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Sheridan’s THE RIVALS

presented by Blackbird Theatre Company and The Cultch

December 28, 2015 – January 23, 2016

Historic Theatre

8:00pm & 2:00pm

Historic Theatre

Emma Slipp: photo by Tim Matheson

Previews: Dec. 28, 29 @ 8:00pm

Opening Night: Dec. 30 @ 8:00pm

Jan. 2, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 @ 8:00pm

Jan. 3, 9-10, 16-17, 23 @ 2:00pm

Post-show talkbacks: Jan. 3, 5, 10, 13, 19


Blackbird Theatre presents Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals.

Blackbird Theatre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a wickedly witty, joyfully irreverent production of Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals. Directed by Jessie-Award winning Johnna Wright, the comic masterpiece of love, pride, and other foibles will shift its timeless tale of mistaken identity and overwrought romance from an 18th century setting to ‘Downton Abbey’-era Edwardian England.

BlackbirdIts whirlwind plot revolves around the bookishly romantic Lydia Languish, who adores her lover when she thinks he’s a poor ensign, but is appalled when he turns out to be a well-connected Captain. Adding to complications, Lydia finds herself beset on all sides by a retinue of eccentric, bumbling suitors and stymied at every turn by her over-bearing, formidable, and linguistically-challenged aunt, Mrs. Malaprop.

The stellar cast features Gabrielle Rose as the celebrated Mrs. Malaprop and Martin Happer, Scott Bellis, Duncan Fraser, Emma Slipp, Luisa Jojic, John Emmet Tracy, Kirk Smith, and Jenny Wasko-Paterson.


Running time: 135 minutes plus intermission

Tickets starting from $27.00


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