1979 - Shaw Festival Theatre

Michael Healey’s razor-sharp — yet humane — new comedy about Joe Clark: the prime minister who barely was.
Various Theatres
May 20 - October 14
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One of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights takes on one of its least celebrated leaders. Joe Clark’s career as prime minister lasted barely longer than Michael Healey’s razor-sharp new comedy. 1979 is a touching portrait of a politician who really wants to serve his country. But if he won’t bend the rules to hold on to power, how can he achieve anything?

Eric Coates’ production will open in Ottawa and then play in and around Niagara – even popping up on the sets of other shows in our theatres – before its run in the Maxwell Studio Theatre.

Random unplugged performances at the Court House and Royal George Theatres begin May 20 – check the calendar for dates!

Technical Credits
By Michael Healey
In co-production with Great Canadian Theatre Company
Director Eric Coates
Set & lighting design Steve Lucas
Costumes design Jennifer Goodman
Sound design Keith Thomas
Approximate run time
85 minutes with no intermission
Age Guideline
Jackie Maxwell Studio Theatre Sponsor
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