UBC Okanagan opens new theatre

University Theatre’s debut performance gets the royal treatment.

The first dedicated live-theatre space at UBC’s Okanagan North Kelowna campus will be inaugurated by Henry VIII and his coterie of ex-wives.

Staged at the newly crowned University Theatre, Til Death Do We Part is a critically acclaimed comedy billed as “Six Queens. Six Love Stories. Six Deaths. One Actress!”

Presented by the Vancouver troupe Monster Theatre, the play, which takes the stage Saturday, marks the venue’s debut, followed by a wine-and-cheese reception.

A second performance is set for Sunday.

The refurbished and renamed University Theatre seats up to 200 people and is housed in the former lecture theatre in the administration building, adjacent to the bus stop.

Til Death Do We Part, written and directed by Ryan Gladstone, was a Pick of the Fringe at the 2012 Vancouver Fringe Festival.

The one-woman comedy stars Tara Travis in a virtuosic performance.

The play follows King Henry VIII’s motley mix of exes, who one-by-one file into a purgatory of sorts, much to the dismay of each previous wife. It culminates in a heated catfight, visited by the King of England.

The inaugural event, sponsored by UBC Okanagan’s faculty of creative and critical studies, will be followed by regular programming and weekly events at University Theatre.

Tickets for the play are $10 for students, $20 for non-students. For advance tickets, email melissa.mchugh@ubc.ca or call 250-807-9648.