Stage Door Listings
The 2022 Toronto Fringe Festival runs from July 6 to July 17 at various locations in Toronto.
Larger Theatres (Professional)
& Juliet (musical) by Max Martin. What if Juliet decided not to commit suicide and ran off to France with her best friends? Runs Runs Jun 22 to Aug 14. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, .
Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet version of the story by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Runs Jul 21 to Jul 24. St. Lawrence Centre, .
Bluebeard’s Castle (opera) by Béla Bartók. Bluebeard’s new wife asks to look behind each of the seven doors of his mysterious castle. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Runs Mar 26 to Sep 24. Canadian Opera Company, . online
God Is a Scottish Drag Queen (comedy) by Mike Delamont. God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes down to set the record straight and expound on everything from Noah’s Ark to Star Wars. Runs Jul 29 to Jul 31. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, .
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, booking to Dec 24, 2022. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, .
Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In his curio cabinet an ambitious inventor defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Runs Apr 14 to Jul 10. Grand Chaptiteau, Ontario Place, . ★★★★☆
2 Pianos 4 Hands (comedy) by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt. A story of aspiring talents, piano teachers, lessons and competitions. Runs Jun 4 to Jul 17. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, .
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
As You Like It (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Half of the Duke's court flee his rule to find freedom and love in the forest. Runs Jul 28 to Sep 4. High Park Amphitheatre, .
Detroit (drama) by Lisa D’Amour. In a suburb of Detroit Ben and Mary invite their new neighbours, about whom they know nothing, over for a barbecue. Previews from Jul 3, opens Jul 6, runs to Aug 7. Coal Mine Theatre, .
Kamloopa (drama) by Kim Senklip Harvey. Three Indigenous women hit the road to the largest powwow on the West Coast. Previews from Jun 23, opened Jun 30, runs to Jul 24. Soulpepper Theatre Company, .
Mashup pon di Road (circus/variety) by Bahia Watson. An outdoor, bashment circus variety show on a big truck. Runs Jul 19 to Jul 27. Various venues, .
The Red Priest (Eight Ways to Say Goodbye) (drama) by Mieko Ouchi. A bittersweet love story featuring enchanting music, a mysterious countess, Antonio Vivaldi and a violin. Runs Jul 26 to Aug 7. Guild Festival Theatre, .
Sweeney Todd (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. A barber seeks vengeance on society by killing select customers whose bodies are made into meat pies. Runs Jun 10 to Jul 3. Neighbourhood Food Hub, 1470 Gerrard St East, .
Toronto Fringe Festival (festival). New works by over 150 different companies. Runs Jul 6 to Jul 17. Various venues, .
You Can’t Get There from Here, Vol. 2 (plays) by Majorie Chan et al. Five new audiodramas offering listeners fresh perspectives on Toronto’s neighbourhoods. Runs Mar 8 to Sep 8. Factory Theatre, . online
Ride the Cyclone (musical) by Jacob Richmond & Brooke Maxwell. Six teens killed in a freak roller coaster accident tell their stories. Runs Jul 27 to Jul 31. The Village Playhouse, .
Haymaker Comedy Festival (festival). A festival of stand-up comedy featuring Colin Mochrie and Debra McGrath, Elvira Kurt, Wassim El-Mounzer and Gavin Crawford and many others. Runs Jun 29 to Jul 2. Red Barn Theatre, Eddie Hotel & Farm, .
The Shape of Home: Songs in Search of Al Purdy (revue) by Frank Cox-O’Connell et al. A musical investigation into the life and work of irreverent PEC poet Al Purdy. Runs Jul 14-31. Festival Players Pavilion, Eddie Hotel & Farm, .
Cottagers and Indians (comedy) by Drew Hayden Taylor. An Indigenous farmer and a White cottage-owner argue over the farmer’s plan to replant the lake with wild rice. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 6. Harvest Stage, .
The Drawer Boy (drama) by Michael Healey. An actor from Toronto stays with two bachelors farmers in the country to prepare for a role. Runs Jun 22 to Jul 16. Harvest Stage, .
Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters are all ready to take their mother to her new nursing home, but she won’t go. Runs Jun 22 to Jul 2. Lakeview Arts Barn, .
Rock 'n' Roll is Here to Stay (revue) by Leisa Way. A high energy show with the electrifying sounds of the hottest rock stars and bands in history. Runs Jul 5-16. Lakeview Arts Barn, .
The Three Musketeers (comedy) by John Nicholson & Le Navet Bette. Young and naive D’Artagnan sets out for Paris on a quest to become a King’s musketeer. Runs Jul 20-30. Lakeview Arts Barn, .
On Golden Pond (comedy) by Ernest Thompson. A retired couple returns for peace and quiet at their summer home when their daughter arrives with her boyfriend and his teenaged son. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 6. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, . ‑proof of vax required for some perfs‑
The Porchside Festival (festival). A collection of 13 revues, concerts and plays performed on various porches throughout Collingwood. Runs Jul 1 to Jul 28. Theatre Collingwood, .
Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A young real estate aget tries to get an aging bachelor farmer to sell his farm. Runs Jun 29 to Jul 16. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, . ‑proof of vax required for some perfs‑
The 39 Steps (comedy) by Patrick Barlow. Four actors play over 150 characters in the stage adaptation of the 1935 Hitchcock thriller. Previews from Jul 28, opens Aug 5, runs to Aug 28. The Grove Playhouse, .
Spin Cycle (circus) by Greg Tarlin & Kristi Heath. A high-energy show combining circus skills with physical comedy. July 3 only. The Grove Playhouse, .
Hey Viola (musical) by Krystle Dos Santos. The dynamic and inspirational music that filled the home of the business woman, feminist, and Canadian Civil Rights trailblazer. Runs Jun 30 to Jul 16. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
The Music Man (musical) by Meredith Willson. A charming charlatan sells a town on setting up a boys’ band to keep youth from temptation. Runs Jul 19 to Aug 20. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
Perfect Wedding (comedy) by Robin Hawdon. A groom wakes up on his wedding day next to an strange woman. Runs Jun 17 to Jul 10. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
Fiddler on the Loose (variety) by David Rogers. A blend of music, dancing, comedy and, of course, the fantastic fiddling of Jesse Grandmont. Runs Jun 23 to Jul 9. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, .
Good Ol’ Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A musical tribute to the best of gospel with a country twist. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 6. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, .
It Runs in the Family (comedy) by Ray Cooney. As a renowned neurologist prepares to give an important speech, his son from a secret fling turns up. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 6. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, .
La Cenerentola (opera) by Gioacchino Rossini. Rossini’s version of the Cinderella story. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Jul 14 only. FirstOntario Concert Hall, .
Hamilton Fringe Festival (festival). New work by over 55 different companies. Runs Jul 20 to Jul 21. Various venues, .
Rock ’n’ Roll is Here to Stay (revue) by Leisa Way. A high energy show with the electrifying sounds of the hottest rock stars and bands in history. Runs Jul 19 to Jul 21. Bluewater Playhouse,
The Great Shadow (comedy) by Alex Poch-Goldin. Small-town Ontario residents collide with the Hollywood stars in Trenton in the 1920s. Runs Jun 28 to Jul 23. Winslow Farm, . ‑proof of vax required‑
Sugar Road (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Hannah encounters an old flame who has now become a country music star. Runs Jul 7 to Jun 31. Upper Canada Playhouse, .
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 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, . ★★★★☆
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 .
At the Festival Theatre
Damn Yankees (musical) by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. A man makes a deal with the Devil to save his beloved baseball team, the Washington Senators. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9.
The Doctor’s Dilemma (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. If only one of two pateints can live – how do you choose? Previews from Jul 16, opens Aug 20, runs to Oct 8.
The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. John pretends to be Algernon’s wicked brother Ernest to visit Algy’s cousin Cecily in the country. Opened Jun 16, runs to Oct 9.
A Short History of Niagara (performance) by Alexandra Montagnese & Mike Petersen . The history of the Niagara region presented as a puppet play. Runs Jun 18 to Oct 2. Festival Theatre Grounds.
At the Royal George Theatre
Chitra (drama) by Rabinranath Tagore. A warrior princess raised as a boy hopes to win the love of a male warrior. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 8.
Gaslight (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. A new adaptation of the 1938 thriller about a husband who tries to convince his wife that she is going insane. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9.
Just to Get Married (comedy) by Cicily Hamilton. In 1910 Georgina knows she’s being hawked around the marriage market. Previews from Jul 27, opens Aug 21, runs to Oct 16.
At the Studio Theatre
Everybody (drama) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. In a modern version of the medieval play Everyman, Everybody journeys toward life’s greatest mystery. Opened Jun 17, runs to Oct 8.
Too True to Be Good (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A nurse and her boyfriend rob and kidnap the nurse’s patient and flee to a far-off outpost of the Britsh Empire. Opened May 26, runs to Oct 9.
On the BMO Stage
A Year with Frog and Toad – In Concert (musical) by Robert and Willie Reale. Frog and Toad are very different but they are still best friends. Runs Jun 12 to Jul 24.
Doris and Ivy in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. Retired prison guard Doris befriends Ivy, a former world champion skier, in the Paradise Village retirement home. Runs Jun 29 to Jul 15. Orillia Opera House, .
Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A look at long relationship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur. Runs Jul 20 to Aug 12. Orillia Opera House, .
Peter Pan: The British Musical (musical) by Piers Chater Robinson. A new musical version of the Peter Pan story. Runs Jul 6 to Jul 24. Regent Theatre, .
Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet version of the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Runs Jul 16 only. Centrepointe Theatre,
Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. An immigrant from the West Indies rises to become George Washington’s right-hand man. Runs Jul 13 to Jul 31. National Arts Centre, .
Sense and Sensibility (comedy) by Kate Hamill. A stage adaptation of the Jane Austen novel. Runs Jul 13 to Jul 30. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, .
The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. An exiled duke on a magic island seeks revenge on those who ousted him. Runs Jun 20 to Aug 13. Touring the Ottawa region, .
Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A young real estate aget tries to get an aging bachelor farmer to sell his farm. Runs Jul 21 to Aug 6. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, . ‑proof of vax required for some perfs‑
On Golden Pond (comedy) by Ernest Thompson. A retired couple spending their 48th summer at their vacation home are interrupted when their adult daughter visits, bringing her uptight boyfriend and his rebellious teenage son. Runs Jul 5 to Jul 24. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, .
Jenny’s House of Joy (comedy) by Norm Foster. It’s 1871 and Jenny runs the best little house of ill-repute in her corner of the Wild West. Runs May 20 to Jul 3. Herongate Barn Theatre, .
Quartet (comedy) by Ronald Harwood. In a retirement home four ageing opera singers mull whether they could ever sing together again. Runs Jul 16 to Aug 28. Herongate Barn Theatre, .
Songs in the Key of Cree (cabaret) by Tomson Highway. A mix of Cree- and English-language songs written over the past 30 years. Runs Jul 10 only. Regent Theatre, .
Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A young real estate agent tries to persuade an old bachelor to sell his family farm. Jun 29 to Jul 10. Showboat Festival Theatre, .
Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. Sean falls for the waitress of a diner in Stewiacke, NS, but her three friends want a say in the matter. Runs Jul 20 to Jul 31. Showboat Festival Theatre, .
Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. Sean falls for the waitress of a diner in Stewiacke, NS, but her three friends want a say in the matter. Runs Jun 30 to Jul 16. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, .
Meet My Sister (comedy) by Bonnie Green. Two sisters are all ready to take their mother to her new nursing home, but she won’t go. Preview Jul 20, opens Jul 21, runs to Aug 6. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, .
Stag & Doe (comedy) by Mark Crawford. Two couples book the same reception room for the same time. Runs Jul 7 to Jul 30. Capitol Theatre, .
My Hero (comedy) by Norm Foster. 40-year-old Jim Devine has moved back in with his mom … he’s divorced and he’s been trying to get his life back together for the past five years. Runs Jun 15 to Jul 9. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, .
Our House (comedy) by Murray Furrow. To find a new interest in life, a bored retired couple take in a young actor from the local summer theatre. Runs Jul 13 to Jul 30. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, .
Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Orsino loves Olivia who loves Viola who loves Orsino. Runs Jul 9 to Jul 23. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, .
The Tempest (comedy) by William Shakespeare. An exiled duke on a magic island seeks revenge on those who ousted him. Runs Jul 26 only. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, .
The 39 Steps (comedy) by Patrick Barlow. Four actors play over 100 characters in this stage adaptation of the 1935 Hitchcock film. Runs Jul 30 to Aug 13. Kinsmen Amphitheatre, .
The Crooner (revue) by Alex Mustakas. Canadian crooner Michael Vanhevel pays tribute to iconic crooners from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé. Runs Jun 29 to Sep 4. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, .
Mamma Mia! (musical) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. A daughter invites all three of her possible fathers to her wedding. Runs Jun 15 to Jul 9. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, .
The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women set aside a long weekend to reminisce and reconnect. Runs Jul 27 to Aug 13. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, .
The Rocky Horror Show (musical) by Richard O’Brien. Brad and Janet seek shelter in the castle of the tranvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter. Runs from Jul 7 to Jul 24. Stirling Festival Theatre, .
THE HERE FOR NOW THEATRE FESTIVAL:
A festival of nine one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes, including 7 world premieres. Runs Jul 5 to Sep 11, 2022. Falstaff Family Centre, .
Ale Wives (comedy) by Mark Weatherley. In the 1300s two female brewers come in conflict with the local reeve. Previews from Jul 5, opens Jul 7, runs to Jul 17.
Forty-Seven (comedy) by Deanna Kruger. For two sisters a decades-long tradition is coming to an end. Previews from Jul 19, opens Jul 21, runs to Jul 31.
Girls & Boys (drama) by Dennis Kelly. The world of an ordinary family starts to unravel. Previews from Jul 26, opens Jul 28, runs to Aug 7.
Joyful Little Noise (children) by Stephen Ingram et al. A talented youth cast chronicles the importance of the “little” things. Runs Jul 12 to Jul 24.
THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
The plays run from Apr 6 to Oct 29, 2022, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at . To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit .
At the Festival Theatre
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. Opened Jun 3, runs to Oct 28.
Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Opened Jun 2, runs to Oct 28.
At the Tom Patterson Theatre
All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helen wins the hand of Bertram but he doesn’t fancy her. Previews from Jun 14, opens Jul 8, runs to Oct 29.
The Belle’s Stratagem (comedy) by Hannah Crowley. In this play from 1780 Letitia Hardy tries to woo her betrothed, the rake Doricourt. Reading. Jul 14 only.
Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England. Opened Jun 4, runs to Oct 28.
At the Avon Theatre
Little Women (drama) by Jordi Mand. A stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Previews from Jun 11, opens Jul 7, runs to Oct 29.
At the Studio Theatre
Every Little Nookie (comedy) by Sunny Drake. A boomer couple returns home to find their queer millennial daughter hosting a swingers’ party to make cash. Preview from Jun 18, opens Jul 9, runs to Oct 1.
Hamlet-911 (drama) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. An actor has landed his dream role of playing Hamlet at Stratford but suddenly finds himself in the Underworld. Is he mad, dreaming, dead? Previews from Jul 31, opens Aug 25, runs to Oct 2.
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, 2021; runs Mar 7 to Nov 4, 2022: 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, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online
I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆
A Midsummer Night’s Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Four lovers flee into an enchanted forest. Ran Jul 22 to Aug 1; runs Jan 10 to Sep 16, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆
Play On! A Shakespeare-Inspired Mixtape (cabaret) by Robert Markus et al. An exploration of Shakespeare’s influence on pop music hits. Ran Jul 31 to Aug 15, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Sep 23, 2022 on: online
R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆
The Rez Sisters (drama) by Tomson Highway. Seven women set off from Manitoulin Island to play bingo in Toronto. Ran Jul 28 to Aug 21, 2021; runs Jan 10 to Sep 30, 2022: online ★★★★☆
Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆
Why We Tell The Story (cabaret) by Marcus Nance. A celebration of Black musical theatre. Ran Jul 13 to Jul 21, 2021; runs Jan 31 to Sep 2, 2022: 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 to Jul 31, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Sep 9, 2022: online
STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC:
Widget (children) by Shadow Puppet Theatre. A lonely robot discovers nature returning to a concret world to music by Vivaldi. Runs Jul 31 only. Gallery Stratford, .
Ride the Cyclone (musical) by Jacob Richmond & Brooke Maxwell. Six teens killed in a freak roller coaster accident tell their stories. Runs Jul 19 to Jul 23. The Marble Arts Centre, .
Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet version of the story by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Runs Jul 9 only. Chrysler Theatre, .
ON TOUR IN ONTARIO
King Henry Five (history play) by William Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s account of Henry V’s victory over the French as adapted for only five actors. .
• Jul 14: The Hotel on Wolfe Island, Wolfe Island (preview)
• Jul 15: The Hotel on Wolfe Island, Wolfe Island (preview)
• Jul 19: Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, Bowmanville (preview)
• Jul 20: Parkwood Estate, Oshawa (opening)
• Jul 21-23: Withrow Park, Toronto
• Jul 24: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines
• Jul 26: Thorn Lodge Park, Mississauga
• Jul 27: Riverwood Park, Mississauga
• Jul 28: Benares Historic House, Mississauga
• Jul 29: Civic Centre Park, Kitchener
• Jul 30: Ingersoll Cheese Museum, Ingersoll
• Jul 31: Leacock Museum, Orillia
• Jul 30: Ingersoll Cheese Museum, Ingersoll