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  • Slings & Arrows

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    Showered with awards and critical acclaim, this darkly comic Canadian series follows the fortunes of a dysfunctional Shakespearean theatre troupe, exposing the high drama, scorching battles, and electrifying thrills that happen behind the scenes. Paul Gross (Due South) stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festical. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor (Stephen Ouimetter), he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager (Mark McKinney), a pretentious guest director (Don McKellar), and his own tempestuous romance with the festival's leading lady (Martha Burns). The backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst as Geoffrey directs three of Shakespeare's masterpieces-- Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear-- one in each season. Guest stars include Rachel McAdams (Wedding Crashers), Colm Feore (Chicago), Sarah Polley (Go, The Sweet Hereafter), and renowned Stratford Festival actor WIlliam Hutt in one of his last performances.moreless
  • The Promised End

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 8/28/06

    Thanks to Charles, Lear gets cancelled and Geoffrey's future at the festival is in doubt. Also Ellen finally fires Barabara. The end of the series ends in typical Shakespearean fashion, with a wedding and a song.moreless
  • All Blessed Secrets

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 8/21/06

    Geoffrey and Anna must join forces in order to convince Charles to play Lear. All the tension that has been rising in the actors eventually leads them into a bar brawl.
  • Slings & Arrows: All Blessed Secrets

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    Anna, the Festival's efficient assistant manager, steps in to help Geoffrey with Charles. But King Lear loses its Regan as actress Ellen Fanshaw flees the Festival for the promise of a big payday on TV.moreless
  • Every Inch a King

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 8/14/06

    Ellen gets offered a lead role in a new tv series and Geoffrey is now living with Charles. But on opening night for Lear, Charles goes missing. This causes Richard to step in and take drastic measures, which Geoffrey is against.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Every Inch A King

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    The final rehearsal of King Lear turns into a full-on train wreck, as Charles fumbles dozens of lines. With East Hastins a smashing success, Richard-- now known as "Big Dick" among his new posse of youthful admirers-- proposes the heretofore unthinkable: moving the Shakespearean tragedy onto the workshop stage and the musical onto the mainstage.moreless
  • That Way Madness Lies

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 8/7/06

    While Oliver looks on smugly, Andrew forces Geoffrey to confront his feelings about his ghostly nemesis. The bond between Sophie and Paul is weakened by Paul's increasing fascination with Megan and her singing voice.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: That Way Madness Lies

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    Charles's erratic behavior becomes more and more disruptive, prompting Geoffrey to consider replacing him. As tensions grow within the cast of Lear, personal and professional jealousies widen the rift between the Shakespearean actors and the eager young players in the musical.moreless
  • Vex Not His Ghost

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 7/31/06

    Richard discovers a kindred spirit in Nigel, the talented young writer of East Hastings. With Nigel's encouragement, and a few tips from Geoffrey, Richard takes on Darren's musical dictatorship.
  • Slings & Arrows: Vex Not His Ghost

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    Charles Kingman-- the theatrical lion whom Geoffrey has recruited to play Lear-- brings some secret demons of his own to the production and immediately alienates cast and crew alike. Meanwhile, the Festival's general manager, Richard Smith-Jones, flexes his creative muscles.moreless
  • Divided Kingdom

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 7/24/06

    With last season's Macbeth the toast of Broadway, Geoffrey is under pressure to deliver another hit. The play he has chosen is an even greater challenge, King Lear. Terrified to climb this Everest alone, he seeks out his ghostly mentor, Oliver Wells. But Oliver is nowhere to be seen. As for Ellen, Geoffrey's on again/off again lover, she is too busy taking Geoffrey's panic personally to be of any help. So Geoffrey turns to his boyhood hero Charles Kingman, who he coaxes out of retirement to play King Lear.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Divided Kingdom

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    Trying to top the critical and financial success of its last production, the Festival plans to stage King Lear, as well as a contemporary new musical. But creative director Geoffrey Tennant finds himself seized by fits of uncontrollable weeping-- among other, more intimate maladies.moreless
  • Birnam Wood

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 8/1/05

    All's well that ends well, or so it seems at the beginning. Richard, being sure that he will have to resign as General Manager, gloomily heads over to the theater only to find that hords of teenagers clog the box office to get tickets for Macbeth. In fact, the show is nearly sold out. He at least can face opening night in good spirits. Not so Geoffrey, who still has to deal with an actor refusing to take his direction. So he decides to put in some last minute changes and teach Henry Breedlove a lesson he won't soon forget. His plan works and he is rewarded by a stellar performance of his cast as well as a black eye from Henry Breedlove's fist. All that's left to do is save Romeo and Juliet from total disaster. Giving his most dramatic performance in years, Geoffrey convinces Darren Nichols to rethink his concept and stage the play as the desperate love story it is. And another pair of lovers finds themselves re-united in the end, although not in death. With a little help from Sloan, Ellen and Geoffrey get back together.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Birnam Wood

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    Youthquake-- the magic of rebranding kicks in! Geoffrey works his own brand of explosive magic, Oliver returns to the stage, Richard upgrades his dream quest to include Gilbert & Sullivan, and love conquers all.moreless
  • Steeped in Blood

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 7/25/05

    Ellen's audit is not going well and she is shocked to hear that a settlement will be forced on her if she can't hand in all of her records on time. Sarah and Patrick, after an 'intense' nighttime rehearsal, find themselves in bed together, which is odd since Patrick is supposedly gay. Still, Romeo and Juliet is far from being ready to open. Writer Lionel Train uses Anna as his main inspiration for his new play. Come opening night she doesn't feel flattered any more as she sees her darkest secrets revealed to the audience. The production of Macbeth is also faced with the dilemma of having to replace Henry Breedlove, who was the main attraction. But the understudy proves himself despite personal problems and stage fright. Nevertheless, at the end of the evening Ellen asks a reluctant Geoffrey to ask Henry to come back. The latter, with the help of seasoned actor Brian Cabot (Leon Pownall), has come to the decision to ask Geoffrey for the same thing. But when Geoffrey asks first, Henry feels vindicated and arrogantly informs Geoffrey that he will play Macbeth - but his own way. But all is not well in the end which finds Richard close to a nervous breakdown when Sanjay is arrested by the RCMP and is found to be a con-artist. With the government funds gone and no new sponsors in sight, New Burbage seems doomed.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Steeped In Blood

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    Ellen confuses her auditor with a confessor but graduates to adulthood with the final tally of her back taxes. The police have developed a keen interest in Sanjay, whose real name is not Sanjay. With the veteran actor playing Macbeth dismissed for having a bloated ego, his understudy preps for the spotlight.moreless
  • Fair is Foul

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 7/18/05

    After a big fight with Ellen, Geoffrey has moved into a storage room at the theater. He is still fighting both his actors and Oliver who refuse to accept his ideas for the play. In the meantime, Ellen has to find a way to get her financial records straight for the audit. She brings in her brother-in-law to help her - with unforeseen consequences. Darren Nichols' idea of staging Romeo and Juliet doesn't sit well with his actors either. Sick of improvisation exercises and portraying signifiers instead of young people in love, Sarah (Joanne Kelly) and Patrick (David Alpay) ask Geoffrey to help them, who secretly coaches them since he promised Nichols not to 'interfere' with his production. Anna starts a romance with an author whose new play is the subject of the festival's workshop. Meanwhile, the controversial advertising campaign has the festival in more financial trouble than ever but Richard, totally under the influence of Sanjay Rainier, refuses to change course. So Macbeth goes into previews with hardly an audience. At the end of the evening Geoffrey fires Henry Breedlove for ignoring his direction and the festival has to face a season without its star magnet.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Fair Is Foul And Foul Is Fair

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    With subscribers canceling en masse since the launch of Frog Hammer's campaign of alienation, Sanjay counsels Richard to embrace the left side of his brain. Now living in a storage room in the theatre with Oliver's ghost as a roommate, Geoffrey reaches a breaking point with his Macbeth.moreless
  • Rarer Monsters

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 7/11/05

    The curse of Macbeth seems to work its dark magic on the festival. Geoffrey struggles with Oliver over staging, the guest director for Romeo and Juliet breaks her neck falling off the stage - the only one available to replace her is Geoffrey's archenemy Darren Nichols (Don McKellar) - and Ellen finds out she's being audited by Revenue Canada. Richard is shocked to find that Sanjay Rainier, head of Froghammer Advertising, has launched a controversial campaign to re-brand the festival. The regular subscribers are not amused and cancel in droves. Meanwhile, Henry Breedlove (Geraint Wyn Davies) undermines Geoffrey's direction of the play and manages to draw Ellen to his side, which is due to the fact that Eleen is losing Geoffrey to Oliver's ghost.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Rarer Monsters

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    The curse of Macbeth kicks in when the director of Romeo and Juliet breaks her neck, forcing Geoffrey to invite showdog Darren Nichols back from Berlin to fill in. Juliet meets her Romeo and sparks do not fly. Ellen and Geoffrey's brief experiment in domesticity ends. Badly.moreless
  • Fallow Time

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 7/4/05

    It's Christmas and Ellen, enjoying her re-kindled love with Geoffrey, decides to celebrate in style - but fails miserably. Meanwhile Geoffrey struggles with The Scottish Play, a fact that isn't helped by Anna's discovery of eight boxes' worth of production notes left by Oliver and the arrival of the star of the show, egomanical actor Henry Breedlove. Richard, running out of options to solve the festival's financial dilemma, decides to apply for a government credit. There's a catch - the money must be used for 're-branding'. So Richard employs a hot new advertising agency to come up with a new, youthful image for New Burbage. Anna has her hands full with a bunch of teenage interns. And to top it off, Oliver (or rather his ghost) returns to the stage in the middle of an elementary school production of Macbeth.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Fallow Time

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    Christmas comes to New Burbage and so do the interns, who are part of the new austerity program. Richard raises begging to new heights and hires Sanjay Ranier of the hip and edgy marketing firm Frog Hammer.moreless
  • Season's End

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 6/27/05

    "Slings & Arrows"' second season revisits the comically dysfunctional New Burbage Theater Festival, under the artistic direction of Geoffrey Tennant (Paul Gross). Tennant's triumph with "Hamlet" has done nothing to solve the theater's financial woes, and now he has no choice but to mount a new production of the most jinxed play in theatrical history: "Macbeth." Ellen's boyfriend proposes to her, but thanks to Geoffrey's interference, she declines.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Season's End

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    Geoffrey gets a permanent posting as the New Burbage artistic director after his triumphant Hamlet, but major challenges loom ahead. Richards, the CEO, must keep the festival from going broke, and Groffrey must stage the cursed Scottish tragedy, Macbeth.moreless
  • Playing the Swan

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 12/8/03

    It's opening day and the play's leading man, in a low ebb of self-esteem, has gone missing. Richard is revealed as a traitor to the company of actors. Ellen reveals to Geoffrey what really happened that night 7 years before. With Kate's help, can the play go on?moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Playing The Swan

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    It's high noon in the Shakespearean Corral. Opening day for Hamlet has arrived and Jack has disappeared. Ellen comes clean about what really happened on that fateful night seven years ago. Kate finds Jack, the lights go up, and against all odds, magic happens.moreless
  • A Mirror up to Nature

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 12/1/03

    With Geoffrey now directing the production of Hamlet, Richard and Holly fear that his success may doom their plan to redirect corporate resources to the Shakespeare Village. But their attempt to derail the production is foiled by one of the actors literally "breaking a leg."moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: A Mirror Up To Nature

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    With unglued Geoffrey taking up the reins of Hamlet, Richard and Holly feel certain the production will flop. Geoffrey digs in and believes there's more to Jack than they've seen so far. Then Ellen's pet chameleon ably assists him in recasting Ophelia.moreless
  • Outrageous Fortune

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 11/24/03

    In jail after his escapade at Ellen's party, Geoffrey is visited by the ghost of his dead mentor Oliver, who counsels him on the danger of trying to ignore his past feelings for Ellen, the woman who once broke his heart. Meanwhile, Holly and Richard work on their merchandising scheme, which involves a Shakespeare themed village of retail stores. Geoffrey is finally forced to fire Darren as director, to the relief of the cast but the worry of the Board of Directors.moreless
  • Slings & Arrows: Outrageous Fortune

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    Geoffrey broods in jail, where Oliver's spirit drops by to counsel him. Kate and Jack friendship moves to a higher plane. Ellen's dirt-biker boy toy defends her honor, and Geoffrey fires Darren, which reassures the cast but worries the board of directors.moreless
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