An Improvised Reimagining
Premiered Sat. May 5, 2012
Toronto, ON – April 27, 2012 – From the producers of the wildly successful improvised series Troubadour, Gleeks, Doctor Whom and Don’t You Forget About John Hughes comes the next great improvised reimagining, DOWNTOWN ABBEY, based on the UKs most popular drama series Downton Abbey.
Starring some of this country’s top improvisers, DOWNTOWN ABBEY makes its premiere at Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor St. West, on Saturday, May 5th at 7pm and will include a special guest apperance by Colin Mochrie (Who’s Line Is It Anyway). DOWNTOWN ABBEY will continue to run every Saturday in May.
Tickets are $10 each. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit www.comedybar.ca
Cast includes; Mark Little (Mr. D and Picnicface), Lisa Merchant (Train 48), Sean Tabares (Second City), Jan Caruana (That’s So Weird) and Chris Gibbs (The Carnagie Hall Show – also Triple Take alumnae, Space Zombies) and more.
Downton Abbey is a British/American television series, coproduced by Carnival Films in the UK and WGBH Boston in the US. The series is set on the fictional estate of Downton Abbey in the North Riding of Yorkshire, and features an ensemble cast. It was created by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, and principally written by Fellowes. It premiered on ITV on 26 September 2010 and on PBS on 9 January 2011.
Reception of the programme was predominantly positive; ratings were extremely high for what is usually considered a "period" show, and the first series picked up a number of awards and nominations after its initial run. It has subsequently become the most successful British costume drama since the 1981 television serial version of Brideshead Revisited, and in 2011 it entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the "most critically acclaimed English-language television show" for the year, becoming the first British show to be recognised as such by the Guinness Book of Records.
The second series aired in autumn 2011 on ITV and in January 2012 on PBS. On 3 November 2011, ITV confirmed that a third series had been commissioned. The third series is currently in production for broadcast in September 2012 on ITV and in January 2013 on PBS.
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