The award-winning Arts Club production of Onegin is currently on a Western Canada tour featuring stops in the Yukon, Alberta and Saskatchewan. The tour also includes stops throughout B.C. and the Lower Mainland. Produced through the Arts Club’s Silver Commissions Project (developing new plays since 2006), Onegin premiered in Vancouver in the spring of 2016 and was met with critical acclaim.
The story: When Evgeni Onegin visits the Larin family estate, his romantic charms stir passions long forgotten by its residents. Poet Vladimir Lensky’s romantic ideals are challenged after Onegin flirts with his fiancée, Olga Larin, and even the sensible Tatyana Larin falls for the handsome rogue. The hit musical moves, shakes, and wakes audiences with its sweeping score, leaving the powerful question swirling in their minds: Look around, look around, look around, do you see someone worth dying for?
On the musical’s remarkable success, director Amiel Gladsone and composer Veda Hille say, “After Craigslist Cantata—a play about disconnection—we wanted to immerse ourselves in something about connection, a story that could challenge our sometimes corseted Canadian sensibilities. We’ve been working on Onegin, making it better and wilder and more full of spirit(s). Here’s to love!”
The show collected ten awards at the 2016 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, making history as the first production to win all but one of the awards in the large theatre category. The wins included Outstanding Actor and Actress (Alessandro Juliani and Meg Roe), Supporting Actor (Josh Epstein), Lighting Design (John Webber), Set Design (Drew Facey), Costume Design (Jacqueline Firkins), Composition (Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone), and Direction (Amiel Gladstone).
“You’re lucky to be alive right now…because you get to see Onegin” —The Georgia Straight
Starring: Lauren Jackson (Tatyana Larin), Jonathan Winsby (Evgeni Onegin), Josh Epstein (Vladimir Lensky, select performances), Erik Fraser Gow (Vladimir Lensky, select performances), Meaghan Chenosky (Olga Larin and others), Caitriona Murphy (Madame Larin and others), Andrew Wheeler (Prince Gremin and others), and Nadeem Phillip (Many Others). Orchestra: Marguerite Witvoet (piano and keyboards, Feb 6–Mar 15), Jennifer Moersch (cello), and Barry Mirochnick (percussion and guitar)
Performance Dates in the Lower Mainland:
February 16 and 17 Kay Meek Centre, West Vancouver 604.981.6335
February 18 Anvil Centre, New Westminster 604.521.5050
February 20 The BlueShore at Cap, North Vancouver 604.990.7810
February 21 to March 3 Surrey Arts Centre, Surrey 604.501.5566
March 6 to 10 Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam 604.927.6555
March 13 & 14 Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Burnaby 604.205.3000
March 15 The ACT Arts Centre, Maple Ridge 605.476.2787
Info at artsclub.com