Behind the scenes of a Shakespearean theatre troupe, as troubled artistic director Geoffrey Tennant takes over after the sudden death of his former mentor to direct a production of Hamlet, the play that once drove him into a nervous breakdown. He also has to contend with an American action star as his leading man, an aging prima donna as his leading lady, a scheming general manager, and a ruthless corporate raider.
Last Episode03x06 The Promised End Aired: Aug. 28, 2006
Thanks to Charles, Lear gets canceled and Geoffrey's future at the festival is in doubt. Also Ellen finally fires Barbara. The end of the series …
Slings & Arrows: All Blessed Secrets
Anna, the Festival's efficient assistant manager, steps in to help Geoffrey with Charles. But King Lear loses…
Series Fun Facts
- SPOILER: Oliver's final instructions regarding what is to happen to his skull after his death are a reference to a story about Chicago actor and improv instructor Del Close, who requested…
[show]SPOILER: Oliver's final instructions regarding what is to happen to his skull after his death are a reference to a story about Chicago actor and improv instructor Del Close, who requested that after his death, his skull was to be donated to the Goodman Theatre for use as Yorick in its subsequent productions of Hamlet. After his death, Close's executor did indeed donate a human skull to the Goodman, and she claimed that it was Close's; but several years later, she admitted to The New Yorker that although she tried to carry out Close's wishes, the morgue wouldn't allow her to remove Close's head, so she instead bought a skull from a medical supply house and passed it off as Close's.
- The fictional town of New Burbage as well as their primarily Shakespeare-based theatre festival is based on the Stratford Festival, located in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.
- Paul Gross and Martha Burns, who play on-again, off-again lovers Geoffrey and Ellen, have in their real lives been married since 1988. They have two children together.