Stage Door Listings

December 2020

Against the Grain Theatre presents Handel’s Messiah as Messiah/Complex online, utilizing voices from every province and territory in Canada December 13-26.

Photo: Miriam Khalil representing Ontario in Messiah/Complex. © 2020 Against the Grain Theatre

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Blindness (sound installation) by Simon Stephens. An epidemic of blindness overruns a city. Begins Dec 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, www.mirvish.com. postponed

Holiday Sauce...Pandemic! (variety) by Taylor Mac. A vaudeville blending music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness. Livestreaming Dec 12, 2020, then on demand until Jan 2, 2021. TO Live and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, www.tolive.com. online

The Nutcracker (ballet) by James Kudelka to music by Tchaikovsky. A prince awakens a princess who has been put to sleep for 100 years. Opens Dec 10, runs to Dec 31. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.  cancelled

Something Rich and Strange (opera/ballet). Fully staged Baroque theatre music exploring dreams, visions and the supernatural. Dec 12 only. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com. livestreamed

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Contractions (drama) by Mike Bartlett. Emma’s been seeing her coworker Darren. She thinks she’s in love. Her boss thinks she’s in breach of contract. Runs Dec 11 to Dec 13. Studio 180 Theatre, www.eventbrite.ca. online

Dance Nation (performance) by Clare Barron. An army of pre-teen competitive dancers hope to win a national dance competition. Opened Nov 13, runs to Dec 6. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

The Deadly Doom of the Dungeons of Duodenum (drama) by Eric Woolfe. A troubled civilization has developed inside the stomach of a giant space worm. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 5. Eldritch Theatre, www.eventbrite.ca. online

December (opera) by Monica Pearce. Two women in a relationship go to meet the parents of one of them for Christmas. Dec 21 only. Essential Opera, www.youtube.com. online

Electric Messiah (oratorio) by Geroge Frideric Handel. Handel’s oratorio is filmed outdoors in the style of a full-length music video. Dec 17 only. Soundstreams, soundstreams.ca. online

Festival of Ideas and Creation (festival). Three mini-festivals about the future of live arts. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 4. Online, www.canadianstage.com. online

Fronteras Americanas (comedy) by Guillermo Verdecchia. Opens Dec 27, 2020, runs to Jan 10, 2021. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Little Dickens (comedy) by Ronnie Burkett. A naughty, adults-only puppet version of A Christmas Carol. Runs to Dec 20. For ages 16+. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.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. Runs Dec 13 to Dec 26. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Old Man and the River (children) by  Lynda Hill  &  Thomas Morgan Jones. A magical creature changes the life of a grumpy old man. Runs Dec 19 to Dec 23. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Pointed Cap Cabaret (cabaret). An online "webcrawl" that features dance, drag, burlesque, music theatre and a scavenger hunt. Begins Dec 10. Pointed Cap Playhouse, https://pointedcapcabaret.com. online

S.O.S. Sketch Opera Singers (operas). A collection of operatic short shorts specifically created for video. Dec 9 only. Tapestry Opera, tapestryopera.com. online

Sibs (comedy) by Diane Flacks & Richard Greenblatt. Adult siblings dealing with their parents’ estate recall their growing up. Opened Nov 29, runs to Dec 13. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

Spyder’s Quest to Save the World (children) by Deborah Adelman. In this action-packed musical Spyder and her friends tackle climate change. For ages 4+. Runs Dec 4 to Dec 6. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Three Women of Swatow (drama) by Chloé Hung. Opens Dec 10, runs to Dec 24. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. online audio

UnCovered: Notes from the Heart (revue). Canadian music theatre stars cover songs by Elton John, Bob Marley, Carole King, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens. Runs Nov 11 to Dec 6. The Musical Stage Company, musicalstagecompany.com. online

Weesageechak Begins to Dance (festival). The 33rd annual celebration of new indigenous theatre, dance, and multidisciplinary creations. Opened Nov 25, runs to Dec 6. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.nativeearth.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Christmas Story 2020: A Pandemic Pageant (drama). The 83rd annual retelling of the biblical Christmas story through carols and anarration. From Dec 11 onwards. Church of the Holy Trinity, www.thechristmasstory.ca. online


BURLINGTON

Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Characters from various fairy tales meet each other in a forest. In concert. Opened Nov 26, runs to Dec 6. Burlington PAC, 905-681-6000, burlingtonpac.ca. postponed


CAMBRIDGE

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A young woman takes on the management of a household of children and their moody father. Opened Nov 26, runs to Dec 20. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


COLLINGWOOD

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. An all-female cast gives a staged reading of Dickens's famous holiday story. Opens Dec 18, runs through Dec 20. Theatre Collingwood, 705-445-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca. online

Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree (revue) by Leisa Way. A re-creation of the days of family televion Christmas specials. Opens Dec 19, 2020, runs through Jan 3, 2021. Theatre Collingwood, 705-445-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca. online


HAMILTON

Cinderella (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. The classic 1957 musical adaptation of the well-known fairy tale. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 27. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled


KINGSTON

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. John D. Huston delivers Dickens's own adaptation of his famous story for solo performer. Dec 13 only. Tett Centre, www.eventbrite.ca.  Covid safety procedures in place

The Little Prince (children). A family-friendly stage adaptation of the novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Runs Dec 3 to Dec 13. Baby Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.  Covid safety procedures in place


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

A Lost & Found Christmas: At Home (variety). A collection of seasonal stories and songs. Dec 18 only. Lost & Found Theatre, www.lostandfoundtheatre.ca. livestreamed

UNMUTE: The Impact of Domestic Violence on Gender-Based Violence (drama) by Cedric Martin, Lindsey Middleton & Kimberlee Walker. A forum theatre piece that addresses the rise of domestic violence during COVID-19. Dec 3 & 5. Theatre of the Beat, theatreofthebeat.ca. Zoom performance


LONDON

Annie (musical) by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin. During the Great Depression an orphan’s life changes when she is adopted by a New York billionaire. Opened Nov 27, runs to Dec 27. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. John D. Huston delivers Dickens's own adaptation of his famous story for solo performer. Dec 24 only. Aeolian Hall, aeolianhall.ca. online

Comfort and Joy (revue). A collection of seasonal stories and songs. Dec 22 only. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre. online

User Not Found (comedy) by Chris Goode. Audiences overhear a man via headphones dealing with what will happen to his online presence after he dies. Opened Nov 18, runs to Dec 5. Commonwealth Coffee Company, 478 Richmond St, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


NIAGARA FALLS

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 30, 2020, booking to May 12, 2021. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Covid safety procedures in place


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

Me and My Girl (musical) by Noel Gay & L. Arthur Rose. A proud Cockney discovers he is the new Earl of Hareford. Opened Nov 21, runs to Dec 23. cancelled

At the Royal George Theatre

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s well-known story. Opened Nov 14, runs to Dec 23. cancelled

At the Studio Theatre

Cole Porter Revue (revue). A selection of music by Cole Porter. Dec 2 & 3. Covid safety procedures in place

Dorothy Fields Revue (revue). A selection of songs with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Dec 4. Covid safety procedures in place

Songs for a Winter's Night (revue). A mix of seasonal classics and fun pop hits that celebrate the holidays. Dec 5, 9, 10, 15, 16, 18 & 19. Covid safety procedures in place


ORANGEVILLE

A Christmas Carol (storytelling) by Charles Dickens. A reading of Dickens's seasonal classic. Runs Dec 4, 2020, to Jan 1, 2021. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online

Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree (revue) by Leisa Way. A re-creation of the days of family televion Christmas specials. Runs Dec 18, 2020, to Jan 3, 2021. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca. online


OTTAWA

Fiddler on the Roof (musical) by Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick. In Ukraine in 1905 Tevye tries to maintain tradition while raising five daughters. Opens Dec 29, 2020, runs to Jan 3, 2021. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled

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. Opened Nov 24, runs to Dec 13. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca. cancelled


PICKERING

Performances at the Herongate Barn Theatre for 2020 have been cancelled.


ST.  CATHARINES

The Next Generation Leahy (revue). Celtic based music and French-Canadian step dancing performed by children of the famous Leahy family. Opens Dec 11, runs to Dec 13. FirstOntario PAC, https://firstontariopac.ca. Covid safety procedures in place


ST.  JACOBS

We’ll Meet Again (comedy) by Alex Mustakas. A celebration of the songs from World I to World War II. Opened Sep 25, runs to Dec 20. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1‑855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


STIRLING

Sleeping Beauty – The Panto (panto) by Ken MacDougall. Cursed by a sorceress, the Princess can't stop sleeping and the Prince can't fall asleep. Naughty and nice versions. Runs Nov 20 to Dec 31. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com. cancelled


STRATFORD

The Songs of Christmas (revue) by Ali Matthews & Jacob Moon. A selection of old favourites plus new seasonal songs by Matthews and Moon. Opens Dec 12, runs to Dec 13. Revival House, 519-273-3424, www.revival.house. Covid safety procedures in place.


THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

To subscribe to the Stratford Festival's streaming channel, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome. Now streaming:

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.


SUDBURY

Bed & Breakfast (drama) by Mark Crawford. A gay couple gives up their jobs in the city to start a B&B in a small town. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 13. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place.

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Jeremy Webb. A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s well-known story. Runs Dec 5 to Dec 14. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com. cancelled


THUNDER BAY

It’s a Wonderful Life (play) by Joe Landry. The beloved Frank Capra film is presented as a live radio broadcast. Runs Dec 5 to Dec 21. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com. cancelled