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Winner of 13 Gemini Awards and showered with critical acclaim, this darkly comic Canadian series follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe, exposing the high drama, scorching battles, and electrifying thrills that happen behind the scenes.
Paul Gross (Due South) stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festival. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor (Stephen Ouimette), he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager (Mark McKinney), a pretentious guest director (Don McKellar), and his own tempestuous romance with the festival's leading lady (Martha Burns). The backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst as Geoffrey directs three of Shakespeare's masterpieces-Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear-one in each season. Guest stars include Rachel McAdams (The Notebook), Colm Feore (Chicago), Sarah Polley (Go, The Sweet Hereafter), and renowned Stratford Festival actor William Hutt in one of his last performances.
BONUS FEATURES - Exclusive episode commentary with Bob Martin, Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, Graham Harley, Michael Polley, Paul Gross, Martha Burns and director Peter Wellington - Behind-the-scenes featurette - Extended scenes of King Lear - Deleted and Extended scenes - Bloopers - Trailer - Production notes - Song lyrics - Cast interviews - Photo gallery - Cast and crew on set
"Absolutely addictive" -- The New York Times
"Beautiful, intelligent writing and polished acting" -- The Wall Street Journal
"Pitch-perfect drama and comedy" -- San Francisco Chronicle
"Terrific, inspired backstage comedy" -- Los Angeles Times
"The most fully satisfying slice of entertainment in ages" -- Newsday
Superb. This series has everything: brilliant writing and acting, engaging characters and a fine story. It's original, intelligent (without being ponderous) and very funny. Read morePublished 9 days ago by lilian
This is one of the all-time best Canadian television serials. It is funny, clever, and makes some very profound observations about nature of art, the theatre etc. Read morePublished 27 days ago by judith flynn
Hilarious! If you have spent any time watching live theatre, working in the arts, or being friends with actors, this is a must see!Published 15 months ago by Jill
This series was recommended to me by an actor in our Community Theatre production. I power watched it once and plan to watch it again and again. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Anne Hogan
Good story line, lots of character development, excellent acting, appropriate ending.
Has you laughing one minute and crying the next. Read more
As a Shakespearean actor, I could not be more delighted with this series. It should be required viewing for any actor wanting to take on the "Scottish play".Published 22 months ago by Michael Novak
If you enjoy any theatre, this gives a great inside look. It is hilarious and the acting is a high calibre. Read morePublished on Nov. 12 2013 by Alice Mills
best Canadian show about the theater world, ever produced. if you have worked in theater, you will cringe and laugh at the same time.Published on Aug. 27 2013 by Thomas Steinman
This show was short lived, but Paul Gross did a great job poking fun at Canadian Theater and his take on Shakespeare and the actors who preform in the plays was witty and full of... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2013 by 905ShoeFan