Stage Door Listings

December 2021

The world-wide hit Canadian musical Come From Away re-opens at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto on December 9, 2021.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Alice in Winterland (panto). Alice tries to stop the evil ice witch Frostina from turning Wonderland into a frozen Winterland. Runs Dec 18 to Dec 19. Ross Petty Productions, www.rosspetty.com. online

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, reopens Dec 9, 2021, booking into 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭ Proof of vaccination required

Gianni Schicchi (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A greedy family gets the trickster Gianni Schicchi to impersonate their rich recently deceased relative. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Oct 30, 2021, to April 30, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The 50th anniversary tour of the musical about Jesus’s last days on earth. Runs Nov 30, 2021, to Jan 2, 2021. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Proof of vaccination required

The Nutcracker (ballet) by James Kudelka to music by Tchaikovsky. A brother and sister explore the magical world under the Christmas tree. Runs Dec 10 to Dec 31. Four seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Requiem (concert) by WA Mozart. This version of Mozart’s masterpiece incorporates interviews with front-line medical workers and community members affected by the pandemic. Runs from Nov 26, 2021, to may 26, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

The Fast & Furiously Festive! (cabaret) The Second City. The Second City’s best, brightest and funniest roast the chestnuts out of all the things we love to loath about the holiday season. Runs Dec 4, 2021, to Jan 9, 2022. Comedy Bar, 2800 Danforth Ave, comedybar.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Fronteras Americanas (drama) by Guillermo Verdecchia. One person’s struggle to construct a home between two cultures. Runs Dec 27, 2021, to Jan 10, 2022. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

Messiah/Complex (oratorio) by George Frideric Handel. Handel’s oratorio is filmed using soloists and choirs representing every province and territory across Canada. Runs Dec 12, 2021, to Jan 9, 2022. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Sibs (comedy) by Diane Flacks & Richard Greenblatt. The lives of two siblings from babies to old age as they fight and laugh and annoy each other. Runs Nov 29 to Dec 13. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

Three Women of Swatow (drama) by Chloé Hung. When Mother accidentally kills her husband, three generations of women come together. Runs Dec 10 to Dec 24. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. audio online

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

UnCovered: The Music of Dolly Parton (revue). A survey of the music of Dolly Parton in new arrangements. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 11. Koerner Hall, musicalstagecompany.com. online

Welcome Back to the Future (revue) by The Second City. Join actual humans in an actual theatre having actual fun as we toast being all together again. Runs Dec 3, 2021, to Mar 1, 2022. Comedy Bar, 2800 Danforth Ave, comedybar.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley (comedy) by Lauren Gunderson & Margot Melon. In 1815, two years after the end of Pride and Prejudice, Mary Bennett begins to assert her independence. Runs Dec 3 to Dec 18. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com. Proof of vaccination required


BARRIE

The Judas Kiss (drama) by David Hare. Oscar Wilde is immersed in scandal when his affair with an aristocrat's son is exposed. Runs Dec 3 to Dec 12. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca. Proof of vaccination required


KINGSTON

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. Dickens’s own solo stage version of his famous Christmas tale. Runs Dec 19 to Dec 20. TETT Rehearsal Hall, 370 King St, www.theatrekingston.com. Proof of vaccination required


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Cinderella (ballet) to music by Prokofiev. A classic ballet based on the well-known fairy tale. Runs Dec 2 only. Centre in the Square, centreinthesquare.com. Proof of vaccination required


LONDON

Comfort and Joy: The Holiday Show (revue). A celebration of songs, stories, music and dance to take us in to the Holidays. Runs Dec 22, 2021,  to Jan 11, 2022. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. online

Home for the Holidays (revue) by Dennis Garnhum. A celebration of the holiday season with an original concert bursting with songs, laughter and joy.  Runs Dec 1 to Dec 24. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


MILLBROOK

Christmas Comes to Mind (revue) by Rebecca Auerbach & Jack Nicholsen. A collection of unique songs and humorous, poignant albeit oddball stories about Christmas. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 11. Millbrook Cathedral, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca. Proof of vaccination required


MORRISBURG

Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree (revue) by Leisa Way. Favourite traditional and current Yuletide songs sprinkled with a dose of comedy. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 19. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com. Proof of vaccination required


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 12, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run in repertory from Jul 7-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. Proof of vaccination required

At the Festival Theatre

Holiday Inn (musical) by Irving Berlin. A couple with showbiz backgrounds turns a Connecticut farmhouse into an inn open only on holidays. Opened Nov 20, runs to Dec 23.

At the Royal George Theatre

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens’s holiday favourite. Opened Nov 20, runs to Dec 23.

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O’Neill. A farmer’s new young bride tries to repress her passion for her husband’s son. Opened Oct 15, runs to Dec 12.


ORANGEVILLE

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Rod Beattie. A one-man adaptation of Dickens’s seasonal favourite. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 12. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. Proof of vaccination required


OTTAWA

Daisy (drama) by Sean Devine. In 1964 a Madison Avenue advertising team creates the first modern political attack ad. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 17. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Holiday Cirque (circus) by Troupe Vertigo. A circus troupe performs to the live music of the NAC Orchestra. Runs 9 to Dec 11. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Kisaageetin (cabaret) by Tomson Highway. A tale told in song of a postmistress who can read people’s letters without opening them. Dec 11 only. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required

Savèches, une fragmentation contemporaine en trois mouvements (performance) by Jonathan Roy. Drifting through constellations of information, images and inanities, our brains let themselves be swallowed up by luminous screens. In French. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PETROLIA

Starbright Christmas 2021 (revue). A survey of seasonal songs. Runs Nov 23 to Dec 12. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PICKERING

The Odd Couple (female version) (comedy) by Neil Simon. A sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writer strain their friendship by turning roommates. Runs Nov 12 to Dec 31. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com. Proof of vaccination required


PORT COLBORNE

Beyond the Sea (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. On a pier in a small town Theo and Gwen explore love, loss and the importance of looking forward. Runs Nov 16 to Dec 4. Showboat Festival Theatre, showboattheatre.ca. Proof of vaccination required


PORT DOVER

Old Love (comedy) by Neil Simon. Bud tries to win back his old love Molly now that she’s newly widowed. Runs Nov 17 to Dec 3. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com. Covid safety procedures in place


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2021:

The plays run from Jul 10-Oct 9 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre Canopy

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; Nov 4 to Dec 5: 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; Oct 14 to Dec 8: 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, runs to Jul 31; Oct 10 to Dec 4: online

At the Tom Patterson Theatre Canopy

I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12; Oct 21 to Dec 5: online. ★★☆☆☆

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; Oct 3 to Dec 4: online ★★☆☆☆


SUDBURY

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (drama) by Jeremy Webb. A new adaptation of the holiday favourite. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 18. Sudbury Theatre Centre, sudburytheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


THUNDER BAY

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (drama) by Tom Mula. A retelling of Dickens’s classic tale from the point of view of Scrooge’s old business partner. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 18. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com. Proof of vaccination required


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen to music by Tchaikovsky. A version of the famous holiday ballet influenced by the art of the Group of Seven. canadasballetjorgen.ca. Proof of vaccination required

• Dec 4: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• Dec 5: Sanderson Centre, Brantford

• Dec 15: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

• Dec 28: Centre in the Square, Kitchener