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 Geoffrey Tennant (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Ellen Fanshaw (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Oliver Welles (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Anna Conroy (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Darren Nichols (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Richard Smith-Jones (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Jerry (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Cyril (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Frank (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Maria (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Brian (12 episodes, 2003-2005)
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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, 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 »

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Cyril: [about Geoffrey] He's doing the rounds. He saw the Chekov on Tuesday. He was at the Dream last night.
Frank: No!
Cyril: Yeah. There he was. Third raw from the back. Head burried in his hands like he lost a brother in the war.
Frank: Crikey. He wouldn't recast, would he?
Cyril: Not the Dream, no. But God knows what he'll do with Oliver's Hamlet. Play the lead himself.
Frank: You think?
Cyril: Oh, why not? It was the play that drow him mad. Seven years ago. I saw it all with me own eyes. Halfway through the gravedigger scene he suddenly ...
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Simply Wonderful!
18 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't have much to say about this series other than it is one of the best television series of all time! Anyone who has the slightest appreciation for Shakespeare or the theatre in general will get instantly hooked on this series, each season having one of Shakespeare's major tragedies at it's focus. Paul Gross proves himself to be one of the most underrated actors working to day as the brilliant Geoffrey Tennant, and his real life wife Martha Burns is wonderful as star actress Ellen Fanshaw. Stephen Ouimette Steals every scene he's in as the ghost of former Artistic Director Oliver Wells, and in season one there's excellent work from Luke Kirby and a pre-Notebook Rachel McAdams. If you haven't seen this series yet, go buy the DVD immediately!


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