The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre has set the stage for its 2015-16 season, revealing the stories theatre-goers can expect to see over the next year.
“It’s fate that lures a miner’s son into a ballet class, where he discovers, against all odds, that he’s a gifted dancer,” artistic director Steven Schipper said of “Billy Elliott The Musical,” which debuts next January and features the music of Elton John.
“But the best plays always remind us that we are free, that we can rise above our circumstances if we are brave and steadfast and true.”
The season opens up with “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” on the John Hirsch Mainstage. Adapted by Jethro Compton, the play runs October 15 to November 7, 2015, with previews October 13-14.
Synopsis: A young lawyer travels west in search of new adventure, only to find himself beaten and left for dead on the outskirts of Twotrees by notorious outlaw Liberty Valance. Rescued and nursed back to health by a gunslinger, the local saloon owner and her barman, he makes bold steps to bring order to the lawless town. But when Valance returns to finish what he started, our unlikely hero is faced with the ultimate choice: to turn and run, or stand his ground?
Royal MTC will also present “Alice Through The Looking-Glass,” “Chimerica,” “Unnecessary Farce,” “Boom,” “Seminar,” “Wiesenthal,” “Things We Do For Love,” and “Myth of the Ostrich.”
Subscription packages for the 2015-16 season start at $120, and current Royal MTC subscribers can renew by calling the Royal MTC box office at (204) 942-6537, toll-free at 1-877-446-4500, in person at 174 Market Avenue or online. Subscriptions will go on sale to the general public on June 8.