Stage Door Listings

December 2022

Canadian Stage presents Ronnie Burkett’s Little Dickens from November 23 to December 18 at the Berkeley Street Theatre, Toronto.

Esmé Massingill as Scrooge and Schnitzel as Tiny Tim in Little Dickens.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

’da Kink in My Hair (drama) by Trey Anthony. The triumphs and tragedies of the devotees of Novelette’s hair salon in the heart of Toronto’s Caribbean-Canadian community. Previews from Dec 6, opens Dec 9, runs to Dec 23. Bluma Appel Theatre, tolive.com.

Fisherman’s Friends: The Musical (musical) by Amanda Whittington.  A group of Cornish fishermen come together to sing the traditional working songs and are spotted by a talent agent. Previews from Nov 27, opens Dec 1, 2022, runs to Jan 15, 2023. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ★★★☆☆

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, 2022, booking to Mar 19, 2023. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. ★★★★☆

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice. A rock musical retelling of the biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. Runs Dec 11, 2022, to Feb 18, 2023. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by James Kudelka. A brother and sister explore a magical world beneath the Christmas tree. Runs Dec 10 to Dec 31. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Tatiana Stepanova. The holiday classic featuring Ukrainian principal dancers Vladyslav Romashchenko and Olga Posternak. Runs Dec 17 only. Meridian Hall, torontoballet.ca.

Peter’s Final Flight (panto) by Matt Murray. A panto version of the story of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Captain Hook's wife. Runs Dec 2, 2022, to Jan 7, 2023. Elgin Theatre, www.rosspetty.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Alice in Wonderland (children) by Fiona Sauder. A musical version of the Lewis Carroll tale. Runs Dec 10, 2022, to Jan 7, 2023. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Bed & Breakfast (children) by Ann Powell. A puppetry adaptation of The Princess and the Pea set in Edwardian times. Runs Dec 26 to Dec 30. For ages 5+. Tarragon Theatre, tickets.tarragontheatre.com.

The Birds (drama) by Emily Dix. A dramatization of Daphne DuMaurier's short story about birds suddenly attacking human beings. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 11. Hart House Theatre, University of Toronto, www.bygonetheatre.com.

Broken Shapes (drama) by Rimah Jabr & Dareen Abbas. A young woman living in a city under siege discovers her father’s architectural drawings on the day of his burial. Runs Nov 22 to Dec 4. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, theatrecentre.org.

A Christmas Carol (drama). by Charles Dickens. John D. Huston performs Dickens's own public reading version of his story. Runs Dec 21 to Dec 24. Red Sandcastle Theatre,redsandcastletheatre.com. -masks required-

A Christmas Carol  (drama) by Justin Haigh. A promenade version of Charles Dickens's tale. Runs Dec 9 to Dec 23. Campbell House Museum, 160 Queen St West, www.campbellhousemuseum.ca.

The Effect (drama) by Lucy Prebble. Tristan and Connie fall in love during a drug trial, but is it love or just the drug? Runs Nov 24 to Dec 11. Coal Mine Theatre, www.coalminetheatre.com. -postponed-

Die Federmaus (operetta) by Johann Strauss, Jr. A wife and her maid switch places to spy on the wife’s husband at a ball. Runs Dec 28 to Dec 31. St. Lawrence Centre, tolive.com.

Identity: a Song Cycle (song cycle) by Dinuk Wijeratne & Shauntay Grant. Biracial baritone Elliot Madore expresses his struggles with his identity in a song cycle written specifically for him. Runs Oct 23, 2022, to Apr 23, 2023. Against the Grain Theatre, atgtheatre.com. online

Jingle Bell Ruckus (comedy) by The Second City. A heaping serving of seasonal satire. Runs Dec 1, 2022, to Jan 1, 2023. 1 York Street, www.secondcity.com.

Last Call: A Mundane Mysteries Marathon (performance) by Outside the March. Performers from across Canada solve mysteries for audiences around the world. Runs Dec 9 to Dec 10. Ministry of Mundane Mysteries, www.mundanemysteries.com.

Little Dickens (comedy) by Ronnie Burkett. The Daisy Theatre of marionnettes present an adults-only version of A Christmas Carol. Runs Nov 23 to Dec 18. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

The Man That Got Away (cabaret) by Martin Julien. Family secrets and musical theatre reveal the layers of our performed identities and the plurality of ways that we ‘come out’. Runs Dec 8 to Dec 18. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

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 11, 2022, to Jan 8, 2023. Against the Grain Theatre, againstthegraintheatre.ticketleap.com. online

Miriam’s World (comedy) by Naomi Jaye. An immersive multimedia experience based on The Incident Report by Martha Baillie. Runs Dec 9 to Dec 18. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

Moby Dick (drama) by Plexus Poliare. A puppet version of Herman Mellville’s whale tale. Runs Dec 13, 15 & 16. Fleck Dance Theatre, harbourfrontcentre.com.

O Christmas Tea (comedy) by James & Jamesy. A panto-like show combining British propriety with an unabashed love for the unexpected. Runs Dec 10 only. St. Lawrence Centre, www.jamesandjamesy.com.

our place (drama) by Kanika Ambrose. The lives of two Caribbean undocumented workers in Canada. Runs Nov 18 to Dec 3. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca. ★★★★★

Post-Democracy (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. When a CEO and his top executives are on a business trip, a damaging sex scandal at the company is unearthed back home. Runs Nov 8 to Dec 4. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com. -masks required- ★★☆☆☆

Red Velvet (drama) by Lolita Chakrabarti. In 1833 a Black actor plays Othello for the first time in England. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 18. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com. ★★★★☆

Snow White (children) by Greg Banks. Two actors play 14 roles to tell the familiar fairy tale. For ages 6+. Runs Nov 21, 2022, to Jan 7, 2023. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

Something Small, Something Sweet (comedy) by Gillian Bartolucci. Through a collection of sketches and storytelling Gillian captures the sweet and bitter parts of life. Runs Dec 9 to Dec 10. Alumnae Theatre, www.eventbrite.com/e/something-small-something-sweet.

This Show Will Change Your Life (comedy) by Anesti Danelis. A musical comedy spoof on wellness culture. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 3. Comedy Bar, 2800 Danforth, comedybar.ca.

Tosca (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A opera gets involved in political inrigue in Rome. Runs Dec 11 only. Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St West, www.torontocityopera.com.

Les Zinspiré.e.s: Dix-joncté.e.s. (festival). A festival of plays writen by teenagers and given professional productions. In French with English surtitles. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 10. Berkeley Street Theatre, theatrefrancais.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Munsch Garden (children) by Christopher Stanton. Stories on stage by Robert Munsch. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 10. [student] Young Centre, www.youngcentre.ca.

Silver Dagger (drama) by David French. A murder mystery novel turns into a real-life plan. Runs Nov 11 to Dec 3. [community] The Village Players, villageplayers.net.


BANCROFT

Cinder-Ellie (drama) by Tricia Black & James King. Tweed's first-ever panto mixes pop hits with the well-known fairy tale. Runs Dec 14 to Dec 21. The Bancroft Village Playhouse, www.tweedandcompany.com.


BARRIE

The Other Place (drama) by Sharr White. The life of a respected neurologist has recently begun to unravel. But is everything as it seems? Runs Nov 24 to Dec 3. Five Points Theatres, www.tift.ca.


BURLINGTON

Alice in Wonderland (children) by Hugo Bélanger. A new adaptation of Lewis Caroll’s famous novel. For ages 6-10. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 1. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Andrey Litvinov. The holiday ballet danced by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 3. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


CAMBELLFORD

Christmas at the Barn (variety). A mixture of Christmas-themed stories and music. Runs Dec 3 to Dec 4. Westben Festival, www.westben.ca.


CAMBRIDGE

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A young woman leaves the convent to become the nanny for seven children. Runs Nov 24 to Dec 24. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GANANOQUE

Cinderella: Stepsisters’ Revenge (panto) by Zac Mansfield. Cinderella’s stepsisters and stepmother plot to prevent Cinderella’s coronation. Runs Dec 9 to Dec 10. Royal Theatre Thousand Islands, www.eventbrite.ca.


GUELPH

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Rod Beattie. Beattie plays all the roles in this adaptation of the Dickens classic. Runs Dec 16 to Dec 18. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.

Ridge (drama) by The Fugitives. The Battle of Vimy Ridge explored through storytelling, theatre and music. Runs Dec 6 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

A Hamilton Holiday (variety) by Mary Francis Moore. A Hamilton-Proud cast of performers share their own memories and traditions that will light up your festive spirit and uplift your heart. Runs Dec 7 to Dec 24. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

A Christmas Carol (drama). by Charles Dickens. John D. Huston performs Dickens's own public reading version of his story. Runs Dec 17 to Dec 19. Tett Centre, www.theatrekingston.com.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Andrey Litvinov. The holiday ballet danced by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. Runs Dec 7 to Dec 8. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Champions of Magic (magic). Five magicians present five different types of magic in one exciting show. Runs Dec 2 to Dec 3, Centre in the Square, Kitchener, centreinthesquare.com.

A Lost & Found Christmas (variety). A mix of seasonal story and song. Runs Dec 2 only. Registry Theatre, Kitchener, www.facebook.com.

UnHinged Festival (festival). A festival of short plays written by local playwrights. Runs Dec 5 to Dec 11. Kitchener Waterloo Little Theatre, Waterloo, kwlt.org.


LONDON

A Christmas Carol (drama). by Charles Dickens. John D. Huston performs Dickens's own public reading version of his story. Runs Dec 7 only. Aeolian Hall, ci.ovationtix.com.

Elf: The Musical (musical) by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin. A human boy raised as an elf at the North Pole seeks his human father. Previews from Nov 22, opens Nov 25, runs to Dec 31. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.

The Palace of Mystery (magic). A monthly live, parlour-sized evening of magic, mystery and comedy – for December, Mark Strange. Runs Dec 5 only. Palace Theatre, mytickets.palacetheatre.ca.

The Roaring Girl (comedy) by Thomas Middleton & Thomas Dekker. In this 1611 play the rebellious Moll Cutpurse helps Sebastian win the girl he loves. Runs Dec 8 to Dec 10. [student] Palace Theatre, mytickets.palacetheatre.ca.


MARKHAM

The Aluminum Show (performance) by Lior Kalfo. The story of one man’s incredible journey to a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. Runs Dec 28 only. Flato Markham Theatre, www.flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.

Tosca (opera) by Giacomo Puccini. A opera gets involved in political inrigue in Rome. Runs Dec 9 only. Peoples Theatre, www.torontocityopera.com.


MISSISSAUGA

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Andrey Litvinov. The holiday ballet danced by the State Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. Runs Dec 4 only. Living Arts Centre, www.livingartscentre.ca.


MORRISBURG

Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol (drama) by Donnie Bowes. A musical version of Dickens’s tale including favourite Christmas carols sung by a choir. Dec 1 to Dec 18. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs new large-scale illusions. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Apr 29, 2023. 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

White Christmas (musical) by Irving Berlin. Two soldiers, returning home from a USO song-and-dance team fall for two sisters and put on a show. Runs  Nov 26 to Dec 23.

At the Royal George Theatre

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. Another stage adaptation of the beloved story by Charles Dickens. Runs Nov 12 to Dec 23.


OAKVILLE

The Aluminum Show (performance) by Lior Kalfo. The story of one man’s incredible journey to a futuristic planet made entirely of aluminum. Runs Dec 31 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

The Last Christmas Turkey (musical) by Clive Vanderburgh & Dan Needles. A brother and sister rescue a turkey only to find it’s supposed to be the church Christmas supper. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 23. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca. ‑masks required‑


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Archipel (children) by Sabrina Baran. Three star-sisters, a puppeteer, a dancer and a musician go on an adventure. For ages 3-8. In French. Runs Dec 10 to Dec 11. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Breathing Hole (drama) by Colleen Murphy. The legendary tale of a polar bear cub adopted by an Inuk grandmother. In English and Inuktut. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 10. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Brother 12: A Cult Rock Opera (musical) by GW Brazier & Belinda Peres. The true Canadian story of the rise and fall of a mystic madman and his battle to save the world. Runs Dec 9 only. Arts Court Theatre, artscourt.ca.

Come From Away (musical) by Irene Sankoff & David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Runs Dec 27, 2022, to Jan 8, 2023. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Do They Know It's Christmas? Uhh...I Think So (comedy) by Alli Harris. Stories and holiday hits you never knew you needed. Runs Dec 15 only. Arts Court Theatre, artscourt.ca.

Miracle on 34th Street (comedy) by Mountain Community Theatre. A Macy’s department store Santa insists he is the real Kris Kringle. Runs Nov 30 to Dec 17. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Nicolas Noêl: Le Cristal du temps (children). Father Christmas tells tales of his adventures. Runs Dec 11 only. [In French] Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

The Nutcracker (ballet) by Fernand Nault. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens presents its version of the holiday favourite. Runs Dec 1 to Dec 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Verdict (drama) by Nathalie Roy & Yves Thériault. Two actors plead real legal cases that have had a major effect on Québécois society. In French. Runs Dec 16 to Dec 17. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.    


PETERBOROUGH

Champions of Magic (magic). Five magicians present five different types of magic in one exciting show. Runs Dec 9. Peterborough Memorial Centre, calendar.memorialcentre.ca.


PETROLIA

Starbright Christmas (revue). A celebration of the holidays in song and dance. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 11. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

Funny Money (comedy) by Ray Cooney. A mild mannered C.P.A. picks up the wrong briefcase and it happens to be full of money. Runs Nov 11 to Dec 31. Herongate Barn Theatre, www.herongate.com.


PORT HOPE

Sleeping Beauty (panto) by Paloma Nuñez & Kevin Whalen. Sleeping Beauty is at the centre of a conflict between two telecommunications giants – naughty and nice versions. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 23. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


ST. CATHARINES

Alice in Wonderland (comedy) by Hugo Bélanger. The setting of this new adaptation is no longer a garden but a library of pop-up books. Runs Dec 4 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

The Aluminum Show (performance) by Ilan Azriel. A combination of movement, dance, visual theatre and plenty of humour telling the story of an astronaut in a bizarre metallic world trying to get home. Runs Dec 29 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

Nobody's Children (musical) by Leslie Wade & Scott Christian. In Victorian England a couple of heroes try to save a group of orphans from being lost forever. Runs Dec 7 to Dec 10. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


ST. JACOBS

We’ll Meet Again (musical) by Alex Mustakas. A survey of the unforgettable songs popular during World Wars I and II. Runs Sep 28 to Dec 24. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Wizard of Oz: The Panto (comedy) by E. Houldershaw & S. Cartwright. A panto version of the famous L. Frank Baum story. For ages 5+. Runs Dec 1, 2022, to Jan 8, 2023. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STIRLING

Snow White and the Magnificent North of 7 (panto) by Ken MacDougall. An evil queen exiles Snow White to a hunt camp north of Highway 7. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 31. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


SUDBURY

Elf: The Musical (musical) by Matthew Sklar & Chard Beguelin. A human boy raised as an elf at the North Pole seeks his human father. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 18. Sudbury Theatre Centre, sudburytheatre.com.


THUNDER BAY

Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol (drama) by Tom Mula. Charles Dickens’s classis tale is told from the point of view of Scrooge’s former business partner. Runs Dec 6 to Dec 22. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


TWEED

Cinder-Ellie (drama) by Tricia Black & James King. Tweed's first-ever panto mixes pop hits with the well-known fairy tale. Runs Dec 5 to Dec 10. The Marble Arts Centre, www.tweedandcompany.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Alice in Wonderland (children) by Hugo Bélanger. Lewis Carroll’s famous story is re-set in a library. For ages 6-10. www.toutatrac.com.

• Dec 1: Burlington PAC, Burlington

• Dec 3: Oakville Centre, Oakville

• Dec 4-5: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

• Dec 7: Meridian Theatres, Ottawa

• Dec 12-15, Carrefour ESTacade, Gatineau, QC


Holiday Dreams, A Spectacular Holiday Cirque (circus) by Fernando Quevedo. A combination of cirque performers, specialty acts,  comedy along with holograms, projection mapping and lasers. holidaydreamsshow.com.

• Dec 14: Memorial Place, Peterborough

• Dec 15: FirstOntario Theatre, Hamilton

• Dec 16: Progressive Auto Sales Arena, Sarnia

• Dec 17: Tribute Communities Centre, Oshawa


The Nutcracker (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in Canada and inspired by the Group of Seven. www.jorgendance.ca.

• Dec 1: Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough

• Dec 3: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• Dec 4: Sanderson Centre, Brantford

• Dec 10: Centrepointe Theatre, Nepean

• Dec 18: Centennial Hall, London

• Dec 22: River Run Centre, Guelph

• Dec 28: Centre in the square, Kitchener

• Dec 30-31: Flato Markham Theatre, Markham


O Christmas Tea (comedy) by James & Jamesy. A panto-like show combining British propriety with an unabashed love for the unexpected. www.jamesandjamesy.com.

• Dec 1: Imperial Theatre, Sarnia

• Dec 2: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

• Dec 3: Richmond Hill Centre, Richmond Hill

• Dec 4: Oakville Centre, Oakville

• Dec 6: FirstOntario Arts Centre, Milton

• Dec 7: River Run Centre, Guelph

• Dec 8: Flato Markham Centre, Markham

• Dec 9: Sanderson Centre, Brantford

• Dec 10: St. Lawrence Centre, Toronto

• Dec 11: Rose Theatre, Brampton

• Dec 13: Empire Theatre, Belleville

• Dec 14: Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville

• Dec 15: Shenkman Arts Centre, Ottawa

• Dec 16: Aultsville Theatre, Cornwall

• Dec 17: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Dec 18: Meridian Theatre, Ottawa

• Dec 20: FirstOntario Arts Centre, St. Catharines

• Dec 21: Capitol Theatre, Chatham

• Dec 22: Chrysler Theatre, Windsor

• Dec 23: Centennial Hall, London