May 18, 2023 – What has been called “the funniest play Broadway has ever seen” by HuffPost is coming to The Charlottetown Festival this summer.
Playing at Sobey Family Theatre, the Centre’s mainstage, The Play That Goes Wrong is an award-winning smash-hit comedy that has taken over Broadway and London’s West End. The Sherlock Holmes meets Monty Python production is a play within a play, telling the story of a failing theatre troupe trying to put on a murder mystery. With an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines), this masterpiece of malfunction is sure to bring down the house.
The Centre previously announced that Islanders Graham Putnam, Aaron Ryder, and Dawn Ward-Dames will be starring in the show. Festival alumni Jay Davis, Jeremy Legat, and Sweeney MacArthur are set to join them. Cast members making their Festival debut include Jamie McRoberts and Julius Sermonia.
The play is directed by Herbie Barnes, an accomplished playwright, performer, director, and arts educator whose 30-year-career spans stages across North America. He is currently the artistic director of Young People’s Theatre in Toronto.
“I am thrilled to be coming to Charlottetown to work with this group of talented and hilarious artists”, he says. “This is theatre at its finest, what could possibly go wrong?”
Sponsored by Tim Hortons, performances of The Play That Goes Wrong run from June 14 – September 23. Maritimers still have time to enter for a chance to win an opening night package for two for The 2023 Charlottetown Festival. One winner will be drawn to receive a prize package that includes hotel accommodations, a gas card, Confederation Bridge pass, a $600 Canada’s Food Island gift card, tickets to see The Play That Goes Wrong and MAGGIE, and more. The contest runs until May 23. For full details and entry, visit confederationcentre.com/contest.
For tickets and more information, visit confederationcentre.com.
Cutline: Graham Putnam. Photo by Louise Vessey.
Emily McMahon, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
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Director: Herbie Barnes
Set & Costume Designer: William Layton
Lighting Designer: Jillian White
Sound Designer: Pat Caron
Fight Director: Kara Wooten
Stage Manager: Christine Oakey
Assistant Stage Manager: Melissa Cameron
Assistant Stage Manager: Logan McNutt
Jay Davis: Jonathan (Charles)
Jeremy Legat: Dennis (Perkins)
Sweeney MacArthur: Robert (Thomas)
Jamie McRoberts: Sandra (Florence)
Graham Putnam: Chris (Inspector Carter)
Aaron Ryder: Max (Cecil & Arthur)
Julius Sermonia: Trevor
Dawn Ward-Dames: Annie