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Slings and Arrows (2003–2006)

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In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Geoffrey Tennant (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
 Ellen Fanshaw (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Stephen Ouimette ...
 Oliver Welles (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Susan Coyne ...
 Anna Conroy (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
 Darren Nichols (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
 Richard Smith-Jones (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Oliver Dennis ...
 Jerry (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Graham Harley ...
 Cyril (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
Michael Polley ...
 Frank (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
Catherine Fitch ...
 Maria (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
Leon Pownall ...
 Brian (12 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Nahum (11 episodes, 2003-2006)
 Basil (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
 Sloan (8 episodes, 2003-2005)


In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the artistic directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway, and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to reconcile with his past while wrestling the festival back from the marketing department. Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading man, and a scheming general manager, he manages to stage a remarkable production of Hamlet -- the play that drove him mad. Written by The Movie Network - Synopsis

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Michael Polley (Frank) and Sarah Polley (Sophie) are real-life father and daughter. In 2012, 'Sarah Polley' directed a documentary called Stories We Tell in which she reveals that Michael Polley is not actually her biological father, but she still considers him to be her real father. See more »


Richard Smith-Jones: Darren, everyone cries when they're stabbed. There's no shame in that!
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Remade as Sound & Fury (2009) See more »

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A lovely surprise!
6 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this terrific series by accident on The Sundance Channel. I watched the first few minutes, was completely sucked in and then ecstatic when I discovered it was an actual series and there were more episodes than the one I had just watched! For those of you out there who loved Paul Gross in the Tales of the City mini-series you must watch this show!! He is wonderfully lost and adorably manic as Geoffrey Tennant returning to a world he thought he had come to hate, but in essence loves so much he can't live without it. But he is not the only gem on this show. All the characters, although they seem like clichés at first, are in truth, impeccably written and wonderfully acted. Shakespeare lovers, or just theater lovers in general will drown in happiness when watching this look behind the curtain.

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