This event has passed
Kris Joseph, Scott Walters, Jan Alexandra Smith, David Leyshon © DBPhotographics
Theatre Drama Musicals New works
“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
  • Written, composed & directed by Jonathan Christenson

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