Stage Door Listings
David Mirvish presents Anastasia at the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Toronto, December 3, 2019, to January 12, 2020.
Illustration: Poster for Anastasia. © 2016
Alegría (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In the classic power struggle of old meets new, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order. Opened Sep 19, runs to Dec 1. Big Top at Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Anastasia (musica) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. An amnesiac street-sweeper wants to dicover if she is really the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Runs Dec 3, 2019, to Jan 12, 2020. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical (musical) by Howard Goodall & Charles Hart. A musical based on the 2002 movie about a girls’ soccer team. Opens Dec 7, runs to Dec 24. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.sonycentre.ca.
Cats (musical) By Andrew Lloyd Webber. T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about cats are presented in music and dance. Runs Nov 27, 2019, to Jan 5, 2020. 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. Opened Feb 13, 2018, booking to Dec 1, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭
Etudes / Piano Concerto #1 / Petite Mort (ballets) by Harald Lander / Alexei ratmansky / Jiří Kylián. A tribute to classical dance, an homage to Dmitri Shostakovitch and an exploration of the eroticism of Mozart’s music. Opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 1. Four Seasons Centre, 1-866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
The Nutcracker (ballet) by James Kudelka to music by Tchaikovsky. A brother and sister discover a magic world beneath the Christmas tree. Opens Dec 12, 2019, runs to Jan 4, 2020. Four Seasons Centre, 1-866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
Piaf/Dietrich (musical) by Jayne Lewis. The story of the friendship of two show business legends. Runs Sep 17-Dec 15. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
The SpongeBob Musical (musical) by Kyle Jarrow. SpongeBob SquarePants and his friends try to save Bikini Bottom from an active volcano. Opens Dec 17, runs to Dec 22. Meridian Hall, www.sonycentre.ca.
Swan Lake (ballet) by Marius Petipa to music by Tchaikovsky. The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents a full-scale production of the famous ballet. Dec 10 only. Meridian Arts Centre, www.tocentre.com.
Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue (revue). The high-energy music and dances of contemporary Bollywood. Opens Nov 23, runs to Dec 1. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.tolive.com.
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (children) by Neil Bartram & Brian Hill. A musical about the wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. For ages 5+. Runs Nov 11, 2019, to Jan 5, 2020. Young People’s Theatre, 416-862-2222 x2, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
Between Breaths (drama) by Robert Chafe. The true story of a man whose freed over 500 whales from fishing nets off the Newfoundland coast. Runs Nov 20 to Dec 6. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.
Between Riverside and Crazy (comedy) by Stephen Adly Guirgis. An ex-cop tries to hang on to one of Manhattan's best rent-stabilized apartments. Opened Nov 27, runs to Dec 22. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com.
Buffoon (comedy) by Anosh Irani. A clown, a trapeze artist, a love triangle, a one-man tour-de-force performance. Runs Nov 12 to Dec 15. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.
Copy That (drama) by Jason Sherman. Four writers struggle to get their new cop show approved for production. Runs Nov 6 to Dec 8. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.
Every Day She Rose (comedy) by Andrea Scott & Nick Green. Racial and queer politics collide at the 2016 Toronto Pride parade. Opened Nov 26, runs to Dec 8. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Figaro’s Wedding (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Count wants to sleep with Figaro’s fiancée before she gets married. Opens Dec 3, runs to Dec 20. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St, againstthegraintheatre.com.
The Gypsy Baron (operetta) by Johann Strauss, Jr. The new owner of a great castle wishes to marry a commoner but she loves someone else. Opens Dec 28, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. Jane Mallet Theatre, www.torontooperetta.com
Jack and the Beanstalk (panto) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the well-known fairy tale. Runs Dec 20 to Dec 29. Royal Canadian Legion, 243 Coxwell Ave, www.torrentproductions.com.
Kátya Kabanová (opera) by Leoš Janáček. Katya, a married woman, falls in love with another man. In concert. Dec 1 only. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.operainconcert.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.
A Million Billion Pieces (children) by David Hames Brock. Two teens with a rare disease are desperate to meet each other. For ages 13+. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 13. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
STARS: Together (musical) by Stars & Chris Abraham. Montreal’s indie rock band careens between tragedy and farce, illusion and reality. Opened Nov 29, runs to Dec 8. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.
Les Zinspiré.e.s: Infiniment Éveillé.e.s (plays). Professional actors present the plays of young francophone authors. In French with English surtitles. Runs Dec 4 & 7. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, theatrefrancais.com.
Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)
Miracle on 34th Street (drama) by The Mountain Community Theatre. The store Santa at Bloomingdale's is thought insane because he believes he actually is Santa Claus. Opened on Nov 29, runs to Dec 14. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
Elf (musical) by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin. A boy brought up as an elf at the North Pole wants to find his real father. Opened Nov 21, runs to Dec 22. Hamilton Family Theatre, draytonentertainment.com.
Hairspray (musical) by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. A plus-sized teen wants to dance on a popular televison dance show. Runs Nov 27 to Dec 29. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.
Mary Poppins (musical) by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman. A magical nanny takes the Banks children on advantures. Opened Nov 29, runs to Dec 29. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.
Ethan Claymore’s Christmas (comedy) by Norm Foster. A struggling egg farmer resists efforts to set him up with the new school teacher when he is visited by the ghost of his brother. For ages 10+. Opened Nov 30, runs to Dec 15. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.
Broadway Showstoppers (revue) by Lee Siegel. A tribute to Broadway's greatest musicals from the Golden Age to the present. Runs Dec 27, 2019, to Jan 25, 2020. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.
An Out of This World Christmas (revue). A mixture of original holiday songs and traditional Christmas carols. Runs Nov 7 to Dec 21. 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 Mar 26, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.
THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 6-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 Festival Theatre
Holiday Inn (musical) by Irving Berlin. Two people turns a money-losing farmhouse into a successful inn with stage shows. Opened Nov 23, runs to Dec 22.
At the Royal George Theatre
A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of the holiday favourite. Opened Nov 17, runs to Dec 22.
Little Women (musical) by Jim Betts & Nancy Early. A musical adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Opened Nov 29, runs to Dec 22. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.
Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. John D. Huston presents Dickens’s own one-person adaptation of the favourite Christmas story. Opens Dec 15, runs to Dec 22. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.
Cottagers and Indians (comedy) by Drew Hayden Taylor. A confrontation ensues between an Indigenous farmer trying to reclaim the lakeshore and a white cottager. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 15. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.
The Flying Canoe (children) by Rag & Bone. Legends, songs and stories from early French Canada with early film footage, masks, puppets and music. Opens Dec 4, runs to Dec 9. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.
Lévriers (drama) by the company. Five actors examine their own failures, flaws and broken dreams. In French. Opens Dec 6, runs to Dec 7. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
The Nutcracker (ballet). The Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs the seasonal favourite. Opens Dec 4, runs to Dec 8. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Le problème avec le rose (children) by Érika Tremblay-Roy. Is pink a colour just for girls? In French. For ages 6-12. Opens Dec 14 runs to Dec 15. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
The Radio Show (comedy). An old-time sci-fi radio show is presented live on stage. Preview Dec 5, opens Dec 6, runs to Dec 14. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.
Robin Hood (panto) by Mark Allan. A panto version of the story of Robin Hood and the vilainous Prince John. Opens Dec 28, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.
Shen Yun (dance). 5000 years of Chinese culture in music and dance. Opens Dec 26, runs to Dec 28. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Waitress (musical) by Sara Bareilles & Jessie Nelson. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Opens Dec 31, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
It Runs in the Family (comedy) by Ray Cooney. Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may deliver a lecture at an international conference. Runs Nov 15 to Dec 31. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
Cinderella, The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. An adult and a kiddie version of this retelling of the well-know fairy tale. Runs Nov 15 to Dec 22. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.
Ideal Witness (Идеальный Свидетель) (comedy) by Valentin Krasnogorov. A story about passion, love, fidelity and unexpected turns in life. In Russian. Dec 9 only. Richmond Hill Centre, showoneproductions.ca.
At the Table (magic) by Alex Kazam. The finest in tabletop magic. Wednesdays from Jul 11 at St. Louis Bar & Grill; Thursdays from Jul 12 at Johnny Rocco’s, thealexkazam.com.
Aunt Agnes for Christmas (comedy) by Norm Foster. Aunt Agnes turns up to spend Christmas with the Trimble family but no one knows who she is. Runs Dec 11 to Dec 22. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.
Jungle Book (children) by Craig Francis & Rick Miller. A multimedia adaptation of Rudyard's Kipling's stories of a boy who grew up in the jungles if India. For ages 6+. Dec 29 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.
Sleeping Beauty: The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the well-known fairy tale. Opened Nov 29, runs to Dec 22. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Good Ol’ Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A survey of Gospel music from soul-stiring ballads to high-energy songs of praise. Opened Sep 11, runs to Dec 22. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Mother Goose: The Panto (panto). Adult and kiddie versions of the story if Mother Goose who has run out of ideas for her nursey rhymes. Runs Nov 22 to Dec 31. Stirling Festuval Theatre,1-877-312-1162, 1-855-372-9866, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.
A Christmas Carol (drama) by Jeremy Webb. A stage adaptation of the favourite Christmas story by Charles Dickens. Runs Dec 5 to Dec 14. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.
ON TOUR IN ONTARIO
The Nutcracker (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. Ballet Jörgen gives a Canadian twist to the familiar Christmas ballet. canadasballetjorgen.ca
• Dec 8: Brantford
• Dec 11-12: Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa
• Dec 14: Meridian Theatres, Nepean
• Dec 19: Captol Theatre, Chatham
• Dec 21: Centennial Hall, London
• Dec 22-23: River Run Centre, Guelph
• Dec 28: Centre in the Square, Kitchener
• Dec 30-31: Flato Markham Theatre, Markham
The Nutcracker (ballet) by Marius Petipa to music by Tchaikovsky. The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa presents a full-scale production of the famous ballet. opera.odessa.ua
• Dec 4: Grand Theatre, Kingston
• Dec 6-7: Burlington PAC, Burlington
• Dec 8: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga