Room

THE GRAND THEATRE, COVENT GARDEN PRODUCTIONS,
AND DAVID MIRVISH PRESENT

THE NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE OF

ROOM

By EMMA DONOGHUE
Adapted for the stage by Emma Donoghue
Music & Lyrics by Cora Bissett and Kathryn Joseph

On the Spriet Stage March 10 to March 28

Opening Night: March 13

LONDON, ONTARIO, March 4, 2020— This March, the Grand Theatre, in partnership with Covent Garden Productions and David Mirvish, proudly presents the North American premiere of the stage adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s internationally successful story Room. The novel, which tells the breath-taking story of five-year-old Jack and his mother, won the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was short-listed for numerous additional literary awards. Donoghue adapted the story for a film version which was released in 2015 and was nominated for four Academy Awards. She subsequently adapted it for the stage, and it was first presented in the UK.

“It is an extraordinary honour to be presenting the North American premiere of the stage version of Room,” said Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum. “Grand audiences are privileged to have a first-look at this beautiful production, before it moves on to Mirvish at the CAA Theatre in Toronto.”

From the beginning, Emma Donoghue envisioned the story as a stage production, “It always felt as if retelling Jack and Ma’s story in the language of theatre made obvious sense.” After reading the novel herself, Scottish director, Cora Bissett, also felt the urge to have the story appear on stage, with one added feature—music. The songs featured in ROOM were written by Bissett, along with singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, and stand as a powerful presence in the production.

Starring as Ma is Stratford Festival favourite, Alexis Gordon, who returns to the Grand after appearing as Mrs. Banks in the successful holiday show, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s MARY POPPINS. Joining her in this premiere are Stewart Arnott as Grandpa/Doctor, Brandon Michael Arrington as SuperJack,  Tracey Ferencz as Grandma, Shannon Taylor as Interviewer/Police Officer/Popcorn Seller, Ashley Wright as Old Nick, and Hayden Baertsoen and Quinsley Edison who share the role of Jack.

The Grand Theatre gratefully acknowledges its Season Sponsor - BMO Financial Group.

Open Caption Performance Dates

The Grand Theatre continues its commitment to accessibility initiatives for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing theatre patrons. Open Caption performances for ROOM will be held Friday, March 27, at 8:00pm and Saturday, March 28, at 2:00pm. To book tickets, please email boxoffice [at] grandtheatre [dot] com.

ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE

The Wednesday Speak Easy

Returning to the Grand this season is the Wednesday Speak Easy series. Following each Wednesday performance on the Spriet and McManus Stages, patrons can extend their theatre experience and get closer to the artists with exclusive talks, casual conversations, and spontaneous happenings in the relaxed atmosphere of the Poster Lounge or the McManus Lounge. Our Wednesday Speak Easy series will continue for ROOM on March 11th, 18th,, and 25th.  

Pre-Show Reaney Talks

Join host James Stewart Reaney on Wednesday, March 18th at 12pm, as he sparks creative conversations about the production.

About the Grand Theatre – World Curious. London Proud.

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum and Executive Director Deb Harvey, the Grand is a leading cultural hub located in the heart of downtown London, Ontario. The Grand offers diverse, relevant, and original stories from around the globe through collaborations with national and international performing arts organizations, and is committed to developing, producing, and premiering original stories through COMPASS New Play Development program. The Grand supports educational programming with The High School Project, the only program of its kind in North America, and 100 Schools, a community initiative that brings professional theatre to London-area schools at no cost. The Grand’s season runs from September to May.

Tickets are available at grandtheatre.com, by phone at 519.672.8800, or at the Box Office, 471 Richmond Street.

 

ROOM MEDIA CALL

When: Tuesday, March 10, at 1:00pm (cameras, please arrive at 12:45 to set up)

Where: Grand Theatre, Spriet Stage, 471 Richmond Street

What: ROOM photo, video, and interview opportunities for media

RSVP: To jmatthews [at] grandtheatre [dot] com

For more information, including guest artists’ bios, please contact:
Jennifer Matthews, Communications Manager, Grand Theatre
jmatthews [at] grandtheatre [dot] com
519.672.9030 ext. 411

 

Grand Theatre, Covent Garden Productions,
and David Mirvish present:

ROOM

By Emma Donoghue
Adapted for the stage by Emma Donoghue
Music & Lyrics by Cora Bissett & Kathryn Joseph
Directed by Cora Bissett

March 10 to March 28

CAST

GRANDPA/DOCTOR                       Stewart Arnott

SUPERJACK                                        Brandon Michael Arrington*

JACK                                                      Hayden Baertsoen

JACK                                                      Quinsley Edison

GRANDMA                                          Tracey Ferencz

MA                                                         Alexis Gordon

POLICE/INTERVIEWER/

            POPCORN SELLER                              Shannon Taylor

OLD NICK                                           Ashley Wright

*Fight Captain

 

PRODUCTION TEAM

DIRECTOR                                          Cora Bissett

MOVEMENT COACH                      Linda Garneau

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER      Lily Arnold

PROJECTION DESIGNER             Andrzej Goulding

LIGHTING DESIGNER                   Bonnie Beecher

SOUND DESIGNER                         John Gzowski

MUSIC DIRECTOR                          Gavin Whitworth

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR                 Charlotte Gowdy

FIGHT & INTIMACY DIRECTOR Siobhan Richardson

STAGE MANAGER                            Beatrice Campbell

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER    Suzanne McArthur

ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER    Cole Vincent

APPRENTICE STAGE MANAGER                Cody Burns

ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER

                                                                Nick Andison

REHEARSAL PIANIST                      Andrew Petrasiunas

CHILD SUPERVISOR                       Linda Martin

CHILD SUPERVISOR                       Cassandra Di Felice

 

 

Originally produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East,
National Theatre of Scotland, and Abbey Theatre in Dublin.

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