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Paul Gross stars as Geoffrey Tennant, the passionate but unstable artistic director of the New Burbage Theatre Festival. Haunted by the ghost of his predecessor, he struggles to realize his creative vision while handling touchy actors, a jittery general manager, a pretentious guest director and his own tempestuous romance with the festival's leading lady The backstage bedlam mirrors the onstage angst as Geoffrey directs three of Shakespeare's masterpieces -- Hamlet, Macbeth and King Lear -- one in each season.

Genres: Comedy | Drama | Romance
Station: The Movie Network (CA)
Rating: 7/10 from 2 users
Status: Ended
Start: 2003-11-03

Slings & Arrows Season 1 Air Dates


S01E01 - Oliver's Dream Air Date: 03 November 2003 04:00 -

Seven years after suffering a mental breakdown during a performance of "Hamlet" at the New Burbage Festival, Geoffrey Tennant is struggling to make ends meet, managing the dilapidated Theatre Sans Argent. Oliver Welles, still the artistic director at the festival, is mounting his tenth identical production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", and is worried that he has lost his creative edge. Richard Smith-Jones, general manager of the festival, attempts to save the funding as their sponsor, Lenstrex, goes through a change of management. The new Lenstrex liaison, Holly Day, seems interested in the festival…and in Richard.


S01E02 - Geoffrey Returns Air Date: 10 November 2003 04:00 -

Richard finds himself overwhelmed trying to keep the festival running smoothly in the wake of Oliver's death. Kate ditches rehearsals to audition for a commercial and runs into Hollywood action star Jack Crew, who has been hired to play Hamlet. Ellen begins a relationship with Sloan, a young deliveryman. Geoffrey questions his sanity when Oliver begins to speak to him from "the other side". Despite his delivery of a scathing speech at Oliver's funeral, the board of directors offers the job of Artistic Director to Geoffrey, on a temporary basis. Anna asks Geoffrey to help carry out Oliver's final request.


S01E03 - Madness in Great Ones Air Date: 17 November 2003 04:00 -

Having been named interim creative director of the festival, Geoffrey wisely cedes directing the festival's new production of Hamlet to a visiting director, but is distressed when the board chooses his long-time nemesis Darren Nichols. Richard and Holly go to Toronto for an evening of "real theater". Kate and visiting movie star Jack get closer. Geoffrey manages to alienate everyone when he is interviewed by a theatre critic, then gets drunk and challenges Darren to a sword duel.


S01E04 - Outrageous Fortune Air Date: 24 November 2003 04:00 -

In jail after his escapade at Ellen's party, Geoffrey is visited by the ghost of Oliver, who counsels him on the danger of trying to ignore his past feelings for Ellen. Holly and Richard work on their merchandising scheme‒a Shakespeare-themed village of retail stores. Geoffrey is forced to fire Darren as director, to the relief of the cast.


S01E05 - A Mirror up to Nature Air Date: 01 December 2003 04:00 -

With Geoffrey directing the production of Hamlet, Richard and Holly fear that his success may doom their plan to redirect corporate resources to the Shakespeare Village. Oliver's ghost frees Ellen's pet chameleon and, viola, Ophelia is recast.


S01E06 - Playing the Swan Air Date: 08 December 2003 04:00 -

It's opening night for "Hamlet" and, though Jack has shown promise, insidious words from Richard send him running. Ellen and Geoffrey finally talk about the breakdown and the events leading up to it.

Slings & Arrows Actors

Catherine Fitch(Maria)

Sean Cullen(Basil)

Joanne Kelly(Sarah)

David Alpay(Patrick)

Jennifer Irwin(Holly Day)

Luke Kirby(Jack Crew)

Colm Feore(Sanjay Rainier)

Geraint Wyn Davies(Henry Breedlove)

Aaron Abrams(Paul)

Sabrina Grdevich(Claire Donner)

Marcia Bennett(May Silverstone)

Graham Harley(Cyril)



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