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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.


New Performances Added!

We're delighted to announce that, due to popular demand, we have added performances of Mother Courage and Her Children on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, September 23 at 2 p.m
  • Saturday, September 27 at 2 p.m.

Reviews & Buzz

"you will be profoundly moved" - Toronto Star

"excellent " - The Record

"moving and as politically relevant as ever" - Broadway World

"diamond-sharp" -
Capital Critics Circle

"refreshing" - Globe and Mail 


"riveting" - Hamilton Spectator 

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


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

"McKenna is brilliant, owning the stage" - Buffalo News

"hauntingly intense staging so powerfully evoked" 

"Tom McCamus's brilliantly nuanced performance brings the tyrant king to vivid life." - Time Warner’s NY1

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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