River Clyde Pageant announces ticket and show dates

Outdoor theatre returns to New Glasgow

River Clyde Pageant 2023 [Photo by Robert Van Waarden]
River Clyde Pageant 2023 [Photo by Robert Van Waarden]

The River Clyde Pageant returns to New Glasgow this summer for its ninth year of magical, community-engaged theatre along the banks of the River Clyde. The renowned summer spectacle will present eight shows from July 25-28 and August 1-4. 

This year’s Pageant expands upon 2023’s production, further exploring themes of disruption, transformation and the constellations that connect us all. Pageant artists and community performers are currently preparing for their roles as puppeteers, stilt-walkers, musicians, dancers and actors. The show begins with a celebratory outdoor procession down a hillside dotted with wildflowers. The audience gathers at the base of the hill, to experience the emergence of a cast of characters from a living set built from windfall from Hurricane Fiona and woven willow branches, designed by Ian McFarlane. 

Performances start at 7:30 pm, and Saturday and Sunday shows are followed by an outdoor meal prepared by Chef Emily Wells of The Mill in New Glasgow.

Tickets for the production will be released in two phases, on June 25 at 10 am and June 26 at 7 pm on the Pageant website. Ticket tiers range from a recommended minimum of $25 per person, or $40 per person on nights with a post-show meal. Sliding-scale ticket options are still available.

Ticket revenues are vital to cover the rising costs of producing such a large-scale event, and to pay participating artists and community performers, and sustain the Pageant’s season programming through the year. 

A wonderful addition this year, courtesy of 2024 Accessibility Sponsor Pauley Charter and Adventure Tours, is a free shuttle service from Charlottetown to New Glasgow for the July 26 and August 2 performances. Shuttle tickets will be available when purchasing Pageant tickets. 

The Pageant also offers on-site golf cart transportation and accessible parking, which can be reserved in advance, for audiences needing transportation assistance at the Pageant site. Newsletter subscribers receive early access to the box office on ticket release days. Visit riverclydepageant.com to subscribe.

Additionally, there are many volunteer opportunities that offer a unique way to experience The River Clyde Pageant. Volunteers can sign up on the Pageant website. 

The River Clyde Pageant is made possible through support from many community volunteers and collaborators, and from The Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the Government of PEI, Innovation PEI, and the Canada Race Relations Foundation.

For tickets or more information, visit riverclydepageant.com.