Time for a date night? You don’t want to Kate Hennig’s The Last Wife. It’s coming to Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company from November 1 to 20. Sean Baek, Oliver Becker, Auden Larratt, Anie Richer, Celine Stubel, and Mahalia Golnosh Tahririha form a cast of newcomers to GCTC’s stage, led by director Esther Jun.
Set in contemporary North America, The Last Wife is a retelling of the gripping relationship between Katherine Parr and Henry VIII. It is a funny, powerful examination of patriarchy, .
“I knew I wanted to write about her [Katherine Parr], but I had no desire to jump into a market already saturated with stuffy costume dramas,” says playwright Kate Hennig. “So I linked the past with the present … or created some imagined world for both. That gave me room to really write a play about feminism and its recurring place in our history.”
“Kate is one of the most compelling and articulate playwrights working today. In 2017, the Stratford Festival will premiere The Virgin Trial, her companion piece to The Last Wife,” notes Eric Coates, GCTC’s Artistic Director.
The cast and crew of The Last Wife recently closed a wildly successful run at Victoria’s Belfry Theatre with multiple sold-out performances. During its premiere at the Stratford Festival, it was extended three times and had a completely sold-out run.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Saturday performances begin at 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances begin at 2 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at GCTC’s Box Office at 1233 Wellington West at Holland, 613-236-5196 or www.gctc.ca. Regular ticket price range: $38 to $55. Rush Tickets are $15 for students; $33 for adults.
Tickets can be purchased in person from the GCTC Box Office after noon on the day of performance. Valid student ID required for Student Rush.