Jumbo – June 12 to August 10, 2019

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It’s one of the biggest stories in the history of South Western Ontario. Literally.

From playwright Sean Dixon (The Wilberforce Hotel, Lost Heir), comes the story of one of the biggest names in show business, the one, the only, Jumbo the Elephant.

In the early fall of 1885, P.T. Barnum’s Greatest Show on Earth toured South Western Ontario, playing to sold out crowds. On the bill, among the snake charmer, the aerialists, the tightrope walkers, the contortionists, and the famous bearded lady, Annie Jones, were 28 elephants led by the world renowned Jumbo.

Between their stops in Guelph and London, Barnum’s circus played the bustling railroad city of St. Thomas, Ontario to standing ovations. But on that fateful night, when the circus cars were being packed back up, an unscheduled freight train, traveling unbreakably fast through the railyard, ended the career, and the life, of the biggest superstar in the world.

A cast of larger-than-life characters, including PT Barnum himself, Matthew Scott the elephant trainer, the Bearded Annie Jones, and a world-famous taxidermist, fill this riveting play that brings a Jumbo-sized Ontario history to life, memorializing the legendary final performance of the most famous pachyderm the world has ever known.

Creative Team

Written by Sean Dixon

Directed by Gil Garratt

Circus Master Manon Beaudoin

(Image by Kelly Stevenson)

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Play Showings

WednesdayJune 12, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayJune 13, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
FridayJune 14, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayJune 15, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayJune 15, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayJune 18, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
WednesdayJune 19, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayJune 20, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
FridayJune 21, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayJuly 2, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
WednesdayJuly 3, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayJuly 4, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayJuly 6, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
SundayJuly 7, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayJuly 9, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayJuly 11, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
FridayJuly 12, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayJuly 13, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayJuly 16, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
WednesdayJuly 17, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayJuly 18, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayJuly 20, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
TuesdayJuly 23, 20192pmBUY TICKETS
ThursdayJuly 25, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
FridayJuly 26, 20198pmBUY TICKETS
SaturdayAugust 10, 20198pmBUY TICKETS