Founded in 1937, by Newfoundland and Labrador playwright Grace Butt, the St. John's Players is the oldest theatre group in the province. Since its inception, the group has been active in the local theatre scene with the exception of two periods of inactivity in 1976-82 and 2005-2012 The group returned to the local theatre scene in 2013. It is an amateur group and all are welcome. No previous theatre experience is required. See our listing in the Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia.
To celebrate Shakespeare's birthday on April 23, 1564, St. John's Players presents a fantasy romp through his plays. The Maltese Bodkin is an entertaining casserole. The recipe - Take Sam Spade from The Maltese Falcon, drop him in a world of Shakespearean characters and stir. The result - a comedy mystery with a Shakespearean twist. Times were tough for hard-boiled detective Birnam Wood. He never asked to be in London, especially in 1605. When Wood's Partner, Archie, is killed, he takes on the case that his partner worked before his untimely death. Wood hopes it will lead him to solve the mystery of who killed Archie and why. He has to find the killer amongst a cast of suspects that includes Viola, Richard III, Falstaff, Iago, Mercutio and a merchant from Venice. The real solution to the mystery, however, seems to be in discovering the secret behind a mysterious dagger known as the Maltese Bodkin. The worlds of detective fiction and Shakespeare collide in this “who hath done it. ”
“Ingenious and entertaining.” — Edmonton Sun