Spriet Stage

This London Life

World Premiere Comedy

This London Life

Written and Directed by Morris Panych

October 15 to November 2, 2019
Spriet Stage | Opens October 18

Panych neatly balances existential questions with funny dialogue and pleasingly absurd characters.” - Canadian Literature

This London Life is a story of identity—mistaken and otherwise—and how, sometimes, the worst of mistakes can lead to the best of outcomes. The Grand Theatre has commissioned Governor General’s Award-winning playwright Morris Panych to write a play that celebrates, examines, and pokes fun at the constant comparisons between our city and that other London across the ocean. Set in London, Ontario, a young British man wakes up and assumes he has landed home in England. A collection of unusually colourful characters are equally confused: Who is who and where exactly are we? This is a play about our city and life in the shadow of another London.

"I asked Morris to write a play showing the absurdity of living in our city with identical street names, rivers, and markets as London, England. Expect three things: laughter, mistaken identities, and more than anything, a love letter to our beloved city of London: ‘the other one’." – Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director

Length of show is 1 hr 55 minutes (including a 20 minute intermission)

Grade Recommendation: 9+ (some strong language)

Development Partner

Tourism London


Pull up a chair for a casual conversation with the artists from the show at our weekly Speak Easy, Wednesdays - October 16, 23, & 30, post-show in the Poster Lounge. The bar will be open!

Join James Reaney and a guest speaker as they delve more deeply into the production with a pre-show talk on Wednesday October 30 at 12:00pm.

This London Life

The Cast

Cynthia Jimenez-Hicks
Allister MacDonald
Rebecca Northan
Mrs Simpson
Ryan Shaw
Walter Winch
Braeden Soltys
Wendy Thatcher

Production Team

Morris Panych
Director & Playwright
Ken MacDonald
Set & Costume Designer
Kim Purtell
Lighting Designer
Keith Thomas
Sound Designer & Composer
Suzanne McArthur
Stage Manager
Sandi Becker
Assistant Stage Manager
Darius Hahn
Apprentice Stage Manager
Linda Martin
Child Supervisor
Chrystine Robinson
Child Supervisor
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