Stage Door Listings

April 2020

Previews begins at the Shaw Festival for Charley's Aunt on April 2, opening on May 22.

Illustration: Poster for Charley's Aunt.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Aida (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A captive Ethiopian princess falls in love with her Egyptian captor. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Apr 18, runs to May 8. www.coc.ca.

The Boy Friend (musical) by Sandy Wilson. Since Polly doesn’t have a boy to take her to her finishing school ball, she makes one up. Runs Mar 31 to May 3. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Runs Dec 13, 2019, to May 31, 2020, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

Crypto (dance) by Royce Vavrek. An exploration of forced displacement and the human need to control and transform beauty. Opens Apr 22, runs to Apr 26. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man. Runs Feb 11 to May 17. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Resurrection (oratorio) by Georg Frideric Handel. A fully staged version of Handel’s oratorio about Christ's resurrection. Opens Apr 11, runs to Apr 19. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St West, www.operaatelier.com.  

Room (drama) by Emma Donoghue. Ma has been held captive for seven years and wants to escape with her five-year-old son. Runs Apr 4 to Apr 26. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

All the Little Animals I Have Eaten (comedy) by Karen Hines. A harrowing life of a server in an extraordinarily modern bistro. Runs Mar 24 to Apr 12. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Always Still the Dawn (drama) by Susanna Fournier. A double bill of plays that traverse the hilarity and heartbreak of women. Previews from Apr 7, opens Apr 9, runs to Apr 26. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

Blacktop Sky (drama) by Christina Anderson. A homeless Black man and a girl in a housing project develop a precarious bond. Previews from Mar 24, opened Mar 27, runs to Apr 12. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Blue Planet (children) by Andri Snaer Magnason. A travelling salesman offers children the ability to fly. For ages 9+. Runs Apr 6 to Apr 29. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.  

Le Club des éphémères (comedy) by Alain Doom. Five residents of an old age home participate in a documentary about shadflies but really want to talk about other things. In French with English surtitles. Opens Apr 29, runs to May 10. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, theatrefrancais.com.  

The Cost of Living (drama) by Martyna Majok. An exploration of how bodies, abled and disabled, really just need each other. Previews from Apr 5, opens Apr 8, runs to Apr 26. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com.

Ephemeral Artifacts (dance) by Travis Knight. Tap dance used to tell the history of tap and jazz.. Previews from Apr 16, opens Apr 18, runs to May 9. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

The Great Divide (drama) by Alix Sobler. In 1911 a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory kills 146 works most of them recent immigrants. Runs Apr 25 to May 10. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, www.hgjewishtheatre.com

The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito (children) by Tomson Highway. A wingless mosquito learns to make new friends. For ages K-6. Apr 20 only.  Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, www.meridianartscentre.com.

Jack and the Magic Bean (children) by Linda A. Carson. Jack  journeys to a giant’s farmland. For ages 3-8. Runs Apr 14 to May 10. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Th’owxiya: the Hungry Feast Dish (children). When a mouse steals food from a feast dish, the spirit of the dish wants to eat children to make up the loss. For ages K-6. Apr 8 only.  Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, www.meridianartscentre.com.

Magic Tonight (magic). James Alan presents a weekly live magic show with guest magicians. Every Sunday. The Cage, 292 College St., 416-995-1736, www.magictonight.ca.

Mine (comedy) by Jenna Harris. The life two women have built together starts to collapse. Opened Mar 25, runs to Apr 5. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Nombre (performance) by Krystel Descary et al. Audince members are immersed in a show of their own making. Runs Apr 16 & 18. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

One (drama) by Jason Carnew. An impassioned librarian searches for the love of her life who’s been lost at sea. Preview Apr 1, opens Apr 2, runs to Apr 19. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

Orphan Song (drama) by Sean Dixon. In 40,027 BC a Homo Sapiens couple adopts a Neanderthal child. Previews from Apr 21, opens Apr 29, runs to May 24. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. (drama). by Alice Birch. Provocations tearing apart the language, structures and ideas that keep women trapped within a patriarchal system. Previews from Apr 12, opens Apr 16, runs to Apr 26. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.  

Rocking Horse Winner (opera) by Gareth Williams & Anna Chatterton. A boy tries to cure his mother of the bad luck that haunts her. Opens Apr 23, runs to May 2. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, tapestryopera.com.

The Seagull (drama) by Anton Chekhov. The romantic and artistic conflicts of a writer an ingenue, a fading actress and her playwright son. Previews from Mar 26, opens Apr 2, runs to Apr 22. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Three Women of Swatow (comedy) by Chloé Hung. Grandmother is a butcher but her daughter is a vegetarian. Opened Mar 25, runs to Apr 19. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

Cabaret (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. An American writer and a British cabaret performer fall in love in 1930s Berlin. Preview Apr 30, opens May 1, runs to May 16. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.

Picnic at Hanging Rock (drama) by Laura Alawyn Shamas. Three girls and a teacher disappearance at a Valentine’s day picnic in 1900. Opens Apr 8, runs to Apr 18. [student] Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www1.youngcentre.ca.

Rhinoceros (comedy) by Eugène Ionesco. People in a village are mysteriously turning one by one into rhinoceroses. Opens Apr 9, runs to Apr 18. [student] Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www1.youngcentre.ca.


BARRIE

The Plural of She (festival). Five original solo works performed in private homes around Barrie. Runs Apr 2 to Apr 11. Various venues, www.tift.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

Kinky Boots (musical) by Cyndi Lauper & Harvey Fierstein. A struggling men's shoe factory in England finds its salvation in making shoes for drag queens. Opened Mar 13, runs to Apr 5. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


HAMILTON

Ring of Fire (musical) by Richard Maltby, Jr. The life and music of Johnny Cash. Runs Apr 15 to May 2. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Catapult Dance (dance). Dancers work behind a screen to create incredible silhouettes. Apr 25 only. Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050, www.kingstongrand.ca.

Cirque de la Symphonie (circus). Circus acts are performered to live symphonic accompaniment. Opens Apr 18, runs to Apr 19. Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050, www.kingstongrand.ca.


LONDON

Grow (musical) by Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal. Before they must commit to the Amish faith forever, two nineteen-year-olds explore the outside world. Previews from Apr 14, opens Apr 17, runs to May 2. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

All Night Long  Hitz of the 80s (revue). Each night the students of “Westernvale High” will battle for the title of prom king and queen of the 80s prom of your dreams. Runs Feb 6 to Apr 11. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 24. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2, 2019, to Dec 30, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 8-Dec 23 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, two hours south from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-511-7429 or visit the website at www.shawfest.com.

At the Festival Theatre

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Previews from Apr 8, opens May 23, runs to Oct 11 .

At the Royal George Theatre

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Previews from Apr 2, opens May 22, runs to Oct 17 .

Prince Caspian (children) by Damien Atkins. Prince Caspian of Narnia needs the four Pevensie children to help him defeat his wicked uncle. For ages 6+. Previews from Apr 23, opens May 23, runs to Sep 5.


ORANGEVILLE

The New Canadian Curling Club (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A bigot has to teach curling to a group of recent immigrants. Preview Apr 23, opens Apr 24, runs to May 10. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA

...And the Wardrobe (comedy) by Jayson McDonald. Queen Susan and her followers are bogged down in a protracted battle. Preview Apr 14, opens Apr 15, runs to Apr 25. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

A.I.M. (dance) by Kyle Abraham. Three pieces that belnd hip-hop, classical dance and urban moves. Opens Apr 7, runs to Apr 8. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Becky’s New Car (comedy) by Steven Dietz. Middle-aged Becky is living a boring life until she meets a handsome millionaire and everything changes. Opened Mar 27, runs to Apr 4. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Copenhagen (drama) by Michael Frayn. In 1941 nuclear physicist Werner Heisenberg secretly visits fellow scientist Niels Bohr and his wife in Copenhagen. Opened Mar 27, runs to Apr 5. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Dans le blue (drama) by Magali Lemèle. A young woman sails from the Bahamas to Île-aux-Moines. In French. Opens Apr 1, runs to Apr 4. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Dief the Chief: October, 1962! (drama) by Pierre Brault. Diefenbaker nagivates through the Cuban Missile Crisis. Preview Apr 6, opens Apr 7, runs to Apr 11. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Inner Elder (drama) by Michelle Thrush. A Cree artist explores her own inner elder. Opens on Apr 7, runs to Apr 10. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Madame Catherine prépare sa classe de troisième à l'irrémédiable (comedy) by Elena Belyea. Mme Catherine gives an important lecture to her class on its final day. In French. Opens Apr 16, runs to Apr 18. Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Les mots secrets (children) by Louise Dupré. For She and He words are games. In French. For ages 7-12. Opens Apr 18, runs to Apr 19. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

On va tous mourir (comedy) by Laurent Paquin & Simon Boudreault. Twenty comic sketches about death. In French. Apr 4 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Panama (drama) by Marie-Ève Fontaine et al. A ten-year-old girl in Michigan keeps up a correspondence with dictator Manuel Noriega in Panama. In French. Opens Apr 1, runs to Apr 4. Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Paradise Lost (comedy) by Erin Shields. Satan exiled from Heaven vows revenge by ruining God's newest creation – mankind. Opens Apr 22, runs to May 3. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Romeo and Juliet (ballet) by Alexei Ratmansky to music of Prokofiev. A balletic version of Shakepeare's tragedy. Opens Apr 2, runs to Apr 4. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Shakespeare’s Will (drama) by Vern Thiessen. The story of Shakespeare's marriage to Anne Hathaway as told by Anne. Preview Apr 29, opens Apr 30, runs to May 9. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca

Unholy (comedy) by Diane Flacks. Four female panelists from different religious backgrounds debate whether women should abandon religion. Runs Apr 21 to May 10. GCTC, 613-236-5196,  www.gctc.ca.  

Witness for the Prosecution (drama) by Agatha Christe. A young man stands accused of murdering a rich widow in post-war England. Opens Apr 22, runs to May 9. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, 613-233-8948, www.ottawalittletheatre.com


PETROLIA

The Roaring Twenties (revue). A tribute to the music and comedy stars of the 1920s. Previews from Apr 28, opens May 2, runs to May 16. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

The Odd Couple (female version) (comedy) by Neil Simon. A slob and a neat freak are forced to live in the same apartment. Runs Mar 27 to May 2. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.


RAMA

Illusionist Rick Thomas (magic) by Rick Thomas. An eveing of spectacular grand illusions. Apr 24 only. Casino Rama, www.casinorama.com.


RICHMOND HILL

New Shanghai Circus (circus). The award-winning company showcases Chinese circus arts. Apr 11 only. Richmond Hill Centre, 905-787-8811, www.rhcentre.ca.

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father tries to break up his son's affair with a courtesan. In Italian with English surtitles. Apr 23 & 26. Richmond Hill Centre, 905-787-8811, www.rhcentre.ca


ST. CATHARINES

Catapult Dance (dance). Dancers work behind a screen to create incredible silhouettes. Apr 29 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

Lig and Bittle (children) by Elyne Quan & Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull. Two friends of different sizes search for a place where they will both fit in. Apr 11 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


ST. JACOBS

Billy Bishop Goes to War (musical) by John Gray & Eric Peterson. The story of Canada's heroic World War I flying ace. Previews from Apr 8, opens Apr 10, runs to Apr 26. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD


THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 11-Nov 1 in in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Two murderesses compete for the skills of a shady lawyer. Previews from Apr 11, opens May 26, runs to Nov 1.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to kill his uncle in revenge. Previews from Apr 23, opens May 28, runs to Oct 25.

At the Avon Theatre

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Preview from Apr 24, opens May 27, runs to Nov 1.



SUDBURY

L'Écho de l'écume (children). A harpist meets a selkie and they become friends. In French. For ages 3+. Apr 25 only. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca

Inner Elder (drama) by Michelle Thrush. A Cree artist explores her own inner elder. Runs Apr 16 to Apr 25. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.


THUNDER BAY

Screwball Comedy (comedy) by Norm Foster. In 1938 a woman tries to break into the male-dominated world of journalism. Runs Apr 16 to May 2. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Peppa Pig’s Adventure (children). Join Peppa on an exciting camping trip to the woods with George and her school friends. www.peppapigliveus.com

• Apr 3: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay

• Apr 14: River Run Centre, Guelph

• Apr 15: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• Apr 16: Budweiser Gardens, London

• Apr 17: Leon's Centre, Kingston

• Apr 18: National Arts Centre, Ottawa

• Apr 19: Meridian Hall, Toronto