by Ronald Harwood
Produced by Carol Beauchamp and April Corning Directed by Chris M. Worsnop
Three retired opera singers live in a home for retired musicians in Kent, England. Each year, on October 10, the residents put on a concert to celebrate Giuseppi Verdi’s birthday. A newly arrived colleague stirs up some serious problems, but the show must go on. Audiences who seek comedies with substance will love this humorously poignant play in the intimate Firehall space.
An irreverent take on aging, loving, losing and lusting in later-life, Quartet is a crowd-pleasing play that is sure to delight audiences at the intimate Firehall Theatre. Set in a rest home for former artists, musicians and other performers, four opera colleagues find themselves together again. Decades after their last encounter, which happened to be at the height of their respective careers, they face the pains and strains of getting older with their battle cry of NSP – “No Self-Pity”.
Opera buffs will enjoy listening out for the inside jokes and the references to Verde and Rigoletto. Will Reg, Cissy, Wilf and Jean be able to pull-off a final shared performance when resentments, betrayals, egos and old wounds threaten to spoil it all? Join our heroes at the Firehall Theatre as they demonstrate the bittersweet reality of getting old, face the pressure of defining their legacy as the truly make the best of a rather unexpected and challenging situation.
Performances at the Firehall Theatre, Cobourg
Quartet is presented by special arrangement by Samuel French, Inc.
It’s the kind of play with a lot of meat on it that rewards people who really like to do something artistic in a play. It’s a drama, but it’s got so much comedy in it.
The characters are retired musicians living in a seniors’ residence. We have a lot of musicians and a lot of seniors here so perhaps we have found a niche play. Chris M. Worsnop
Meet the Cast
Kim Brouwer is Cecily (Cissy) Robson
Mary Doig is Jean Horton
Gary Potter is Reginald Paget
Christopher Sharp is Wilfred Bond