1837: THE FARMERS REVOLT – AUGUST 1 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

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1837: The Farmers’ Revolt by Rick Salutin and Theatre Passe Muraille.

This is an epic Canadian story about a rebellion whose reverberations helped build the very Canada we know today. At its core, this is a play about farmers who distrust the government of the day, and rise up to take them down. Fighting against a class of entitled would-be aristocrats, the farmers in the play are frontier people, eager to break the bonds of tyranny, and forge their own country, free of British rule.

It’s redcoats versus rebels, the Queen’s standing army versus the enraged hewers of wood, right up to the fiery showdown at Montgomery’s Tavern.

Featuring incredible turns by the likes of local historic titans Van Egmond, Tiger Dunlop, and William Lyon Mackenzie, this is a play that was born here, and helped inspire the creation of the Festival, and yet has never been produced on our mainstage.

“Many of you have heard me tell the now infamous story of the first group of actors who rehearsed in Blyth Memorial Community Hall and had to sign waivers in case the roof fell in on their heads…back before the Blyth Festival was born… before the community saved the building…well… 1837: The Farmers’ Revolt is the show those actors were working on at the time, with a young upstart, hardly known and heavily bearded director named Paul Thompson.

Bringing it back to the Blyth Festival stage is the realization of a long arc. Fact is though, the themes of this play (and the themes of the would-be revolution itself) still persist in this part of the world today. Never hard to find a farmer who doesn’t harbour at least a little distrust for the government.” Gil Garratt.


Cast (in alphabetical order)

  • MATTHEW GIN
  • MARCIA JOHNSON
  • LORNE KENNEDY
  • OMAR ALEX KHAN
  • PARMIDA VAND

Creative Team

  •  GIL GARRATT Director
  •  BETH KATES Set, Projection, Lighting Designer
  •  GEMMA JAMES SMITH Costume Designer
  •  DEANNA H. CHOI Sound Designer / Music Composer
  •  HEATHER THOMPSON Production Stage Manager
  •  KATERINA SOKYRKO Assistant Stage Manager
Media Sponsors

Production Sponsors

 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 420
Legion Ladies Auxiliary to Branch 420



Play Showings

WednesdayAugust 1, 20188pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayAugust 2, 20188pmBUY TICKETS
FridayAugust 3, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Trinity Anglican)8pmBUY TICKETS
FridayAugust 3, 2018n/aBUY TICKETS
SundayAugust 12, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayAugust 14, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayAugust 16, 20188pmBUY TICKETS
FridayAugust 17, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Trinity Anglican)8pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayAugust 18, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Blyth Legion)2pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayAugust 25, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Blyth Legion)8pmBUY TICKETS
SundayAugust 26, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayAugust 28, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayAugust 30, 20188pmBUY TICKETS
FridayAugust 31, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Blyth Legion)8pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdaySeptember 1, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Blyth Legion)2pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdaySeptember 4, 20188pmBUY TICKETS
WednesdaySeptember 5, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdaySeptember 6, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
FridaySeptember 7, 2018 8pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdaySeptember 8, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Blyth Legion)2pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdaySeptember 11, 20188pmBUY TICKETS
WednesdaySeptember 12 20182pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdaySeptember 13, 20182pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdaySeptember 15, 2018 (Country Supper Available at Blyth Legion)8pmBUY TICKETS