Celebrating 5 Years

4th Line Theatre

From time to time I’ll be writ­ing about some of the best rural the­atres that might be of inter­est to fans of the Strat­ford Shake­speare Festival.

The 4th Line The­atre is about 75 min­utes east of down­town Toronto. nullTheir out­door per­for­mances are a unique the­atri­cal expe­ri­ence. The stage is setup near work­ing farms and per­form­ers con­jure the­atri­cal magic under the blue sky.

The 4th Line Theatre’s New Play Devel­op­ment pro­gram is gain­ing a rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing ground break­ing, new work by offer­ing Cana­dian artists a chal­leng­ing, sup­port­ive and excit­ing cre­ative experience. The photo below is from the new musi­cal “Queen Marie” about Ontario’s Marie Dressler, the toast of Vaude­ville and one of Hollywood’s best loved stars.

The show closes August 4th, many of the remain­ing per­for­mances are sold out.

In 1930–31 Dressler won the Acad­emy Award for Best Actress for her role in “Min and Bill,” act­ing oppo­site Wal­lace Beery. In 1933 Dressler and Beery appeared in “Tug­boat Annie.” As you can see from the image below, the 4th Line The­atre does a mag­nif­i­cent job of cap­tur­ing the period.

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Start­ing August 13th, the 4th Line The­atre presents the pre­miere of Sky Gilbert’s “St. Fran­cis of Millbrook.”

Gilbert is the co-founder and artis­tic direc­tor of the crit­i­cally acclaimed Toronto the­atre com­pany Bud­dies in Bad Times.

The play is the story of Luke, who in 1992 works on his family’s farm, plays hockey, adores Madonna and is try­ing to deal with his emerg­ing sex­ual identity.

Toronto’s Now Mag­a­zine has called 4th Line one of the “best out of town the­atres” for sev­eral years in a row.

For all the details about the 4th Line The­atre click HERE
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