By Lori Bosworth
In 2006, on London Road, Steven Gerald James Wright murdered five women, who were working as prostitutes in Ipswich, one of England’s oldest towns. (CONTEST: Like us on Facebook, comment on this blog post or RT on Twitter to be entered in our giveaway to win a copy of Carrie on Blu-ray. Contest closes on January 24, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.)
The murders sent shockwaves through the U.K. and were compared to those of the Yorkshire Ripper. Canadian Stage is mounting Alecky Blythe and Tony Award-winning composer Adam Cork’s musical documentary, London Road, for its North American premiere.
Directed by the Shaw Festival’s Jackie Maxwell, London Road will be performed at the Bluma Appel Theatre at St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts from January 19, 2014 to February 9, 2014.
Blythe’s musical-documentary is based on interviews she conducted with residents on London Road who rallied the community after the events. The new Canadian production features Ben Carlson, Sean Arbuckle, Fiona Reid, Michelle Fisk, Shawn Wright, Damien Atkins, Deborah Hay, George Masswohl, Julain Molnar, Glynis Ranney and Steve Ross.
The Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts is located at 27 Front St. E (at Yonge Street), 416-368-3110. Performances of London Road run from January 19 to February 9, 2014 on Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m. with additional performances on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets are $24 to $99 and can be purchased online, by phone at 416.368.3110 or in person at the box office at 27 Front St. E. or 26 Berkeley Street.
Carrie is a reimagining of the classic horror tale about Carrie White (Chloë Grace Moretz), a shy girl outcast by her peers and sheltered by her deeply religious mother (Julianne Moore), who unleashes telekinetic terror on her small town after being pushed too far at her senior prom.The third time is a third Charm for the reimagining of Carrie! First evolved from a Stephen King novel into a film in 1976, and back to film again in 2013, Carrie just keeps coming!
Directed by Kimberly Peirce and produced by Kevin Misher, with a screenplay by Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the film is a production of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems and was released in theatres on October 18, 2013.