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Gateway presents Tempting Providence

Playwright Robert Chafe. -
Playwright Robert Chafe.
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Gateway Theatre is presenting Robert Chafe's play Tempting Providence from Feb. 2 to 18.

Theatre Newfoundland Labrador commissioned the play, which premiered in 2002. Since then it has been produced across Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Tempting Providence brings the true story of Nurse Myra Bennett to the stage. In 1921, Nurse, as she insisted on being called, moved from her home in England to Newfoundland to provide the only medical services along Newfoundland’s rural northern coast.

Originally intending to stay for only two years, the nurse known as the Florence Nightingale of the North, never left. She delivered more than 700 babies, extracted over 3,500 teeth and performed operations on her kitchen table by lamplight.

This is the eighth year of national and international touring for the play, which was nominated for a Governor General's Award in 2004.

Tickets, $30 to $47, at gatewaytheatre.com or at the Gateway Box Office: 604-270-1812.

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