Stage Door Listings

June 2022

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child begins performances at the CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto on May 31, 2022.

Poster: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


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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 Jun 21 to Aug 14. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

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 Feb 26 to Jul 27. Canadian Opera Company, www.coc.ca. online

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. Begins May 31. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

2 Pianos 4 Hands (comedy) by Ted Dykstra & Richard Greenblatt. A story of aspiring talents, piano teachers, lessons and competitions. Runs Jun 7 to Jul 17. Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Bâtardes (drama) by Jade Barshee. Born to a Tibetan father and a Québecoise mother, Jade and her sister search for their indentity. In French with English captions. Runs May 28 to Jun 4. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.ca.

The Herd (drama) by Kenneth T. Williams. Culture, science and politics collide when a media circus and a ‘new age mob’ descend on a First Nation herd when twin white bison are born. Runs May 11 to Jun 12. Tarragon Theatre, www.tarragontheatre.com.  

Kamloopa (drama) by Kim Senklip Harvey. Three Indigenous women hit the road to the largest powwow on the West Coast. Previews from Jun 23, opens Jun 30, runs to Jul 24. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Luminato (festival). An multidisciplinary festival of art, music, dance, and theatre. Runs Jun 9 to Jun 19. Various venues, luminatofestival.com.

The Queen in Me (opera) by Teiya Kasahara. An exploration of the constraints of conventional opera roles and their reliance on gender and sex stereotypes. Runs Jun 2, 3 & 4. Canadian Opera Company Theatre, 227 Front St East, www.coc.ca.

R.U.R. A Torrent of Light (opera) by Nicole Lizée. In the near future androids serve their human owners and an A.I. company is about to make a controversial breakthrough. Runs May 24 to Jun 5, Great Hall, OCAD University, tapestryopera.com.

Singulières (drama) by Maxime Beauregard-Martin. A documentary drama about women who choose to remain single. In French with English surtitles. Runs Jun 2 to Jun 10. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

Story, story, die (dance) by Alan Lucien Øyen. An examination of how we lie about ourselves to create a more desirable reality for each other. Runs Jun 28 to Jun 29. Fleck Dance Theatre, https://harbourfrontcentre.com.

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 Jun 7 to Jun 21. Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, hgjewishtheatre.com.  

Where the Blood Mixes (drama) by Kevin Loring. Christine returns to her First Nations community to reconnect with her father. Previews from May 26, opens Jun 2, runs to Jun 26. Soulpepper Theatre Company, www.soulpepper.ca.

Wildfire (comedy) by David Paquet. Claudette, Claudia, Claudine, Carol, Callum and Caroline are all haunted by a family history of childhood trauma. Runs May 28 to Jun 19. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.


BRIGHT

Oh What a Night! (revue) by George Solomon. A tribute to the life and music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Runs Jun 13 to Jun 25. Walters Music Venue, www.waltersmusicvenue.com.


CAMBRIDGE

Cinderella (opera) by Gioacchino Rossini. Rossini’s version of the Cinderella story with a wicked stepfather. Runs from Jun 25. Fuse,  www.fuseart.org. online ‑postponed‑


GANANOQUE

Back in ’59 (musical) by Thom Currie. Four friends attending their 10-year high school reunion reminisce about the ’50s and ’60s. Runs May 26 to Jun 11. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

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, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

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, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


HAMILTON

Ring of Fire (revue) by Richard Maltby Jr. A portrait of the life and music of Johnny Cash. Runs Jun 8 to Jun 25. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


MILLBROOK

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, www.4thlinetheatre.on.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

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, gregfrewintheatre.com. ★★★★☆


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

1812 (comedy) by Norm Foster. Friendships in the neighbouring towns of St. Stephen, New Brunswick, and Calais, Maine, are tested when war breaks out. Runs Jun 8 to Jun 23. Fort George National Historic Site, fosterfestival.com.

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 www.shawfest.com.

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 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. Previews from May 18, opens 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. Previews from Jun 11, opens 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.  

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. Previews from Jun 8, opens 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.


NORTH BAY

Anne of Green Gables - The Ballet (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet based on Lucy Maud Montgomery's novel. Runs Jun 16 only. Capitol Centre, capitolcentre.org.


OAKVILLE

Happy End (musical) by Kurt Weill & Bertolt Brecht. A 1929 musical about the romance between a Salvation Army worker and gang leader. Runs May 27 to Jun 1. [student] Theatre Sheridan, www.sheridancollege.ca. online


ORILLIA

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, www.orilliaoperahouse.ca.  


OSHAWA

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. Jun 25 only. Oshawa Little Theatre, www.cashtributeshow.com.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

Contes et légendes (drama) by Joël Pommerat. An investigation of the relationships between adolescents, adults and androids. In French. Runs Jun 1 to Jun 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Corps titane (titre de suivre) (drama) by Audry Talbot. After being struck by a truck and crippled Talbot details how she rebuilt her life. In French. Runs Jun 15 to Jun 18. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.  

L’Écho de l’écume (children) by Édith Beauséjour et al. Two women bring a small island universe to life. In French. For ages 2-6. Runs Jun 4 to Jun 5. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.    

Gaston Klaxon – Deuxième connexion (children) by Pier Rodier et al. Gaston is fascinated by eggs and seeds, dandelions and butterflies, births and growths. In French. For ages 2-6. Runs Jun 11 to Jun 12. La Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.     

Jokes, chapeau, maman, magie, piano (comedy) by Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarias. A solo show covering a wide range of genres. In French. Runs Jun 29 to Jun 30. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

The Noble Pursuit (comedy) by Douglas Bowie. Rumours are rife that Canada’s pre-eminent man of letters is about to win the Nobel Prize, so why does his former friend want to kill him? Runs Jun 8 to Jun 25. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Ottawa Fringe Festival (festival). A festival of new work by emerging and established artists. Runs Jun 16 to Jun 26. Arts Court Theatre, ottawafringe.com.

Speaking Vibrations (performance) by Jo-Anne Bryan et al. An immersive, inclusive and multi-sensory experience in ASL song/poetry, music, tap and dance. Runs May 24 to Jun 4. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Utopie (comedy) by Jean-Marc Parent. Parent gives us a vision of an utopian universe without ageing and illness. In French. Runs Jun 7 to Jun 9. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.  


PETERBOROUGH

Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (festival). The 2nd annual festival of work by Indigenous artists. Runs Jun 21 to Jun 26. Various venues, www.indigenousfringefest.ca.


PICKERING

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, www.herongate.com.


PORT HOPE

A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (musical) by Dean Regan. The story of the life and music of Patsy Cline. Runs Jun 2 to Jun 26. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

The Crooner Show (revue) by Rick Kish. Songs made famous by crooners from Frank Sinatra to Michael Bublé. Runs Jun 7 to Jun 11. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.  

Gabs Sings Babs (cabaret) by Gabi Epstein. Epstein shares her own journey of self-discovery through her idol Barbra Streisand’s greatest hits. Runs May 31 to Jun 4. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.  

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, psft.ca.


STIRLING

We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. Jun 4 only. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.cashtributeshow.com.


STRATFORD

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 www.stratfordfestival.ca. To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit www.stratfordfestival.ca/AtHome.

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. Previews from Apr 6, opens Jun 3, runs to Oct 28.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet's father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Previews from May 14, opens 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.

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England. Previews from May 10, opens 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.

On Stratfest@Home

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