- Michael Browne
- Jeremy Webb has launched his first season as Neptune's artistic director.
Neptune Theatre, under the guidance of new AD Jeremy Webb, announced its 2018/19 slate this afternoon with its annual lunch at Fountain Hall. The summer season will kick off July 3 with The Argyle Street Kitchen Party, while the season proper bows with Shakespeare in Love (Sep 4-Oct 7) and closes with The Color Purple (Apr 9-Jun 2). Season tickets are on sale now for this slate of 12 productions:
The Argyle Street Kitchen Party (Jul 3-29): A collab between Webb and musician Ian Sherwood.
Shakespeare in Love (Sep 4-Oct 7, mainstage opener): Adapted from the film by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot), with Sarah English heading up a huge local cast.
Playing with Fire (Oct 16-Nov 4): Based on the life of the hockey player Theo Fleury.
KAMP (Oct 23-Nov 11, studio series opener): This WWII musical has been seen in various forms in Halifax before ("See this show before the word spreads and it's selling out on Broadway. It's that good," said our Michael Lake last May), but this is its proper, full-scale world premiere. With music and lyrics by Garry Williams and book by Jamie Bradley.
Cinderella (Nov 27-Jan 5): The very British Webb writes and directs this holiday pantomime with Martha Irving as the Fairy Godmother.
The Bridge (Jan 22-Feb 10): Shauntay Grant writes, 2B's Anthony Black directs this sibling story set in a rural African Nova Scotian community.
Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) (Feb 5-24): Ann-Marie Kerr directs the Torontonian actor-playwright Rose Napoli's two-hander about a woman and her former teacher.
Noises Off (Feb 26-Mar 17): Power actor couple Mary-Colin Chisholm and Christian Murray star in this farcical favourite.
New Magic Valley Fun Town (Apr 3-21): Daniel MacIvor writes and stars in "a play about survivors and those who love them."
The Color Purple (Apr 9-Jun 2): The exciting hyphenate Kimberley Rampersad, who spent last summer at the Shaw Festival, directs this Canadian premiere of the musical that has won three Tonys between its two Broadway productions.
Little Thing, Big Thing (May 7-26): Francine Deschepper and Gordon Gammie star in this story of an international corporate conspiracy going down at a convent.