1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Shaw Festival Theatre

1837: The Farmers’ Revolt
A modern Canadian classic about the uprising that paved the way for nationhood.
Court House Theatre
May 7 - October 8
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A handful of immigrant farmers have been struggling for years to turn Upper Canada’s forests into farmland; now they are told that their land has been dished out to government cronies. With William Lyon Mackenzie as their leader, a band of desperate men and women march down Toronto’s Yonge Street.

First seen in 1973, this modern Canadian classic uses a vaudevillian combination of words and music to tell the story of an uprising that paved the way for nationhood.

Technical Credits
A play by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille
Director Philip Akin
Set and costume design Rachel Forbes
Lighting design Steve Lucas
Music director John-Luke Addison
Movement design Esie Mensah
Approximate run time
2 hours and 15 minutes
including intermission
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