Barkerville’s Theatre Royal hosts gala opening June 15

In 2013, Barkerville’s Theatre Royal celebrates its 145th anniversary

In 2013, Barkerville’s Theatre Royal celebrates its 145th anniversary.

Every summer season since Barkerville was first declared a provincial heritage site more than 50 years ago, a passionate troupe of actors, singers, dancers and musicians assemble in the historic town to re-create the joy and creativity of the original Theatre Royal, which was built in 1868. It provided much-needed respite to generations of Cariboo miners, businesspeople, and families throughout the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

“This season, which marks 145 years since the original Theatre Royal building opened its doors, Barkerville play host to a gala event acknowledging the achievements of the theatre and the admiration and support of its audience,” says James Douglas, Visitor Experiences manager.

“On June 15, friends, colleagues and the community will come together for a full day of celebrating Newman and Wright Theatre Company, the Theatre Royal and, of course, the original Cariboo Dramatic Association, whose traditions are lovingly carried on today.”

Newman and Wright Theatre Company will begin its gala performances at 1 p.m. with an expanded version of Danette Boucher’s acclaimed one-woman show Catherine Schubert: Lady Overlander, a stirring true story about one woman’s treacherous journey to Barkerville.

The day will continue with the musical Pathway to Gold at 4 p.m., and The LaFont and Ward Musical Revue, a variety show sure to enchant theatre goers of any age at 7.

Immediately following the 7 p.m. show, an entertaining auction of costumes, props, and performances for the benefit of the Theatre Royal will take place, and beginning at 8:30 p.m., more music, merriment, and mercantile opportunities will commence at Barkerville’s Theatre Royal, House Hotel, and Mason and Daly General Merchants. During the day, and between shows, gala ticket holders can enjoy Barkerville’s award-winning historical interpretation programs, town tours, and a variety of demonstrations and shows throughout the site.

Gala tickets are available for $40 (plus GST) and include admission to Barkerville, all three Theatre Royal shows, the evening festivities, and an optional seat at the Barkerville Heritage Trust’s annual general meeting.

For more information about Barkerville’s 2013 Theatre Royal Gala, or to reserve tickets, visit, or phone 250-994-3340.