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4th Line Theatre 2023 Summer Season!

4th Line Theatre Announces 2023 Summer Season!


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4th Line Theatre


Idyllic, rural, and quintessentially Canadian, each year the 4th Line Theatre presents Canadian plays – written by and about Canadians, small stories or broad national sagas.

Located at 9 Tupper Street in Millbook, the season will begin on June 27, 2023 with The Tilco Strike, written by D’Arcy Jenish, and directed by Cynthia Ashperger who returns after directing the 2022 town production of The Great Shadow.

In August, 4th Line Theatre will remount the theatre’s flagship play, Robert Winslow’s The Cavan Blazers, directed by Blackwell.


Crow Hill: The Telephone Play, 2018. Photo by Wayne Eardley, Brookside Studio.

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The Tilco Strike – World Premiere

June 27 - July 22, 2023

Directed by Cynthia Ashperger

Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm

Previews - June 27, 28

Opening Night - Thursday, June 29, 2023


The Tilco Strike recounts the year-long fight between 35 poorly paid women, and their hard-nosed male bosses at Tilco Plastics in Peterborough, Ontario, who were determined to crush the women and their union. The strike began in December 1965 over a $25 bonus and escalated into an epic battle between organized labour and strike-breaking employers. The women lost their fight, but changed labour relations in Ontario forever.


The Cavan Blazers, 2011. Photo by Wayne Eardley, Brookside Studio.

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The Cavan Blazers -Back by Popular Demand

Written by Robert Winslow

August 1 - 26, 2023

Directed by Kim Blackwell

Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm

Previews - August 1, August 2

Opening Night - Thursday, August 3, 2023


The Cavan Blazers is a gritty, intense play which has the audience on the edge of its seat from start to finish. This drama chronicles the religious conflict between Catholic and Protestant settlers in Cavan Township in the early to mid-nineteenth century. Violence erupts when a Protestant vigilante gang known as the Cavan Blazers tries to stop a Catholic settlement from being established.



Festival Fridays at the Farm


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Every Friday evening before the show from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. all summer long, 4th Line Theatre will be holding an outdoor festival! You will get a chance to check out the offerings from local farmers and culinary partners who will be setting up tents and booths to sell their products.

On Festival Fridays, Artist Talks run from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., with expert presentations and demonstrations from 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. under the white tent. 4th Line Theatre encourages you to join them to discover more about the theatre, their plays, and how they put them together.

Please note: events are subject to change and no advance booking is required. 



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For 30 seasons, 4th Line Theatre has been bringing history to life on the barnyard stages of a rustic 5th generation farm in Millbrook Ontario, between Peterborough and Port Hope.  Founded in 1992 by Creative Director Robert Winslow, this outdoor theatre company is committed to preserving our Canadian cultural heritage through the development and presentation of environmentally-staged historical drama. 4th Line Theatre has developed and presented 40 original plays based on regional history and culture. 

Thousands of visitors, young and old alike fall in love with their farm experience complete with picnics, birdsong and sunsets in the country. Create a truly unique experience with a picnic lunch, a performance and an overnight stay at a local country inn or bed and breakfast.

4th Line Theatre is a not-for-profit, cultural, charitable organization that heavily relies on monetary donations, ticket sales, government funding, advertising and sponsorship to ensure their success year after year.

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