When We Are Married

ROYAL GEORGE THEATRE

| May 7 – October 26

by J.B. PRIESTLEY
Directed by JOSEPH ZIEGLER
Set designed by KEN MACDONALD
Costumes designed by SUE LEPAGE
Lighting designed by LOUISE GUINAND
Original music and sound design by MAREK NORMAN

“YOU WILL LAUGH A GREAT DEAL … A LOT OF FUN.”
– Toronto Star

When We Are Married. Photos by David Cooper and Emily Cooper.

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A second chance at love or a sweet escape? Married life is about to get interesting for three upstanding couples who have gathered to celebrate their joint silver wedding anniversaries. As the evening progresses, a stunning secret is revealed: none of them are actually, legally married. And as each couple grapples with this news, their relationships are vigorously and hilariously put to the test. Do they really want to be married after all? J.B. Priestley was keen to deflate the pomposity of the middle classes, and this play has been called “the funniest and among the most enduring plays that J.B. Priestley wrote.”

Like Shaw, J.B. Priestley loved to point a finger at those who took themselves and their “position” in society too seriously. He often did so dramatically (for example in An Inspector Calls last seen here in 2008) but was also hugely effective with comedy. Here you will witness the sudden confusion and discomfiture of three self-satisfied married couples, possibly with empathy, perhaps with a glimmer
of recognition (!) but certainly through gales of laughter. -JM

WHEN WE ARE MARRIED is recommended for ages 14+

Running time is approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes including one intermission.