The Charity that Began at Home: A Comedy for Philanthropists

Court House Theatre

| April 25 – October 11

by ST JOHN HANKIN
Directed by CHRISTOPHER NEWTON
Designed by WILLIAM SCHMUCK
Lighting designed by LOUISE GUINAND

“A SHEER DELIGHT … A TERRIFIC ENSEMBLE CAST”
– Jamie Portman, Capital Critics’ Circle

The Charity That Began At Home. Photos by David Cooper and Emily Cooper.

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When is nice too nice? Lady Denison and her daughter Margery are about to find out when they invite the dullest, most unpleasant people they can find to their house for the weekend. After all, anyone can be kind to the pleasant, but who will care for the mean, the boring and the disagreeable? As the weekend unfolds, love blossoms between Margery and a young man who may have been involved in some unseemly dealings, and we learn what true charity really means. Shaw called Hankin “the most gifted writer of the high comedy of the kind that is a stirring and important criticism of life. Audiences and critics raved about our productions of other Hankin comedies, including The Return of the Prodigal (2001 and 2002) and The Cassilis Engagement (2007).

A prime example of our archeological programming where we uncover lost theatrical gems from deep in our mandate period, St John Hankin’s plays have proved to be huge favourites here at The Shaw. Following The Return of the Prodigal in 2001 and 2002 and The Cassilis Engagement in 2007, I have no doubt that Hankin’s “Philosophical Comedy” will strike a chord once more, especially when directed by our Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton. -JM

THE CHARITY THAT BEGAN AT HOME is recommended for ages 16+

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including one intermission.

PLEASE NOTE the elevator to the second floor of the Court House, which is owned and operated by the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and where The Shaw’s Court House Theatre is located, is out of commission until the end of the season at which point it will undergo repair. We regret the inconvenience.