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Brief Lives ()

Produced by

Soulpepper Theatre Company and Toronto Masque Theatre

Presented by

The Global Cabaret Festival

Playwright: Patrick Garland
Director: Derek Boyes


The Tank House Theatre


October 25th, 2013 – October 27th, 2013


Brief Lives is based on the writings of John Aubrey, known as the first biographer in the English language. His portraits – of William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh and Thomas Hobbes, among others – are in turn witty and slanderous, providing a behind-the-scenes glimpse of some of the most well-known people in the history of London. Set in 1697, in Aubrey’s rundown lodgings, it is as much a portrait of the man – a scholar, antiquarian and close observer of those around him – as it is of the stories he tells. (


William Webster John Aubrey

Creative Team

Patrick Garland Playwright
Derek Boyes Director
Larry Beckwith Music Director
Ken MacKenzie Set Designer
Ken MacKenzie Costume Designer
Ken MacKenzie Projection Designer
Gabe Cropley Lighting Designer


Larry Beckwith Violin
Katherine Hill Soprano
Katherine Hill Viola da Gamba
Terry McKenna Lute / Guitar


Ashley Ireland Stage Manager