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.


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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

Barenaked Ladies Hits for the Holidays Snacktime! (revue). Some of BNL’s biggest hits and holiday fan favourites from Barenaked for the Holidays album Runs Dec 2 to Dec 23. CAA 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, reopens Dec 15, 2021, booking to Mar 13, 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ★★★★★

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.

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.

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 27, 2021, to May 26, 2022. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

acts of faith (drama) by David Yee. A Zambian girl leaves her country hoping to leave her past behind. Opens Oct 20, runs to Dec 4. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca. ★★★☆☆ online

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. A staged reading of Dickens’s classic tale. Runs Dec 16 to Dec 18. Campbell House Museum, christmascarolto.com.

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. Dickens’s own solo stage version of his famous Christmas tale. Runs Dec 7 to Dec 12 & Dec 21 to Dec 24. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, redsandcastletheatre.com.

Dollhouse of Deadly Sins (drama) by Eric Woolfe. An evening of demented puppetry and feats of dark parlour magic. Runs Dec 6, 2021, & Jan 7 & 8, 2022. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, redsandcastletheatre.com.

Draw Me Close (drama) by Jordan Tannhill. Live performance, virtual reality, and animation create a vivid memoir about the 25-year relationship between a mother and her son. Runs Nov 2 to Dec 12. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

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.

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

rihannaboi95 (drama) by Jordan Tannahill. Sunny shares videos online but his latest may get him into trouble. For ages 13-18. Runs Nov 22 to Dec 18. Young People's Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org. ★★★★☆ 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

SensoryBox TYA (drama) by Eric Rose & Christopher Duthie. Audience members must identify the contents of a box while blindfolded. For ages 6-12. Runs Nov 29 to Dec 30. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org. 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

A Waltz Dream (operetta) by Oscar Straus. A soldier and a princess married in haste and now the soldier has second thoughts. Runs Dec 29, 31, Jan 2 & 4. St. Lawrence Centre, www.stlc.com.

Weesageechak Begins to Dance 34 (festival). A An annual development festival of new indigenous work. Runs Nov 17 to Dec 4. Native Earth Performing Arts, www.nativeearth.ca. 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.

What You Won’t Do For Love (drama) by Ravi Jain & Miriam Fernandes. The story of how David Suzuki’s love for his partner helped clarify his love for the planet. Runs Dec 3 to Dec 19. Why Not Theatre, doforlove.whynot.theatre. online

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

The Christmas Story: A Pandemic Pageant (drama). An enactmant of the biblical Christmas story filmed in downtown Toronto. Runs Dec 1, 2021, to Jan 6, 2022. [community] www.thechristmasstory.ca. online

It’s Munsch Time  (children). Players enact five of Robert Munsch’s stories. For ages 3+. Runs Dec 4 & 11. [student] Young Centre, www.georgebrown.ca.

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.

Willow Quartet  (children) by Joan Burrows. A play about family relationships and the impact of a charming stranger. Runs Dec 5 and Dec 8. [community] The Village Players, villageplayers.net. online


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. ★★★★☆


BRANTFORD  

Redefining Wonder (magic) by Chris Funk. A multimedia magic show combining music and magic. Runs Dec 30 only. Sanderson Centre, www.sandersoncentre.ca.


BURLINGTON

Alice in Wonderland (children) by DLUX Puppets. A mixture of live actors, puppets and digital scenery tells Lewis Carroll's story. Runs Dec 27 & 28. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca. -cancelled-

Peter Pan (children) by DLUX Puppets. A mixture of live actors, puppets and digital scenery tells J.M. Barrie's story. Runs Dec 20 & 30. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca. -cancelled-


CAMBRIDGE

Back Home for the Holidays (revue). A celebration of holiday favourites. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 26. Hamilton Family Theatre, www.draytonentertainment.com.


COLLINGWOOD

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. A staged reading of Dickens’s classic tale. Runs Dec 20 & Dec 21. First Presbyterian Church, theatrecollingwood.ca.


HAMILTON

Così fan tutte  (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Two men try to test the faithfulness of their fiancées. Runs Sep 15 to Dec 31, 2021. Brott Music Festival, tickets.brottmusic.com. online

Home For The Holidays (revue) by Mary Francis Moore. Stories and sounds of the festive season from an all-star line-up of Hamilton’s most beloved actor-musicians. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 18. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. Jack visits his best friend’s ward in the country disguised as his friend’s wicked brother. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 5. Staircase Café Theatre, peopleunderthestaircase.com.


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.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Cinderella (ballet) to music by Prokofiev. The State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine performs the classic ballet based on the well-known fairy tale. Runs Dec 2 only. Centre in the Square, centreinthesquare.com.


LONDON

Bittergirl (comedy) by Alison Lawrence et al. The break-ups of three women: one single and dating, one cohabiting, one married with a child. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 11. Palace Theatre, www.facebook.com.

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.

An Intimate Crooner Christmas (revue) by Rick Kish & Connor Boa. A survey of popular holiday standards in the style of Dean, Frank and Bing. Runs Dec 10 only. Bellamere Winery, www.eventbrite.ca.

The Witch of Edmonton (drama) by Thomas Dekker, John Ford & William Rowley. A play from 1621 about the sensational April 1621 trial and execution of Elizabeth Sawyer for witchcraft. Runs Dec 8 to Dec 11. [student] Western University, www.events.westernu.ca.


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.


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.


NIAGARA FALLS

Christmas Wonderland (revue). A New York style Christmas spectacular including favourite Christmas songs and high-kicking chorus girls. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 18. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

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. ★★★★☆


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.

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. ★★★★☆


OAKVILLE  

Redefining Wonder (magic) by Chris Funk. A multimedia magic show combining music and magic. Runs Dec 31 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Rod Beattie. A one-man adaptation of Dickens’s seasonal favourite. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 23. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Casse-Noisette (drama) by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Daniel Coutu narrates the story of The Nutcracker accompanied by the Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau. In French. Runs Dec 18 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

A Child's Christmas in Wales (storytelling) by Dylan Thomas. Thomas recalls the Christmasses of his youth. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 18. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.

A Christmas Carol (storytelling) by Pierre Brault. Brault plays all the characters in his adaptation of Dickens's famous tale. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 18. The Gladstone, www.thegladstone.ca.

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.

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.  

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (drama) by Joe Landry. The beloved film is presented on stage as a live radio broadcast. Runs Dec 10 to Dec 18. Villa Lucia Supper Club, www.gdpottawa.com.

King Dave (drama) by Alexandre Goyette. After his first theft, Dave descends into juvenile deliquency not knowing how far he will fall. In French. Runs Dec 10 to Dec 11. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

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.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Galina Yordanova. A version of the holiay ballet by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Runs Dec 3 to Dec 5. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

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.

Théâtre de chambre (comedies) by Jean Tardieu. A half dozen of the French author’s short comédies-éclair. In French. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 5. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.


PETROLIA

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


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.


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.


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.

Sassy Ray Burlesque (performance) by Elizabeth Priestley. Music, comedy and tease are part of Classic Revival Burlesque. Runs Dec 17 only. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

Miracle on Queen Street (comedy) by Ron Pederson. Seven of Canada’s best-known improv stars present an evening of script-less holiday merriment. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 23. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


ST. CATHARINES

Widow Wonderland (comedy) by Norm Foster. Reading. Runs Dec 5 to Dec 16. Norm Foster Theatre Festival, fosterfestival.com. online


ST. JACOBS

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (musical) by Dean Regan. The story of the life and music of Patsy Cline. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 26. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STIRLING

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. A staged reading of Dickens’s classic tale. Runs Dec 18 only. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.

Sleeping Beauty (panto) by Ken MacDougall. Princess Slumber-Lee can’t stop napping and Prince Carmen Machiatto can’t fall asleep. Nice and naughty versions. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 31. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


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.

Ti-jean de partout (children) by Marie-Thé Morin. Morin tells stories about Ti-jean, a character of traditional French-Canadian folklore. In French. Runs Saturdays, Nov 1, 2021, to Mar 12, 2022. Le Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.


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.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Charles Dickens. Dickens’s own solo stage version of his famous Christmas tale starring R.H. Thompson.  

• Dec 12:  Capitol Centre, North Bay

• Dec 15: Oakville Centre for the Arts, Oakville

• Dec 16: Richmond Hill Centre, Richmond Hill

• Dec 17: Sanderson Centre, Brantford

• Dec 19: Capitol Theatre, Chatham


A Christmas Spectacular (revue). 30 Christmas carols and songs sung by Pete Paquette and the Rockin’ Royals band and the Tonettes www.paquetteproductions.com.

• Dec 4: Chatham Capitol Theatre, Chatham

• Dec 10: Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Port Dover Brantford

• Dec 11: Burlington PAC, Burlington


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.

• Dec 4: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• Dec 5: Sanderson Centre, Brantford

• Dec 14-15: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

• Dec 18: Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville

• Dec 28: Centre in the Square, Kitchener