Queen Milli of Galt

by  Gary Kirkham

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"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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Queen Milli of Galt

by  Gary Kirkham

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period, Docudrama/Historic, Romantic Comedy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Samuel French Canadian Playwrights Contest,
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

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.

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Accolades

  • Winner! 2004 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Contest

Reviews

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

Keywords

Aging, Friendship, Love, Memory, War

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s, 1920s
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    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.

  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f

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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Cast 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

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Authors

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 b ...

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

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