Charlottetown Festival

2023 season includes the world premiere of MAGGIE

Dharma Bizier as Maggie

A new Canadian musical and a smash-hit comedy kick off The Charlottetown Festival this month at Confederation Centre of the Arts. 

Coming to the Sobey Family Theatre is the world premiere production MAGGIE. The new Canadian musical tells the inspirational tale of a fiery school cleaner living in the mining town of Lanarkshire. After suffering an unthinkable loss, she must rely on her strength, sense of humour, and fiercely loyal group of friends to raise her boys and protect them from the harsh and ever-changing world around them. 

Set in post-war Scotland, the heartfelt show features a soul-stirring score by recording artist Johnny Reid, a Scot who immigrated to Canada as a teenager. The musical is based on the true story of his grandmother. “MAGGIE celebrates not only my Gran and her life, but also an entire generation of women who fought through some tough times by keeping faith, hope, love, family, friendship, and humour close to heart,” says Reid. “It reminds us that joy and laughter can be found, even in the darkest of times.” 

The production’s music is written by Reid, Matt Murray and Bob Foster—who co-created the Festival’s 2022 musical Tell Tale Harbour. It will be directed by fellow Scot and the Festival’s former associate artistic director Mary Francis Moore, who is the artistic director of Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton, ON, where the musical premiered in April. MAGGIE is produced in association with Johnny Reid and Michael Rubinoff, the originating producer of Come From Away. Performances of MAGGIE run June 21–September 2. 

Also at the Sobey Family Theatre is The Play That Goes Wrong, a smash-hit comedy that has taken over Broadway and London’s West End. The Sherlock Holmes meets Monty Python production is a play within a play, telling the story of a failing theatre troupe trying to put on a murder mystery. Directed by Herbie Barnes, the show is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania that delivers fun for all ages. 

Family-friendly programming returns to the Outdoor Amphitheatre.The Mi’kmaq Heritage Actors are back this year with the new show Mi’kmaq Stories of Rabbit and His Friends, a fun performance for all ages that shares the history of the Mi’kmaq people through stories, songs and traditional dance. Performances run June 27–July 8. Admission to these noon hour performances is free, with donations welcome. 

Tickets for The 2023 Charlottetown Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online at confederationcentre.com, via phone at 1-800-565-0278, or in person at the Centre’s box office.