Marshall Button’s ‘Lucien’ hits the stage at St. Joe’s to benefit Children’s Mental Health program

Marshall Button is shown playing the 'Lucien' character in this still from a YouTube video.

CORNWALL — Marshall Button, the renowned author and creator of Canada’s favourite millworker will perform his new show, The Rise & Fall of Lucien in Cornwall for one night only. Thirty years in the making, this comic retrospective combines new material with hilarious excerpts from four Lucien plays spanning 1986 to 2017.

May 19 will feature the Ontario premiere for The Rise & Fall of Lucien. The play draws greatly from the original Lucien, representing a night shift in a paper mill. It tells the story of a small town that relied on a paper mill for its existence. As downsizing and eventual closing of the mill went, so went the fortunes of the town and its people. The Rise and Fall of Lucien played to large, appreciative audiences during its New Brunswick run in the summer of 2017.

For the past 30 years Lucien has performed to sold-out audiences at Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg. Marshall was artistic director of the Playhouse from 1987 to 1996, and continues to perform there biannually. Since 1984, Lucien has given over 2,500 comedy performances from Yukon to Afghanistan. Known as New Brunswick’s famous blue collar philosopher, Lucien is a Canadian cultural icon. An evening with Lucien is guaranteed to provide laughter and lift spirits.

The Rise & Fall of Lucien hits the stage on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Secondary School Auditorium, 1500 Cumberland St., Cornwall.
Tickets are $32 and can be purchased online at or in person Scotia Bank on Brookdale Ave. Cornwall.

All proceeds from the show go to Children’s Mental Health Program at Cornwall Community Hospital. It is sponsored by the Service Club Council of Cornwall & Area. Visit Marshall Button and Lucien at

Button plays ‘Lucien’ in the YouTube video below.


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