Screwball Comedy

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  • The Royal Canadian Theatre Company presents another fast-paced, clever and quirky comedy – ‘Screwball Comedy’ touring to six theatres throughout March/April 2020, opening in New Westminster (Anvil Centre), and closing at Jericho Arts Centre, Vancouver (see below for all dates and venues).

    The year is 1938 and the courageous and hardworking Mary Hayes is trying to find a new career. She sets her sights on the male- dominated world of newspaper journalism. The editor-in-chief, pits her against his self-absorbed ace reporter, Jeff Kincaid. If Jeff writes a better story, he gets to keep his job. If Mary wins, she will replace the star newshound. What story are they to cover? A society wedding – but with a mystery! A nod to the zany screwball comedies of that time period, this play is full snappy banter, goofy characters and humour that will have you falling out of your seat.page1image31559616

    Don’t miss the Relaxed Performance 3.30 pm 6th March at the Anvil Centre presented in partnership with the Massey Theatre Society/Anvil Theatre. RCTC is the only theatre company outside of Vancouver to present theatre specifically adapted for those with intellectual or other challenges.

    The unforgettable Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn were just two of the stars of the Screwball Comedies that were so hugely popular in Hollywood in the 1930s and 40s. Fast talking, wise cracking hilarity that had them rolling in the aisles back in the day, is now given an update and made even funnier by the foremost of popular Canadian playwrights – the brilliant Norm Foster.

    The Royal Canadian Theatre Company has scored a major scoop by being the only theatre company to bring you the Western Canadian Premiere of this affectionate and hilarious spoof, featuring outrageous characters, all played by just four actors.

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