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:
Paul Gross ...  Geoffrey Tennant 18 episodes, 2003-2006
Martha Burns ...  Ellen Fanshaw 18 episodes, 2003-2006
Stephen Ouimette ...  Oliver Welles 18 episodes, 2003-2006
Susan Coyne ...  Anna Conroy 18 episodes, 2003-2006
Don McKellar ...  Darren Nichols 18 episodes, 2003-2006
Mark McKinney ...  Richard Smith-Jones 18 episodes, 2003-2006
Oliver Dennis ...  Jerry 11 episodes, 2003-2006
Graham Harley Graham Harley ...  Cyril 17 episodes, 2003-2006
Michael Polley ...  Frank 17 episodes, 2003-2006
Catherine Fitch ...  Maria 17 episodes, 2003-2006
Leon Pownall Leon Pownall ...  Brian 6 episodes, 2003-2005
Rothaford Gray ...  Nahum 11 episodes, 2003-2006
Seán Cullen ...  Basil 10 episodes, 2003-2005
Matt Fitzgerald ...  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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Paul Gross plays Geoffrey Tennant, a stage actor best known (before his mental breakdown) for his performance as Hamlet. In an episode of Due South (1994) titled "A Hawk and a Handsaw", Gross' character Benton pretends to be insane, not unlike the character of Hamlet. The name of the episode comes from a line in Hamlet where he tells Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that he can "tell a hawk from a handsaw" - that he is sane. See more »


Cyril: [singing, with friend joining in on the chorus] Cheer up, Hamlet; chin up, Hamlet; buck up, you melancholy Dane! So your uncle is a cad who murdered Dad and married Mum. That's really no excuse to be as glum as you've become! So wise up, Hamlet; rise up, Hamlet; perk up and sing a new refrain. Your incessant monologizing fills the castle with ennui. Your antic disposition is embarrassing to see. And by the way, you sulky brat, the answer is to be! You're driving poor Ophelia insane. So shut up, ...
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A lovely surprise!
6 September 2005 | by shiver72876See 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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3 November 2003 (Canada) See more »

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