Magistrate rules the big screen at the Cowichan Theatre Thursday

John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate. -
John Lithgow takes the title role in Arthur Wing Pinero’s The Magistrate.
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Academy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner John Lithgow is a familiar face on the big screen, just not this one.

Lithgow (familiar to many for his roles in shows like Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shrek, 3rd Rock from the Sun) takes the title role in  The Magistrate, the latest installment of Cowichan Theatre presents National Theatre Live in HD.

Directed by Olivier Award-winner Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You and Into the Woods, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, London), and broadcast live on the Cowichan Theatre's big screen, Arthur Wing Pinero’s play is described uproarious Victorian farce.

"In a similar vein to the National Theatre’s smash-hit classic comedies, She Stoops to Conquer and London Assurance, The Magistrate is sure to have audiences doubled up with laughter," the promotional material states.

"When amiable magistrate Posket ( Lithgow) marries Agatha (Olivier Award-winner Nancy Carroll, After the Dance), little does he realize she’s dropped five years from her age and her son’s. When her deception looks set to be revealed, it sparks a series of hilarious indignities and outrageous mishaps."

The Magistrate will be screened Thursday, Jan. 17, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.50, with discounts for seniors, students, and children.

Call 748-7529 for more.

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