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NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812

  • A Crow's Theatre and The Musical Stage Company Co-production
  • Dave Malloy
  • Chris Abraham
  • Dec 5, 2023 - Mar 10, 2024
  • Tickets start at $55
  • 2 hours 30 minutes including intermission
  • Guloien Theatre
  • Details
    CANADIAN PREMIERE

    Crow’s Theatre and The Musical Stage Company present the long-awaited Canadian premiere of the Broadway phenomenon NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 by Dave Malloy.

    This 12-time Tony-nominated musical delivers a radically contemporary and moving take on Tolstoy’s War and Peace with its audacious storytelling and groundbreaking score that mixes indie rock, pop, folk, electronic dance, and classic Broadway music.

    Winner of two Tony Awards, three Lucille Lortel Awards, the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, a Special Obie Citation, and the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is “the most innovative and the best new musical to open on Broadway since Hamilton” (The New York Times). 

    A truly "Charming" music video featuring Hélène (Divine Brown), Natasha (Hailey Gillis), and Anatole (George Krissa).

    MEET THE COMPANY

    Created by Dave Malloy, who was first introduced to Toronto audiences with his whisky-fuelled song cycle Ghost Quartet at Crow’s Theatre, NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 is choreographed by Ray Hogg (Dixon Road), the critically acclaimed artistic director of The Musical Stage Company and directed by Chris Abraham (Uncle Vanya).

    The celestial cast includes Divine Brown as Hélène, Evan Buliung as Pierre, Rita Dottor (Ensemble), Camille Eanga-Selenge as Sonya, Donna Garner (Ensemble), Hailey Gillis as Natasha, George Krissa as Anatole, Lawrence Libor as Dolokhov, Marcus Nance as Andrey (and Bolkonsky), Heeyun Park as Mary, Andrew Penner as Balaga, Louise Pitre as Marya D., and Brendan Wall (Ensmble).

    DIGITAL PROGRAMME

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    READ THE REVIEWS
    "Four Stars! Musical Theatre at its Best!" Toronto Star
     
    "Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 a chance to glimpse two shooting stars." The Globe and Mail
     
    "Acclaimed musical adaptation of ‘War and Peace’ makes splashy Canadian premiere." Next Magazine
     
    "Director Chris Abraham’s virtuosic production is a kinetic, emotionally charged and persistently intimate spectacle." Istvan Reviews
     
    The production is frequently marvellous, and oozes with luxury in its trimmings and performances." Intermission Magazine
    PERFORMANCE NOTES
     
    IDEAS AT CROW'S THEATRE—Pre-Show Live Taping of CBC Radio's IDEAS
    "Singing in Dark Times" featuring Sandeep Banerjee:
    • Inspired by this show, McGill professor and world literature scholar Sandeep Banerjee delivers a talk on love and art in times of war.
    • Sunday, January 7, 2024
    • NOTE: Admission to the taping is free, but space is limited, and separate tickets are needed if you'll also be attending the show afterwards. Reserve your spot here.
    Post-Show Talkback in the Theatre:
    • Tuesday, January 2, 2024
    Audio-Described Performance:
    • Saturday, January 6, 2024 @ 1:30pm
    • Sunday, January 21, 2024 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can & Mask Required performance)
    Mask Required Performances:
    • Sunday, December 10, 2023 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)
    • Tuesday, December 19, 2023 @ 7:30pm
    • Wednesday, December 20, 2023 @ 1:30pm
    • Sunday, January 14, 2024 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)
    • Sunday, January 21, 2024 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can & Audio-Described performance)
    • Sunday, February 11, 2024 @ 1:30pm (also a Pay-What-You-Can performance)
    AUDIENCE ADVISORY

    NATASHA PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 contains gunshots, and employs the use of theatrical haze, fog, and strobe lights. Recommended for ages 14+. For more information, please contact the box office.

     
    A Note on Audience Participation: Our talented cast may interact with you during the performance. You may find yourself having a conversation with a character, sharing a toast, or even becoming part of the story. You are invited to embrace the opportunity to engage with the performers, but feel free to participate as much or as little as you are comfortable with.
     SEATING INFORMATION

    In addition to our standard General Admission and Premium Reserved Seating sections, NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812 has two additional sections: 1) General Admission Balcony and 2) Barstool Seating. The balcony seating requires patrons to climb stairs and is not wheelchair accessible.

    Below is a map of the seating areas for NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812. Please note that you will be choosing the section you wish to sit in, not your individual seat. If you have any accessibility requirements, please mention them in the notes field of your order.

    A Note on RUSH Seats: If a show is marked as sold out, on the day of the performance we will hold an in-person “rush line” outside the theatre. Any last-minute cancellations or holds released will be sold to those in the rush line for $30 per person, cash only, on a first-come, first-serve basis. We cannot guarantee the availability of rush tickets, but we will always hold a line for those who wish to try their luck at last minute tickets. 

    PWYC Sundays: Every Sunday when the box office opens at 12:00pm, a limited block of pay-what-you-can tickets are released for in-person purchases for that day’s performance(s). Performances may appear as sold out online even when pay-what-you-can tickets are available. 

    The box office will open at 12:00pm for matinee performances and 6:00pm for evening performances.

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    LEAD SPONSOR
    B Street Collaborative
     
    SUPPORTING SPONSORS

    David and Shelley Peterson

    Apprentice Stage Manager Program supported by the
    S.M Blair Family Foundation and Kingfisher Foundation
    PRODUCT SPONSOR

    VODKOW

  • Dates & Times
  • The Team

    CAST

    • Divine Brown - Hélène
    • Evan Buliung - Pierre
    • Rita Dottor - Ensemble
    • Camille Eanga-Selenge - Sonya
    • Donna Garner - Ensemble
    • Hailey Gillis - Natasha
    • George Krissa - Anatole
    • Lawrence Libor - Dolokhov
    • Marcus Nance - Andrey / Old Prince Bolkonsky
    • Heeyun Park - Mary
    • Andrew Penner - Balaga
    • Louise Pitre - Marya D.
    • Brendan Wall - Ensemble
    • Ryan deSouza - Piano / Conductor
    • Aleh Remezau - Oboe / English Horn
    • Colleen Cook - Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
    • Alex Grant - Cello
    • Clara Nguyen-Tran - Viola
    • Rachel O'Brien - RBC Apprentice Music Director

    CREATIVE

    • Dave Malloy - Composer, Librettist, Orchestrator
    • Chris Abraham - Director
    • Ray Hogg - Choreographer
    • Ryan deSouza - Musical Director
    • Paolo Santalucia - Assistant Director
    • Julie Fox - Co-Set Designer
    • Joshua Quinlan - Co-Set Designer
    • Ming Wong - Costume Designer
    • Kimberly Purtell - Lighting Designer
    • Ryan Borshuk - Sound Designer
    • Laura Delchiaro - Head of Wardrobe
    • Ross Kerr-Wilson - Head of Props
    • Sarah Miller - Stage Manager
    • Maya Bowers - Assistant Stage Manager
    • Ciaran Brenneman - Apprentice Stage Manager
    • Tyler Pearse - Assistant Choreographer