Sep
12

Introducing…Educating Rita

Feisty working-class hairdresser Rita (Holly Lewis) is plenty street-smart but not book smart. Not yet. Determined to improve herself, she enrolls in Dr. Frank Bryant’s (Scott Bellis) literature course—and enters his life like a breath of fresh air. While the world-weary academic educates Rita on Shakespeare and Chekhov, she schools him on everything else. Invigorating and life-affirming, Educating Rita just might have a thing or two to teach you.

Scott Bellis and Holly Lewis in the 2013 Western Canada Theatre production of Educating Rita.
Photo by Murray Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I love this Eliza Doolittle story—watching a woman grow and blossom not through elocution but through a love of and passion for literature,” said director Sarah Rodgers. “Toronto actress Holly Lewis is spot on as the fiery, outrageous Rita.”

Holly Lewis and Scott Bellis in the 2013 Western Canada Theatre production of Educating Rita.
Photo by Murray Mitchell

Commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company, Willy Russell’s Educating Rita premiered at The Donmar Warehouse, London, in June 1980 and enjoyed a major West End revival in 2010. Russell adapted his play for the popular 1983 film, which starred Julie Walters in the title role and Michael Caine as Frank. The Arts Club first produced the play in 1984.

Holly Lewis and Scott Bellis in the 2013 Western Canada Theatre production of Educating Rita.
Photo by Murray Mitchell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Educating Rita starts September 25 at the Granville Island Stage. Tickets start at just $29 and are available here and by calling 604.687.1644.

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Sep
8

A Nicola Cavendish retrospective

With 4000 Miles ready to open our 2014/2015 season this Thursday, and Nicola Cavendish returning to the stage after a three-year hiatus, we decided to take a walk down memory lane with some of her past performances. Enjoy the photos below and tell us your favourite Nicky memory in the comments.

Glorious

Cavendish and Jonathan Monro in Glorious!, 2008. Photo by David Cooper

Unless

Cavendish and Allan Morgan in Unless, 2005. Photo by David Cooper

Up Island

Allan Zinyck and Cavendish in Up Island, 2007. Photo by David Cooper

Dexter and Her Daily

Cavendish in Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily, 2010. Photo by David Cooper

4000 Miles starts September 11 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at just $29 and are available here and by calling 604.687.1644.

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Aug
28

Introducing…4000 Miles

Nicola Cavendish stars in this touching, vividly rendered story about a sprightly 91-year-old New Yorker and her 21-year-old grandson. Leo (Nathan Barrett), who has just cycled across the country, shows up unannounced on Vera’s doorstep with a bike, no money, and nowhere to go. In time, these unlikely roommates stop squabbling and, with humour and compassion, help each other navigate their changing worlds. Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play, and was named Time Magazine’s #1 Play or Musical of 2012.

Nicola Cavendish and Nathan Barrett. Photo by David Cooper

Nicola Cavendish and Nathan Barrett. Photo by David Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m looking forward to sharing this delicate, funny, and deeply moving play with Vancouver audiences and I’m very happy to be working with Nicola again. She is such an incredible actress and I’ve had the pleasure of directing her before in such diverse plays as Shirley Valentine, Dirty Blonde, and her own It’s Snowing on Saltspring,” said Roy Surette, director.  “I also had the great pleasure of staging the Canadian premiere of 4000 Miles at Centaur Theatre in Montreal this past spring and I was delighted with the way Amy Herzog’s writing connects so profoundly with audiences of all ages.”

Nathan Barrett and Nicola Cavendish. Photo by David Cooper

Nathan Barrett and Nicola Cavendish. Photo by David Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I haven’t been on any stage for three years and this role demands a transformation. I hope I can do this gentle play and challenging role justice,” said Nicola. “My dad is 89 years old. My character is 91. I will very much be carrying him with me in this role.”

Nathan Barrett and Nicola Cavendish. Photo by David Cooper

Nathan Barrett and Nicola Cavendish. Photo by David Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nicola returns to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage after a self-imposed rest from acting commensurate with the death of her husband Michael. In July 2011, she moved to the Okanagan to be with her father during his final years. Previously at the Stanley, she has appeared in Mrs. Dexter and Her Daily by Joanna Glass; Glorious by Peter Quilter; Up Island by David King; For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again by Michel Tremblay; Unless by Shields and Cassidy; Arsenic and Old Lace by Joseph Kesselring; Dirty Blonde by Claudia Shear; and the retired Shirley Valentine by Willy Russell.

4000 Miles starts September 11 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage. Tickets start at just $29 and are available here and by calling 604.687.1644.

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