“The Lady’s Not For Burning” Starts At BLT Feb. 13th

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Burien Little Theatre’s next production is The Lady’s Not for Burning – a hilarious romantic comedy about unexpected love and a small 14th-century town in an uproar over a reluctant bride, a falsely accused witch, and a soldier determined to be hanged. Painfully tender and deliciously funny, this modern comedy – sponsored by KUOW and BTB Advertiser The Mark Restaurant & Bar – was written by English playwright Christopher Fry.

The play tells the story of a discharged soldier, Thomas Mendip, who wants to be hanged, but has committed no crime so he confesses to any; and an accused witch, Jennet Jourdemayne, whose alleged crimes are ludicrous, but the Mayor and town are determined to believe Jennet a witch regardless. Hilarity ensues as events and circumstances turn inside out, ending happily for all.

The Lady’s Not for Burning will run at Burien Little Theatre from 
Feb. 13 – March 8 (opening night is Friday, Feb. 13th). Tickets are $5-$18. 
A performance schedule including dates, times and ticket prices is available at www.burienlittletheatre.com or call the ticket office at 
206-242-5180. You can also buy tickets directly online by clicking here.

The play, although set in the Middle Ages, was based on World War I veterans returning back home. In a 2002 interview, Fry describes his play as a comment, told in a comedic voice, about a hypocritical post-war society that has no use for its veterans, marries for money, overlooks crimes when expedient and condemns a girl who lives alone and dabbles in science. Fortunately for the audience this perspective is delivered through Christopher Fry’s witty language ending on a note of hope and love.

Burien Little Theatre and the City of Burien Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department in partnership with the White Center Food Bank and the Highline Area Food Bank will hold a food drive during the performance run. You can help when you come to the performances by bringing in nonperishable food items such as:

  • Tuna fish
  • Cereal
  • Canned soups
  • Condensed milk
  • Canned meats
  • Pastas
  • Peanut butter

Donations will also be accepted on non-performance days at the main Parks office located in the Community Center.

The Lady’s Not for Burning is directed by Ken Holmes and features the talents of:

  • Mike Albert (Thomas Mendip)
  • Anna Richardson (Jennet Jourdemayne)
  • Thomas Maier (Richard)
  • Emily Elkins Cochran (Alizon Eliot)
  • John Ruppeck (Mayor Hebble Tyson)
  • Don Samman (Edward Tappercoom)
  • Eli Simons (Humphrey Devize)
  • Brooks Farr (Nicholas Devize)
  • Laurie Winogrand (Margaret Devize)
  • Mike Andrew (the Chaplain)
  • Mark McQuinn (Matthew Skipps)

Community-based theater has been a tradition in Burien since 1955. Incorporated in 1980, The Burien Little Theatre (BLT) has been a leading producer of quality live theater serving residents of the Seattle and south Puget Sound areas. Burien Little Theatre’s Mission is to make every audience member’s experience at BLT a welcoming, lively and fun escape from the everyday world, beginning the moment they walk in the door, by providing high-quality, accessible and exciting theater. 
BLT is a nonprofit 501c3 entity and operates on revenue from ticket sales, donations, grants, and volunteers.


  • Feb. 13 at 8:00 p.m. Friday – Opening Night
  • Feb. 14 at 8:00 p.m Saturday
  • Feb. 15 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • Feb. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Friday - $5 Buck Friday
  • Feb. 21 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • Feb. 22 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • Feb. 27 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • Feb. 28 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • March 1 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee
  • March 6 at 8:00 p.m. Friday
  • March 7 at 8:00 p.m. Saturday
  • March 8 at 2:00 p.m. Sunday Matinee

The Theater at the Burien Community Center Building 425 SW 144th Street
 Burien, WA 98166-1545
 (206) 242-5180

The Community Center is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of 4th Avenue Southwest and Southwest 146th Street in Burien (see map below, or get directions at www.burienlittletheatre.com)


  • General admission: $18 Fridays and Saturdays, $15 Sundays.
  • Senior and student admission: $15
  • Five Buck Friday February 20: All seats $5, with audience members welcome to donate more.
  • Discounts available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more; call or visit the website for additional information.
  • Dinner and a Show Package: This package includes a two-course meal at Mark Restaurant & Bar plus a ticket to the show; cost is $35 per person.
  • Buy tickets directly online by clicking here.

Show tickets can be purchased directly online by clicking here, or by calling 206-242-5180.

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