Victoria by the Sea’s gem of a theatre is all polished up and ready for a brand new chapter. This year is all about collaborations, community, and showcasing the surprising and delightful artists from right on our doorstep to the other side of the continent.
The season begins and ends with Artistic Director Johanna Nutter reprising the role of SHIRLEY VALENTINE in Willy Russell’s captivating story of a 1980s housewife from Liverpool who dreams of drinking a glass of wine in a country where the grape is grown. Directed by Robert Tsonos, it plays July 5 – 23 & Sept 6 – 17.
August brings a collaboration with Farmgate Theatre in Cameron MacDuffee and Julain Molnar’s The Good Time Radio Variety Show. First presented to sold out houses in 2021, this new iteration promises to be fun and fast-paced, filled with music, mystery and comedy, with all original content based on PEI themes. Directed by Laurie Murdoch, it plays from August 2 – 27.
The story of two generations of CBC Broadcasters and the radio silence between them, Empire of the Son is a funny, emotional portrayal of parent/child relationships by a former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Tetsuro Shigematsu brings this exquisite work from Vancouver for a one-week run, August 30 to September 3.
On Tuesday evenings it’s the Tree Huggers Ball. These cabaret celebrations of PEI’s trees will be led by Jon Rehder with Reg Ballagh, Chris Gauthier, and Carlie Howell, accompanied by special invited guests each week.
Many more collaborations and pop-up events are in the works, along with the Monday Night Concert Series, which will include an appearance by the one and only Lorne Elliot. It’s going to be a busy summer of celebrating Island life!
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Playhouse Box Office at 1-800-925-2025 or visit victoriaplayhouse.com.