Stage Door Listings

June 2020

The Blyth Festival opens its 2020 season with Airborne: The Life and Legacy of Lorna Bray on June 12.

Photo: Lorna Bray.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Les Misérables (musical) by by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil. Escaped prisoner Jean Valjean makes a new life for himself but the obsessive Javert wants to bring him to justice. Runs Jun 16 to Aug 23. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

The Simon and Garfunkel Story (revue). The story of the folk-rock duo from their humble beginnings to their reunion for The Concert Central Park in 1981. Runs May 26 to Jun 7. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Swan Lake (ballet) by Karen Kain to music by Tchaikovsky. A prince falls in love with a being who is a swan by day and a woman by night. Opens Jun 5, runs to Jun 21. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

COMBUSTIONfestival (festival). The most exciting, talented, boundary-pushing, genre-bending, industry-leading improvisers from across North America. Opened May 27, runs to Jun 1. Bad Dog Comedy Theatre, 875 Bloor St West, baddogtheatre.com

Draw Me Close (drama) by Jordan Tannahill. The story of a son and his mother told through live performance and virtual reality.  Opens Jun 23, runs to Jul 12. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

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 20, runs to Jul 26. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

The Ex-Boyfriend Yard Sale (comedy) by Haley McGee. McGee tries to pay off her Visa bill by selling gifts from her ex-boyfirends. Opened May 20, runs to Jun 7. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.  

inspiraTO Unhinged Festival (festival). A festival of 36 new ten-minute-long plays. Opened May 28, runs to Jun 6. Alumnae Theatre, www.theatreinspirato.ca.

Kelly v. Kelly (musical) by Britta Johnson & Sara Farb. In 1915 a mother has her 19-year-old daughter arrested for incorrigibility when the teen falls in love with a tango dancer. Opened May 21, runs to Jun 7. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com

Luminato (festival). The best theatre, music, dance and more from Canada and around the world. Opens Jun 5, runs to Jun 21. Various venues, 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.   

Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story (musical) by Hannah Moscovitch, Ben Caplan & Christian Barry. Two Romanian refugees emigrating to Canada meet in Halifax in 1908. Opens Jun 2, runs to Jun 21. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com. Runtime: 80m. ✭✭✭✩✩

The Secret Chord: A Leonard Cohen Experience (revue) by Frank Cox-O’Connell & Marni Jackson. A tribute to the life, music and poetry of Leonard Cohen. Opened May 8, runs to Jun 7. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Vitaly: An Evening of Wonders (magic) by Vitaly Beckman. Vitaly combines the art of illusion with stories of his years growing up in Israel. Runs May 31 to Jun 14. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, www.hgjewishtheatre.com

Winter Solstice (comedy) by Roland Schimmelpfennig. A mysterious but charming guest arrives at the home of an unhappy intellectual family. Opened May 14, runs to Jun 3. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

The Government Inspector (comedy) by Nikolai Gogol. People in a small town suspect a new arrival is an inspector sent by the government. Opened May 29, runs to Jun 13. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.

Innocence Lost: A play about Steven Truscott (drama) by Beverley Cooper. Truscott is convicted and imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit. Opens Jun 26, runs to Jul 11.  [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.


BLYTH

Airborne: The Life and Legacy of Lorna Bray (drama) by Gil Garratt et al. A documentary drama about a local Blyth girl born 1931 who became a renowned air pilot. Previews from Jun 10, opens Jun 12, runs to Aug 8. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.

Liars at a Funeral (comedy) by Sophia Fabiilli. Mavis fakes her own death in order to get her fractured family together. Previews from Jun 24, opens Jun 26, runs to Aug 18. Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, blythfestival.com.


BOBCAYGEON

Boy Falls From The Sky (revue) by Jake Epstein. Epstein tells us about his career from Degrassi to Broadway and after. Opens Jun 23, runs to Jun 27. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.

Rock n’ Roll is Here to Stay (revue) by Leisa Way. A survey of the sounds of the hottest rock stars from Buddy Holly to David Bowie. Opens Jun 30, runs to Jul 11. Lakeview Arts Barn, 1-800-304-7897, arts-barn.squarespace.com.


CAMBRIDGE

42nd Street (musical) by Harry Warren & Al Dubin. A chorus girl has her big chance at stardom when the leading lady breaks her leg. Previews from Jun 10, opens Jun 12, runs to Jun 27. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


CAMPBELLFORD

The Selfish Giant (musical) by Brian Finley & Ken Tizzard. When a giant forbids children to play in his garden it becomes perpetual winter. Opened May 30, runs to Jun 7. The Barn, Westben, www.westben.ca.


COLLINGWOOD

A Night in Vegas (revue). A survey of songs that were part of Las Vegas revues. Opens Jun 15, runs to Jun 18. First Presbyterian Church, 1-866-382-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca.


DRAYTON

The Dixie Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women who met years ago on their college swim team spend a long weekend reminiscing. Preview Jun 10, opens Jun 11, runs to Jun 27. Drayton Festival Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GANANOQUE

Back in ’59 (revue) by Thom Currie. Four friends attending their high school reunion reminisce about the music of their youth. Opened May 30, runs to Jun 20. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

The Music Man (musical) by Meredith Willson. A con man convinces a town he can create a children's band. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 3, runs to Aug 1. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

Fiddler on the Loose (revue) by David Rogers. A blend of music, dance, comedy and fiddling featuring over 60 songs. Preview Jun 10, opens Jun 11, runs to Jun 27. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GRAVENHURST

The Fly Fisher’s Companion (comedy) by Michael Melski. Two old friends go one last fishing trip together. Runs Jun 24 to Jul 17. Huron Country Playhouse, 1-888-495-8888, www.gravenhurst.ca.


HALIBURTON

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein. A young woman leaves a convent to become the governess of seven children. Opens Jun 29, runs to Jul 9. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 1-855-457-9933, www.highlandssummerfestival.on.ca.


KITCHENER / WATERLOO

Pearle Harbour’s Chautaqua (comedy) by Justin Miller. An immersive extravaganza: part cabaret, part tragicomedy, part tent revival. Opens Jun 17, runs to Jun 21. Conrad Centre,  www.greenlight-arts.com.


LONDON

London Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of theatre, music, dance art and more. Opened May 26, runs to Jun 6. Various venues, londonfringe.ca.


MORRISBURG

Renovations for Six (comedy) by Norm Foster. Three couples at a dinner party are all doing home renovations, but their relationships could a little work too. Runs Jun 4 to Jun 28. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs Apr 20 to Oct 24. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 8585 Lundy’s Lane, 1-800-467-2071, www.ohcanadaeh.com.

Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs Jan 2, 2019, to Dec 30, 2020. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 8-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 www.shawfest.com.

At the Festival Theatre

The Devil’s Disciple (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Dick Dudgeon is the local outcast in colonial New England but when the British attack, he proves to be a hero. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 9.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 23, runs to Oct 11.

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of a favourite uncle under mysterious circumstances. Previews from Jun 21, opens Jul 25, runs to Oct 18.

At the Royal George Theatre

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Opened May 22, runs to Oct 17.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 10.

Prince Caspian (children) by Damien Atkins. Prince Caspian of Narnia needs the four Pevensie children to help him defeat his wicked uncle. For ages 6+. Opened May 23, runs to Sep 5.

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. A son hates his father's new wife, but she is passionately in love with him, not her husband. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 10.

The Playboy of the Western World (comedy) by J.M. Synge. A young man who has murdered his father is treated as a hero. Opened May 24, runs to Sep 6.


OTTAWA

Hamilton (musical) by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man. Opens May 19, runs to Jun 12. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca

Hedwig and the Angry Inch (musical) by Stephen Trask & John Cameron Mitchell. An East German rock and roll star is the vistim of a botched sex change operation. Preview Jun 3, opens Jun 4, runs to Jun 13. [community] The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A survey of Canadian popular music from maritime folk songs to Justin Bieber. Runs May 8 to Oct 3. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 1-877-497-7124, 2451 Riverside Dr, http://ohcanadaehottawa.com.

Ottawa Fringe Festival (festival). A fun and exploratory showcase for new theatrical works. Opens Jun 18, runs to Jun 28. Various venues, ottawafringe.com.  

The Tempest (children) by Rag & Bone Puppet Theatre. A child-friendly version of Shakespeare’s play using puppets. Jun 7 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.  

Utopie (comedy) by Jean-Marc Parent. Parent tells us what life would be like in a place where there is no aging, sickness or war and no negative judgements. In French. Opens Jun 17, runs to Jun 19. Salle Odyssée, Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.


PENETANGUISHENE

Sleeping Beauty: The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the well-known fairy tale. Preview Jun 10, opens Jun 11, runs to Jun 27. King's Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


PERTH

Affairs of State (comedy) by Louis Verneuil. A school teacher is persuaded to marry an ex-Secretary of State to help cover up his affair. Runs from Jun 26 to Jul 19. Classic Theatre Festival, classictheatre.ca.


PETROLIA

On Golden Pond (comedy) by Ernest Thompson. A retired couple plan to spend a quiet summer at their vacation home but they are interrupted by their daughter, her boyfriend and his son. Previews from Jun 2, opens Jun 6, runs to Jun 21. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, 1-800-717-7694, thevpp.ca.


PICKERING

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s (comedy) by Ron Clark & Sam Bobrick. Caught in a love triangle, three characters attempt to commit the perfect crime. Runs May 8 to Jun 27. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.  


PORT COLBORNE

Sugar Road (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Twenty years ago Hannah had a night of romance with a rising country music star – now he’s come back. Preview Jun 10, opens Jun 11, runs to Jun 21. Showboat Festival Theatre, 905-834-0833, showboattheatre.ca.


PORT DOVER

Halfway There (comedy) by Norm Foster. Newly dumped Sean Merrit falls in love with a waitress in a diner in Stewiacke, NS, but must find approval from the diner's regular clientèle. Previews from Jun 10, opens Jun 12, runs to Jul 4. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

Sugar Road (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Twenty years ago Hannah had a night of romance with a rising country music star – now he’s come back. Opened May 22, runs to Jun 6. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

The Birds and the Bees (comedy) by Mark Crawford. After a loveless marriage, Gail comes back to live with her mother, a beekeeper. Opened May 28, runs to Jun 14. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.

Shirley Valentine (comedy) by Willy Russell. A bored middle-class English housewife takes a sudden holiday in Greece. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 2, runs to Jul 18. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

Jonas and Barry in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. Jonas tries to get Barry to take a more positive view of life in an assisted living facility. Opens Jun 3, runs to Jun 27. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

In the Soil Arts Festival (festival). Music, theatre, film, installations, happenings, street art, comedy and more. Opens Jun 5, runs to Jun 7. Various venues, inthesoil.on.ca.

The Melville Boys (comedy) by Norm Foster. Lee and his brother Owen plan a quiet fishing weekend but it is interrupted by the arrival of two sisters. Previews from Jun 24, opens Jun 26, runs to Jul 10. FirstOntario PAC, www.fosterfestival.com.


ST. JACOBS

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (musical) by Steven Lutvak & Robert L. Freedman. In 1907 England, Monty Narvarro learns he is eighth in line for an earldom and makes murderous plans to attain it. Opened May 22, runs to Jun 7. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL 2020:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 11-Nov 1 in 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

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Two murderesses compete for the skills of a shady lawyer. Opened May 26, runs to Nov 1.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to kill his uncle in revenge. Opened May 28, runs to Oct 25.

Much Ado About Nothing (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Beatrice and Benedick argue so often that people think they must be in love. Opened May 25, runs to Oct 23.

At the Avon Theatre

Monty Python’s Spamalot (musical) by John Du Prez & Eric Idle. A musical version of the 1975 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 25.

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Opened May 27, runs to Nov 1.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena cures the King of France to win her belovded Betram but he does not love her. Previews from May 15, opens Jun 11, runs to Oct 24.

Certain Women of an Age (drama) by Margaret Trudeau. Trudeau's solo show about her life and dealing with bipolar disorder. Opens Jun 17, runs to Jun 19.

Here’s What It Takes (musical) by Steven Page & Daniel MacIvor. A chronicle of the rise of a fictional rock duo from children’s entertainters to stardom to decline and breakup. Previews from Jun 5, opens Jun 30, runs to Oct 24.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to murder his way to become king of England. Opened May 30, runs to Oct 23.

An Undiscovered Shakespeare (performance) by Rebecca Northan. An audience member shares a real-life love story and Northan and her troupe turn it into a five-act Shakespearean comedy. Previews from Jun 30, opens Jul 13, runs to Sep 18.

At the Studio Theatre

Three Tall Women (drama) by Edward Albee. An older woman reminisces about her past to two younger companions. Previews from May 27, opens Jun 12, runs to Oct 4.



WINDSOR

The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by W. A. Mozart. Figaro’s master wants to sleep with Figaro’s fiancée before their wedding. Opened May 25, runs to Jun 12. The Capitol Theatre, www.abridgedopera.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Baby Shark Live! (children). Baby Shark and Pinkfong go on adventures to learn about shapes, colours, numbers and more. For ages 3-5.  babysharklive.com.

• Jun 8: Leon’s Centre, Kingston

• Jun 12: Budweiser Gardens, London

• Jun 13: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• Jun 14: Peterborough Memorial Centre, Peterborough

• Jun 15: Kitchener memorial Auditorium, Kitchener

• Jun 16: Paramount Fine Foods Centre, Mississauga

• Jun 19: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay