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Mother Courage and Her Children

Mother Courage and Her Children

By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Edgar
Directed by Martha Henry

Tom Patterson Theatre

May 15
 to September 21
Opens May 30

Approximate running time:
2 hrs 41 min, including one interval

About The Play
As the Thirty Years’ War swirls around her, Mother Courage scrapes together a living for herself and her three children by selling provisions to Protestant and Catholic combatants alike. But as she hauls her wagon across the battlefields of Europe, she discovers that the very chaos that sustains her will eventually cost her everything she holds most dear.


Reviews & Buzz

“Smashing Performances” - Toronto Star

“Two Stratford Legends bring all their power to Mother Courage - The Record

“moving and as politically relevant as ever… gave me chills” - Broadway World

“astonishing new production… diamond-sharp” - Capital Critics Circle


“a stirring performance from Seana McKenna that is a lifeline to the play's passionate centre” - Hamilton Spectator


“riveting” - Hamilton Spectator


“McKenna's been thrilling before; Mary Stuart, Orpheus Descending and Medea come to mind, but Mother Courage is the pinnacle so far”  

- Hamilton Spectator


"Emotionally wrenching 'Mother Courage and Her Children' is a must-see" - Detroit Free Press


"The events of the play unfold brilliantly" - Detroit Free Press


"compelling ensemble production" - Montreal Gazette


"Although I've seen this play many times before, I've never been so wrapped up in the story" - Montreal Gazette 


Audience Advisory 
This production has mature content, including strong language and profanity, and is best suited to ages 12 and up. It uses strobe lighting and startling sounds, including gunfire.

The suitability guidelines we offer here are subjective, and not all patrons may agree with them. If you’d like more details, or if you have specific concerns, please ask a customer service representative. 


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