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Misery

Andrew McNee and Lucia Frangione in the Arts Club Theatre Company's 2017 production of Misery. Set design by Lauchlin Johnston, costume design by Stephanie Kong, and lighting design by Andrew Pye. Photo by David Cooper

Misery

Location:
Main Stage at Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 88 Avenue

Dates:
January 10 to 20, 2018

Time:
Various

Contact:
Box Office
604-501-5566

Category:
Arts

Community:
Whalley

Cost:
Zone A $49. Zone B $39. Zone C $29

Presented by:

Surrey Civic Theatres

Many people have read the book or seen the film version of Stephen King’s chilling thriller Misery, but might not know they can also see it live. Bound to keep theatregoers on the edge of their seats, the story follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon who is rescued from a car crash by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up in her secluded home in the mountains of Colorado. While Annie nurses him back to health, Paul soon realizes that he is not her guest, but her captive. Angered that he has killed off her favourite character, Annie forces Paul to resurrect her in a new book—and Paul soon finds himself writing for his freedom…and his life.

Audience advisory: mature themes, strong language, and some violence

Running time: approximately 2 hours, including intermission

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How the Story Came to Life

Stephen King’s inspiration was a short story about a man held prisoner by someone who makes him read aloud the stories of a famous author—King wondered what it would be like if the author himself was held captive. The novel was published in 1987, and in 1990 Kathy Bates and James Caan starred in the critically and commercially successful film. Most recently, a Broadway production starred Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf. The stage and screen adaptations are by two-time Academy Award winner William Goldman.

About this Stage Production

This production is by the Arts Club Theatre Company.

On bringing this genre to the stage, Arts Club Theatre Company’s Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd says, “Misery is a show we’ve all been looking forward to for some time. Director Rachel Ditor has given our longtime Properties Master and his team the chance to really show off their talent for special effects.”

Ditor adds, “Casting such warm and fearless performers as Lucia Frangione and Andrew McNee adds some humanity to this classic thriller. In them we have people to root for and identify with in a way that makes the most of experiencing this story live.”

Showtimes and Special Performances

7:30pm start time on weeknights—a great option if you have an early start the next day!

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:30pm
Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 4pm and 8pm
Sunday: 4pm

Date Day Special Performance
Jan 10 Wed Opening Night
Relax, socialize, and enjoy complimentary appetizers from 6:30pm.
Jan 12 Fri First Friday
Enjoy dessert and coffee after the show—with a chance to meet the actors!
Jan 13 Sat Paint at the Play
We’ll entertain your 6 to 11 year-olds from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with fun art activities while you enjoy the 4pm show! It’s free with your tickets—call the Box Office at 604-501-5566 to register.
Jan 18 Thu Talkback Thursday
Stay in the theatre after the show for a chat with the actors.
Jan 20 Sat

VocalEye
Patrons with a visual impairment can enjoy an enhanced theatre experience with this simultaneous live audio description during the 4pm performance. Equipment is available at no charge. Book by phone or in person.