Today 4th Line Theatre’s Managing Artistic Director Kim Blackwell announced the theatre’s landmark 25th summer season. The season will open with the highly anticipated world premiere of Maja Ardal’s The Hero of Hunter Street. In August, 4th Line will remount Alex Poch-Goldin’s wildly popular The Bad Luck Bank Robbers, inspired by Grace Barker’s book “The Bad Luck Bank Robbers. Blackwell will direct both productions.

“I am thrilled to announce our silver anniversary season,” says Blackwell, “It’s amazing and humbling to think that 4th Line has been creating an epic theatre experience on the Winslow Farm for a quarter of a century. We have achieved so much since Robert Winslow founded the theatre 25 years ago and we look forward to creating transformative theatre for our audience for many years to come.”

Blackwell continues, “I am honoured to be directing both productions this coming summer. In July we are mounting the world premiere of Maja Ardal’s The Hero of Hunter Street. This enthralling play will be one of the most ambitious, epic productions 4th Line has ever produced.”

The explosion at the Peterborough Quaker Plant in 1916 was one of the most traumatic and significant events in the region’s history, making this the perfect play to mark the 25th anniversary of producing theatre that preserves and promotes our Canadian cultural heritage. An added bonus to producing The Hero of Hunter Street, is that 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the devastating explosion.  This play with music has been in development for four years and will explore the human toll of this industrial accident.

“In August, the theatre will bring back The Bad Luck Bank Robbers which was a sell-out hit in 2015,” explains Blackwell. “It was wonderful to see audience members overcome with delight and filling the barnyard with laughter.  I look forward to the challenge of directing the show for a second time.”

4th Line Theatre’s Box Office opens on Monday, November 2 for 2016 Season Subscriptions and Gift Certificates.  Give the Gift of Summer this holiday season. Save $2 on single tickets purchased before December 24, 2015.  To purchase gift certificates, contact our box office at 1-800-814-0055 or 705-932-4445 or visit to purchase online.

The Hero of Hunter Street by Maja Ardal tells the story of the December 1916 Quaker Oats factory explosion and fire in Peterborough which killed 23 men and irrevocably changed the lives of local families.  This highly anticipated world premiere examines the devastating destruction and profound community response to one of Canada’s worst industrial disasters. Examining the nature of heroism and the rebuilding of a community shaken by disaster, this emotionally riveting production features a large cast of professional and community actors, unforgettable musical numbers and explores how lives are rebuilt in the face of tragedy. This tale of one of the most significant events in the history of Peterborough is the perfect way for 4th Line to celebrate 25 years of regionally-focused, life-changing theatre.

Back by popular demand, Alex Poch-Goldin’s The Bad Luck Bank Robbers tells the story of the August 31, 1961, brazen, daylight robbery of the Toronto Dominion bank in Havelock, Ontario. The bank robbers make off with $250,000 in cash and securities, pulling off the largest, single day bank robbery in Canada at that time and triggering a flurry of speculation over the mystery of the missing money—a mystery which remains unsolved to this day. The play has it all: courtroom drama, intrigue, outrageous humour, car chases and a good dose of Toronto/Montreal hockey rivalry. Audience response to this hilarious play was so strong that 4th Line had to bring it back for another run.


The Hero of Hunter Street

By Maja Ardal

Directed by Kim Blackwell

June 28 – July 23

Previews: June 28, 29

Opening Night: Saturday, July 2

Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm

Additional performance Monday, July 18, 2016


The Bad Luck Bank Robbers*

By Alex Poch-Goldin

Directed by Kim Blackwell

August 2 – 27

Previews: August 2, 3

Opening Night: Thursday, August 4

Tuesday to Saturday at 6 pm

Additional performance Monday, August 22, 2016

*Inspired by Grace Barker’s book, “The Bad Luck Bank Robbers.”