Charlottetown Festival

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The Charlottetown Festival is a seasonal Canadian musical theatre festival which runs from late May to mid-October every year since 1965.

Named after its host city, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, since its inception the festival has showcased Canada's musical, Anne of Green Gables – The Musical, as well as having sought out and commissioned new Canadian musicals.

Hosted in the Confederation Centre of the Arts, every year the Charlottetown Festival features some of Canada's performers, designers, playwrights, composers, and directors in a showcase of musical theatre and comedy.

Past Artistic Directors of the Festival include Mavor Moore, Alan Lund, and Walter Learning. Learning ignited controversy 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 brought up in the provincial legislature. However, the musical was a success for the Charlottetown Festival.

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