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Queen Milli of Galt - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Queen Milli of Galt

Gary Kirkham

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

2m, 3f

ISBN: 9780573633393

"A breezy, witty, warmly romantic. One of the most promising new plays I have seen in the last five years!" - Robert Mitchell
"...engaging, moving, well deserving of the standing ovation." - The Citizen
A lovely romantic comedy with a handy supply of humor, this play is a genuinely witty exploration of unexpected love.In 1972, the Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII) dies while living in exile at the age of 78. Two weeks later in Canada, an 80 year-old woman from a small town named Galt has her tombstone engraved, claiming to be his wife. A young journalist appears at her door, eager for answers. Flashback to 1919 for a love story unlike most others.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1970s, 1920s

Settings Of Play -

The year is 1919. The set is minimal, vague and dreamlike. There are three main areas: one that suggests a small house with a porch, another that suggests a garden, and one that suggests Edward’s elaborate rail carriage. Branches with autumn leaves hang above.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Interior Set, Exterior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Large Stage

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest,

Winner! 2004 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest

Based on a true story. A lovely romantic comedy with a handy supply of humor, this play is a genuinely witty exploration of unexpected love. In 1972, the Duke of Windsor (Edward VIII) dies while living in exile at the age of 78. Two weeks later in Canada, an 80 year-old woman from a small town named Galt has her tombstone engraved, claiming to be his wife. A young journalist appears at her door, eager for answers. Flashback to 1919 as Edward, then holding the official title of the Prince of Wales, visits Canada as an emissary of the King. Bored with the pomp and circumstance, he slips away from his official duties and begins a romance with a charming young woman.

REVIEWS

"A breezy, witty, warmly romantic. One of the most promising new plays I have seen in the last five years!" - Robert Mitchell

"...engaging, moving, well deserving of the standing ovation." - The Citizen


Queen Mili of Galt premiered at the King Street Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada by Theatre & Company in September 2001.

Characters

CASTING

2m, 3f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

1972:
OLD MILLI - 82, Millicent Milroy: a retired school teacher; performed by the actor playing Milli
JOURNALIST - 20 , a young journalist; performed by the actor playing Edward

1919:
MILLI - 29, Millicent Milroy: a school teacher
EDWARD - 24, Edward Prince of Wales: the heir to the throne
MRS. MILROY - 50, Milli’s mother: a widow
MONA - 30, Desdemona Singleton: an actress
GODFREY - 50, Sir Thomas Godfrey: Edward’s handler

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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Gary Kirkham

Gary Kirkham

Gary Kirkham is an award winning Canadian playwright. His play, Queen Milli of Galt, won the Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Competition and has had several productions including Theatre Aquarius, Theatre & Company, Rosebud Theatre, The Blyth Festival, and Chemainus Festival. His play Falling: A Wake, inspired by the death of his best friend in the Pan Am Lockerbie Bombing, premiered by ... view full profile

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