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Soulpepper’s The Barber of Seville Features a Famous Figaro

Dan Chameroy stars as Figaro in Soulpepper's The Barber of Seville (photo: Sandy Nicholson)

Dan Chameroy stars as Figaro in Soulpepper’s The Barber of Seville (photo: Sandy Nicholson)

STARTS MAY 9  Intricately melding its original source—Pierre Beaumarchais’ 18th-century play—as well as Rossini’s opera and even a more recent version by Canadian playwright Michael O’Brien and composer John Millard, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s reimagined take on The Barber of Seville brings to the stage a light comedy that was nonetheless radical in its time. Featuring the character of Figaro (portrayed by Dan Chameroy), a servant who’s anything but servile, the play may well have helped inflame the French Revolution. Nowadays the story is perhaps less provocative, but in a new adaptation it retains great populist appeal. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, $51 to $68; call 416-866-8666 or visit soulpepper.ca for showtimes and to buy.  —Macrina Smart

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