Stage Door Listings

January 2024

The Grand Theatre London presents The Invisible – Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare by Jonathan Christenson from January 16 to February 3.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

The Book of Mormon (musical) by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone. Two unworldly Mormon missionaries attempt to preach their faith to the inhabitants of a small Ugandan village. Runs Jan 24 to Feb 11. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. In the Roaring Twenties an aspiring chorus girl and a fading vaudeville star each face trial for murder. Runs Dec 27, 2023-Jan 6, 2024. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Cunning Little Vixen (opera) by Leoš Janáček. A forester captures a vixen as a pet but she escapes and causes all sorts of mischief. In Czech with English surtitles. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 16. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. ★★★★

42nd Street (musical) by Harry Warren & Al Dubin. A chorus girl become a star when she has to take the lead in a Broadway musical. Runs Dec 9, 2023, to Jan 21, 2024. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Look of Love (dance) by Mark Morris. The Mark Morris Dance Group interprets the songs of Burt Bacharach performed live. Runs Jan 19 only. Meridian Hall, am.ticketmaster.com.

National Ballet of Ukraine (ballet). The Ukrainian company performs excerpts from Le Corsaire, Giselle, Don Quixote and more. Runs Jan 23 to Jan 27. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Potted Potter (comedy) by Daniel Clarkson & Jefferson Turner. Two actors present all seven Harry Potter books in only 70 minutes. Runs Dec 21 to Jan 14. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.ticketmaster.ca.

Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of) (comedy) by Isobel McArthur & Simon Harvey. A modern version of the Jane Austen classic with the action seen through the servants’ eyes. Runs Dec 14, 2023, to Jan 21, 2024. CAA  Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

SIX (musical) by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. A modern retelling of the story of the six wives of Henry VIII. Runs Sep 23, 2023, to Feb 11, 2024. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Casey and Diana (drama) by Nick Green. The Toronto AIDS hospice, Casey House, prepares for the visit of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1991. Runs Jan 23 to Feb 11. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Chaos Menu Disorder Up! (comedy) by The Second City. Satire of the content of pop music, the realities of virtual reality, the unpredictable adventure that is driving a car and more. Runs Nov 9, 2023, to Mar 2, 2024. The Second City, 1 York St, www.secondcity.com.

The Empire Strips Back (comedy) by Russall S. Beattie. A burlesque parody of the original Star Wars trilogy. Runs Dec 29, 2023 to Mar 17, 2014. The Royal Cinema, 608 College St, theempirestripsback.com.

Frontiers | Frontières & Water Spirit (dance) by Lua Shayenne. Two pieces exploring themes of human migration, identity and spirituality. Runs Jan 25 to Jan 27. Betty Oliphant Theatre, luashayennedancecompany.com.

Greenhouse Festival (festival). Four artist collectives debut new in-progress works. Runs Jan 11 to Jan 20. Tarragon Theatre, tarragontheatre.com.

Heartless (comedy) by Genevieve Adam. In New France in 1689: two female Wendat warriors are looking for a runaway priest. Preview Jan 3, opens Jan 4, runs to Jan 14. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, ca.patronbase.com.

The Legend of Huli (performance) by Roman Nesterov.  A celestial fox descends to Earth and causes trouble by creating transformations. Runs Jan 20 to Jan 21. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St tolive.com.

The Merry Widow (operetta) by Franz Lehár. Prince Danilo woos the wealthy Hanna Glawari but is it for love or for her money?. Runs Dec 29, 2023, to Jan 2, 2024. Jane Mallett Theatre, www.torontooperetta.com.

Migraaaants (drama) by Matel Visniec. A multimedia performance about refugees who risk their lives to escape oppression Previews from Jan 13, opens Jan 16, runs to Jan 28. Theatre Passe Muraille, ca.patronbase.com. ★★★☆☆

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (musical) by Dave Malloy. A radical retelling of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Runs Dec 5, 2023, to Feb 18, 2024. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. ★★★★★

Rockabye (comedy) by Joanna Murray-Smith. A satirical and dark portrait of our self-involved, celebrity-obsessed culture. Previews from Jan 26, opens Jan 27, runs to Feb 11. Factory Theatre, arcstage.com. ★★★☆☆

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes (drama) by Michael Chan et al. When AI takes over from human intelligence, will all people be treated as disabled? Runs Jan 18 to Jan 28. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com. ★★★★

The Shoah Songbook (revue) by Nate Ben-Horin. Music written by Jewish composers between 1940 and 1945 who perished in the concentration camps and ghettos of the Holocaust. Runs Jan 27 only. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, hgjewishtheatre.com.

The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Five actors play 15+ characters in this version of the Bard’s play about an exiled magician. Preview Jan 18, opens Jan 19, runs to Jan 28. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Traditional Future (dance) by Fernando Anuang’a. How do we evolve tradition toward modernity without betraying one’s roots? Runs Jan 19 to Jan 20. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, theatrecentre.org.

The Two Noble Kinsmen (comedy) by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher. Two honourable cousins fall out when both fall in love with the same woman. Runs Jan 25 to Feb 4. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, www.shakespearebashd.com. ★★★★

Truth (children) by Kanika Ambrose. When a Canadian visits her plantation in the South in 1858, a 16-year-old slave starts to see things differently. For ages 10+. Runs Jan 29 to Feb 23.  Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

A We Quit Theatre Anthology (plays) by Dasha Plett & Gislina Patterson. Winnipeg-based We Quit Theatre presents a group of three plays. Runs Jan 16 to Jan 21. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Better Living (comedy) by George F. Walker. A long-absent survivalist father returns to his unhappy family. Runs Jan 19 to Feb 3. [community] Alumnae Theatre, www.alumnaetheatre.com.

Death of a Salesman (drama) by Arthur Miller. A travelling salesman finds he is no longer valued by his company. Runs Jan 12 to Jan 27. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.

The Gondoliers (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & WS Gilbert. One of two humble gondoliers may really be the Duke of Barataria. Runs Jan 26 to Feb 4. [community] St. Anne's Parish Hall, 651 Dufferin St, www.stannesmads.com.

Social Security (comedy) by Andrew Bergman. Sophie meets her daughter’s artist neighbour who wants to paint her. Runs Jan 12 to Feb 3. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.


AJAX

Emilio’s A Million Chameleons (comedy) by Adam Francis Proulx. Emilio now runs his father’s circus act – complete with a million puppet chameleons to entertain with music, magic and amazement. Runs  Jan 27 only. St. Francis Centre, www.chameleonshow.com.


BARRIE

I’m the Greatest Starr (but no one knows it) / Confessions of Motherhood (plays) by Starr Domingue / Jennifer Stewart. A double bill of solo shows about women in show business. Runs Jan 25 to Jan 27. Five Points Theatre, www.tift.ca.


BURLINGTON

The Land Acknowledgement, or As You Like It (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. The unvarnished truth of the state of the reconciliation process this country has been attempting. Runs Jan 31 to Feb 4. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.

Middle Raged (comedy) by Geri Hall & Gary Pearson. A sketch show about couples dealing with childrearing, empty nests, aging parents, financial stresses and more. Runs Jan 27 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


GUELPH

Anne of Green Gables  (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Runs Jan 14 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.

Redefining Wonder (magic) by Chris Funk. A magic show integrating music with magic. Runs Jan 3 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.

Walking Through the Fire (performance). A multimedia performance celebrating cultural diversity including settler, First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Runs Jan 30 to Feb 1. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

Uncle Vanya (drama) by Anton Chekhov. Vanya and his niece, Sonya, struggle to run the rural estate owned by Vanya’s brother-in-law. Previews from Jan 10, opens Jan 12, runs to Jan 27. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org. ★★★★★


KINGSTON

Humans 2.0 (circus) by Yaron Lifschitz. A symphony of acrobatics, sound and light. Runs Jan 31 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

Lessons in Temperament (performance) by James Smith. The story of four neurodiverse brothers and their lifelong journeys. Runs Jan 23 to Jan 28. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

Middle Raged (comedy) by Geri Hall & Gary Pearson. A sketch show about couples dealing with childrearing, empty nests, aging parents, financial stresses and more. Runs Jan 26 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

Walking Through the Fire (performance). A multimedia performance celebrating cultural diversity including settler, First Nations, Métis and Inuit artists. Runs Jan 23 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.


LONDON

The Invisible - Agents of Ungentlemanly Warfare (musical) by Jonathan Christenson. During World War II seven female Special Operative Executives are dropped into their most dangerous mission to date. Previews from Jan 16, opens Jan 19, runs to Feb 3. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


MISSISSAUGA

Illumi – A Dazzling World of Lights (installation). 14 universes of light covering 600,000 square feet celebrating the holiday season. Runs Nov 3, 2023, to Jan 7, 2024. 7174 Derrycrest Dr, toronto.illumi.com.


NEPEAN

Tales of Bravery & Stupidity (comedy) by Bruce McCulloch. McCulloch looks at the bravely stupid things he’s done - and things we all do. Runs Jan 26 only. Algonquin Commons Theatre, www.livenation.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Dancing Queen (dance).  A dance extravaganza celebrating ’70s disco. Runs Jan 18 to Jan 21. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

MindTrix (magic) by Edward Stone. A blend of amazing magic with psychological illusions created with an adult audience in mind. Runs Saturdays Sep 23, 2023, to Feb 25, 2024. Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel, oldstoneinnhotel.com.

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Christian Mascia performs new large-scale illusions designed by Greg Frewin. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Jan 4, 2025. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


OAKVILLE

Emilio’s A Million Chameleons (comedy) by Adam Francis Proulx. Emilio now runs his father’s circus act – complete with a million puppet chameleons to entertain with music, magic and amazement. Runs Jan 28 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Cirque España (circus) by Troupe Vertigo. A series of stunning physical feats turned into choreographed works of art. Runs Jan 25 to Jan 27. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

La Corriveau – la soif des corbeaux (musical) by Audrey Thériault. The story of Marie-Josephte Corriveau condemned to death in in Quebec in 1763 by a British court for murdering her husband. Runs Jan 26 to Jan 27. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Encore une fois, si vous permettez (comedy) by Michel Tremblay. A play about Tremblay’s childhood memories of his mother. In French. Runs Jan 24 to Feb 18. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.

Fille de trans (drama) by Marie-Claude D’Aoust. Marie-Claude takes us step by step through her father’s transition from male to female. In French. Runs Jan 18 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Humans 2.0 (circus) by Yaron Lifschitz. A symphony of acrobatics, sound, and light, this is next level circus. Runs Jan 30 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.

Just Say the Word (musical) by J.P. Chartier. A new musical based on “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. Runs Jan 31 to Feb 3. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, thegladstone.ca.

Reckless Underdog (dance) by Rubberband. Classical ballet, followed by a deconstruction of it, followed by bold experimentation. Runs Jan 25 to Jan 26. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Women of the Fur Trade (comedy) by Frances Končan. Three 19th-century womn share their views on life, love and the hot nerd Louis Riel. Runs Jan 17 to Jan 27.  National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PETERBOROUGH

Bubie’s Tapes (drama) by Jon Hedderwick. While preparing matzo ball soup Hedderwick recounts personal and family experiences from the Russian Revolution. Runs Jan 17 to Jan 21. The Theatre On King, publicenergy.ca.


SPENCERVILLE

The Diablo Manor an Evening of Enchantment (magic) by Scott McClelland. A sumptuous meal followed by an intimate Victorian production of mystifying wonders and a séance. Runs Jan 5 to Feb 25. Diablo Manor, www.diablomanor.com.


ST. JACOBS

Peter Pan: The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the play by J.M. Barrie. Runs Nov 29, 2023, to Jan 14, 2024. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


THUNDER BAY

Two Indians (drama) by Falen Johnson. Two cousins reunite to recreate a ceremony from their childhood. Runs Jan 25 to Feb 10. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


WINDSOR

Eh! Celebration of Dance (dance). An all-Canadian program showcasing a diverse range of classical and contemporary ballets from some of the country’s top choreographers. Runs Jan 20 only. Chrysler Theatre, www.chryslertheatre.com.

Lance Burton & Friends (magic) by Lance Burton. A mix of  illusions, sleight of hand, audience participation and amazing guest stars. Runs Jan 18 only. Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, www.caesars.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

J.S. Bach’s Long Walk in the Snow (performance) by Tom Allen. At age 18 Bach takes a 400 km walk to find a mentor. tomtomallen.com.

• Jan 18: Richmond Hill Centre, Richmond Hill

• Jan 19: River Run Centre, Guelph

• Jan 20: Theatre Collingwood, Collingwood


Mini Pop Kids Live - The Good Vibes Tour (performance). Kids aged 9-15 sing and dance to today’s hits in a high-energy show for kids. minipopkids.com.

• Jan 26: Capitol Theatre, Chatham

• Jan 27: Rose Theatre, Brampton

• Jan 28: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton