Spriet Stage

Chariots of Fire
North American Premiere

An immersive experience with trackside seating!


Chariots of Fire

Stage Adaptation by Mike Bartlett
Screenplay* by Colin Welland
Directed by Dennis Garnhum
Featuring Wade Bogert-O'Brien and Harry Judge

April 17 to May 5, 2018
Spriet Stage

BRILLIANT.” - London Free Press

The final heat of… an impressive season.” - Stratford Festival Reviews

Fabulous theatricality...thrilling and irresistible.” The Times, London

★ ★ ★ ★ - The Guardian

CHARIOTS OF FIRE is the inspirational true story of two British runners, who overcome prejudice and conflict to compete in the Olympics. Eric Liddell is a devout Christian. Harold Abrahams is the son of an immigrant Lithuanian Jew. The two athletes prevail in the face of enormous odds as their story begins in 1919, and takes audiences through their trials and triumphs all the way to the 1924 Paris Olympics. The stage adaptation will feature the iconic music from the classic original film that won four Academy Awards (including Best Picture), along with several new pieces, arranged and composed by Dave Pierce. This immersive production, with a set designed by acclaimed Bretta Gerecke (Catalyst Theatre, Cirque du Soleil), will transform the theatre into an Olympic stadium including a running track through the audience, and up-close onstage seating!

“Five years ago, I saw CHARIOTS OF FIRE in London’s West End, and since, I have been working on securing the rights to bring it to North America. This project has been a creation of epic proportions for us here at the Grand. The set and cast are so large that it requires the use of six rehearsal spaces, and we are building a running track that will be installed around the seats of the theatre.” – Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director.

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Get up close and be part of the cheering section with on-stage, trackside seating!


Open Caption performances Friday, April 27 at 8:00pm and Saturday, April 28 at 2:00pm.   Learn more »


Audiences React


The Pursuit of Excellence Panel Discussion Series
Thursday, April 12  Learn more »

Post-show Artist Talks
Tuesday, April 24
Tuesday, May 1

Pre-show Theatre Talk with James Stewart Reaney
Wednesday, May 2 at 12pm

* Based on the Enigma Productions Limited motion picture, by arrangement with Twentieth Century Fox Corporation and Allied Stars S.A. Panama.

Chariots of Fire

The Cast

Michael Ayres
Running Ensemble
Wade Bogert-O'Brien
Eric Liddell
Al Braatz
Erin Breen
Jennie Liddell
Josh Buchwald
Kevin Bundy
Mr Liddell / Birkenhead
Ben Cookson
Brett Dahl
Running Ensemble
Ellen Denny
Fraser Elsdon
Alex Furber
Aubrey Montague
Kyle Gatehouse
Leah Gliddon
Young Girl
Harry Judge
Harold Abrahams
Thom Marriott
Master of Trinity
David Michael Moote
Running Ensemble
Liam McKeiver
Young Boy
Anwyn Musico
Sybil Evers
Connor Overton
Joe Perry
Running Ensemble
Anand Rajaram
Sam Mussabini
Edmund Stapleton
Charlie Tomlinson
Master of Caius
Tim Welham
Running Ensemble

Production Team

Dennis Garnhum
Andrew Tribe
Assistant Director
Bretta Gerecke
Set and Costume Designer
Gerald King
Lighting Designer
Dave Pierce
Jim Neil
Sound Designer
Vickie Croley
Running Coach
Stephanie Graham
Mark Payne
Music and Vocal Director
Jane Gooderham
Voice and Dialect Coach
Kelly Luft
Stage Manager
Melissa Cameron
Assistant Stage Manager
Jordan Guetter
Assistant Stage Manager
Fran Barker
Apprentice Stage Manager
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