November 5-26 Tues 7pm | Wed-Fri 8pm | Sat 3pm & 8pm | Sun 3pm | Wed 1pm PWYC (Nov 9, 16, 23)
A Firehall Arts Centre Production in association with Musical TheatreWorks
The production is 2 hours long including a 15 minute intermission.
“I want to create something no one would ever believe was created by a woman”
– Judith Shakespeare
Book and lyrics written by Tracey Power and music co-written by Steve Charles, Miss Shakespeare is a story inspired by the Bard’s daughter, whose own creative aspirations come alive as she leads a group of women in something secret, subversive, and illegal: the staging of a play.
The mad mind of Judith Shakespeare explodes in this sensational musical, which garnered a 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Award for “Outstanding Production”. It’s the 1600’s and women are banned from the stage, but the suppressed female mind is finding it difficult to stay…well, suppressed. Behind the dingy walls of The Cage Tavern, seven women explore the seductive power of the theatre. With a musical score influenced by underground European Cabaret, the women embrace their creativity, their voice, and their freedom. However, the law is not on their side, and if these artists are to truly have a voice, they must find the courage to get beyond the walls and in front of an audience.
What critics have to say about Miss Shakespeare:
“With humour and heart, Miss Shakespeare imagines an underground world of women who broke the rules, first quietly and then brazenly, changing the landscape forever” – Vancouver Sun
“This is smart, funny stuff!” – Jo Ledingham
“Things are looking up for Canada’s contribution to the musical theatre genre” – Vancouver Presents!
“Sexy brash Miss Shakespeare defines new age of Canadian musical theatre” – Vancity Buzz
Book & lyrics by Tracey Power
Music co-written with Steve Charles
Directed by James MacDonald
Produced by The Firehall Arts Centre in association with Musical TheatreWorks
Featuring Susinn McFarlen, Caroline Cave, Meaghan Chenosky, Erin Moon, Medina Hahn, Pippa Mackie, & Tracey Power
Stage Management by Peter Jotkus
Set Design by Cory Sincennes
Lighting Design by Itai Erdal
Costume Design by Barbara Clayden