Stage Door Listings

January 2022

The musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda plays at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa from January 4 to 23, 2022.

Illustration: Poster for Hamilton.


Larger Theatres (Professional)

Boy Falls from the Sky (comedy) by Jake Epstein. Former Degrassi star Epstein tells of his rough time in the Spider-Man musical on Broadway. Runs Jan 8 to Jan 30. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, Proof of vaccination required  

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, reopened Dec 15, 2021, booking into 2022. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, 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, 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, Proof of vaccination required

Leopoldstadt (drama) by Tom Stoppard. The fortunes of a Jewish manufacturer and his Catholic wife in Austria from the Annexation through the Holocaust and beyond.  Runs Jan 22 to Mar 13. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, 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, online

Solaris (drama) by David Greig. A stage adaptation of the novel by Stanisław Lem about astronauts obiting a planet whose ocean seems conscious. Runs Jan 25 to Feb 5. Bluma Apple Theatre, Proof of vaccination required

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (comedy) byRajiv Joseph. During the us occupation of Iraq two American Marines and one Iraqi gardener search through the rubble for a toilet seat made of gold. Previews from Jan 11, opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 30. Streetcar Crowsnest, Proof of vaccination required

Dollhouse of Deadly Sins (drama) by Eric Woolfe. An evening of demented puppetry and feats of dark parlour magic. Runs Jan 7 & 8. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, Proof of vaccination required

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, 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, audio online

Gould’s Wall  (opera) by Brian Current. Glenn Gould guides a young musician striving for perfection. Runs Jan 12 to Jan 16. Royal Conservatory of Music Atrium, Proof of vaccination required

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, online

Miigis (dance) by Sandra Laronde. An exploration of the catalysts for movement, memory, water trade routes, ancestral forces, and the cycle of life. Runs Jan 29 to Feb 6. Baillie Theatre, Proof of vaccination required

Next Stage Theatre Festival (festival). A hybrid festival of in-person and online shows. Runs Jan 19 to Jan 30. Daniels Spectrum, online + proof of vaccination required for in person

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman rather than the soldier she may have killed. Runs in Jan, dates TBA. Tarragon Theatre, Proof of vaccination required

A Song by Mahler (opera) by Marc Neikrug. A celebrated soprano, famous for her rendition of Mahler, develops early onset Alzheimer’s. Runs Jan 15 only. Koerner Hall, Proof of vaccination required

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, Proof of vaccination required

Smaller Theatres (Student and community)

A Red Plaid Shirt (comedy) by Michael G. Wilmot. Two couples try to find ways to cope with retirement. Runs Jan 14 to Jan 29. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, Proof of vaccination required


Piaf! The Show (revue) by Gil Marsalla. An account of the life and music of Edith Piaf. Runs Jan 23 only. Burlington PAC, Proof of vaccination required


Room (drama) by Emma Donaghue. Kidnapped as a teenager, Ma has been locked inside a room in her captor’s garden for seven years and now has a 5-year-old son.  Previews from Jan 11, opens Jan 14, runs to Jan 29. Grand Theatre, Proof of vaccination required


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, ★★★★☆ Proof of vaccination required


Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. An immigrant from the West Indies rises to become George Washington’s right-hand man. Runs Jan 4 to Jan 23. National Arts Centre, Proof of vaccination required

Transparent (comedy) by Mario Tessier. Tessier asks, “If everything were to stop tomorrow, would we still be as patient with others?” Runs Jan 14 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, Proof of vaccination required


Salt Baby (drama) by Falen Johnson. A young Indigenous woman’s light skin sets her apart both in her small community and in the city. Runs Jan 27 to Feb 12. Magnus Theatre, Proof of vaccination required