"Slings & Arrows" Marathon Runs New Year's Day on Sundance Channel

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The Sundance Channel will run a full, three-season marathon of the theatre-set television series "Slings & Arrows," Jan. 1.

Starting at 6 AM (ET), the cable network will re-air all three seasons (each six episodes long) in succession.

Set at the fictitious Canadian New Burbage Festival, the series follows the trials of the theatre company as they tackle major productions of Shakespeare and other works within a theatre season. The series — first seen on Canadian TV — has chronicled the New Burbage troupers staging Hamlet (first season), Macbeth (second season) and King Lear (third season).

The series is created and written by playwright-actress Susan Coyne, Mark McKinney (Fuddy Mears, "Kids in the Hall") and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone).

The main trio of characters in "Slings & Arrows" are played by Stephen Ouimette (as the talented, aging windbag artistic director Oliver Welles), Paul Gross (as the emotionally broken bad boy actor-director Geoffrey Tennant) and Martha Burns (as the self-involved actress Ellen Fanshaw, who inspires them).

Drawing on the rich acting pool in Canada, including members of the Stratford Festival, which the show freely spoofs, the show has cast Rachel McAdams, Sarah Polley, Martha Burns, Catherine Fitch, Colm Feore and William Hutt among others. All three seasons are also currently available on DVD. For more information and a full listing, visit The Sundance Channel at sundancechannel.com.

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