Arcadia, Tom Stoppard's "whirl of romance, mystery and landscape gardening," opens at the St. Lawrence Center For The Arts' Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto tonight, Oct. 3, for a run through Nov. 2.
Richard Rose directs the poignant comedy for the Canadian Stage Company. In Arcadia, two rival academics piece together an alleged scandal involving the poet Lord Byron. As they construct their version of events, we flash back to the 1809 story of a brilliant young girl and her tutor -- in the very same room.
Fiona Reid will play Hannah Jarvis and R.H. Thomson will play Bernard Nightingale in the Appel production, which also features Victoria Adilman, Barrie Baldaro, Jonathon Crombie, Shawn Mathieson, Graham Harley, Peter Krantz, Robert Persichini, Nancy Palk, Waneta Storms and Alan Van Sprang (as Septimus Hodge the tutor). Bob Baker is the artistic director of Canadian Stage Company.
Among Tom Stoppard's other plays are Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, The Real Thing, Hapgood and India Ink.
For tickets and information on Arcadia, which began previews Sept. 30, call (416) 367-8243, x.245. Monday nights offer a limited number of pay-what-you-can seats.