May 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
Kris Joseph, Scott Walters, Jan Alexandra Smith, David Leyshon © DBPhotographics
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Kris Joseph, Scott Walters, Jan Alexandra Smith, David Leyshon © DBPhotographics
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“History — Canadian history! — doesn’t just rock, it comes at you with an aggressive and explosive energy in the thrilling new rock ‘musical’ from Catalyst Theatre.” The Edmonton Journal

NAC English Theatre Collaboration

Produced by Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) in collaboration with Canada’s National Arts Centre | Premiere commissioned by the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton)

The ghosts of the Donnellys return to tell their side of things. A raucous, wall-of-sound rock opera, Vigilante tells the explosive true tale of a ruthless Irish immigrant family and an entire town bent on revenge. Based on the unsolved 1880 massacre of Ontario’s notorious Donnelly family, Vigilante is a stomping, swaggering and compulsively watchable story about frontier justice. This outlaw offspring of Sweeney Todd and The Threepenny Opera walks the razor’s edge – aggressively inventive, visually stunning and absolutely electrifying. Vigilante marks the return of Edmonton’s astonishing Catalyst Theatre (Nevermore), following major tours to London and New York.

“I saw this piece twice: once in Fort McMurray, and again in Edmonton after Catalyst had returned from the off-Broadway run of their original production Nevermore. I loved both iterations but the steampunk style and pulsing fury of the music was deep in my bones by the second viewing. Now to see it again will satisfy a craving that I’ve had ever since.” – Jillian Keiley, Artistic director, NAC English Theatre

Audience Advisory
Recommended for ages 14+. Contains strong language and mature themes

Performance is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission

video: Catalyst Theatre's Vigilante
Catalyst Theatre's Vigilante
video: Interview with Jonathan Christenson
Interview with Jonathan Christenson
Kris Joseph, Scott Walters, Jan Alexandra Smith, David Leyshon © DBPhotographics
Benjamin Wardle, Lucas Meeuse, Carson Nattrass, Eric Morin © DBPhotographics
Jan Alexandra Smith and David Leyshon © DBPhotographics
David Leyshon and Jan Alexandra Smith © David Cooper
Ensemble © David Cooper
Ensemble © David Cooper
Ensemble © DBPhotographics


  • Written, composed & directed by Jonathan Christenson
  • featuring Jan Alexandra Smith
  • Featuring Kris Joseph
  • Featuring David Leyshon
  • Featuring Lucas Meeuse
  • Featuring Eric Morin
  • Featuring Carson Nattrass
  • Featuring Scott Walters
  • Featuring Benjamin Wardle