Stage Door Listings

May 2020

The Stratford Festival opens its 2020 season with Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing on May 25.

Photo: Graham Abbey as Benedick and Maev Beaty as Beatrice. © 2019 David Cooper.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Aida (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A captive Ethiopian princess falls in love with her Egyptian captor. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Apr 18, runs to May 8. www.coc.ca.

The Boy Friend (musical) by Sandy Wilson. Since Polly doesn’t have a boy to take her to her finishing school ball, she makes one up. Runs Mar 31 to May 3. Princess of Wales 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. Runs Dec 13, 2019, to May 31, 2020, Royal Alexandra Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭

The Flying Dutchman (opera) by Richard Wagner. A captain is cursed to sail forever until he finds a woman who will sacrifice herself for love. In German with English surtitles. Opens May 1, runs to May 16. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

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. Runs Feb 11 to May 17. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.  

Indecent (drama) by Paula Vogel. In 1923 when Sholem Asch's play God of Vengeance arrives on Broadway, it is denounced as indecent. Runs Apr 4 to Apr 26. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Miss Saigon (musical) by Claude-Michel Schönberg & Alain Boublil. A Vietnamese woman and an American G.I fall in love during the Vietnam War. Runs May 5 to May 24. 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.

Uptown International Children's Festival (festival). Opens May 21, runs to May 24. The best of international theatre, circus, music and dance for young audiences and families. Meridian Arts Centre, www.meridianhall.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Cartography (children) by Kaneza Schaal & Christopher Myers. Five young people tell the stories of young refugees. For ages 12+. Runs May 5 to May 14. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.  

Cavalleria rusticana (opera) by Pietro Mascagni. A young man returns from military duty to find that his fiancée has married someone else. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens May 28, runs May 30 & 31. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront, http://torontocityopera.com.

Le Club des éphémères (comedy) by Alain Doom. Five residents of an old age home participate in a documentary about shadflies but really want to talk about other things. In French with English surtitles. Opened Apr 29, runs to May 10. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, theatrefrancais.com.  

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

Ephemeral Artifacts (dance) by Travis Knight. Tap dance used to tell the history of tap and jazz. Opened Apr 18, runs to May 9. Theatre Passe Muraille, www.passemuraille.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. Previews from May 19, opens May 20, runs to Jun 7. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.  

The Great Divide (drama) by Alix Sobler. In 1911 a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory kills 146 works most of them recent immigrants. Runs Apr 25 to May 10. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, www.hgjewishtheatre.com.

House (drama) by Daniel MacIvor. On the precipice of a nervous breakdown, Victor drags his audience through his life, his fantasies and desires. Previews from May 2, opens May 7, runs to May 24. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.

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

Jack and the Magic Bean (children) by Linda A. Carson. Jack  journeys to a giant’s farmland. For ages 3-8. Runs Apr 14 to May 10. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org

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. Previews from May 15, opens May 21, runs to Jun 7. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.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.

Musik für das Ende (oratorio) by Claude Vivier. An immersive spectacle for 10 singers, an actor, keyboards and percussion about feath and eternity. Opens May 6, runs to May 9. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

A Northern Lights Dream (operetta) by Michael Rose. Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream set in Shakespeare, Ontario. Opens May 2, runs to May 3. Jane Mallet Theatre, www.torontooperetta.com.

Open Studios (performance).Buddies’ resident artists take over the building to write, rehearse, try out new things and share what they’ve been working on. Opens May 11, runs to May 28. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St., 416-975-8555, buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Orphan Song (drama) by Sean Dixon. In 40,027 BC a Homo Sapiens couple adopts a Neanderthal child. Opened Apr 29, runs to May 24. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.

Paprika Festival (festival). New plays, dance, workshop productions, experimental art and more all created by young artists. Opens May 25, runs to May 31. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East,  paprikafestival.com.

La Plus Grosse Poutine du monde (comedy) by Pierre Simpson. Thomas wants to create the poutine in the world to enter the Guinness Book of Records. In French with English surtitles. May 23 only. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, theatrefrancais.com.   

Rocking Horse Winner (opera) by Gareth Williams & Anna Chatterton. A boy tries to cure his mother of the bad luck that haunts her. Opened Apr 23, runs to May 2. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, tapestryopera.com.

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. Opens 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

WeeFestival (festival). A contemporary arts festival dedicated to early childhood. Opens May 4, runs to May 25. Various venues, weefestival.ca.

Winter Solstice (comedy) by Roland Schimmelpfennig. A mysterious but charming guest arrives at the home of an unhappy intellectual family. Previews from May 7, opens May 14, runs to Jun 3. Young Centre, 1-888-898-1188, www.soulpepper.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

Cabaret (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. An American writer and a British cabaret performer fall in love in 1930s Berlin. Preview April 30, opens May 1, runs to May 16. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, theatrescarborough.com.

Cole (revue) by Alan Strachan & Benny Green. A survey of Cole Porter's life and music. Opens May 21, runs to May 30. [community] Fairview Library Theatre, 416-299-5557, www.stagecentreproductions.com.

Comic Potential (comedy) by Alan Ayckbourn. In the near future low-cost androids have replaced actors on TV shows. Opens May 14, runs to May 23. [community] Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, nagsplayers.com.

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


CAMBRIDGE

On Golden Pond (comedy) by Ernest Thompson. An elderly couple hope for relaxation at their summer home but their daughter arrives with her boyfriend and his son. Preview May 6, opens May 7, runs to May 24. 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. Opens May 30, runs to Jun 7. The Barn, Westben, www.westben.ca.


COLLINGWOOD

The New Canadian Curling Club (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A bigot is forced to teach new immigrants to Canada how to curl. Opens May 12, runs to May 16. GNE Fairgrounds, 1-866-382-2200, theatrecollingwood.ca.


DRAYTON

Return to Grace (revue) by Robert Asselstine. A clebration of Elvis Presley from his beginnings to his Memphis and Las Vegas triumphs. Previews from May 13, opens May 15, runs to May 31. 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. Preview May 29, opens May 30, runs to Jun 20. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


HAMILTON

Ring of Fire (musical) by Richard Maltby, Jr. The life and music of Johnny Cash. Runs Apr 15 to May 2. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.


LONDON

Grow (musical) by Colleen Dauncey & Akiva Romer-Segal. Before they must commit to the Amish faith forever, two nineteen-year-olds explore the outside world. Opened Apr 17, runs to May 2. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.

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


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. Previews from May 14, opens Jun 20, runs to Oct 9.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Previews from Apr 8, opens May 23, runs to Oct 11 .

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. Previews from Apr 2, opens May 22, runs to Oct 17 .

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+. Previews from Apr 23, opens May 23, runs to Sep 5.

At the Studio Theatre

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


ORANGEVILLE

The New Canadian Curling Club (comedy) by Mark Crawford. A bigot has to teach curling to a group of recent immigrants. Opened Apr 24, runs to May 10. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA

L'Écho de l'écume (children) by Édith Beauséjour et al. Two women create art while sailing on the sea. In French. For ages 3-6. May 2 only. Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com

Giulio Cesare (opera) by G.F. Handel. Julius Caesar tries to resist the wiles of Cleopatra. Semi-staged. May 24 only. [student] First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave West, www.evensi.ca.

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

Hot Brown Honey (performance). Indigenous Australian performaers combine music, comedy and burlesque. Opens May 5, runs to May 9. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.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.

On va tous mourir (comedy) by Laurent Paquin & Simon Boudreault. Twenty comic sketches about death. In French. May 27 only. Salle Odyssée, Maison de la Culture, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Paradise Lost (comedy) by Erin Shields. Satan exiled from Heaven vows revenge by ruining God’s newest creation – mankind. Opened Apr 22, runs to May 3. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Requiem for L. (performance) by Alain Patel. Fabrizio Cassol's adaptation of Mozart's Requiem combine film and dance using Western and African influences to create a luminous ritual. Opens May 20, runs to May 22. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Shakespeare’s Will (drama) by Vern Thiessen. The story of Shakespeare’s marriage to Anne Hathaway as told by Anne. Opened Apr 30, runs to May 9. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

She Kills Monsters (comedy) by Qui Nguyen. Agnes becomes involved in the Dungeons & Dragons game of her dead sister. Preview May 14, opens May 15, runs to May 23. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.

Sous la feuille (children) by Josué Beaucage & Ariane Voineau. Beaucage and Voineau introduce young children to the wonders of nature. In French. For ages 1½-5. Opens May 9, runs to may 10. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.

Transparent (comedy) by Mario Tessier. An exploration of all the small daily gestures that we do in order not to displease others. In French. May 28 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, shenkmanarts.ca.  

Trial by Jury (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & W.S. Gilbert. The court hears a case of breach of promise of marriage. May 9 only. [community] Venue TBA, ottawasavoysociety.org.  

Unholy (comedy) by Diane Flacks. Four female panelists from different religious backgrounds debate whether women should abandon religion. Runs Apr 21 to May 10. GCTC, 613-236-5196,  www.gctc.ca.  


PETROLIA

The Roaring Twenties (revue). A tribute to the music and comedy stars of the 1920s. Previews from Apr 28, opens May 2, runs to May 16. 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.

The Odd Couple (female version) (comedy) by Neil Simon. A slob and a neat freak are forced to live in the same apartment. Runs Mar 27 to May 2. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.


PORT DOVER

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. Previews from May 20, opens May 22, runs to Jun 6. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

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


PORT STANLEY

A Legal Alien (comedy) by Chris Gibbs. Gibbs, who came to Canada from England in 1995, ponders what it means to be Canadian. Opens May 26, runs to May 30. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

Crystal (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. Cirque du Soleil’s first-ever show on ice. Opens May 27, runs to May 31. Meridian Centre, www.cirquedusoleil.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. Previews from May 20, opens 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. Previews from Apr 11, opens 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. Previews from Apr 23, opens 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. Previews from May 7, opens 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. Previews from May 9, opens May 29, runs to Oct 25.

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Preview from Apr 24, opens 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.  

Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, resolves to murder his way to become king of England. Previews from May 6, opens May 30, runs to Oct 23.

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.


SUDBURY

Dans le bleu (drama) by Magali Lemèle. A young woman sails from the Bahamas to Île-aux-Moines. In French. Opens May 13, runs to May 15. Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Screwball Comedy (comedy) by Norm Foster. In 1938 a woman tries to break into the male-dominated world of journalism. Runs Apr 16 to May 2. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com.

Zorya Ukrainian Dance (dance). 90 dancers provide an evening of Ukrainian music, folklore and dance. May 9 only. The Community Auditorium, www.tbca.com.


WINDSOR

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

Windsor-Walkerton Fringe Fest (festival). Opens May 14, runs to May 17. A festival of new plays. Walkerton Arts Centre, www.windsorwalkervillefringefest.com.