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Three Men in a Boat – ‘the funniest book ever written’

3 Men in a Boat sketch


July 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


The Market Room at The Court House

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Actor, director, author and Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal recipient, Michael Bawtree captures the full range of surprise, bafflement, laughter and dismay of this 1881 novel. His public readings have been acclaimed in Canada, the USA and the UK. He first performed ‘Three Men In A Boat’ at the Atlantic Theatre Festival in 2007, then before a live audience at The Music Room in Halifax in 2008. Michael took the show on tour in the UK in 2009, to raise money for war casualties, and played before laughing crowds everywhere.

Tickets $30 + HST – The Market Room

Described as ‘the funniest book ever written’, Jerome K. Jerome’s novel, published in 1881, recounts the story of a week’s boating expedition on the River Thames by three young men (and a dog), for whom everything goes wrong. The story is frequently interrupted by the author’s anecdotes, which are often uproarious. Jerome, who started life as an aspiring professional actor, knows how to tell a story, and his timing is flawless. Michael has perfectly caught the various moods of surprise, bafflement, laughter and dismay as the adventures unfold.

photo by Dick Groot

Michael Bawtree

actor/writer photo by Dick Groot

Michael Bawtree has worked in Canadian theatre and television for over 50 years, as playwright, director, educator, actor, TV host and producer. He was the founding head of the drama program at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. He was an Associate Director of the Stratford Festival, Ontario, under Jean Gascon. He founded COMUS Music Theatre in Toronto with Maureen Forrester, and founded and directed the internationally recognized Music Theatre Studio Ensemble at the Banff Centre, Alberta. His book The New Singing Theatre was published by Oxford NY in 1991. He has directed plays and music theatre not only in Canada (including the Shaw Festival in 1971) but in the USA, and also in Finland: a total of over 60 productions.


The Market Room at The Court House
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