Final weekend for Shaw Classic, then mystery thriller hits stage

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As the Classic Theatre Festival prepares for its annual mystery thriller Angel Street (Gaslight), there’s still time to catch Mrs. Warren’s Profession, a story about the reveal of a family secret, the men who dance around its uncomfortable truths, and an epic mother-daughter showdown. (Colin Legge, Nicholas Rice, Catherine McNally, Anna Burkholder, Kyle Orzech) Photo credit: Jean-Denis Labelle
Posted on: August 8, 2018

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The very popular Classic Theatre Festival production of Shaw’s Mrs. Warren’s Profession draws to a close this weekend (August 12), with final shows running every day at 2 pm, with an 8 pm show on Saturday evening at 54 Beckwith Street East in Perth (at Harvey)

“In addition to the fabulous debate the show is sparking, audiences have really enjoyed the work of our top-notch cast,” says Associate Producer Matthew Behrens. “Every day at the theatre, they are asking why the faces on the stage look so familiar. Part of the reason is that in addition to playing on stages across the country, they also appear frequently in film and television.”

Indeed, Mrs. Warren is played by Catherine McNally, who trained in London, England at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art. She is an international fellow with Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and also received the prestigious Christopher Plummer Fellowship Award. She’s frequently seen on TV in such shows as Murdoch Mysteries, Saving Hope, Degrassi, Due South and Goosebumps, to name a few. 

McNally has also shared screen time with award-winning actors Madeleine Stowe, Richard Schiff, Mark Rylance, Eva Marie Saint, Rachel Weisz, Yannick Bisson, Lindsey Lohan, Margaret Colin, Enrico Corolino, Ving Rhimes, Clement Virgo, Maggie Greenwald, and Ken Finkleman.

Other cast members, including Anna Burkholder (who also trained in the UK), Nicholas Rice, Colin Legge, Kyle Orzech, and Douglas Hughes, are in-demand performers who have traveled the length of this country and abroad to take on a wide variety of roles.

Once the show comes down on August 12, it will be replaced by the Festival’s annual mystery thriller, a gripping psychological tale about mind games and a cat-and-mouse struggle for survival. Angel Street (also known by its alternative title, Gaslight) has long been considered one of the top works of the thriller genre, one that features an unsolved murder and a plot twist that tends to leave audiences on the edge of their seats throughout the show.

Tickets to all Classic Theatre Festival shows (including the walking plays that continue until the final weekend of August) are available at 1-877-283-1283 or www.classictheatre.ca