter to the power of story and the stage.” – The Guardian

Matilda’s parents don’t understand her. At all. Her school life is no picnic under the iron rule of the frightful Miss Trunchbull. Armed with a vivid imagination and razor-sharp intellect, this delightfully defiant little girl resolves to change her destiny. Winner of more than 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Roald Dahl’s cheeky salute to the power of the underdog has won over seven million people of all ages. Featuring irresistible music, whip-smart lyrics and the wild genius of Roald Dahl, Matilda’s grand adventure awaits!


A DOLL’S HOUSE, PART 2
By Lucas Hnath
February 21 – March 16, 2019 (Preview February 20)

 
…vibrant theatrical life… -NY Times

The door slam heard around the world still echoes when a liberated Nora returns home after 15 years. In his daring sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece, Lucas Hnath takes a modern approach to continue a shocking conversation. Faced with unexpected trouble, Nora is forced to ask for her ex-husband’s help, but it becomes clear that her salvation must come at his expense. As the threat of disgrace looms once again, they both must decide what they are willing to sacrifice for the other. Part of IbsenFest

A Doll’s House, Part 2 can definitely be enjoyed without seeing A Doll’s House but we encourage you to take this unique opportunity to explore two masterful plays offered as part of IbsenFest.


KIDOONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH THEATRE CALGARY AND THE 20K COLLECTIVE PRESENTS BOOM X
Written, Directed and Performed by Rick Miller
March 21 – April 13, 2019 (Preview March 20)


“BOOM X picks up where BOOM left off, at Woodstock in August of ‘69, and takes us all the way to 1995, when the internet began to dominate our lives.” - boomshow.ca
 
After making an impact with the multimedia hit BOOM, the inimitable Rick Miller is back with BOOM X. Playing more than 100 characters, Rick takes us from Woodstock in 1969 to 1995 when the Internet was starting to dominate our lives. Some famous BOOM characters make appearances. (Spoiler alert: Lennon gets shot, Reagan gets elected.) Showcasing cutting-edge projections and Rick’s virtuoso impressions of politicians, musicians and activists, BOOM X navigates the baby boom’s tangled legacy. Hold onto your seat as we rocket through this explosive quarter century. 


World Premiere
THE COTTAGE
By Jake MacDonald
April 25 – May 18, 2019 (Preview April 24)

 
Randall is a free-thinking, commitment-averse dreamer who might be cheating on her banker boyfriend with the local handyman. Middle-aged Bennet longs for his teenage years, and it shows. Matty won a bit of money, quit his job and has been riding the freedom highway ever since. One thing these siblings have in common is their love for the family cottage. Their ailing mother has given them the weekend to decide what to do with the cottage after she’s gone, and they’re hilariously determined to drink beer, argue, and avoid making any decisions. Watch as they solve the puzzle of their inheritance, and sort out their lives in the process. 


DONOR AND SUBSCRIBER PRESALE OPPORTUNITY
887
Written, Designed, Directed and Performed by Robert Lepage
February 8 - 10, 2019
Donor presale May 1
Subscriber presale May 8

A Canadian theatre legend gets personal. Robert Lepage explores individual and collective memory in a visually stunning, evocative and unforgettable new show. An internationally celebrated artist known for breaking boundaries, Lepage’s mastery transcends genre with credits in theatre, film, ballet and opera. In high demand as a creative visionary, Lepage has designed productions for Cirque du Soleil and directed two tours for musician Peter Gabriel.  After premiering at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, 887 wowed audiences on a worldwide tour. Now this “touching, intimate, powerful” show comes to Royal MTC for three performances only.