Hosted in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, every year the Charlottetown Festival features some of Canada's finest performers, designers, playwrights, composers, and directors in a professional showcase of musical theatre and comedy.
Past Artistic Directors of the Festival include Mavor Moore, Alan Lund, and Walter Learning. Learning ignited a storm of controversy across the country in 1987 when he presented the Alan Bleasdale musical Are You Lonesome Tonight? a tough look at the life of Elvis Presley. Objections to the rough language and adult subject matter were even brought up in the provincial legislature. However, the musical was a major critical success for the Charlottetown Festival and became the only Festival production to equal Anne of Green Gables in ticket sales during its first season.