Stage Door Listings

May 2024

The Shaw Festival opens its 2024 season with the musical My Fair Lady, running from May 4 to December 22, 2024.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Don Pasquale (opera) by Gaetano Donizetti. The aged Don Pasquale decides to marry the woman who is secretly his nephew’s beloved. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs Apr 26 to May 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Echo (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. The girl Future discovers that her choices can influence the world as it evolves. Runs May 8 to Jul 21. Big Top, 2150 Lake Shore Blvd West, www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Hadestown (musical) by Anaïs Mitchell. The mythic stories of two couples – Hades and Persephone and Orpheus and Eurydice. Runs May 15 to May 26. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A recounting of the last days of Jesus Christ on earth. Runs May 3 to May 12, 2024. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Medea (opera) by Luigi Cherubini. The sorceress Medea helps Jason steal the Golden Fleece, but then he abandons her. In Italian with English surtitles. Runs May 3 to May 17. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

Middle Raged (comedy) by Geri Hall & Gary Pearson. A sketch show about couples dealing with childrearing, empty nests, aging parents and financial stresses. Runs May 3 to May 4. CAA  Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Les Misérables (musical) by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg. A policeman will not stop hunting an escaped convict even after the man has become a respected citizen. Runs Mar 26 to Jun 1. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

SKéN:NEN (dance) by Santee Smith. An exploration of Indigenous resilience within the self, community and natural world. Runs May 10 to May 11. Bluma Appel Theatre, tolive.com.

To Kill a Mockingbird (drama) by Aaron Sorkin. A white lawyer defends a falsely accused black man in court. Runs May 28 to Jun 2. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

A Doll’s House (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. Ibsen’s classic play adapted to India under British colonial rule. Runs Apr 18 to May 12. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Canadian Festival of New Musicals (festival). A conference and excerpts from three musicals in development. Runs May 22 to May 26. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Come Home: The Legend of Daddy Hall (drama) by Audrey Dwyer. When John Hall is confronted by his ancestors, he is forced to revisit his entire life. Runs May 14 to Jun 9. Tarragon Theatre, tarragontheatre.com.

Discovering Allan Sherman (comedy) by Avery Saltzman. A survey of the life and comedy of Allan Sherman. Previews from May 25, opens May 30, runs to Jun 9. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, hgjewishtheatre.com.

The First Métis Man of Odesa (drama) by Matthew MacKenzie & Mariya Khomutova. A Canadian playwright and a Ukrainian artist fall in love during the Covid pandemic and the Russian invasion. Runs May 8 to May 19. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

The Fixing Girl (children) by Kevin Dyer. Meghan retreats to the backyard shed where she and Grandad have always fixed broken things to find the answer to feeling better. For ages 8-13. Runs Apr 15 to May 2.  Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

4 Minutes 12 Seconds (drama) by James Fritz. Di and David begin to wonder whether they can trust their son. Runs Apr 20 to May 12. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, tarragontheatre.com.

Hamlet (solo) (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Raoul Bhaneja plays all the roles in this one-man version of Shakespeare’s play. Runs May 23 to May 25. Young Centre, www.soulpepper.ca.

Hedda Gabler (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. After her honeymoon Hedda is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. Previews from May 5, opens May 9, runs to May 26. Coal Mine Theatre, 2076 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com.

In Seven Days (drama) by Jordi Mand. Rachel discovers that her father has chosen to end his life through medically-assisted death in seven days. Previews from May 4, opens May 9, runs to May 16. Meridian Arts Centre, 5040 Yonge St, hgjewishtheatre.com.

Les Fourberies de Scapin (comedy) by Molière. Two friends have married young women without their fathers’ approval, but the servant Scapin will solve everything. In French with English surtitles. For ages 12+. Runs May 29 to Jun 1. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, theatrefrancais.com.

The Hobbit (opera) by Dean Burry. An opera for youth based on JRR Tolkien's famous book. Runs May 31 to Jun 2. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, www.canadianchildrensopera.com.

A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (drama) by Lucas Hnath. What if a powerful billionaire pursued his own immortality at the expense of the world around him? Runs Apr 18 to May 5. Yonge Centre, outsidethemarch.ca.

seven methods of killing kylie jenner (comedy) by Jasmine Lee-Jones. Close friends Cleo and Kara grapple with the pervasive influence of social media and celebrity culture in their lives. Runs May 12 to May 26. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Tee Time for Murder (comedy). Characters mingle with guests and then someone you’ve just met dies and a detective is called in to investigate. Runs May 4, 11, 18 & 25. Cheslea Hotel, mysteriouslyyours.ca.

Unwritten: The Improv Show (comedy). Three improv artists create a show from the suggestions of the audience. For ages 11+. Runs May 7 to May 16. Young People’s Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.org.

WeeFestival (festival). The 7th edition of an arts festival for children in their early years. Runs May 9 to Jun 9. Various venues, weefestival.ca.

The Wrong Bashir (comedy) by Zahida Rahemtulla. A young philosophy major moves back home and is unwittingly chosen to serve in a prestigious religious position in his Ismaili community. Runs May 21 to Jun 9. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

The Book of Will (comedy) by Lauren Gunderson. Actors Heminge and Condell fight to collect Shakespeare’s plays for the First Folio. Runs Apr 26 to May 18. [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.

The Rocky Horror Show (musical) by Richard O’Brien. Brad and Janet’s car breaks down in front of the castle owned by Dr. Frank N. Furter. Runs May 9 to May 24. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.


AURORA

The Experience (magic) by Jordan Murciano. Step into the captivating world of magic, mind-reading and daring escapes. Runs May 11 only. Theatre Aurora, www.mindbendermagic.com.


BOBCAYGEON

The Dating Game (comedy) by Peter Quilter. Recently divorced Richard and Julia begin to look for new partners.  Runs May 29 to Jun 8. Globus Theatre, globustheatre.com.

Raised on Songs and Stories (revue) by Mark Whelan. Whelan reminisces about life and love in Dublin in the 1970s.  Runs May 10 to May 12 Globus Theatre, globustheatre.com.


BURLINGTON

Teasing Gravity (dance). A thrilling adventure in movement by some of North America’s fastest rising choreographers.  Runs May 2 only. Burlington PAC, burlingtonpac.ca.


FERGUS

M*rder at Cook County Jail (comedy) by Doll Haus. A drag murder mystery where the audience helps solve the crime. Runs May 17 only. Grand Theatre, www.centrewellington.ca.


GANANOQUE

Liars at a Funeral (comedy) by Sophia Fabiili. Grandma fakes her own death in order to hash out her family’s problems once and for all. Runs May 31 to Jun 22. Springer Theatre, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GUELPH

Spirit and Tradition (dance) by Dancers of Damelahamid. Imagery, soundscape and Coastal Indigenous masked dance evoke the rich ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Runs Apr 30 to May 2. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.

360 Allstars (circus) by Gene Peterson. A supercharged urban circus with BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more.  Runs May 8 only. River Run Centre, riverrun.ca.


HAMILTON

Beautiful Scars (musical) by Tom Wilson & Shaun Smyth. Tom Wilson’s search for his identity confronts a deeply held secret of his parents. Runs Apr 24 to May 11. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.

Staircase Magic & Variety (magic) by Nick Wallace. A monthly show featuring a rotating cast of some of Canada’s best magicians, variety and oddity entertainers. Runs May 8 only. The Staircase, www.eventbrite.ca.


KINGSTON

Spirit and Tradition (dance) by Dancers of Damelahamid. Imagery, soundscape and Coastal Indigenous masked dance evoke the rich ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Runs May 8 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.

X(Dix) (dance) by Guillaume Côté. A journey of introspection, exploring themes of personal growth, transformation and the human experience. Runs May 4 only. Grand Theatre, www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER

Late Company (drama) by Jordan Tannahill. Joel's parents make an unconventional choice of dinner guests in an attempt to heal after his death. Runs May 15 to May 26. Conrad Centre, www.greenlight-arts.com.


LONDON

Million Dollar Quartet (musical) by Floyd Mutrux. A recreation of the jam session on December 4, 1956, with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Runs Apr 19 to May 11. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


MARKHAM

360 Allstars (circus) by Gene Peterson. A supercharged urban circus with BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more.  Runs May 4 only. Flato Markham Theatre, www.flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.

Anne of Green Gables (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet based on the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel. Runs May 17 to May 18. Flato Markham Theatre, www.flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.

Confessions of a Professional Dancer (dance) by MOTUS O. The stories of three professional dancers whose careers have spanned over 30 years. Runs May 1 only. Flato Markham Theatre, www.flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


MILTON

360 Allstars (circus) by Gene Peterson. A supercharged urban circus with BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more. Runs May 5 only. FirstOntario Arts Centre, tickets.brampton.ca.


MISSISSAUGA

Mini Pop Kids Live - The Good Vibes Tour (performance). Kids aged 9-15 sing and dance to today’s hits in a high-energy show for kids. Runs May 10 only. Living Arts Centre, www.mississauga.ca.


NIAGARA FALLS

Piff the Magic Dragon (magic) by John van der Put. A comic magician in a dragon suit is aided by Mr. Piffles, a magic-performing chihuahua. Runs May 9 to May 11. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Christian Mascia performs new large-scale illusions designed by Greg Frewin. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Jan 4, 2025. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 6 to 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

My Fair Lady (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner. The famous musical version of GB Shaw’s Pygmalion. Previews from May 4, opens May 25, runs to Dec 22.

At the Royal George Theatre

The Secret Garden (drama) by Jay Turvey & Paul Sportelli. An orphaned girl is unhappy until she finds a secret garden on her uncle’s estate. Previews from May 31, opens Jun 23, runs to Oct 13.

Witness for the Prosecution (drama) by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy older woman is found murdered, her handsome younger lover is the only suspect. Runs Apr 25 to Oct 13.

At the Spiegeltent

The Shaw Variety Show (variety) by the Ensemble. An old-fashioned variety show packed with comedy, music and magic. Runs May 17 to Oct 6.


OAKVILLE

360 Allstars (circus) by Gene Peterson. A supercharged urban circus with BMX, basketball, breakdancing, acrobatics, drumming and more. Runs May 2 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.

X(Dix) (dance) by Guillaume Côté. A journey of introspection, exploring themes of personal growth, transformation and the human experience. Runs May 1 only. Oakville Centre, www.oakvillecentre.ca.


ORANGEVILLE

The Darktown Strutters’ Ball (musical) by Leslie McCurdy & Cassel Miles. A look back to the early days of music halls and vaudeville and the earliest jazz recording ever made. Runs Apr 25 to May 12. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

The Children (drama) by Lucy Kirkwood. An accident at a nearby nuclear plant forces three friends to confront an impossible question. Runs May 1 to May 18. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave, www.thegladstone.ca.

Dance Me  (dance) by Andonis Foniadakis et al. A production inspired by the music and poetry of Leonard Cohen. Runs May 30 only. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

La Machine de Turing (drama) by Benoît Solès. Although he cracks the Enigma Code in World War II, Alan Turing is condemned for his homosexuality. In French. Runs May 17 to May 18. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Navy Blue (dance) by Oona Doherty. A stunning performance infused with pain, rebellion and hope. Runs May 23 to May 24. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Oh Canada Eh?! (revue). Archtypal Canadian characters sing over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists. Booking to Oct 14, 2024. Oh Canada Eh?!, 330 Kent St, ohcanadaehottawa.com.

Rose in the Machine (drama) by Maude Laurendeau. The heartfelt and intimate journey of a mother seeking to understand her daughter’s autism. Runs Apr 30 to May 4. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

SIX (musical) by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss. A modern retelling of the story of the six wives of Henry VIII. Runs May 21 to May 26. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Stag and Doe (comedy) by Mark Crawford.One couple’s stag and doe has to share the space of another couple’s wedding reception. Runs May 8 to May 25. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

Stuff  (drama) by The Youth Ensemble. The living Earth pays the price for human greed. Runs May 1 to May 4. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.

Symphony of Hearts (dance) by Rhognie Désir. An immersive ode to the power of the heart. Runs May 30 only. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Veillée funèbre (comedy) by Guy Foissy. A wake where none of the guests follow the rules of decorum. In French. Runs May 15 to Jun 9. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, www.ovation.ca.


PETROLIA

Oil Rush (musical) by Robert More & Jacqueline Sadler. The fascinating story of “The Oil Capital of Canada”, with amusing characters and fine knee slapping music. Previews from May 7, opens May 9, runs to May 26. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.


PORT DOVER

Doris and Ivy in the Home (comedy) by Norm Foster. In a retirement home Doris, a former prison guard, befriends Ivy, a former champion skier. Runs May 22 to Jun 8. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT HOPE

A Year with Frog and Toad (musical) by Robert Reale & Willie Reale. The story of two friends through four fun-filled seasons. Runs May 17 to Jun 2. Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

The Beaver Club (comedy) by Barb Scheffler. Four women take road trip from Toronto to Newfoundland. Runs May 21 to Jun 1. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


ST. CATHARINES

Mass (performane) by Leonard Bernstein. Canadian premere of Bernstein’s theatre piece questioning ceremonial rituals and immutable truths. Runs May 30 to May 31. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.

X(Dix) (dance) by Guillaume Côté. A journey of introspection, exploring themes of personal growth, transformation and the human experience. Runs May 2 only. FirstOntario PAC, firstontariopac.ca.


ST. JACOBS

Rock of Ages (musical) by Chris D’Arienzo. In 1987 L.A. an aspiring rocker and a wanna-be movie star fall in love. Runs May 8 to Jun 1. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


STIRLING

The Harrowing of Brimstone McCreedy (comedy) by Eric Woolfe. A puppet play for adults about a conman in 1897 who loses his true love to the dark spirits of  the North. Runs May 16 to May 19. Stirling Festival Theatre, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.


STRATFORD

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16 to Oct 27 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-567-1600 or visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The famous tale of star-crossed lovers. Previews from May 6, opens Jun 1, runs to Oct 26.

Something Rotten! (musical) by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick. In Renaissance England the Bottom brothers write a musical to compete with Shakespeare’s plays. Previews from Apr 16, opens May 28, runs to Oct 27.

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Viola loves Orsino who loves Olivia who loves Viola. Previews from Apr 26, opens May 27, runs to Oct 26.

At the Avon Theatre

La Cage aux Folles (musical) by Jerry Herman & Harvey Fierstein. The manager of a drag club in St. Tropez decides to “play it straight” when his son arrives with his fiancée. Previews from May 6, opens May 31, runs to Oct 26.

Wendy and Peter Pan (musical) by Ella Hickson. Wendy Darling is centre stage in this adaptation of Peter Pan. Previews from May 21, opens Jun 15, runs to Oct 27.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

Cymbeline (drama) by William Shakespeare. Imogen tries to do good in a world full of evil. Previews from May 10, opens May 29, runs to Sep 28.

Hedda Gabler (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. After her honeymoon Hedda is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. Previews from Apr 25, opens May 30, runs to Sep 28.


SUDBURY

One Small Step (musical) by Annika Johnson & Barbara Johnston. High school drama students write a musical about astronaut Chris Hadfield. Runs May 10 to May 16. Sudbury Theatre Centre, yestheatre.com.

Scoooootch! (children) by Amélie Poirier. An exploration of the limits of sticky tape in movement, theatre, music and visual arts. For ages 2-8. Runs May 18 only. Le Théâtre de Nouvel-Ontario, letno.ca.


THUNDER BAY

Liars at a Funeral (comedy) by Sophia Fabiili. Grandma fakes her own death in order to hash out her family’s problems once and for all. Runs May 9 to May 25. Magnus Theatre, magnustheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

The Comic Strippers (comedy). A male stripper parody and improv comedy show. thecomicstrippers.com.

• May 23: Ancaster Memorial Arts Centre, Ancaster

• May 24: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• May 25: Regent Theatre, Oshawa

• May 26: Aultsville Theatre, Cornwall

• May 29: Meaford Town Hall, Meaford

• May 30: Gravenhurst Opera House, Gravenhurst

• May 31: Capitol Centre, North Bay


Dinosaur World Live (performance). An interactive show that takes you meet life-sized puppets of the fearsome denizens of prehistory. dinosaurworldlive.com.

• May 1: FirstOntario Concert Hall, Hamilton

• May 2: Brockville Arts Centre, Brockville

• May 3: Centre in the Square, Kitchener

• May 4: Memorial Centre, Peterborough

• May 11: Empire Theatre, Belleville

• May 12: Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Toronto

• May 14: Imperial Theatre, Sarnia

• May 17: Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay


We Walk the Line  (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. cashtributeshow.com.

• May 4: Stirling Festival Theatre, Stirling

• May 11: Imperial Theatre, Sarnia

• May 17: Sanderson Centre, Brantford