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The Virgin Trial

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By Kate Hennig

In this riveting sequel to The Last Wife, playwright Kate Hennig takes us on a gritty exploration of victim shaming, sexual awareness, and female empowerment as she reimagines the scandalous story of young Elizabeth I as a modern day crime drama.

Show Times

Tuesday - Friday: 8pm
Saturday: 4pm
Sunday: 2pm


The Virgin Trial has an approximate runtime of 120 minutes, plus a 15 minute intermission. 

Ticket Info

The first Sunday of each GCTC production is a Pay-What-You-Desire performance. Available tickets can be purchased in person at the box office as of noon for the 2PM performance for whatever price suits your budget. 

GCTC also offers adult & student group rates for groups of 10 or more, please call the box office or e-mail us for more information.

Why I chose this play

“The success of The Last Wife proved that there is a huge interest in Kate Hennig's work. I love the way that she has demystified the story of the Tudor women without losing any of the delicious intrigue of the period”

— Eric Coates, Artistic Director

Creative Team

Kate Hennig: Playwright

Attila Clemann: Thom
Eric Coates: Parry
Chris Ralph: Ted
Anie Richer: Mary
Lydia Riding: Bess (Elizabeth)
Kate Smith: Ashley
Kristina Watt: Eleanor

Laurie Champagne: Stage Manager
Eric Coates: Director
Martin Conboy: Lighting Designer
Verne Good: Sound Designer
Jennifer Goodman: Set, Props & Costume Designer
Hugh Martignago: Assistant Lighting Designer
Jess Preece: Assistant Stage Manager


Stages & Pages

The Ottawa Public Library and GCTC have come together in a special partnership to help you explore the themes and topics raised in each play during GCTC’s 2018-2019 season.

OPL’s Readers’ Advisory staff have read the scripts for each of the plays, and recommended resources to further the exploration of their themes. The resources will only add to the experience of seeing the show, and can be explored before or after being part of the audience. 


The Prologue Series continues to bring exciting discussions and unique experiences to GCTC that take us into the creative process of the plays on our stage.

The latest edition is September 12, free to the public, and will start at 6:45 pm in the GCTC lobby. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Virgin Trial with director Eric Coates and Set, Costume, and Props Designer Jennifer Goodman. Availability is limited, so be sure to RSVP below. 

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Earlier Event: June 20
Later Event: October 23
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