Barrie’s TIFT brings Stratford star to town

Talk is Free Theatre’s (TIFT) new season has a couple of firsts associated with it: the company’s 10th anniversary and a performance in the recently opened downtown theatre, the Mady Centre for the Performing Arts.
The opening production of the new season, Do You Turn Somersaults?, brings Lucy Peacock to town to star. A 24-year veteran of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Peacock has been in nearly 60 festival productions since 1984.
Her work includes 30 Shakespeare plays, including Kate and Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing, Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Rosalind in As You Like It, Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well, Viola in Twelfth Night, Desdemona and Emilia in Othello, and Regan in King Lear (Tony-nominated production).
She has also appeared as Dolly in Hello, Dolly!, Anna in The King and I, Masha in Three Sisters, Duchess in The Duchess of Malfi, all characters in The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead and Nana in last season’s hit, For The Pleasure of Seeing Her Again.
The TIFT production is to be directed by Marti Maraden whose credits include artistic director at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
“I think welcoming Ms. Peacock and Ms. Maraden to our company is almost a greater achievement than our anniversary season or a new venue,” says TIFT artistic producer Arkady Spivak. “Both of these amazing artists love the Russians, which, for a variety of reasons, I find irresistible.”
The production is scheduled for preview on Thursday, Nov. 17, opening on Friday, Nov. 18. , 2011. It runs until Saturday, Nov. 26.
Contact the theatre box office or call 705-792-1949 for tickets.
The Mady Development Corporation paid $500,000 for naming rights to the theatre. The company has plans to build a $60 million residential, office tower and retail development on the northeast corner of Collier and Mulcaster streets.

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