In rehearsal: Mary Ann Majoury and Brent Maguire star as Millicent Milroy and Edward VIII, Prince of Wales, in Gary Kirkham's Queen Milli of Galt, premiering Thursday, October 11th at the Studio Theatre in Perth.
Article by Paul Joyce / Photo by Len Modderman
Studio Theatre's new play explores a romantic Canadian mystery.
A monument in a roadside graveyard near Galt, Ontario, holds a fascinating clue, literally etched in stone, to a hundred-year-old mystery. Inscribed on the monument of Millicent Milroy, a quiet local schoolteacher who died in 1984, are the words "Millicent Milroy, daughter of James and Helen Jane Milroy, Wife of Edward (VIII), Duke of Windsor, 1894 – 1972.”
Is it really possible that a rural Ontario schoolteacher was secretly married to one of the most controversial figures in British royal history? The dramatic facts of this incredible story are about to unfold at the Studio Theatre.
Thursday, October 11th, the theatre premieres Queen Milli of Galt, a play by Canadian playwright Gary Kirkham that brings the mystery of Millicent Milroy to light. Award-winning theatrical director Carolee Mason says she was captivated by this story after seeing the play performed last year.
"It is a historic fact that the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII, visited Galt in 1919, and that Millicent Milroy met him during his royal tour," says Carolee. "For more than 60 years, Milli repeated the story of their romance and marriage with such conviction that it can't simply be dismissed. Queen Milli of Galt imagines how their unlikely relationship may have unfolded."
Later in his life, Edward abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, whom he adored for her domineering manner and irreverence toward him. Like Wallis, Millicent Milroy was no gushing royal-watcher, and this would have appealed to Edward. Apparently, she fell in love with the dashing prince before she even knew who he was.
Queen Milli Of Galt is a poignant drama filled with romance, humour, and history, starring Mary Ann Majaury, Brent Maguire, Joanna McCauley-Treffers, Sheila Jasiak, Rob Glas, Martin Treffers, Justin Lackey, and Danielle McDonald. It premieres on Thursday, October 11th for seven performances.
Advance tickets are $24 at Tickets Please and at the theatre box office on show nights. Students with ID pay just $10 at the door. Attend opening night and save $5. Visit studiotheatreperth.com for details.
NOTE: Auditions for The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble will be held Tues. Oct. 30 and Thurs. Nov. 1 at 7 PM at the Theatre.