The National Arts Centre English Theatre/Neptune Theatre (Halifax, NS) co-production in celebration of Neptune Theatre’s 50th Anniversary The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum by Wendy Lill a play based on the novel by Sheldon Currie Directed by Mary Vingoe Featuring the NAC English Theatre Company October 16 – November 3, 2012 NAC Theatre

Ottawa, Ontario – The NAC celebrates the 50th anniversary of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre with a work that embodies the theatre of Nova Scotia. In Glace Bay, romance blossoms between Neil Currie – a musician and misfit with limited job prospects – and scrappy Margaret MacNeil, a coal miner’s daughter. But behind it all, a strike and a mining disaster loom over the community.

At once lyrical and tough, poignant and funny, this celebrated stage adaptation of Sheldon Currie’s novel digs deep into the issues of the forgotten and exploited, honouring and celebrating the people of Cape Breton.

The story has taken many forms, first published as a short story by Sheldon Currie in the Antigonish Review in 1976, then adapted by Wendy Lill into a radio drama in 1991, and a stage play in 1995. This was followed by the feature film called Margaret’s Museum in 1995, and finally, a novel, The Glace Bay Miners' Museum by Sheldon Currie, in 1996.

Director Mary Vingoe brings a wealth of experience to this story, after directing the very first production of The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum, which opened in 1995 at Ship’s Company in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia.

The NAC English Theatre proudly opens its 2012-13 season with this Canadian classic, which is generously supported by the Craig Foundation.

“Involving, surprisingly funny and ultimately deeply moving.” – Sunday Daily News.

On October 10, find the bagpipe player around the NAC and you could win tickets to The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum. Follow #NACGlaceBay on Twitter and Facebook for details!

The NAC English Theatre Company are:
Francine Deschepper, David Francis, Gil Garratt, Martha Irving, and Jeff Schwager.

The creative team includes: Director Mary Vingoe; Set and Costume Designer Sue LePage; Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy; Sound Designer Paul Cram; ; Fight Consultant John Koensgen; Stage Manager Laurie Champagne; and Assistant Stage Manager Loreen Gibson.

The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum
October 16 – November 3

Tuesday, October 16
Wednesday, October 17 and Thursday, October 18
Friday, October 19

Salon Saturday:         
Saturday, October 20 at 12:30 p.m. in the NAC Salon.
NAC English Theatre Artistic Director Jillian Keiley invites English Theatre patrons to attend the inaugural Salon Saturday of the 2012-13 season, as she, along with special guest, director Mary Vingoe, introduce the world of The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum through the music and dance of the region. Free to the public.


Wednesdays, October 24 and 31, and Thursdays, October 25 and November 1.
Stay in your seats for a post-show question-and-answer session with artists from The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum.

Performance Schedule:         
Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.
(no performances on Sundays or Mondays.)

Tickets start at $22
Groups of 10 or more contact or visit

Tickets are available for purchase:

  • Online on the NAC’s website:
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Find out more about NAC English Theatre on Facebook and YouTube. To discover some fascinating facts about The Glace Bay Miners’ Museum click and learn more through the English Theatre online study guide.

This production is eligible for the Trinty Live Rush program.
Full-time students age 13-29 with a valid Student ID may buy up to two tickets per performance at the discounted price of only $12 per ticket. Trinty Live Rush tickets are available from 10 a.m. on the day before the performance to 6 p.m. the day of the performance. This includes all available seats, including the best seats in the house.
Check out for information on the Trinty Live Rush program.

Embassy Hotel & Suites is proud to be the Official Hotel Partner for the National Arts Centre English Theatre.

Made possible in part by the Craig Foundation


For information, please call:
Sean Fitzpatrick, Communications Officer, National Arts Centre English Theatre
613-947-7000 ext. 389; e-mail:
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