The Pianist of Willesden Lane

Sep 08, 2019 - Sep 29, 2019 | Sylvan Adams Theatre

Based on the book THE CHILDREN OF WILLESDEN LANE  by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
The Segal Centre presents A HERSHEY FELDER PRESENTS production

Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder

Scenic Design Hershey Felder & Trevor Hay
Costume Design Jaclyn Maduff
Lighting Design Jason Bieber
Sound Design / Production Manager Erik Carstensen
Projection Design Andrew Wilder & Greg Sowizdrzal
Video Director Lawrence Siefert
Dramaturg Cynthia Caywood, PhD
Associate Director Trevor Hay
Production Stage manager Kaitlin LaVella Kelly
Stage Manager (Montreal) Luciana Burcheri

A musical journey of hope and survival
An exquisite musical memoir, The Pianist of Willesden Lane is based on the true story of a young Jewish musical prodigy, Lisa Jura, whose talent was her ticket to escape Nazi-ruled Vienna for the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, Jura’s daughter, Grammy-nominated piano virtuoso Mona Golabek, performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her mother’s riveting story of survival. 

Featuring the music of such greats as Debussy, Bach, Grieg, Beethoven, and Chopin, performed live on a Steinway concert piano.


Content Advisory 
The Segal Centre believes that our patrons can determine what is offensive for themselves, and what is appropriate for their children. We prefer not to set specific age-based restrictions but, rather, offer content advisories for each show. Of course, should you be unsure based on the advisories, please contact us and we will be happy to help you with your decision.

Please note that babes in arms or children under the age of two (2) are not permitted in the theatre unless expressed permission is given by the theatre.  
For more detailed information about show content and possible triggers, please see our AUDIENCE GUIDE.

  • Content includes discussion of the Holocaust and war imagery
  • Mature subject matter


I’m thrilled to finally have international hit maker Hershey Felder back in his hometown for the Montreal premiere of this remarkable production. Showcasing the signature style that made him such a star, Mona Golabek’s awe-inspiring talent, and her mother’s heart-wrenching tale, this production is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.




Monday, September 23, 2019 – at 7 p.m.

The Segal Centre is thrilled to be offering its first ever audio-described performance in collaboration with Connec-T, an organization aiming to make culture accessible to all. This special performance of The Pianist of Willesden Lane will allow patrons to use the “Sennheiser Mobile Connect” app on their personal phone to hear enhanced sound and a detailed audio-description of the performance narrated live. Be a part of our growth – come test out this meaningful pilot project that is part of a wider accessibility and inclusion initiative at the Segal Centre.

Bring your headphones!

Other support materials available for patrons with vision impairment are:

  • Segal Centre Visual Story (available electronically or in Braille, on-site)
  • Tactile map (available on-site)
  • Program book (available electronically or in Braille, on-site)

Ask for them at the Segal Centre Box Office or to one of our ushers.

Please note that the performance lasts 90 minutes, followed by a talkback.

Special thanks to the hearing aid clinic Mark & Lachance for their generous support towards this initiative.

For more information about Accessibility at the Segal Centre, please click here or call Box Office, at 514.739.7944.

Please note that the Segal Centre recognizes and is sensitive to the complexity of identification. We are aware of the debate and discussions surrounding the use of Person First Language (PFL). We have opted to use PFL based on the recommendations of experts in the field of accessibility and inclusion, and following consultation with individuals within the community. We are conscious of the dynamic and endlessly evolving nature of language, so if you have any questions, comments, or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at




Mona Golabek

Mona Golabek

Mona Golabek