Sunday, November 11, 2007

Montrealers: Catch it before it hits London.

I was very interested to note that Olivier Choinière's latest play Felicité - on at La Licorne until November 24 - is getting a production in English at the Royal Court Theatre this March. And who's translating it? None other than Caryl Churchill.

How did this happen, that a Quebec play about, amongst other things, Celine Dion worship gets its English-language debut in London announced just a couple of weeks after its premiere in Montreal? Must be a story there...

Ah, but I forget: Churchill's family moved to Montreal during WWII and she went to Traf for high school. She returned to England in 1955, but she still may hold the claim to being the most famous (English-language) playwright to come out of Montreal.

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