Stage Door Listings

August 2022

The Stratford Festival presents Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka from August 11 to October 29.

Photo: Cover of Death and the King’s Horseman. © 2002 W.W. Norton & Company..


TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

& Juliet (musical) by Max Martin. What if Juliet decided not to commit suicide and ran off to France with her best friends? Runs Jun 22 to Aug 14. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Bluebeard’s Castle (opera) by Béla Bartók. Bluebeard’s new wife asks to look behind each of the seven doors of his mysterious castle. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Runs Mar 26 to Sep 24. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (drama) by Jack Thorne. 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a new generation arrives at Hogwarts and a new menace threatens the world. Opened Jun 19, booking to Dec 24, 2022. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ★★★★☆

Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A rock musical about the last days of Jesus life on earth. Runs Aug 10 to Aug 21. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

6 Guitars (comedy) by Chase Padgett. Padgett plays six guitar-playing characters – Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country. Runs Aug 2 to Aug 7. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

As You Like It (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Half of the Duke's court flee his rule to find freedom and love in the forest. Runs Jul 28 to Sep 4. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Chekhov Shorts (comedies) by Anton Chekhov. Four short vaudeville-style comedies by Chekhov. Runs Aug 16 to Aug 28. Guild Festival Theatre, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca.

Detroit (drama) by Lisa D’Amour. In a suburb of Detroit Ben and Mary invite their new neighbours, about whom they know nothing, over for a barbecue. Runs Jul 6 to Aug 7. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com.

Gould’s Wall (opera) by Brian Current. A talented musician invokes Glenn Gould to help her reach the top. Runs Aug 4, 5, 9, 10 & 12. Royal Conservatory of Music, www.rcmusic.com.

King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Lear’s plans to retire and divide his kingdom among his three daughters lead to chaos. Previews from Aug 27, opens Sep 2, runs to Oct 1. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Otîhêw (drama) by P.J. Prudat. An Indigenous re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Othello set during the fur trade era. Runs Aug 19 to Sep 4. Various parks in Toronto, shakespeareintheruff.com.

Queen Goneril (drama) by Erin Shields. A prequel to Shakespeare’s King Lear focussing on Lear’s three daughters fighting a patriarchal system. Previews from Aug 25, opens Aug 31, runs to Oct 2. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) (drama) by Mieko Ouchi. A bittersweet love story featuring enchanting music, a mysterious countess, Antonio Vivaldi and a violin. Runs Jul 26 to Aug 7. Guild Festival Theatre, www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca.

SummerWorks (festival). A festival of new works – in-person, digital and hybrid. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 14. Various venues, summerworks.ca.

Trojan Girls & The Outhouse of Atreus (comedy) by Gillian Clark. Greek mythology meets Grease with two plays performed simultaneously – one indoors, one outdoors. Runs Aug 3 to Aug 28. Factory Theatre Courtyard, www.factorytheatre.ca.

You Can’t Get There from Here, Vol. 2 (plays) by Majorie Chan et al. Five new audiodramas offering listeners fresh perspectives on Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Runs Mar 8 to Sep 8. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. online


BANCROFT

Mamma Mia! (musical) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. A daughter invites all three of her possible fathers to her wedding. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 28. The Village Playhouse, www.tweedandcompany.com.


BLOOMFIELD

Beyond the Sea (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. On a pier in a small town two lost souls have a conversation that may change their destiny. Runs Aug 24 to Sep 4. Festival Players Pavilion, Eddie Hotel & Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca.

Flight (festival). A festival of dance with works by 11 choreographers. Runs Jul 14-31. Festival Players Pavilion, Eddie Hotel & Farm, www.festivalplayers.ca.  


BLYTH

Cottagers and Indians (comedy) by Drew Hayden Taylor. An Indigenous farmer and a White cottage-owner argue over the farmer’s plan to replant the lake with wild rice. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 6. Harvest Stage, blythfestival.com.

The Waltz (comedy) by Marie Beath Badian. A travelling Filipino-Canadian boy meets a local girl in northeast Saskatchewan in 1993. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 27. Harvest Stage, blythfestival.com.


BOBCAYGEON

The Great 44th Fowler’s Falls Fall Fair Disaster (comedy) by Sarah Quick. A talent show is thrust into disarray when it looks like someone would kill to be the winner. Runs Aug 3 to Aug 13. Lakeview Arts Barn, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com.  

Screwball Comedy (comedy) by Norm Foster. In 1938 newshounds Mary and Jeff compete to see who will write the better story of a society wedding. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 27. Lakeview Arts Barn, www.lakeviewartsbarn.com.  


BRAMPTON

Across the Pond: The British Invasion (revue) by Leisa Way. A celebration of over 50 years of British pop from The Beatles to Adele. Runs Aug 25 only. Rose Theatre, tickets.brampton.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

It Runs in the Family (comedy) by Ray Cooney. As a renowned neurologist prepares to give an important speech, his son from a secret fling turns up. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 28. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

On Golden Pond (comedy) by Ernest Thompson. A retired couple returns for peace and quiet at their summer home when their daughter arrives with her boyfriend and his teenaged son. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 6. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


COLLINGWOOD

Rock ’n’ Roll is Here to Stay (revue) by Leisa Way. A high energy show with the electrifying sounds of the hottest rock stars and bands in history. Runs Aug 16 to Aug 20. Theatre Collingwood, theatrecollingwood.ca.

A Scandal for All Seasons (comedy) by Burke Campbell. Two Barrie socialites battle over the sexy, progressive Mayor of the town. Runs Aug 2 to Aug 6. Theatre Collingwood, theatrecollingwood.ca.


DRAYTON

Good Ol’ Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A musical tribute to the best of gospel with a country twist. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 28. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


FENELON FALLS

Person of Interest  (comedy) by Melody A. Johnson. A law-abiding citizen discovers she is a “person of interest” to the police courtesy of some bad next door neighbours. Aug 24 only. The Grove Playhouse, www.grovetheatre.ca.

The 39 Steps  (comedy) by Patrick Barlow. Four actors play over 150 characters in the stage adaptation of the 1935 Hitchcock thriller. Preview from Jul 28, opens Aug 5, runs to Aug 28. The Grove Playhouse, www.grovetheatre.ca.


GANANOQUE

Every Brilliant Thing (comedy) by Duncan Macmillan. As a mother battles chronic depression, a child writes a list of everything that makes life worth living. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 21. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Kim’s Convenience (comedy) by Ins Choi. Mr. Kim, a first generation Korean immigrant is trying desperately to convince his artist daughter to take over the family business. Runs Aug 26 to Sep 18. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

The Music Man (musical) by Meredith Willson. A charming charlatan sells a town on setting up a boys’ band to keep youth from temptation. Runs Jul 19 to Aug 20. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

It Runs in the Family (comedy) by Ray Cooney. As a renowned neurologist prepares to give an important speech, his son from a secret fling turns up. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 6. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A young woman leaves a convent to become the nanny for seven children. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 4. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women set aside a long weekend to reminisce and reconnect. Runs Aug 18 to Sep 4. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GUELPH

Guelph Fringe Festival (festival). 20 individual companies will perform at four venues for a total of 60 performances. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 7. Various venues, theguelphfringefestival.ca.


HAMILTON

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (musical) by Ben Caplan et al. Two Jewish Romanian refugees come to Canada in 1908. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 13. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Storefront Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of twelve new plays.  Runs Aug 4 to Aug 14. Various venues, www.theatrekingston.com.  


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

We Could Be (festival). A collection of five playlets by local authors about the times we live in.  Runs Aug 16 to Aug 25. Kitchener Market, 300 King St East, www.greenlight-arts.com.


LONDON

London Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of new plays from authors with connections to Southwestern Ontario.  Runs Aug 16 to Aug 21. Various venues, palacetheatre.ca.


MEAFORD

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A look at long relationship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 19. Meaford Hall, www.meaford.ca.


MILLBROOK

Wishful Seeing (drama) by Maja Ardal. In 1853 a travelling preacher stumbles upon a murder mystery at Rice Lake. Runs Aug 2 to Aug 27. Winslow Farm, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. ‑proof of vax required‑


MISSISSAUGA

Mississauga Multilingual Fringe Festival (festival). A fringe festival for storeis presented in South Asian or Pan Asian lanuages. Runs Aug 15 to Aug 21. Various venues, www.mississaugafringe.ca.


MORRISBURG

Wally’s Café (comedy) by Sam Bobrick & Ron Clark. Wally and Louise have 30 years of ups and downs managing a diner in the desert. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 28. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 16, 2021, booking to Sep 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2022:

The plays run in repertory from Feb 9-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

Damn Yankees (musical) by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. A man makes a deal with the Devil to save his beloved baseball team, the Washington Senators. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9. ★★★☆☆

The Doctor’s Dilemma (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. If only one of two pateints can live – how do you choose? Previews from Jul 16, opens Aug 20, runs to Oct 8.  

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. John pretends to be Algernon’s wicked brother Ernest to visit Algy’s cousin Cecily in the country. Opened Jun 16, runs to Oct 9.

Shawground (performance) by the ensemble. An hour-long Shaw-centric Victorian fair combining magic, music and spoken word. Runs Jul 20 to Oct 6. Festival Theatre Grounds.

A Short History of Niagara (performance) by Alexandra Montagnese & Mike Petersen . The history of the Niagara region presented as a puppet play. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 4. Festival Theatre Grounds; Aug 5 to Aug 14, Market Room, Court House.

At the Royal George Theatre

Chitra (drama) by Rabinranath Tagore. A warrior princess raised as a boy hopes to win the love of a male warrior. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 8.

Gaslight (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. A new adaptation of the 1938 thriller about a husband who tries to convince his wife that she is going insane. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9.  

Just to Get Married (comedy) by Cicily Hamilton. In 1910 Georgina knows she’s being hawked around the marriage market. Previews from Jul 27, opens Aug 21, runs to Oct 16.

At the Studio Theatre

Everybody (drama) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. In a modern version of the medieval play Everyman, Everybody journeys toward life’s greatest mystery. Opened Jun 17, runs to Oct 8.

Gem of the Ocean (drama) by August Wilson. 285-year-old Aunt Ester send a guilt-ridden man on a quest to a mythical city. Previews from Aug 5, opens Aug 19, runs to Oct 9.

Too True to Be Good (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A nurse and her boyfriend rob and kidnap the nurse’s patient and flee to a far-off outpost of the Britsh Empire. Opened May 26, runs to Oct 9. ★★★★☆

On the BMO Stage

1922 – In Concert (revue) by Jay Turvey. A tribute to the exciting musical and cultural explosion that happened in 1922. Runs Aug 17 to Oct 2.


NORTH BAY

On the Edge Fringe Festival (festival). Performances from twelve emerging or alternative theatre companies. Runs Aug 9 to Aug 13. Various venues, fringenorth.com.


ORANGEVILLE

Summer Arts Festival (festival). The best of the Toronto Fringe Festival, Kids Fest, Theatre Ornageville's Young Company and drag queen bingo. Runs Aug 10 to Aug 14. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


ORILLIA

Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A logger from northern New Brunswick arrives unannounced at his niece’s city home. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 2. Orillia Opera House, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.

Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A look at long relationship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 12. Orillia Opera House, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.


OSHAWA

Evil Dead: The Musical (musical) by Geroge Reinblatt et al. Five students accidentally release a hoard of Candarian demons. Runs Aug 18 to Aug 21. Regent Theatre, regenttheatre.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Anastasia (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. A young woman suspects she may the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Runs Aug 30 to Sep 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Beauty Will Save the World (drama) by 9th Hour Theatre Company. In the wake of a long since passed “Great Danger”, a mother and her teenage son and a father and his child seek to discover what it means to really live again. Runs Jul 8 to Aug 28. Remic Rapids Park, www.thegladstone.ca.

Dear Evan Hanson (musical) by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. A high school boy pretends to have been best friends with a classmate who committed suicide. Runs Aug 9 to Aug 14. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Essence (dance) by Ausia Jones/Crystal Pite/Aszure Barton. A triple-bill from Ballets Jazz Montréal. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 12. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Fourposter (comedy) by Jan de Hartog. The action follows a married couple from 1890 to 1925. Runs Aug 5 to Aug 28. The Arts Court, artscourt.ca.

Koozå (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. An exploration of themes of fear, identity, recognition and power. Runs Aug 25 to Sep 25. Place des Festivals ZIBI, Gatineau, www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Lessons in Temperament (drama) by James Smith. The story of four neurodiverse brothers told through the art of piano tuning. Runs Aug 16 to Aug 21. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Notre Dame de Paris (musical) by Luc Plamondon & Richard Cocciante. A stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In French. Runs Aug 2 to Aug 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A family friendly production featuring over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists. Runs Mar 4 to Oct 8. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre, 300 Kent St, www.totallylegitproductions.com.

On a First Name Basis (comedy) by Norm Foster. A successful but cantankerous novelist suddenly discovers that he knows nothing about his housekeeper of 28 years. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 3. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Pierre et Marie ... et le démon (comedy) by Michel-Marc Bouchard. Pierre and Marie have both received promotions, but who is the stange man in their bed? Runs Jul 6 to Aug 28. In French. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

The Siegel (comedy) by Michael Mitnick. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago, but Ethan is going to propose to her even though she’s in another relationship. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 3. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. An exiled duke on a magic island seeks revenge on those who ousted him. Runs Jun 20 to Aug 13. Touring the Ottawa region, fools.ca.

Tieras oscuras (dance) by Gwen Noah. A combination of story and archival photographs with the explosive power of flamenco music and dance. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Les Voisins (comedy) by Louis Sala & Claude Meunier. An evening of neighbours looking at family slides descends into chaos. In French. Runs Aug 5 & 6, 12 & 13. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Zach (she/her) (drama) by Tommi B. Coyote. A displaced, adopted trans girl with a guitar hops a Greyhound bus in search of her birth parents. Runs Aug 23 to Aug 28. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PENETANGUISHENE

Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A young real estate aget tries to get an aging bachelor farmer to sell his farm. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 6. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

On Golden Pond (comedy) by Ernest Thompson. A retired couple returns for peace and quiet at their summer home when their daughter arrives with her boyfriend and his teenaged son. Runs Aug 11 to Aug 28. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


PETROLIA

Divine Women (revue) by D2 Entertainment. A theatrical concert event paying respect to some of the greatest female singers of the 20th century. Runs Aug 2 to Aug 14. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.

Wingfield Lost and Found (comedy) by Dan Needles. There is a drought on the Seventh Line and a search to locate a new well on Wingfield Farm begins. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 27. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

Quartet (comedy) by Ronald Harwood. In a retirement home four ageing opera singers mull whether they could ever sing together again. Runs Jul 16 to Aug 28. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.


PORT COLBORNE

Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters are all ready to take their mother to her new nursing home, but she won’t go. Runs Aug 10 to Aug 21. Showboat Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT DOVER

Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters are all ready to take their mother to her new nursing home, but she won’t go. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 6. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

The Real Sherlock Holmes (drama) by Peter Colley. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Professor Bell track down a killer, an event that will inspire Doyle’s famous fictional detective. Preview Aug 17, opens Aug 18, runs to Sep 3. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

9 to 5 (musical) by Dolly Parton. Three female coworkers plan to get even with their sexist, egomaniac boss. Runs Aug 4 to Sep 4. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.

The WonderPhil Magic Show (magic) by WonderPhil. A family show where things appear, vanish and take on a life of their own. Runs Aug 21 only. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT PERRY

Cyrano (comedy) by Liam Lynch. A new adaptation of the tale of the swashbuckling poet Cyrano de Bergerac. Runs Aug 16 to Aug 27. Scugog Shores Museum Village, www.theatreontheridge.ca.  

Plays from the Past (plays). Staged readings of one-act plays from the early  20th century. Runs Aug 7 only. Scugog Shores Museum Village, www.theatreontheridge.ca.

Punch Up (comedy) by Kat Sandler. If Duncan, a boring guy, can make Brenda laugh, then she won't commit suicide. Runs Jul 26 to Aug 6. Scugog Shores Museum Village, www.theatreontheridge.ca.


PORT STANLEY

Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters are all ready to take their mother to her new nursing home, but she won’t go. Runs Aug 24 to Sep 10. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.  

The View From Here (comedy) by Jamie Williams. Mary and Michael are finding that a long life together is not what they expected. Runs Aug 3 to Aug 20. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


PRESCOTT

The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) (drama) by Mieko Ouchi. A bittersweet love story featuring enchanting music, a mysterious countess, Antonio Vivaldi and a violin. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 20. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca.

The 39 Steps (comedy) by Patrick Barlow. Four actors play over 100 characters in this stage adaptation of the 1935 Hitchcock film. Runs Jul 30 to Aug 13. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, www.stlawrenceshakespeare.ca.


SAULT STE. MARIE

Fringe North (festival). An internationsl festival of new work from twelve companies. Reading. Runs Aug 19 to Aug 22. Various venues, www.saultfringe.com.


ST. CATHARINES

Danny & Delilah (comedy) by Norm Foster. High school student Delilah goes to live with 72-year-old Daniel and his daughter Sherry, who is a guidance counselor. Reading. Runs Aug 25 to Aug 28. FirstOntario PAC, fosterfestival.com.

Winesday: the Musical + Wine Tasting (musical) by Joseph Benoit & Jenne Watson. The journey through song and dance of five wine-drinking women who get together every Wednesday night. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 31. Hernder Estate Wines, www.winesdaymusical.com.


ST. JACOBS

The Crooner (revue) by Alex Mustakas. Canadian crooner Michael Vanhevel pays tribute to iconic crooners from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé. Runs Jun 29 to Sep 4. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women set aside a long weekend to reminisce and reconnect. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 13. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD

THE COMPLETE WINGFIELD PLAYS:

All seven plays about Walt Wingfield, stockbroker-turned farmer, in chronological order, written by Dan Needles and performed by Rod Beattie. Stratford Perth Museum, www.stratfordperthmuseum.ca.

Aug 7: Wingfield’s Inferno

Aug 14: Wingfield Lost and Found

THE HERE FOR NOW THEATRE FESTIVAL:

A festival of nine one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes, including 7 world premieres. Runs Jul 5 to Sep 11, 2022. Falstaff Family Centre, www.herefornowtheatre.com.

Every Day She Rose (drama) by Andrea Scott & Nick Green. After the Black Lives Matter protest at the 2016 Toronto Pride Parade, two friends debate racial and queer politics. Previews from Aug 2, opens Aug 4, runs to Aug 14.

Girls & Boys (drama) by Dennis Kelly. The world of an ordinary family starts to unravel. Runs Jul 28 to Aug 7.  

The Pomegranate Project (drama) by Jessica B. Hill & Marion Adler. An exploration of a variety of real and mythic underworlds and the women who inhabit them. Reading. Runs Aug 18, 19, 21 & 23.

The Real Poems (drama) by Robert McQueen. The author's experiences as a young queer man living between Vancouver and New York City during the AIDS epidemic. Previews from Aug 30, opens Sep 1, runs to Sep 11.

Spit (comedy) by Noelle Brown. Heartbroken at the death of their mother, two sisters lives are suddenly impacted by the arrival of a stranger. Previews from Aug 23, opens Aug 25, runs to Sep 4.

Take Care (comedy) by Ellen Denny. A 42-year-old woman hopes to return to writing when her husband has a stroke. Previews from Aug 9, opens Aug 11, runs to Aug 21.

SPRINGWORKS:

The World in a Weekend (festival). A festival of puppetry from around the world. Runs Aug 4 to Aug 7. Various venues, www.springworksfestival.ca.

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run from Apr 6 to Oct 29, 2022, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. In the Roaring Twenties an aspiring chorus girl and a fading vaudeville star each face trial for murder. Opened Jun 3, runs to Oct 28. ★★★★★

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Opened Jun 2, runs to Oct 28. ★★☆☆☆

The Miser (comedy) by Molière. A miser plans to marry and thus disinherit his two children. Previews from Aug 9, opens Aug 26, runs to Oct 29.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

The African Company Presents Richard III (drama) by Carlyle Brown. In 19th-century New York there are two competing productions of Richard III – one by a Black troupe and one by a White troupe. Reading. Aug 4 only.

All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena wins the hand of Bertram but he doesn’t fancy her. Opened Jul 8, runs to Oct 29.

Death and the King’s Horseman (drama) by Wole Soyinka. After the Yoruba king has died, his horseman must accompany him to the afterlife, but the ritual is interrupted. Previews from Aug 11, opens Aug 27, runs to Oct 29.

Freedom Cabaret 2.0: How Black Music Shaped the Dream of America (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. An exploration of the influence of African American music during the Freedom Movement and the Civil Rights era. Runs Aug 17 to Aug 28.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England. Opened Jun 4, runs to Oct 28. ★★★☆☆

At the Avon Theatre

Little Women (drama) by Jordi Mand. A stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Opened Jul 7, runs to Oct 29.

At the Studio Theatre

Every Little Nookie (comedy) by Sunny Drake. A boomer couple returns home to find their queer millennial daughter hosting a swingers’ party to make cash. Opened Jul 9, runs to Oct 1.

Hamlet-911 (drama) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. An actor has landed his dream role of playing Hamlet at Stratford but suddenly finds himself in the Underworld. Is he mad, dreaming, dead? Previews from Jul 31, opens Aug 25, runs to Oct 2.

1939 (drama) by Jani Lauzon & Kaitlyn Riordan. Students at an Ontario residential school are meant to perform All’s Well That Ends Well for a visit by King George VI. Previews from Aug 28, opens Sep 11, runs to Oct 28.

On Stratfest@Home

Finally There’s a Sun: A Cabaret of Resilience (cabaret) by Sara Farb & Steve Ross. A musical journey through a year of enormous change and growth. Ran Sep 12 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Mar 7 to Nov 4, 2022: online

Freedom: Spirit and Legacy of Black Music (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. How Black music became the basis for much of the popular music we hear today. Ran Aug 21 to Sep 5, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆

Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online

R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆

Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆

Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: online

You Can’t Stop the Beat (cabaret) by Thom Allison. A celebration of the power of musical theatre in troubled times. Ran Jul 18 to Jul 31, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Sep 9, 2022: online

STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC:

Sounding Thunder (oratorio) by Tim Corlis & Armand Garnet Ruffo. The story of renowned Ojibwe World War I sniper Francis Pegahmagabow. Runs Aug 4 only. The Avondale, stratfordsummermusic.ca.



ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

King Henry Five (history play) by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s account of Henry V’s victory over the French as adapted for only five actors. www.driftwoodtheatre.com.

• Aug 2: Celebration Square, Whitby

• Aug 3: Esplanade Park, Pickering

• Aug 4: Venue TBA, Wasaga Beach

• Aug 5: Kawartha Settlers Village, Bobcaygeon

• Aug 6: Peterborough Museum and Archives, Peterborough

• Aug 7: Victoria Park, Cobourg

• Aug 9: Trent Port Marina,Trenton

• Aug 10: Sand & Pearl Oyster Bar, Westlake

• Aug 11: Allan Macpherson House, Napanee

• Aug 12: The Hotel on Wolfe Island, Kingston

• Aug 13: Memorial Park, Marmora

• Aug 14: Scugog Shores Historical Museum, Port Perry

• Aug 16-17: Christie Pits Park, Toronto

• Aug 18-21: Royal Botanical Gardens, Burlington