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In 1994 Ted and Richard formed Talking Fingers to write and workshop their new play '2 Pianos 4 Hands'. The play was subsequently programmed as part of Tarragon Theatre’s 1995-’96 season in Toronto and premiered in April 1996 to rave reviews and sold-out houses. Talking Fingers and Tarragon Theatre shared the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Production, and Ted and Richard received the prestigious Chalmers Award–Canada’s National Playwriting Award–that same year.

Immediately following the close of the premiere run in Toronto, Ted and Richard embarked on a national tour. They travelled from coast to coast with the show, stopping back at the Tarragon for a second run in the fall of 1996, and concluding in Vancouver in September of 1997 at the Vancouver Playhouse. In October of 1997, backed by a team of producers including David and Ed Mirvish, 2 Pianos 4 Hands opened Off Broadway at The Promenade Theatre. The production was widely acclaimed, and ran for six months before transferring to the Kennedy Centre in Washington in the spring of 1998. Ted and Richard returned to Toronto later that summer and again played to sold-out houses, this time at the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre, with Mirvish Productions. The show had its European premiere at the Birmingham Rep in the spring of 1999, a production that transferred later that fall to the Comedy Theatre in the West End of London.

Since then, Ted and Richard have twice reunited to perform in Toronto with Marquis Entertainment / Talking Fingers / Mirvish Productions, twice toured to Japan (presented by Shochiku), where they performed in Tokyo and on tour throughout the country, and in 2011/12/13 embarked on a Farewell Tour that included visits to Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver and Edmonton. There have been many other productions with other actors, both male and female, in Canada and across the globe. Since its premiere, 2 Pianos 4 Hands has had 4,000 performances at 200 different theatres throughout Canada, the US, the UK, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Austria, Finland and beyond. Nearly 2 million people have seen the play on five continents worldwide, making it one of the most successful Canadian plays ever.

"Razor-sharp insight into the world of training and competition. 2 Pianos 4 Hands is destined to travel far, not only across Canada, but also within international cultural circles."


Production Milestones

Ran for 6 months Off Broadway

At The Promenade and The Variety Arts Theatre. Also ran for 5 Weeks at the Kennedy Arts Centre in Washington (1998)

Top 10 Most Produced Plays in the USA

Ranked by American Theatre Magazine (2003). Featured in many Top 10 Productions of the Year lists, including The New York Post (Clive Barnes, 1997)

Produced in over 200 cities worldwide

Played to nearly 2 million people worldwide, ranging in age from 8 to 88+. Ran for 10 Weeks in London’s West End in (1999), and 3 Weeks in Tokyo (2004), 4 Week National Tour of Japan (2012)

Winner of Multiple Awards

Winner of the 1996 Dora Award (Toronto) for Outstanding Production and the Chalmers Award (Canadian National Award) for Playwriting

“Canadian Theatre legends”

Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt have personally performed nearly 1,000 performances (of the show’s total 4,000 performances)

Arguably the most successful play in the history of Canadian Theatre

Sold out 12 city tour coast to coast across Canada from May 1996 - October 1997

Production History