2022 Our 20th Season
A shipwreck. A deserted island. A man with a 12-year-old grudge.
Betrayal. Revenge. Magic. And a little bit of power imbalance thrown in for good measure. We welcome Ottawa's A Company of Fools to the Festival for the first time. as they take on Shakespeare’s story of freedom and redemption.
Overthrown from power by his very own brother, Prospero has been rehearsing this encounter every night as he fell asleep on the deserted island he found himself banished to.
But, as the ship bearing his arch enemies draws closer and closer, will Prospero reclaim his rule, or falter when new enemies emerge?
by William Shakespeare
Directed by Tamara Freeman
A Company of Fools
90 minutes. No Intermission
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunnit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. Winner of two Tony Awards and an Olivier Award for Best Comedy, the play is filled with nonstop laughs, over 100 characters (played by four actors), a plane crash, handcuffs and some good old-fashioned romance.