U.K. Anniversary Production of Our Country's Good Begins Tonight in Toronto | Playbill

News U.K. Anniversary Production of Our Country's Good Begins Tonight in Toronto Timberlake Wertenbaker's Our Country's Good, the true story of British convicts exiled from their homeland, plays Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre beginning Sept. 13.

Based on Thomas Keneally's novel "The Playmaker," the production continues through Oct. 26, directed by Max Stafford-Clark.

Presented as a co-production by Out of Joint and the Octagon Theatre Bolton, the production has played a tour across the United Kingdom and a run at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. Stafford-Clark originally directed the world premiere of the play in 1988 and restaged it for a U.K. tour in 2012 before a London run at the St. James Theatre in 2013.

This anniversary production stars Simon Darwen as Governor Phillip/John Wisehammer, Victoria Gee as William Faddy/Dabby Bryant, Sam Graham as Captain Campbell/Harry Brewer/John Arscott/Meg Long, Nathan Ives-Moiba as Ralph Clark, Cornelius McCarthy as Aboriginal Australian/Watkin Tench/Black Caesar, Richard Neale as Major Ross/Ketch Freeman, David Newman as David Collins/Robert Sideway, Kathryn O'Reilly as Will Dawes/Liz Morden, Anna Tierney as Lieutenant Johnston/Duckling Smith and Jessica Tomchak as Rev. Johnson/Mary Brenham.

"The year is 1789. The new penal colony in New South Wales, in what is now the city of Sydney, is populated by Royal Marines and convicted petty thieves, murders and convicts," press notes state. "As a means of keeping the peace and creating a community, a young, married lieutenant named Ralph Clark decides to stage the classic Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer. The earnest young marine officer directs the play himself. With a ragtag cast of convicts, a leading lady who may be about to be hanged and only two copies of the play available, rehearsals aren't going well. Yet as the barriers between captors and captives break down, they start to discover each other, both onstage and behind the scenes."

The production is designed by Tim Shortall, with lighting by Johanna Town and sound by Andy Smith. The Royal Alexandra Theatre is located at 260 King St. West in Toronto. Tickets and more information are available by calling (416) 872-1212 or visiting mirvish.com

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