New Seasons

And now, drumroll pleease, our 2023 Festival Season! Victoria Playhouse Festival 2023, presented by Confederation Bridge: Our Lives in Story and Song
Shirley ValentineBy Willy RussellDirected by Robert Tsonos
Finally old enough for the role she played in 2008, Artistic Director Johanna Nutter will be our Shirley Valentine. Willy Russell’s heart-warming comedy premiered in 1986 and took the world by storm. Bookending our 41st season, audiences will have two distinct opportunities to follow Shirley on her quest to drink a glass of wine in a country where the grape is grown.
A Liverpool housewife, Shirley makes chips’n egg for her husband while talking to the wall. What happened to her dreams? Out of the blue, her best friend offers her a trip to Greece for 2 weeks and she secretly packs her bags. Travel with Shirley as she learns how to fall in love with being alive again.“Absolutely smashing.” – The New York PostPreviews: July 5, 6, & 7Opening Night: July 8Performances: Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm July 5 – 23 & Sept 6 – 17
The Good Time Radio Variety ShowA collaboration with Farmgate TheatreDirected by Laurie MurdochThe sold-out hit of 2021 is back with an all-new version! Featuring hilarious radio drama, spine-chilling mystery theatre, dazzling music and thrilling sound effects all performed live before your very eyes. It’s always a good time for a good time!Victoria Playhouse is partnering with Farmgate Theatre for our upcoming summer season with an exciting new creation called The Good Time Radio Variety Show. It’s a modern version of a classic radio variety show where the Playhouse patrons become the live audience for the dynamic radio broadcast. A version of the show was produced in 2021 and it was a big success, selling out all the performances. The show is fun and fast-paced, filled with music and comedy and all the original content is based on PEI themes. Cameron MacDuffee and Julain Molnar are back as co-creators, and Ben Aitken, Music PEI’s 2021 Musician of the Year, is signed on as Musical Director. Also on board are Sarah Segal-Lazar, Founding Director of the Island Fringe Festival, veteran island musician Tim Hamming, and in an interesting Island twist, Judy Marshak, who played Marilla in Anne of Green Gables for 4 seasons at the Charlottetown Festival, will be joined by Director Laurie Murdoch, who played Matthew to great acclaim last season. “Just the right balance of music, comedy and adventure” – The Buzz
Previews: August 2, 3, & 4Opening Night: August 5Performances: Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm August 2 – 27
Tree Huggers BallA Community Celebration hosted by Jon Rehder and friendswith Artistic Director Johanna Nutter
These eclectic Tuesday evenings will provide an opportunity for everyone to process the tree grief we all went through with Fiona. The 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. There will be songs and stories about trees, dancing, a participatory choir, and maybe even a clown with a chainsaw. Come honour the fallen and cheer for the new growth together. 
Empire of the SonCreated & Performed by Tetsuro ShigematsuDirected by Richard WolfeA former writer for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Tetsuro became the first person-of-colour to host a daily national radio program in Canada. A finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Award, Vancouver’s Georgia Straight declared him to be, “one of the city’s best artists.”
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, and a reminder of no matter how far we journey out into the world to find ourselves – across decades and continents – we never stop being our parents’ children.“I’m telling all of the people I love most to see this show” – theatre critic Colin ThomasPerformances: Wednesday – Saturday at 7:30pm, Sunday at 2pmAugust 30 – September 3
Other Events at Victoria Playhouse…We’re also collaborating with the folks at PRIDE PEI to bring something special for Pride Week (July 26 – 30), and with PEI Writers’ Guild on several events, working with the Victoria Historical Association for another edition of Our Island Talks, taking part in the Festival of Small Halls, and continuing our Monday Night Concert Series.
It’s going to be a busy summer of celebrating Island life!
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