In a bold move to kick off its 2024 season, Soulpepper Theatre sets the stage on fire with two highly anticipated productions that promise to tantalize the senses and stir the soul. From the heart-wrenching narratives to the dazzling performances, Toronto’s theatre scene is about to be lit ablaze with “Casey and Diana” and “De Profundis: Oscar Wilde in Jail.”

Let’s start with “Casey and Diana,” a poignant exploration set in the heart of Toronto’s Casey House during the peak of the AIDS epidemic. Nick Green’s masterful script, making its Soulpepper debut, transports us back to a pivotal moment in history, where caregivers, advocates, and a princess collide in a whirlwind of compassion and courage. As we witness the historic visit of Diana, Princess of Wales, to this bastion of hope, we are reminded of the power of kindness and connection in the face of adversity.

Director Andrew Kushnir’s deft hand guides us through this emotional journey, evoking echoes of the past that resonate deeply with today’s audience. The cast, including luminaries like Sean Arbuckle and Sophia Walker, delivers performances that are nothing short of electrifying, breathing life into characters who embody the spirit of resilience and love.

But the theatrical feast doesn’t stop there. Enter “De Profundis: Oscar Wilde in Jail,” a musical fantasy that transports us into the tortured soul of one of history’s most enigmatic figures. Adapted and directed by Gregory Prest, with original music and lyrics by Mike Ross and Sarah Wilson, this spellbinding production brings Wilde’s haunting letter to life with mesmerizing flair.

Damien Atkins shines as Oscar Wilde, captivating the audience with every word, every note, as he pours his heart out to his beloved Lord Alfred Douglas. Jonathan Corkal-Astorga and Colton Curtis provide stellar support, weaving a tapestry of emotions that leaves us spellbound until the final curtain call.

Under the visionary leadership of Soulpepper’s Artistic Director, Weyni Mengesha, and Executive Director, Gideon Arthurs, these two productions not only entertain but also enlighten, reminding us of the enduring power of love and human connection. So, mark your calendars and secure your tickets for a theatrical experience unlike any other. Toronto’s cultural landscape will never be the same again!

When: January 23, 2024 to February 4, 2024 at 7:30pm (Mondays are dark). Weekend and Wednesday matinees at 1:30 pm and Pay What You Choose Tuesdays 

Where: Baillie Theatre, Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane

Approx. Runtime: 2 hours and 30 minutes (including 20-minute intermission)

Price: Tickets range from $25.00 to $65.00 

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