Stage Door Listings

April 2024

Theatre Aquarius presents the world premiere of the musical Beautiful Scars by Tom Wilson & Shaun Smyth from April 24 to May 11.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Don Pasquale (opera) by Gaetano Donizetti. The aged Don Pasquale decides to marry the womn who is secretly his nephew’s beloved. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Apr 26 to May 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis (performance) by Asad Mecci & Colin Mochrie. 20 volunteers are placed under hypnosis and then perform improv. Runs Apr 9-14. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Inheritance, Part 1 & 2 (drama) by Matthew López. EM Forster’s Howard’s End reimagined as a portrait of the generation after the height of the AIDS crisis.  Runs Mar 22 to Apr 7. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Les Misérables (musical) by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg. A policeman will not stop hunting an escaped convict even after the man has become a respected citizen. Runs Mar 26 to Jun 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Shen Yun 2024 (dance). A survey of 5000 years of pre-communist Chinese music and dance. Runs Mar 30 to Apr 7. Four Seasons Centre, www.shenyun.com.

SIX (musical) by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. A modern retelling of the story of the six wives of Henry VIII. Runs Sep 23, 2023, to Apr 28, 2024. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Tragedy of Hamlet (dance) by Guillaume Côté. Côté dances the role of Hamlet in this theatre piece directed by Robert Lepage. Runs Apr 3 to Ap 7. Elgin Theatre, www.ticketmaster.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

La Battaglia di Legnano (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. In 1176 as the Lombard League prepares to fight Barbarossa, Lida marries Rolando thinking her beloved Arrigo has died in battle. In concert. Runs Apr 7 only, Jane Mallett Theatre, www.operainconcert.com.

Dana H. (drama) by Lucas Hnath. A chaplain in a psychiatric ward is abducted by one of the patients and held captive for five months. Runs Mar 12 to Apr 7. Factory Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com.

A Doll’s House (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen’s classic play adapted to India under British colonial rule. Runs Apr 18 to May 12. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Faulty Towers The Dining Experience (performance) by Alison Pollard-Mansergh. Diners have three-course meal while immersed in the world of the 1970s BBC comedy. Runs Mar 6 to Apr 14. Lighthouse ArtSpace, faultytowers.ca.

Festival of New Theatre (festival). Six new works by interantionally renowned Canadian artists. Runs Apr 4 to Apr 20. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

The Fixing Girl (children) by Kevin Dyer. Meghan retreats to the backyard shed where she and Grandad have always fixed broken things to find the answer to feeling better. For ages 8-13. Runs Apr 15 to May 2.  Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

4 Minutes 12 Seconds (drama) by James Fritz. Di and David begin to wonder whether they can trust their son. Runs Apr 20 to May 12. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, tarragontheatre.com.

The House at Poe Corner (drama) by Michael O’Brien & Eric Woolfe. Puppets perform select tales by Edgar Allen Poe. Runs Apr 11 to Apr 21. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, redsandcastletheatre.com.

Huff (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. Wind and his brothers struggle with their mother’s death, the reserve school system and solvent-abuse. Runs Apr 23 to Apr 28. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Mad Madge (comedy) by Rose Napoli. The story of Margaret Cavendish (1623-73), fiction writer, philosopher, designer and scientist. Preview Apr 9, opens Apr 10, runs to Apr 20. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, theatrecentre.org.

Murmuration (dance) by Le Patin Libre. Flocking used by ice skaters as metaphor to ask: Why do we gather? Why do we split? Why do we polarize? Runs Apr 25 to Apr 28. Leaside Memorial Community Gardens, Bert F. Grant Rink, tolive.com.

Nomada (dance) by Diana Lopez Soto. An exploration of the relationship between our bodies and the earth. Runs Apr 18 to Apr 20. Berkeley Street Theatre,  www.canadianstage.com.

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (drama) by Lucas Hnath. What if a powerful billionaire pursued his own immortality at the expense of the world around him? Previews from Apr 13, opens Apr 18, runs to May 5. Yonge Centre, outsidethemarch.ca.

Quichotte (children) by Benjamin Déziel & Maude Gareau. Cervantes’ famous knight and his sidekick seek adventures in a world of paper and shadows. In French. For ages 9-14. Runs Apr 10 to Apr 13. L’Alliance française de Toronto, theatrefrancais.com.

Le Roi poubelle (children) by Eudes La Roche-Francoeur. A shipwrecked documentarian encounters the king of an island made up entirely of garbage. In French. For ages 7+. Runs Apr 24 to May 3. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, theatrefrancais.com.

Searching for Eastman (performance) by the wind in the leaves collective. The complexities of Black, queer composer Julius Eastman as revealed through music, poetry, theatre, dance and video. Runs Apr 4 to Apr 7. Berkeley Street Theatre,  www.canadianstage.com.

shaniqua in abstraction (comedy) by bahia watson. An explosion of experiences and shifting identities that push back the boundaries defining Black womanhood. Previews from Apr 9, opens Apr 12, runs to Apr 28. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Stories of Scotland (comedy) by Bruce Fummey. Fummey wraps Scottish history and comedy into one hilarious and informative package. Runs Apr 27 only. The Royal, 608 College St, www.eventbrite.co.uk.

Tee Time for Murder (comedy). Characters mingle with guests and then someone you’ve just met dies and a detective is called in to investigate. Runs Apr 6, 13, 20 & 27. Cheslea Hotel, mysteriouslyyours.ca.

El Terremoto (comedy) by Christine Quintana. The three Jurado sisters lost their parents 20 years ago. Now an earthquake in Vancouver splits their world wide open. Previews from Mar 26, opens Apr 3, runs to Apr 21. Tarragon Theatre, tarragontheatre.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Book of Will (comedy) by Lauren Gunderson. Actors Heminge and Condell fight to collect Shakespeare’s plays for the First Folio. Runs Apr 26 to May 18. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.

Trap for a Lonely Man (drama) by Robert Thomas. Daniel’s missing wife is found but Daniel says she is not his wife. Runs Apr 12 to Apr 27. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.


BARRIE

Cock (comedy) by Mike Bartlett. A gay man in a relationship falls in love with a woman – which should he choose? Runs Apr 18 to Apr 27. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca.


BRAMPTON

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles of India. For ages 6+. Runs Apr 11 only. Rose Theatre, tickets.brampton.ca.

360 Allstars (circus) by Gene Peterson. A supercharged urban circus with BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more. Runs Apr 24 only. Rose Theatre, tickets.brampton.ca.


BURLINGTON

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles of India. For ages 6+. Runs Apr 3 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

Jersey Boys (musical) by Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe. The story of the rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Runs Mar 27 to Apr 21. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


COLLINGWOOD

Brilliantly Bacharach! (revue) by Dean Hollin. A survey of the life and music of Burt Bacharach. Runs Apr 16 to Apr 18. John Saunders Centre, theatrecollingwood.ca.


FERGUS

Dance for All (dance) by Ballet Jörgen. A showcases of excerpts from major classical ballets, alongside contemporary works by Canadian choreographers. Runs Apr 5 only. Grand Theatre, www.centrewellington.ca.

MacBeth (children) by Dufflebag Theatre. A zany, family-friendly take on Shakespeare's famous play. Apr 6 only. Grand Theatre, www.centrewellington.ca.

Stories & Songs of Stompin’ Tom (revue) by Whisky Jack. A tribute to Stompin’ Tom mingles with backstage stories by Whisky Jack. Apr 7 only. www.centrewellington.ca.


GUELPH

Spirit and Tradition (dance) by Dancers of Damelahamid. Imagery, soundscape and Coastal Indigenous masked dance evoke the rich ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Runs Apr 30 to May 2. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

Beautiful Scars (musical) by Tom Wilson & Shaun Smyth. Tom Wilson’s search for is identity confronts a deeply held secret of his parents. Runs Apr 24 to May 11. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

Gotta Call Barb (comedy) by Mason Micevski. A constant parade of visitors prevents Ingrid from responding to her Aunt Barb's urgent message. Runs Feb 12 to Feb 21. The Cotton Factory, www.eventbrite.ca.

Little Women (musical) by Jason Howard & Mindi Dickstein. A musical adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Runs Apr 30 only. FirstOntario Concert Hall, www.coreentertainment.ca.

Shen Yun 2024 (dance). A survey of 5000 years of pre-communist Chinese music and dance. Runs Apr 11 to Apr 12. FirstOntario Concert Hall, www.shenyun.com.

Staircase Magic & Variety (magic) by Nick Wallace. A monthly show featuring a rotating cast of some of Canada’s best magicians, variety and oddity entertainers. Runs Apr 3 only. The Staircase, www.eventbrite.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Jagged Little Pill (musical) by Alanis Morissette. MJ’s husband is addicted to pornography, her daughter is making out with her best friend and MJ is addicted to painkillers. Runs Mar 30 to Apr 2. Centre in the Square, Kitchener, centreinthesquare.com.


LONDON

Little Women (musical) by Jason Howard & Mindi Dickstein. A musical adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Runs Apr 29 only. Budweiser Gardens, www.budweisergardens.com.

Million Dollar Quartet (musical) by Floyd Mutrux. A recreation of the jam session on December 4, 1956, with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Previews from Apr 16, opens Apr 19, runs to May 11. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.

One Step at a Time (drama) by Andrew Prashad. Actor and dancer Andrew shares his and his wife’s personal journey of caring for a son with spina bifida. Runs Apr 9 to Apr 20. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


MEAFORD

Eh! Celebration of Dance (ballet). Classical and contemporary ballets from some of the country’s top choreographers. Runs Apr 10 only. Meaford Town Hall, www.meaford.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

The Simon and Garfunkle Story (revue) by Dean Elliott. Two young boys from Queens go on to become the world’s most successful music duo of all time. Runs Apr 17 to Apr 21. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Christian Mascia performs new large-scale illusions designed by Greg Frewin. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Jan 4, 2025. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 6 to Dec 22 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 Royal George Theatre

Witness for the Prosecution (drama) by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy older woman is found murdered, her handsome younger lover is the only suspect. Previews from Apr 6, opens Apr 25, runs to Oct 13.


OAKVILLE

Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet based on the famous novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Runs Apr 13 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.

Bad Hats Theatre’s Alice in Wonderland (children) by Fiona Sauder. An adaptation with music of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale. Runs Apr 9 to Apr 15. [student] Macdonald Heaslip Hall, Sheridan College, www.sheridancollege.ca.

Mary Poppins (musical) by RM Sherman & RB Sherman. A musical based on the well-known Disney movie about a magical nanny. Runs Apr 11 to Apr 15. [student] Macdonald Heaslip Hall, Sheridan College, www.sheridancollege.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

The Darktown Strutters’ Ball (musical) by Leslie McCurdy & Cassel Miles. A look back to the early days of music halls and vaudeville and the earliest jazz recording ever made. Runs Apr 25 to May 12. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Les Bâtons (magic) by Anik Bouvrette. Four characters explore different scenes using colourful batons creating surprising new forms and images. Runs Apr 6 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

be careful with each other (so you can be dangerous together) by Daniel Sarah Karasik. In a pseudo-therapeutic setting characters in different relationships try to work out their conflicts. Runs Apr 9 to Apr 21. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Bow (dance) by Jeon Misook. An investigation into the Asian custom of bowing in greeting. Runs Apr 4 to Apr 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Dérive de nuit (children) by Anne-Marie Guilmaine. A dream-like show about melting ice, unspoiled lands and shipwrecks. In French. For ages 7+. Runs Apr 4 to Apr 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Grand Horizons (comedy) by Bess Wohl. After 50 years of marriage Bill and nancy want a divorce - which throws their children into a frenzy. Runs Apr 3 to Apr 20. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

The Great Gatsby (opera) by Andrew Ager. Jay Gatsby tries to win back the love of his life. Runs Apr 19 to Apr 20. Southminster United Church, www.newoperalyra.ca.

Ils étaient dix (drama) by Agatha Christie. Ten strangers are invited to an isolated island home and then are killed off one by one. In French. Runs Apr 7 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles of India. For ages 6+. Runs Apr 6 only. Meridian Theatres Centrepointe, meridiancentrepointe.com.

Manipuler avec soin (comedy) by Carolanne Foucher. Josianne has a body alarm installed which sounds when she finds herself in an uncomfortable intimate situation. In French. Runs Apr 3 to Apr 28. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

La Mouette (drama) by Anton Chekhov. Catherine Vidal provides playful scenes to illuminate Chekhov’s masterpiece. In French. Runs Apr 11 to Apr 13. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Oh Canada Eh?! (revue). Archtypal Canadian characters sing over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists. Booking to Oct 14, 2024. Oh Canada Eh?!, 330 Kent St, ohcanadaehottawa.com.

Programme double (dance) by Natasha Bakht / Yvonne Coutts. Lux Naturae about the theme of nature with Empty Space | Empty Time + Worlds Within about emotional cycles. Runs Apr 29 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Projet Polytechnique (drama) by Marie-Joanne Boucher & Jean-Marc Dalphond. Boucher and Dalphone investigate the consequences of the mass femicide at the École Polytechnique in 1989. Runs Apr 26 to Apr 27. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Robot infidèle (circus) by Machine de Cirque. A labourer relearns the laws of physics by constantly shifting between taking and losing control. Runs Apr 12 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Rose in the Machine (drama) by Maude Laurendeau. The heartfelt and intimate journey of a mother seeking to understand her daughter’s autism. Runs Apr 30 to May 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.  

Shen Yun 2024 (dance). A survey of 5000 years of pre-communist Chinese music and dance. Runs Apr 14-15. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PETERBOROUGH

No One’s Special at the Hot Dog Cart (comedy) by Charlie Petch. Petch shares their personal accounts of working at hot dog stands around downtown Toronto. Runs Apr 5 only. Market Hall PAC, publicenergy.ca.

Nomada (comedy) by Diana Lopez Soto. A journey combining contemporary indigenous dance, aerial dance and installation art. Runs Apr 24 only. Market Hall PAC, publicenergy.ca.


RICHMOND HILL

Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles of India. For ages 6+. Runs Apr 17 only. Richmond Hill Centre, www.rhcentre.ca.

Teasing Gravity (dance). A thrilling adventure in movement by some of North America’s fastest rising choreographers. Runs Apr 2 only. Richmond Hill Centre, www.rhcentre.ca.


SHEDDEN

Snapshots (plays) by Len Cuthbert. A collection of one act plays by Len Cuthbert and original songs by Fynn Cuthbert about WW II and the RCAF Station Fingal. Runs Apr 19 to Apr 20. Southwold Keystone Complex, www.lencuthbert.com.


ST. CATHARINES

Spirit and Tradition (dance) by Dancers of Damelahamid. Imagery, soundscape and Coastal Indigenous masked dance immerse the audience into the rich ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Runs Apr 22 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

360 Allstars (circus) by Onyx Productions. A physical performance that explores all forms of rotation and connects the street with the elite in a supercharged urban circus. Runs Apr 30 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


STIRLING

How We Got to Jersey - A Tale of Two Frankies (revue) by Adrian Marchuk & Jeff Madden. Behind the scenes of the musical Jersey Boys with two Canadians who played Frankie Valli. Runs Apr 12 to Apr 14. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16 to Oct 27 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-567-1600 or visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

Something Rotten! (musical) by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick. In Renaissance England the Bottom brothers write a musical to compete with Shakespeare’s plays. Previews from Apr 16, opens May 28, runs to Oct 27.

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Viola loves Orsino who loves Olivia who loves Viola. Previews from Apr 26, opens May 27, runs to Oct 26.  

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

Hedda Gabler (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. After her honeymoon Hedda is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. Previews from Apr 25, opens May 30, runs to Sep 28.  


STRATHROY

Snapshots (plays) by Len Cuthbert. A collection of one act plays by Len Cuthbert and original songs by Fynn Cuthbert about WW II and the RCAF Station Fingal. Runs Apr 21 only. Wright Family Centre, www.lencuthbert.com.


SUDBURY

Glitch (children) by Étienne Lepage. Four characters find themselves in the basement of a deserted theatre. For ages 5-12. Runs Apr 6 only. Le Théâtre de Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.

ODE ou La Vie après avoir regardé le soleil dans le blanc des yeux (comedy) by Antoine Côté Legault. Friends organize a party when they learn the moon will crash into the earth in 24 hours. In French. Runs Apr 26 to Apr 27.  Le Théâtre de Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Mini Pop Kids Live - The Good Vibes Tour (performance). Kids aged 9-15 sing and dance to today's hits in a high-energy show for kids. Runs Apr 18 only. Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, www.tbca.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. cashtributeshow.com.

• Apr 6: Flato Academy Theatre, Lindsay

• Apr 13: Grand Theatre, Fergus

• Apr 20: Roselawn Centre, Port Colborne

• Apr 27: Regent Theatre, Picton