Anne of Green Gables sets world record

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Anne Shirley, left, played by Katie Kerr and Diana Barry, played by Jessica Gallant, smile as streamers are dropped to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Anne of Green in 2014.

Charlottetown Festival's Anne of Green Gables - The Musical is officially longest running annual musical theatre production in the world

The Charlottetown Festival production of Anne of Green Gables has been officially acknowledged as the longest running annual musical theatre production in the world.

Officials at Confederation Centre of the Arts were notified Friday by Guiness World Records that they have the title.

"We are delighted to confirm that we have successfully achieved a new Guiness World Records title for longest running annual musical theatre production," said centre CEO Jessie Inman.

Inman expressed her appreciation for the efforts expended by the centre's marketing department to assemble the extensive documentation required to meet the criteria set by the Guiness World Records organization for consideration of a new record.

Anne of Green Gables will celebrate its 50th season at the festival this summer.

The production had its official opening night July 27, 1965.

A small sketch was performed for Queen Elizabeth II during the centre's opening ceremony in October of 1964.

That prompted the writing of the full-scale musical.

The centre has yet to receive its official certificate of recognition from Guiness World Records, but expects it in the near future.

Organizations: Guiness World Records organization, Confederation Centre

Geographic location: Green Gables, Charlottetown

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  • Carol Kerr
    March 07, 2014 - 18:21

    Anne Shirley played by Katie KERR not Kerry!

  • Sylvia Hosie
    March 07, 2014 - 17:59

    So proud that my husband, Bill Hosie, was in at least 14 of those summer seasons over a period of 20 years - also he did several tours across Canada & one to Japan. What a happy time and what delightful cast members, most of them all good friends today.

  • The Observer from Stratford
    March 07, 2014 - 17:18

    Still can't beat The Mousetrap which has been running nightly in London UK for over 60 years.

    • Shawn
      March 08, 2014 - 14:56

      Doesn't need to beat The Mousetrap, the two are in different categories.

    • The Observer from Stratford
      March 08, 2014 - 19:31

      I realize that but I have yet to see read a definition of Anne's award. How exactly has Guiness defined it? What does annual mean? A show that is performed every year? By a professional company? In a major theatre? There are dozens of productions especially around Christmas that might also meet the criteria? (A Christmas Carol, Amahl) . What makes Anne the top example?

    • Shawn
      March 11, 2014 - 23:32

      Oh I see. You're over-thinking it. "Longest running annual musical theatre production" means just that. Each year (annually) the play only goes for a limited time. In this case it only runs for a number of weeks over the summer. If you want to know more just look at the Guinnes Records website.