Stage Door Listings

April 2021

Soulpepper presents Bad Hats’ musical version of Alice in Wonderland online in Toronto April 3-18.  


TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Paradise Lost (comedy) by Erin Shields. A satirical presentation of the story of John Milton great 17th-century epic poem about the fall of humankind. Runs Apr 9 to Apr 18. Bluma Appel Theatre, 27 Front St East, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

The Resurrection (opera) by George Frideric Handel. Fully staged early oratorio about the events between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Livestreaming Apr 1 only. Koerner Hall, www.operaatelier.com. postponed to May 27

Something Rich and Strange (opera/ballet). Fully staged Baroque theatre music exploring dreams, visions and the supernatural. Opened Dec 12, 2020, runs through Jun 1, 2021. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. online

La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father disapproves of his son’s relationship with a beautiful courtesan. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Apr 17, runs to May 14. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. cancelled

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Alice in Wonderland (children) by Fiona Sauder. A musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s fantastic tale. Opens Apr 3, runs through Apr 18. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online ★★★☆☆

An Acorn (play) by Caridad Svich. The journey of a person who loses their voice one morning after an event shocks the foundation of society. Opens Mar 12, runs to Apr 3. impel Theatre, www.kendrajones.net. online ★★★★☆

Cloudless (drama) by José Teodoro. Five characters struggle with the mysterious disappearance of two young women off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Runs to May 31. Canadian Stage Company, www.canadianstage.com. online audio

Electric Messiah (oratorio) by G.F. Handel. A re-imagining of Handel's famed oratorio for the present with elctronics and turntables. Runs Mar 31 to Apr 11. Soundstreams, www.youtube.com. online

Embodying Power and Place (plays) by New Harlem Productions. Twelve audio-visual works that honour the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Opened Mar 27, runs to Apr 11. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.embodyingpowerandplace.com. online

Forever Yours, Marie-Lou (drama) by Michel Tremblay. Opened Mar 28, runs to Apr 14. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

The Gondoliers (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & W.S. Gilbert. One of two gondoliers may really be the lost King of Barataria. Opened Mar 19, runs through Apr 9. Toronto Operetta Theatre, torontooperetta.com. online

Half Life (drama) by John Mighton. Opens Apr 8, runs to Apr 22. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Helen’s Necklace (drama) by Carole Fréchette. Opens Apr 25, runs to May 9. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio  

Macbeth Muet (comedy) by Jon Lachlan Stewart & Marie Hélėne Bėlanger. A wordless puppet play version of Shakespeare Scottish play. Opens Apr 14, runs to May 2. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Messiah/Complex (oratorio) by Geroge Frideric Handel. Handel’s oratorio is filmed using soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada. Opens Apr 1, runs through Apr 13. Against the Grain Theatre, againstthegraintheatre.ticketleap.com. online

The Miller and His Wife (children) by Ann Powell & David Powell. A miller and his wife lead their family from rustic poverty to middle class comfort. Opens Apr 14, runs to Apr 28. Puppetmongers Theatre, puppetmongers.com. online

Moonlodge (drama) by Margo Kane. Agnes follows the voice inside her, journeying across America to where the women gather, helping her find herself, her history and her family. Begins Apr 21. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

The Shoah Songbook, Part 1: Terezín (revue). A showcase of music by composers who died at the Terezín concentration camp during World War II. April 4 only. Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, www.hgjewishtheatre.com. online

Signs of Life (children). A cabaret featuring puppets, ventriloquism, clowns, shadows and more. Apr 24 only. Concrete Cabaret, www.eventbrite.ca.

Teenage Dick (comedy) by Mike Lew. Shakespeare’s Richard III reimagined as drama surrounding a high school election. Opened Mar 26, runs to Apr 18. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Through the Eyes (drama) by Don Druick. A courtier tries to stay alive as he escorts the Italian sculptor Bernini through the passions and perils of the court of Louis XIV. Apr 29 to May 8. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. postponed

Toka (drama) by Indrit Kasapi. The story of siblings who wrestle with modern-day blood feuds in post-Communist Albania. Runs Apr 28 to May 1. lemonTree Creations, www.lemontreecreations.ca. online postponed

21 Black Futures (plays). A collection of 21 monodramas written, directed and acted by Black Canadian artists. Season 1 from Feb 12; Season 2 from Feb 19; Season 3 from Feb 26. Obsidian Theatre Company, www.cbc.ca. online ★★★★☆

The Walls (drama) by Griselda Gambaro. A young man is placed in a room without trial and interrogated by mysterious figures as his humanity is stripped away. Begins Apr 28. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca. online audio

You Can’t Get There From Here (dance). Five fresh perspectives on Toronto’s many neighbourhoods. Runs Mar 18 to Apr 15. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online audio


Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Les Murs ont des yeux (drama) by A.M. Matte. Five rooms of a house recount what they’ve seen. Apr 9 to Apr 10. In French. [student] Theatre Glendon, www.eventbrite.ca. online

Opera in Miniature: An Evening of One-Act Operas (festival). A collection of one-act operas by Massenet, Wolf-Ferrari, Mozart, Bizet, Walton and Hoiby. Runs Apr 22 to Apr 25.  [student] University of Toronto Opera, uoftopera.ca. online

The Rape of Lucretia (opera) by Benjamin Britten. Tarquinius rapes the virtuous wife of his general. Runs Apr 29 and following. [student] Glenn Gould School of Music, www.rcmusic.com. online

Zoomed Out (festival). A festival of seven plays written by members of the Ryerson community. Apr 1 only. [community] Ryerson Community Theatre, www.facebook.com. online


BARRIE

The Great Gatsby (drama) by Richard Ouzounian. An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's famous novel. Reading. Apr 11 only. Talk Is Free Theatre, www.tift.ca. online

Heartbreak House (drama) by G.B. Shaw. Socialites, tycoons and drifters collide in a British country house on the eve of World War I. Reading. Apr 7 only. Talk Is Free Theatre, www.tift.ca. online

Riot (drama) by Andrew Moodie. The lives of six Black Canadians unfold against the background of the riots following the acquittal in L.A. of the policemen who beat Rodney King. Reading. Apr 8 only. Talk Is Free Theatre, www.tift.ca. online


HAMILTON

Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story (musical) by Alan Janes. The story of the life and music of Buddy Holly. Runs Apr 21 to May 15. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Hamburger (comedy) by Ciarán Meyers. A theatrical love-letter to workers in the fast-food industry. Runs Apr 18 only. Informal Upright, informalupright.weebly.com. online audio


LONDON

Boom X (performance) by Rick Miller. This mutimedia show tackles the music, culture, and politics of Generation X with Miller playing more than 100 famous people. Previews from Apr 20, opens Apr 23, runs to May 7. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

Cabaret (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. An American writer and a British showgirl find themselves together in Berlin just before the rise of Nazis. Preview Mar 17, opens Mar 18, runs to Apr 10. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

Harvest (comedy) by Ken Cameron. A retiring farm couple rent their farm to a young couple growing a suspicious crop. Runs Apr 14 to Jul 11. Reading. AlvegoRoot Theatre, www.alvegoroottheatre.com. online audio

In the Heights (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. THree generations of a Latinx community in Manhattan dream , hope and work for a bright future. Opened Mar 26, runs to Apr 10. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


MARKHAM

Masters of Illusion (magic). Four of the world's greatest magicians in one show. Opens Apr 5, runs to Apr 6. Flato Markham Theatre, 905-305-7469, flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

The Rules of Playing Risk (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. An unsociable retiree’s estranged 14-year-old grandson comes to live with him. Opens Apr 16, runs to May 16. Theatre Orangeville, tickets.theatreorangeville.ca. online


OTTAWA

Dear Evan Hansen (musical) by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. Evan pretends to be the best friend of a boy who has committed suicide. Opens Apr 27, runs to May 2. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.


PICKERING

Performances at the Herongate Barn Theatre suspended for the 2020/21 season.


ST. CATHARINES

My Hero (comedy) by Norm Foster. The son of a former superstar hockey must deal with the fact that his mother  has met a new man. Reading. Apr 24 only. Norm Foster Theatre Festival, fosterfestival.com.


STRATFORD

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The Adventures of Pericles (romance) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2015. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Antony and Cleopatra (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Caesar and Cleopatra (drama) by George Bernard Shaw. Production from 2000. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Coriolanus (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2019. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Elizabeth Rex (drama) by Timothy Findley. Production from 2000. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

King John (history play) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Long Day’s Journey into Night (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. Production from 1995. Runs from Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Love’s Labour’s Lost (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2017. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Macbeth (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2017. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 1992. Runs Oct 22 to Apr 19.

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2018. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

The Taming of the Shrew (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 1988. Runs Oct 26 to Apr 19.

The Taming of the Shrew (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2016. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2010. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2019. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Timon of Athens (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2018. Runs Oct 19 to Sep 30.

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Production from 2011. Runs Oct 19 to Apr 19.

Viral Transmissions (plays). A collection of five plays that make use of a virtual medium. Opens Apr 29, runs for free for 36 hours.