Classic story comes to life on stage in Penrith

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The talented creatives at Ruby Productions are coming back to the stage from this weekend, with their rendition of the classic novel, Anne of Green Gables.

Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. Though written for all ages, the novel has been considered a children’s classic since the mid-twentieth century.

The story follows the adventures of Anne Shirley – an 11-year-old orphan girl in 19th Century Bolingbroke, Nova Scotia.

When a misunderstanding sees her sent to two middle-aged siblings, Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, who had originally intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in the fictional town of Avonlea on Prince Edward Island, by mistake, Anne is forced to navigate her way through life with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

Written by Jody Johnston Davidson and directed by Anthony Brown, Ruby Productions’ iteration of ‘Anne of Green Gables’ will be bringing light and joy to John Lees Centre in Penrith.

The lead roles will be stunningly executed by local talents, Leisel Hussey as Anne Shirley, Christine Snell as Marilla Cuthbert, and Glenn Levett in the role of Matthew Cuthbert.

Ruby Productions’ ‘Anne of Green Gables’ will be on at John Lees Centre on Saturday, November 12 and Saturday November 19 at 7pm, and on Saturday, November 26 at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are $30, or $25 concession. For more information or to book, visit

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