Stage Door Listings

January 2023

Canadian Stage presents a stage adaption in two parts of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s novel Fall on Your Knees January 20-February 5.

Illustration: Cover of Fall on Your Knees, Vintage Canada, 1996.


TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Fall on Your Knees Part One: Family Tree (drama) by Hannah Moscovitch. The story of three generations of the Piper family that moves from Cape Breton to the battlefield’s of WWI to New York City.  Runs Jan 20 to Feb 4. Bluma Appel Theatre, de.canadianstage.com.

Fall on Your Knees Part Two: The Diary (drama) by by Hannah Moscovitch. The story of three generations of the Piper family that moves from Cape Breton to the battlefield’s of WWI to New York City. Runs Jan 21 to Feb 5. Bluma Appel Theatre, de.canadianstage.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. Runs Nov 27, 2022, to Jan 15, 2023. Royal Alexandra 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 Jan 22, 2023. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by WA Mozart. Count Almaviva wants to sleep with Figaro’s fincée. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Jan 27 to Feb 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

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. ★★★★☆

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

Pressure (drama) by David Haig. The launch of D-Day, June 1944, depends on the most important weather forecast of all time. Runs Jan 24 to Mar 5. Royal Alexandra Theatre,  1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Fifteen Dogs (comedy) by André Alexis. Hermes and Apollo grant 15 dogs human consciousness and watch what happens. Previews from Jan 10, opens Jan 13, runs to Feb 5. Crow’s Theatre, www.crowstheatre.com.

Greenhouse Festival (festival). 45-minute works from resident artists presented in rep along with workshops, music and other events. Runs Jan 2 to Jan 15. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.

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

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.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Fighting Days (drama) by Wendy Lill. Famous Canadian women help win women’s right to vote. Runs Jan 13 to Feb 4. [community] The Village Players, villageplayers.net.


GUELPH

Cinderella (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. Jörgen balances the family elements with the magic in his new version of the fairy tale. Runs Jan 15 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

The Extinction Therapist (variety) by Clem Martini. Dr. Marshall offers unconventional group therapy to those animals threatened with imminent extinction. Runs Jan 25 to Feb 11. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


KINGSTON

Persistence of Memory/Swan/Valei-me (ballets) by Wen Wei Wang & Diego Ramalho. A triple-bill of new ballets from Ballet Edmonton. Runs Jan 24 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.


LONDON

Controlled Damage (drama) by Andrea Scott. In 1946 Black Nova Scotian Viola Desmond is arrested for taking a seat in the white section of a movie theatre. Previews from Jan 17, opens Jan 20, runs to Jan 29. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Wonder Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs new large-scale illusions. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Jan 28, 2023. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Ari Cui Cui (children). Ari Cui Cui and her friend, the Boulanger Joyeux, discover the pleasures of winter sports. In French. For ages 1-10. Runs Jan 15 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

As You Like It: A Radical Retelling (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. Cardinal goes on a rant about land acknowledgements without ever getting to Shakespeare’s play. Runs Jan 17 to Jan 29. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.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.

The Herd (drama) by Kenneth T. Williams. A media circus erupts when two white bison are born to a genenitacally modified herd. Runs Jan 12 to Jan 21. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca. -cancelled-

Jokes, chapeau, maman, magie, piano (magic) by Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais. An evening of magic, music and comedy. In French. Runs Jan 22 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

La Mémoire du temps (magic) by Alain Choquette. A show of breathtaking grand illusions. In French. Runs Jan 22 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Le Roman de Monsieur de Molière (drama) by Louis-Dominique Lavigne. In 1930 Stalin asks Mikhail Bulgakov to write a novel about Molière. In French. Runs Jan 22 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Sky Dancers (dance) by Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo. An exploration of the impacts of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907, which killed 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake. Runs Jan 18 to Jan 21. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Symphorien (comedy) by Marcel Gamache. The 1970s television show about a boarding house is adapted for the stage. In French. Runs Jan 7 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Vérités (magic) by Luc Langevin. Magic illusions ask, “Where do we draw the line between what’s possible and the impossible?” Runs Jan 28 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.


PETERBOROUGH

Every Brilliant Thing (drama) by Duncan MacMillan. A man makes a list to convince his mother that life is worth living. Runs Jan 18 to Jan 22. Market Hall, markethall.org.


ST. CATHARINES

Persistence of Memory/Swan/Valei-me (ballets) by Wen Wei Wang & Diego Ramalho. A triple-bill of new ballets from Ballet Edmonton. Runs Jan 27 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Dock Spider (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two men of opposite personalities find themselves on a dock on an island in a lake. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 11. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


WINDSOR

Cinderella (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. Jörgen balances the family elements with the magic in his new version of the fairy tale. Runs Jan 21 only. Chrysler Theatre, www.chryslertheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

PIAF! The Show (revue) by Gil Marsalla. A celebration of the life and music of Edith Piaf. www.piaf-lespectacle.com.

• Jan 15: Burlington PAC, Burlington

• Jan 17: Capitol Centre, North Bay

• Jan 19: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines

• Jan 20: Flato Markham Theatre, Markham


Prophecy Fog (drama) by Jani Lauzon. An investigation into whether a site can still be sacred if it has been desecrated.

• Jan 17: Rose Theatre, Brampton

• Jan 19: Richmond Hill PAC, Richmond Hill

• Jan 21: Grand Theatre, Fergus

• Jan 25: Oakville Centre, Oakville

• Jan 27-28: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines