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"Once again, Factory Theatre has produced another brilliant play. Their ability over the years to provide artistic work of the highest quality makes them one of Toronto's most loved spaces for theatre. The subtle messages in Yann Martel's play Beatrice and Virgil, which I just saw yesterday, eventually came through the initial wall of Holocaust horrors the play presented. Thanks to Factory Theatre for this amazing production!"

- Kathryn Oneill, Google review.


 Beatrice & Virgil  by Yann Martel

adapted by Lindsay Cochrane

 "those who carry a knife and pear are never afraid of the dark"

APRIL 12 - MAY 11, Studio Theatre

Horrific truths, buried in layers of history are unearthed through fact, art and imagination when Henry visits a taxidermist. An innovative stage adaptation of Martel’s controversial but critically acclaimed novel. This powerful and provocative piece will enthrall audiences with its fragile beauty and ugly truths.


YannWeb-photo.pngYann Martel was born in Spain in 1963. After studying philosophy at Trent University, he worked at odd jobs and travelled widely before turning to writing at the age of 27. He is the author of the 2002 Man Booker Prize winning novel Life of Pi,  a #1 international bestseller published in more than 50 territories that has sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and spent  more than a year  on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was adapted to the screen by Ang Lee. Martel is also the author of the novels Beatrice and Virgil and Self, the collection of stories The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, and a collection of letters to the prime minister of Canada, 101 Letters to a Prime Minister. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


Lindsay Cochrane lives and breathes language and literature. She could talk structure all day, be it the specifics of syntax or the design of a narrative. She holds her M.A. in English and specializes in second language acquisition. Cochrane currently teaches at Parkdale Public School, where she piloted the Toronto District School Board’s first Full-Day French Immersion Kindergarten program. Beatrice & Virgil marks her foray into playwriting. 





PREVIEWS             OPENS

April 12-16              April 17        

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Beatrice & Virgil by
Yann Martel

Adapted by
Lindsay Cochrane

Directed by
Sarah Garton Stanley

Damien Atkins
Pierre Brault

Dramaturgy by
Iris Turcott

Set / Costume Design by
Amy Keith


Lighting Design by
John Thompson

Sound design by 
Christian Barry

Stage Management by
Emilie Aubin


Projection Design by
Ken Mackenzie

Assistant Projection Design by
Kaitlin Hickie

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