The Villain’s Theatre believes that the playful nature of Renaissance drama provides the perfect opportunity to explore and create. Our Sixth Act Series puts this theory to work by using existing early-modern plays as the building block for exciting new work.
The Pubstart Crows Present… The Alchemist!
“I fart at thee!”
A pop-up drama, a play-in-a-day! A raucous, high-energy adaptation of Ben Jonson’s notorious comedy, adapted by Dan Bray. Stay tuned for the next in our “Pubstart Crow” performance!
in the telling In 2014,The Villain’s Theatre re-imagined George Peele’s play, The Old Wives Tale, as a comedy fit for all ages. Using song, storytelling, and a bit of magic, In the Telling follows two silly brothers’ attempts to save their sister from an evil wizard. As the first play to ever tour all three maritime fringes, VPT was able to share their family-friendly interpretation with Charlottetown, PEI; Saint John, NB; and Halifax, NS. Written by Dan Bray, Dorian Lang, and Colleen MacIsaac. Based on The Old Wives Tale by George Peele. Directed by Dorian Lang. Stage Managed by Chelsea Dickie. Starring Kristi Anderson, Jozel Bennett, Danielle Doiron, and Colleen MacIsaac. Original score by Jenny Trites. More info
kill shakespeare In 2012,The Villain’s Theatre was given the exciting opportunity to collaborate with HalCon ⎯ Atlantic Canada’s Science Fiction Convention – and Lions Den Theatre on the official world premiere of Kill Shakespeare. Based on the popular graphic novel, Kill Shakespeare tells the story of the Bard’s most memorable characters waging war against their creator. This staged reading was ranked “the Best Show of 2012″ by The Coast Newsweekly and has since gone on to appear in other theatres across Canada. More info
Vindice’s Folly occurred on a dark October evening as part of Nocturne, 2010. Inspired by commedia dell’arte, Vindice’s Folly is a humorous retelling of Thomas Middleton’s drama, The Revenger’s Tragedy. This short play was staged in several different venues over the course of an evening in anticipation of our season devoted to Middleton.
The Villain’s Theatre was founded in 2009 and this was its first full production, as well as the only show to be staged by the company in Toronto. The tragic story of John Webster’s doomed duchess was told at the Walmer Centre Theatre in August, 2009. From this wonderful experience, we were able to create our unique mandate.