The incomparable Ronnie Burkett has returned to the stage at Montreal’s Centaur Theatre with his latest production, Little Willy, and it is nothing short of a triumph!
The Canadian master puppeteer, whose work is nothing short of a national treasure, has once again brought his unique brand of bawdy, irreverent humor to the Centaur Theatre, (last seen on-stage, pre-pandemic, in 2019 with the premiere of his Holiday tale Little Dickens), this time tackling Shakespeare’s beloved Romeo and Juliet with his troupe of ever hilarious, hand-crafted, wooden marionettes known as The Daisy Theatre.
Burkett’s skillful puppetry, coupled with his razor-sharp wit, fast-paced talking and original music by Canadian Jazz singer, lyricist and producer John Alcorn, has created a two hours production that is sure to delight audiences aged 16 and up!
The Daisy ensemble, including beloved crowd favorites such as the pixie-sized fairy Schnitzel and Mrs. Edna Rural, are in top form as supporting characters as they oversee the ruckus that follows when all the leading ladies and DIVAS of the troupe battle it out for the very coveted role of Juliet.
Even faded diva Esmé Massengill has a glorious moment in the spotlight as she produces a rather boozy interpretation of the lovesick teenager that is as hilarious as it is endearing…
Renowned as one of Canada’s most prominent theater artists, Ronnie Burkett is celebrated for his exceptional and thought-provoking puppetry creations. In 1986, Burkett founded the Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, which has captivated adult audiences like never before and has been consistently acclaimed by critics and the public alike on major stages throughout Canada. Burkett’s company has also been invited as a guest on multiple international tours, further extending his artistic influence beyond Canadian borders.
In recognition of his tremendous contribution to Canadian culture, Burkett was honored with the appointment as an Officer of The Order of Canada in 2019, a prestigious national distinction that acknowledges his significant achievements in the field of theater.
Little Willy is a testament to Burkett’s unparalleled talent, and it is clear that he and his talented team have poured their hearts and souls into this production.
Whether you are a die-hard fan of The Daisy Theatre or a newcomer (as Burkett would put it “Virgin“) to the world of puppetry, Little Willy is not to be missed.
For an optimal theatrical experience, be ready to “volunteer” when Burkett requires a little audience participation !
Definitely secure your tickets for this twisted retelling of a timeless classic tale before they sell out!
Centaur Theatre Company presents Ronnie Burkett LITTLE WILLY Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett Original music by John Alcorn May 2 – May 14, 2023
This production is intended for adult audiences only, ages 16+. Those under the age of 16 will not be admitted. ( Contains Foul language and sexual references)
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