NAC English Theatre Presentation Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell By Trina Davies Directed by Peter Hinton A Grand Theatre (London, ON) Production October 17 - 28, 2018

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NAC English Theatre Presentation
Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell
By Trina Davies
Directed by Peter Hinton
A Grand Theatre (London, ON) Production
October 17 - 28, 2018

October 1, 2018 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Silence is golden...a triumph for director Peter Hinton.”London Free Press

It only takes one spark of love, genius, or inspiration to change the world forever.

Mabel Hubbard Bell was a strong, self-assured woman – bright, passionate, and a complete original. Despite a near-fatal case of childhood scarlet fever that cost her the ability to hear, she learned to talk and lip-read in multiple languages. At 19, she married a young inventor named Alexander Graham Bell and became the most significant influence in his life.

Silence is Mabel’s story, offering the unique perspective of a woman whose remarkable life was overshadowed by her famous husband. The story begins in Nova Scotia, as Mabel reflects back on her life with Alexander. Together they inspired and challenged each other to become strong, original forces for good.
“I was so taken with the story of Mabel Bell, the fascinating force who brought Alexander Bell’s ideas to light. I’m thrilled to welcome Peter Hinton back to the NAC Theatre stage with this directing tour de force. – Jillian Keiley, NAC English Theatre Artistic Director.

Deftly directed by former NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Peter Hinton, Silence recounts how Mabel connected with the man who invented the most powerful communication tool ever conceived.

A beautiful and true love story about how we communicate.

Silence is such a beautiful, thoughtful play that one hopes will go on to further productions across the country and beyond.” – Stage Door

Featuring Suzanne Bennett, Graham Cuthbertson, Catherine Joell MacKinnon, Andy Massingham, Madelyn Narod and Tara Rosling.

The creative team joining Ms Davies and Mr Hinton include Assistant Director Severn Thompson, Set and Costume Designer Michael Gianfranceso, Lighting and Projection Designer Beth Kates, Composer and Sound Designer Richard Feren, Stage Manager Katerina Sokyrko, Assistant Stage Manager Sandi Becker and Associate Stage Manager Caterina Fiorindi.

Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell
October 17 - 28, 2018
Babs Asper Theatre

Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19

Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell Points of View:
Saturday, October 20 at 12:45 p.m. in NAC Salon
A chance to more deeply experience this production through an encounter with two special guests, each offering their own unique perspective on the piece.

Wednesdays, October 24 and Thursday, October 25.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with cast members of Silence: Mabel and Alexander Graham Bell.

American Sign Language (A.S.L.) Presentation:
Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
The NAC is continually striving to make theatre accessible to all audiences. In order to do so for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, English Theatre presents an A.S.L. interpretation performance.

Performance Schedule:

7:30 p.m. nightly Wednesday, October 17 through Saturday, October 20

and Tuesday, October 23 through Saturday, October 27;
Saturdays October 20 and 27 at 2 p.m.;

Sunday, October 28 at 2 p.m.
(no performance Monday.)

From $29 to $85

Tickets are available:

  • Online on the NAC’s website:
  • In person at the NAC Box Office at 1 Elgin Street
  • At all Ticketmaster outlets**
  • By telephone 1-888-991-2787**
    **A service charge applies to all purchases made through Ticketmaster.

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Sean Fitzpatrick
Communications Officer
National Arts Centre English Theatre
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