Stage Door Listings
The Stratford Festival presents The Merry Wives ofWindsor at Festival Theatre, Stratford, June 1 to October 26.
Photo: Brigit Wilson as Mrs. Page and Sophia Walker as Mrs. Ford. © 2018 David Cooper.
All of Us (ballet) by Jean Grand-Maître to music of The Tragically Hip. Two warring clans battle to inherit the earth. Opened May 30, runs to Jun 1. Sony Centre, www.sonycentre.ca.
The Book of Mormon (musical) by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez & Matt Stone. Two young Mormon missionaries are sent to a remote village in Uganda where they are completely out of their depth. Runs Jun 11 to 23, Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
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, booking to Sep 29, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭
Dear Evan Hansen (musical) by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. A high school senior with social anxiety fabricates a lie after the death of a classmate. Opened Mar 28, runs to Jun 30. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
The Full Light of Day (drama) by Daniel Brooks. An wealthy aging matriarch is forced to contend with her husband's legacy and misdeeds. Opens Jun 7, runs to Jun 13. Bluma Appel Theatre, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.
Hugh Jackman: The Man. The Music. The Show. (revue) by Hugh Jackman. Jackman performs hits from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more accompanied by live orchestra. Jun 25 only. Scotiabank Arena, www.hughjackmantheshow.com.
The Lion King (musical) by Elton John & Tim Rice. A stage adaptaion of the 1994 animated movie. Runs Jun 13 to Aug 4. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
The Merry Widow (ballet) by Ronald Hynd to music by Franz Lehár. Count Danilo is persuaded to woo and marry a rich widow before she can marry a foreigner. Opens Jun 19, runs to Jun 23. Four Seasons Centre, 1866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
Physical Thinking (ballets) by William Forsythe. A triple-bill of varied ballets by Forsythe from 1991 to 2016. Opens Jun 1, runs to Jun 8. Four Seasons Centre, 1866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A nun becomes the governess to seven children. Runs May 28 to Jun 2. Princess of Wales Theatre,1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
August: Osage County (drama) by Tracy Letts. When their father vanishes, three daughters return home to support their mother. Opened May 24, runs to Jun 19. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.
The Black Drum (performance) by Adam Pottle. A Deaf musical in which a young woman's tattoos come alive and propel her on a journey. Opens Jun 15, runs to Jun 29. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca
By Heart (drama) by Tiago Rodrigues. During this play about memory Rodrigues teaches 10 audience members to memorize a Shakespearean sonnet. Opened May 30, runs to Jun 2 in English. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 416-368-3110, www.canadianstage.com.
88 Keys (revue) by Tom Allen & Mike Ross. An exploration of the "King of Instruments" from Beethoven and Chopin to Ray Charles and Billy Joel. Opens Jun 1, runs to Jun 21. Young Centre, 416-866-8666, www.soulpepper.ca.
Hell's Fury, The Hollywood Songbook (opera) by Hanns Eisler. The songs of Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) are arranged to tell his life story. Opens Jun 19, runs to Jun 23. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, luminatofestival.com.
Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools (performance) by Evalyn Parry & Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. An Inuk artist and a queer theatre-maker share a concert and dialogue about Canada's North and South. Opens Jun 12, runs to Jun 16. Berkeley Street Theatre, luminatofestival.com.
Luminato (festival). The best theatre, music, dance and more from Canada and around the world. Opens Jun 7, runs to Jun 23. Various venues, luminatofestival.com.
Masquerade (drama) by Mikhail Lermontov. A ruthless and ribald study of jealousy and pride within a gossip-ridden community. In Russian with English surtitles. Opens Jun 9, runs to Jun 10. John W.H. Bassett Theatre, Metro Convention Centre, luminatofestival.com.
Magic Tonight (magic). James Alan presents a weekly live magic show with guest magicians. Every Sunday. The Cage, 292 College St., 416-995-1736, www.magictonight.ca.
Obeah Opera (opera) by Nicole Brooks. A retelling of the Salem witch trials from the perspective of the Caribbean slave women of Salem. Opens Jun 13, runs to Jun 22. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront, luminatofestival.com.
The Really Real Adventures of Scott Free and Will Do (children). Two best friends discover they're actually imaginary best friends. For ages 4+. Runs May 11 to Jun 30. Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St., 416-368-8031, solarstage.on.ca.
Walking on Bombshells (revue) by The Second City. An hilarious, fast-paced take on the minefield we’re all living in. Opened Mar 19, runs to Jun 30. The Second City, 51 Mercer St., 416-343-0011, https://www.secondcity.com. Runtime: 90m. ✭✭✭✭✩
Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)
The Ladies Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. The day after their friend’s funeral, three golf mates gather for a round of golf in honour of their departed friend. Opens Jun 28, runs to Jul 13. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
Opening Night (comedy) by Norm Foster. For their anniversary, a middle-aged couple goes to the premiere of a new play. Opened May 31, runs to Jun 15. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.
Cakewalk (comedy) by Colleen Curran. A Canada Day cake-baking competition brings out the worst in the competitors. Previews from Jun 26, opens Jun 28, runs to Aug 10. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.
Jumbo (drama) by Sean Dixon. In 1885 a train speeding through St. Thomas killed the most famous pachyderm in the world. Previews from Jun 12, opens Jun 14, runs to Aug 10. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.
That's Amore (comedy) by Rose Napoli. Opens Jun 19, runs to Jun 29. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, lakeviewartsbarn.com.
Canadian Opera Fest 2019 (opera). Excerpts from various Canadian operas. Jun 14 only. Cambridge Centre for the Arts, www.vcopera.ca.
Glory (comedy) by Tracey Power. In 1933, four women set out to show the nation that Canada’s favourite pastime isn’t just a sport for men. Opened May 16, runs to Jun 8. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Louise Pitre - From Piaf to Mamma Mia (revue). Pitre reprises songs from some of her most famous roles. Opens Jun 19, runs to Jun 22. Theatre Collingwood, 1-866-382-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca.
Annie (musical) by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin. An orphan wins over the heart of a billionaire industrialist. Previews from Jun 5, opens Jun 7, runs to Jun 30. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
BOOM X (performance) by Rick Miller. A one-man survey of historical and pop cultural events from 1969 to the present. Opened May 29, runs to Jun 15. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.
Anne of Green Gables: The Musical (musical) by Norman Campbell & Don Harron. A young red-haired orphan girl is mistakenly sent to a farm in Avonlea, PEI. Previews from Jun 21, opens Jun 22, runs to Jul 29. Springer Theatre, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.
Glory (comedy) by Tracey Power. In 1933, four women set out to show the nation that Canada’s favourite pastime isn’t just a sport for men. Previews from Jun 12, opens Jun 13, runs to Jun 22. Playhouse II, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Newsies (musical) by Alan Menken & Jack Feldman. In old New York teenaged newsboys strike against unfair conditions. Previews from Jun 27, opens Jun 30, runs to Jul 12. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical) by Jeanine Tesori & Dick Scanlan. In 1922 country girl Millie moves to New York City to find an eligible bachelor and get married. Previews from Jun 5, opens Jun 9, runs to Jun 22. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
You'll Get Used to It!... The War Show (drama) By Peter Colley. Six Canadian infantrymen experience everything from training and the anguish of leaving loved ones, to the fear and danger of battle. Opens Jun 27, runs to Jul 13. Playhouse II, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Harvest (comedy) by Ken Cameron. A retired couple discovers that the young man leasing their country home has been growing a different crop that they expected. Opens Jun 26, runs to Jul 19. Gravenhurst Opera House, www.gravenhurst.ca.
Canadian Opera Fest 2019 (opera). Excerpts from various Canadian operas. Jun 16 only. Harcourt Memorial United Church, www.vcopera.ca.
Mary Poppins (musical) by Richard M. Sherman & Robert S. Sherman. A magical nanny improves the lives of everyone in the household. Opens Jun 30, runs to Jul 9. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.
KITCHENER / WATERLOO
Canadian Opera Fest 2019 (opera). Excerpts from various Canadian operas. Jun 15 only. Knox Presbyterian Church, www.vcopera.ca.
A Seat Next to the King (drama) by Steven Elliott Jackson. The fictional relationship of two gay men – one black, one white – in 1964 America, both allied to powerful leaders. Opens Jun 12, runs to Jun 16. HH180 Studio Theatre, 200 University Ave West, Waterloo, https://www.greenlight-arts.com.
Corteo (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. A funeral cortege celebrate the passing of a clown with laughter and exuberance. Opens Jun 13, runs to Jun 16. Budweiser Gardens, www.budweisergardens.com.
Where You Are (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Two sisters' retirement on Manitoulin Island is irrupted by the visit of the adult daughter of one of them. Previews from Jun 6, opens Jun 8, runs to Jun 30. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). Two hours of all-Canadian music; from Maritime folk songs to modern pop. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 19. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy's Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.
Spirit of the Dance (dance). A celebration of Irish culture with a gathering of champion Irish step-dancers. Opens Jun 6, runs to Jun 13. Fallsview Casino, https://www.fallsviewcasinoresort.com/entertainment.
Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2 to Jun 30. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.
THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 6-Dec 22 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
Brigadoon (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan J. Lerner. Tommy meets a girl who lives in a magical village that appears only once every century. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 13.
The Horse and His Boy (children) by Anna Chatterton. Shasta and his talking horse flee a life of servitude and fight to save Narnia. Opened May 26, runs to Jul 21.
The Ladykillers (comedy) by Graham Linehan. Five oddball crooks pose as an amateur string quintet to rent a room for a heist from a little old lady. Previews begin Jun 11, opens Jul 6, runs to Oct. 12.
At the Royal George Theatre
Getting Married (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Edith and Cecil call off their wedding after they read a pamphlet about the dangers of marriage. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 13.
Rope (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. Two college students commit murder and host a party for the victim's friends. Opened May 24, runs to Oct 12.
The Russian Play (comedy) by Hannah Moscovitch. A small-town flower girl falls for a gravedigger in Stalinist Russia. Previews from Jun 8, opens Jul 6, runs to Oct 12.
At the Studio Theatre
The Glass Menagerie (drama) by Tennessee Williams. Tom is asked to find a boyfriend for s painfully shy sister so that she won't end up dependent on their mother. Previews from May 22, opens Jul 7, runs to Oct 22.
Sex (comedy) by Mae West. A prostitute in 1920s Montreal meets a rich young lover, but he does know about her past. Previews from Jun 21, opens Jul 5, runs to Oct 13.
Avenue Q (musical) by Robert Lopez & Jeff Marx. In this adult puppet musical a recent college grad moves into a down-market new Yrok neighbourhood where the residents have numerous problems. Preview Jun 19, opens Jun 20, runs to Jun 29. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca
Le Cheval de bleu (children) by Marcel Cremer. A fantastical blue horse revives the memory of a little girl's beloved grandfather. For ages 5-10. In French. Opens Jun 1, runs to Jun 2. La Nouvelle Scène, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Cirque Goes Broadway (circus). Aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen perform to Broadway hits. Opens Jun 20, runs to Jun 22. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Count Almaviva wants to sleep with Firago's fiancée before Figaro's wedding. In concert. In Italian with English and French surtitles. Opens Jun 12, runs to Jun 14. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Nell Gwynn (comedy) by Jessica Swale. In the Restoration, Nell Gwynne rises from orange-seller to England's most famous actress. Opened May 30, runs to Jun 5. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca.
The Omnibus Bill (drama) by Deborah Teitel. Pierre Trudeau’s 1969 Justice Omnibus Bill and the negative impact it had on abortion access in Canada. Opened May 31, runs to Jun 8. Arts Court Theatre, https://artscourt.ca.
Pinocchio (children) by Joël Pommerat. A stage adaptation of the story of a wooden puppet who longs to be a real boy. For ages 8+. In French. Opened May 29, runs to Jun 1. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
What If? - The Musical (musical) by J.P. Chartier. David and his alter-ego write a musical about a world where a person can literally do anything without consequences. Preview Jun 12, opens Jun 13, runs to Jun 15. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, 519-672-8800, www.thegladstone.ca.
Glory (comedy) by Tracey Power. In 1933, four women set out to show the nation that Canada’s favourite pastime isn’t just a sport for men. Opens Jun 26, runs to Jul 6. King's Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Jack and the Beanstalk (panto) by Caroline Smith. Jack's magic beans makes beanstalk that reaches to a giant's castle. Previews from Jun 5, opens Jun 7, runs to Jun 22. King's Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Androcles and the Lion (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A satire on the Roman Empire as seen through the eyes of a Christian slave. Tuesdays, Jun 4 to August 27. [student] Michael's Table, Classic Theatre Festival, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.
The Forgotten Ones (performance) by Laurel Smith. An historical theatrical walking play returns in 2019 with a new play set during Depression-era Perth. Opens Jun 26, runs to Aug 25. Matheson House Museum, 11 Gore St. East, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.
The Voice of the Turtle (comedy) by John Van Druten. In World War II-era New York City, young people from across the nation converge on the Big Apple and discover new loves. Opens Jun 21, runs to Jul 6. Classic Theatre Festival, 1-877-283-1283, classictheatre.ca.
Summer of '69 (revue) by David Rogers. A celebration of one of the most iconic years in music and pop culture. Previews from Jun 4, opens Jun 8, runs to Jun 23. Victoria Playhouse, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (comedy) by Neil Simon. Middle-aged and married, Barney Cashman wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. Opened May 17, runs to Jun 30. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
Sexy Laundry (comedy) by Michele Riml. After 25 years of marriage a couple buys Sex for Dummies to help spice up their love life. Opens Jun 12, runs to Jun 23. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca.
Early August (comedy) by Kate Lynch. The performances of the cast of a small town theatre company are starting to unravel. Preview Jun 12, opens Jun 13, runs to Jun 29. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, 1-888-779-7703, lighthousetheatre.com.
Sexy Laundry (comedy) by Michele Riml. After 25 years of marriage a couple buys Sex for Dummies to help spice up their love life. Opened May 23, runs to Jun 8. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, 1-888-779-7703, lighthousetheatre.com.
Guys and Dolls (musical) by Frank Loesser. A gambler falls in love with a Salvation Army girl. Opened May 21, runs to Jun 16. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.
Lunenburg (comedy) by Norm Foster. An American widow goes to Lunenburg, NS, to discover the truth about the unknown house she has inherited from her husband. Previews from Jun 5, opens Jun 6, runs to Jun 29. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, 1-855-782-4353, www.psft.ca.
The Writer (comedy) by Norm Foster. The paternal care-giver finds he has become the cared for. Previews from Jun 19, opens Jun 21, runs to Jul 5. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 1-855-515-0722, www.fosterfestival.com.
You'll Get Used to It!... The War Show (drama) By Peter Colley. Six Canadian infantrymen experience everything from training and the anguish of leaving loved ones, to the fear and danger of battle. Preview Jun 5, opens Jun 6, runs to Jun 22. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com
THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 3 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.
At the Festival Theatre
Billy Elliot (musical) by Elton John & Lee Hall. A young boy in a coal mining town discovers he has a talent for dancing ballet. Opened May 28, runs to Nov 3.
The Merry Wives of Windsor (comedy) by William Shakespeare. The fat knight Falstaff tries to woo two married women at the same time. Opens Jun 1, runs to Oct 26.
Othello (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Spurred on by Iago, Othello starts to believe his wife is unfaithful. Opened May 27, runs to Oct 27.
At the Avon Theatre
Little Shop of Horrors (musical) by Alan Menken & Howard Ashman. A meek florist raises a plant that feeds on human flesh. Opened May 31, runs to Nov 2.
The Neverending Story (children) by David S. Craig. A stage adaptation of Michael Ende's book about a boy who literally gets drawn into the adventure novel he's reading. Previews from May 16, opens Jun 15, runs to Nov 3.
Private Lives (comedy) by Noel Coward. Ex-spouses discover they have booked adjacent honeymoon suites with their new spouse. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 26.
At the Studio Theatre
Henry VIII (history play) by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher. England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 12.
Mother's Daughter (drama) by Kate Hennig. Henry VIII's daughter Mary is haunted by the ghost of her mother, Katherine of Aragon. Previews from May 18, opens Jun 14, runs to Oct 13.
Nathan the Wise (drama) by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. In 12th-century Jerusalem, a wealthy Jew whose daughter loves a Christian faces a dangerous question from the Muslim sultan. Previews from May 25, opens Jun 15, runs to Oct 11.
The Ladies Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. After the funeral of one of their foursome, the three remaining play a round with a new fourth. Jun 4 only. Windermere Golf & Country Club, dotthetpro.ca.