Now the Ghosts of the Donnellys Return to Tell their Side of the Story! VIGILANTE March 29 - April 1 a Catalyst Theatre Production presented by NAC English Theatre

NAC English Theatre presents  

Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Christenson
Directed by Jonathan Christenson

A Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) Production in Collaboration with NAC English Theatre
premiere commissioned by the Citadel Theatre (Edmonton)
March 29 – April 15, 2017

March 13, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Five Stars! Vigilante is a wonderful, rare theatre experience that should not be missed.”  London Free Press

A raucous, wall-of-sound rock musical, 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 tells the shocking legend of Johannah Donnelly and her dangerous, yet devoted, sons.

Now the ghosts of the Donnellys return to tell their side of the story!

“I saw this piece twice: once in Fort McMurray, and again in Edmonton after Catalyst had returned from the off-Broadway run of its 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

A riveting tale about family, forgiveness and frontier justice, Vigilante marks the return of Edmonton’s astonishing Catalyst Theatre to the NAC, arriving from sold-out engagements at the Grand Theatre in London and Persephone Theatre in Saskatoon.

“Vigilante is a masterpiece of rock-inspired theatre.” – OurLondon.

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

Featuring Jan Alexandra Smith, Kris Joseph, David Leyshon, Lucas Meeuse, Eric Morin, Carson Nattrass, Scott Walters and Benjamin Wardle. They are joined onstage by musicians Taylor Cochrane, Allison Lynch, Kurtis Schultz, Nathan Setterlund and Scott White.

Assisting Mr Christenson in bringing this musical to the stage are Choreographer Laura Krewski; Music Producer Matthew Skopyk; Sound Designer Wade Staples; Production Dramaturg Sarah Garton Stanley; Costume, Hair and Make Up Designer Narda Mccarroll; Lighting Designer Beth Kates; James Robert Boudreau for Set Concept and Realization (with Mr Christenson); Sound Operator Michael Caron; Stage Manager John Raymond; and Assistant Stage Manager Candice Charney.

March 29 – April 15, 2017
NAC Theatre

Wednesday, March 29 and Thursday, March 30
Friday, March 31

Vigilante Points of View:
Saturday, April 1 at 12:45 p.m. in NAC Salon
Experience this English Theatre production through an encounter with two special guests, each offering their own unique perspective on the piece.

Wednesdays, April 5 and 12 and Thursdays, April 6 and 13.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of Vigilante.

Performance Schedule:

Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday at 2 pm;

PLUS Sunday April 9 at 2 pm
(no performances on Mondays.)

From $25 to $75

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the NAC’s website:
  • In person at the NAC Box Office*
  • At all Ticketmaster outlets**
  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787**

*In person tickets for NAC 2016-17 performances can be purchased:
Welcome Centre
The Welcome Centre, located at 54 Elgin St. (corner of Queen St.) Monday to Friday, from 9am to 9pm and Saturday, from 10am to 9pm

Box Office Kiosk
Located in the NAC lobby. 

Open on event days only as of two hours prior to the first show start time until 15 minutes after the last show start time, and available for ticket pick-up and walk up purchases.

**A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

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Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer, English Theatre
National Arts Centre
613 947 7000, x389