Stage Door Listings
The Grand Theatre, London, presents Mary Poppins opening November 29 and running to December 29.
Illustration: Mary Poppins. © 2019 Scott McKowen.
Alegría (circus) by Cirque du Soleil. In the classic power struggle of old meets new, an emerging movement strives to shake the established order. Opened Sep 19, runs to Dec 1. Big Top at Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com.
Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera (opera) by Julien Bilodeau & Roger Waters. An opera based on Pink Floyd’s 1979 album The Wall. Opens Nov 13, runs to Nov 23. Meridian Hall, www.sonycentre.ca.
Cats (musical) By Andrew Lloyd Webber. T.S. Eliot's whimsical poems about cats are presented in music and dance. Runs Nov 27, 2019, to Jan 5, 2020. 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. Opened Feb 13, 2018, booking to Dec 1, 2019. Elgin Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✭
Don Giovanni (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A serial seducer receives his comeuppance. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Oct 31, runs to Nov 9. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.operaatelier.com.
Etudes / Piano Concerto #1 / Petite Mort (ballets) by Harald Lander / Alexei ratmansky / Jiří Kylián. A tribute to classical dance, an homage to Dmitri Shostakovitch and an exploration of the eroticism of Mozart's music. Opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 1. Four Seasons Centre, 1-866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
Girl from the North Country (drama) by Conor McPherson with songs by Bob Dylan. The stories of residents in a guesthouse in Duluth, MN, in 1943. Runs Sep 28 to Nov 24. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Giselle (ballet) by Sir Peter Wright to music by Adolphe Adam. A young woman jilted by her lover finds revenge after death. Opens Nov 6, runs to Nov 10. Four Seasons Centre, 1-866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
Mandy Patinkin in Concert: DIARIES (revue) by Mandy Patinkin. An evening of Patinkin's favourite Broadway and classic American tunes. Runs Nov 12 & 14. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Orpheus Alive / Chaconne (ballets) by Robert Binet / George Balanchine. A retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice and an ensemble of neo-classical dances Opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 21. Four Seasons Centre, 1-866-345-9595, national.ballet.ca.
Piaf/Dietrich (musical) by Jayne Lewis. The story of the friendship of two show business legends. Runs Sep 17-Dec 15. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.
Spirit (dance) by Bangara Dance Theatre. This Australian company uses storytelling, dance, theatre and music to transport the audience to a sacred place. Opens Nov 8, runs to Nov 9. Bluma Appel Theatre, ww.canadianstage.com.
Taj Express: The Bollywood Musical Revue (revue). The high-energy music and dances of contemporary Bollywood. Opens Nov 23, runs to Dec 1. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.tolive.com.
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
The Adventures of Pinocchio (children) by Neil Bartram & Brian Hill. A musical about the wooden puppet who wants to become a real boy. For ages 5+. Runs Nov 11, 2019, to Jan 5, 2020. Young People's Theatre, 416-862-2222 x2, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca.
Almighty Voice and His Wife (drama) by Daniel David Moses. In 1895 a young Cree couple wish to marry but the groom has committed a crime subject to the death penalty. Opened Oct 18, runs to Nov 3. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
Besbous: Autopsy of a Revolt (drama) by Stéphane Brulotte. A forensic pathologist is charged with clearing the Tunisian government of balme in the death of a protester. Preview Nov 7, opens Nov 8, runs to Nov 20. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.
Between Breaths (drama) by Robert Chafe. The true story of a man whose freed over 500 whales from fishing nets off the Newfoundland coast. Runs Nov 20 to Dec 6.. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.
Between Riverside and Crazy (comedy) by Stephen Adly Guirgis. An ex-cop tries to hang on to one of Manhattan's best rent-stabilized apartments. Previews from Nov 24, opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 22. Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave, www.coalminetheatre.com.
Buffoon (comedy) by Anosh Irani. A Clown, a Trapeze Artist, a love triangle, a one-man tour-de-force performance. Runs Nov 12 to Dec 15. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.
La Cantatrice chauve (comedy) by Eugène Ionesco. In this absurdist classic two British couples attempt to have a conversation. In French with English surtitles. Runs Oct 23 to Nov 3. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, theatrefrancais.com.
The Cult of Dalkhilu (drama) by Norman Hussey. A horror play in two acts. Runs Oct 24 to Nov 2. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, www.missedmetaphor.com.
Every Day She Rose (comedy) by Andrea Scott & Nick Green. Racial and queer politics collide at the 2016 Toronto Pride parade. Previews from Nov 23, opens Nov 26, runs to Dec 8. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
Formidable! Charles Aznavour (revue) by Jules Grison. A survey of the life and music of Aznavour. Nov 23 only. Koerner Hall, www.rcmusic.com.
Ghost Quartet (song-cycle) by Dave Malloy. Four friends drink and tell interwoven narratives spanning seven centuries. Opened Oct 11, runs to Nov 3. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.
The Jungle (drama) by Anthony MacMahon & Thomas McKechnie. A Toronto romance between a Moldovan waitress and a Chinese cab driver. Runs Oct 1 to Nov 3. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com.
Let’s Run Away (comedy) by Daniel MacIvor. Peter finds his estranged mother's memoir following her death. Opens Nov 1, runs to Nov 17. Baillie 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.
A Million Billion Pieces (children) by David Hames Brock. Two teens with a rare disease are desperate to meet each other. For ages 13+. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 13. Young People's Theatre, www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
Pass Over (drama) by Antoinette Nwandu. A stranger enters the world of two dreamers and derails their plans. Opened Oct 25, runs to Nov 10. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
The Pianist of Willesden Lane (drama) by Mona Golabek & Lee Cohen. A young Jewish musician is sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to London during the Blitzkrieg. Runs Nov 4 to Nov 17. Meridian Arts Centre, www.tocentre.com.
Riverboat Coffee House: The Yorkville Scene (revue) by Frank Cox-O'Connell & Mike Ross. A celebration of Yorkville in the 1960s where Canadian music icons played before they were famous. Runs Nov 6 to Nov 17. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca.
STARS: Together (musical) by Stars & Chris Abraham. Montreal's indie rock band careens between tragedy and farce, illusion and reality. Previews from Nov 26, opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 8. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.
Trout Stanley (comedy) by Claudia Dey. Twin sisters are visited by a mysterious stranger of the eve of their 30 birthday. Opened Oct 19, runs to Nov 10. Factory Theatre, www.factorytheatre.ca.
2-Spirit Cabaret (cabaret). From spoken word to performance art, a celebration of the strength, beauty, and talent of queer and 2-Spirit Indigenous people. Nov 16 only. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, buddiesinbadtimes.com.
UnCovered: Stevie Wonder & Prince (concert). Canada’s finest musical actors sing new arrangements of songs by Stevie Wonder and Prince. Opens Nov 4, runs to Nov 7. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor Street West; Nov 8 to 9 Toronto Centre for the Arts, 416-408-0208, musicalstagecompany.com.
Wiesenthal (Nazi Hunter) (drama) by Tom Dugan. The life and work of the renowned Nazi hunter who brought 1,100 Nazi War criminals to justice. Preview Nov 3, opens Nov 5, runs to Nov 10. Meridian Arts Centre, www.tocentre.com.
Weesageechak Begins to Dance 32 (festival). A festival of Indigenous work including works-in-development and presentations in dance, theatre and interdisciplinary styles. Opens Nov 13, runs to Nov 23. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, 416-531-1402, www.nativeearth.ca.
Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)
Miracle on 34th Street (drama) by The Mountain Community Theatre. The store Santa at Bloomingdale's is thought insane because he believes he actually is Santa Claus. Opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 14. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, 416-267-9292, https://theatrescarborough.com
Murder Weapon (drama) by Brian Clemens. Chief Constable Jessica Bligh finds her friend's husband dead on the floor. Opens Nov 1, runs to Nov 23. [community] Village Playhouse, 2190E Bloor St West, 416-767-7702, villageplayers.net.
Portia's Julius Caesar (drama) by Kaitlyn Riordan. The events of Shakespeare's Roman play as viewed by Caesar's wife. Opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 30. [student] Hart House Theatre, harthouse.ca.
Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Characters from several fairy tales meet each other. Opens Nov 14, runs to Nov 16. Five Points Theatre, 705-792-1949, www.tift.ca.
Elf (musical) by Matthew Sklar & Chad Beguelin. A boy brought up as an elf at the North Pole wants to find his real father. Preview Nov 20, opens Nov 21, runs to Dec 22. Hamilton Family Theatre, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Hairspray (musical) by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. A plus-sized teen wants to dance on a popular televison dance show. Runs Nov 27 to Dec 29. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.
Never Not Once (drama) by Carey Crim. Eleanor brings her boyfriend home to meet her two moms and wants to find her biological father. Runs Oct 23 to Nov 9. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.
Mary Poppins (musical) by Richard M. Sherman & Robert B. Sherman. A magical nanny takes the Banks children on advantures. Previews from Nov 26, opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 29. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.
This London Life (comedy) by Morris Panych. A British man is confused when he wakes up in London, Ontario, instead of London, England. Previews from Oct 15, opens Oct 18, runs to Nov 2. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.
The Child and the Spells (opera) by Maurice Ravel. A rude child is reprimanded by the objects in his room. Opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 17. First United Church, Waterloo, www.vcopera.ca.
Ethan Claymore’s Christmas (comedy) by Norm Foster. A struggling egg farmer resists efforts to set him up with the new school teacher when he is visited by the ghost of his brother. For ages 10+. Previews fom Nov 28, opens Nov 30, runs to Dec 15. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.
An Out of This World Christmas (revue). A mixture of original holiday songs and traditional Christmas carols. Runs Nov 7 to Dec 21. 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 Mar 26, 2020. 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
Holiday Inn (musical) by Irving Berlin. Two people turns a money-losing farmhouse into a successful inn with stage shows. Previews from Nov 16, opens Nov 23, runs to Dec 22.
At the Royal George Theatre
A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of the holiday favourite. Previews from Nov 13, opens Nov 17, runs to Dec 22.
Little Women (musical) by Jim Betts & Nancy Early. A musical adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Preview Nov 28, opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 22. Theatre Orangeville, 1-800-424-1295, www.theatreorangeville.ca.
Bang Bang (comedy) by Kat Sandler. Is a White male playwright the right person to dramatize the story of a Black female policewoman? Runs Oct 22 to Nov 10. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.
Blake Works / Rhapsody in Blue / Fancy Free (ballets) by William Firsythe / Paulo Arrais / Jerome Robbins. A triple bill of ballets from Boston Ballet. Opens Nov 7, runs to Nov 9. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Cottagers and Indians (comedy) by Drew Hayden Taylor. A confrontation ensues between an Indigenous farmer trying to reclaim the lakeshore and a white cottager. Runs Nov 26 to Dec 15. Great Canadian Theatre Company, www.gctc.ca.
J’aime Hydro (drama) by Christine Beaulieu. Documentary theatre about Quebecers relationship with Hydro-Québec. In French. Opens Nov 6, runs to Nov 9. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Oleanna (drama) by David Mamet. When a female student fails her class she accuses her professor of abuse. Previews from Nov 5, opens Nov 7, runs to Nov 16. The Gladstone, 613-233-4523, www.thegladstone.ca.
Spirit (dance) by Bangara Dance Theatre. This Australian company uses storytelling, dance, theatre and music to transport the audience to a sacred place. Opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 16. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
trace (drama) by Jeff Ho. A mother, grandmother and great-grandmother make life-altering decisions to protect their families, moving from China to Hong Kong to Toronto. Previews from Nov 12, opens Nov 14, runs to Nov 23. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Une lune entre deux maisons (drama) by Suzanne Lebeau. Two children try to bridge the chasm that lies between their houses. In French. For ages 3-6. Opens Nov 2, runs to Nov 3. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
Zéro (children) by Mani Sleymanlou. An exploration of notions of exile, flight, identity, gender and community. In French. Opens Nov 27, runs to Nov 30. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca.
It Had to Be You (comedy) by Joseph Bologna & Renee Taylor. The story of Theda Blau who wants to find love and success in New York. Opened Sep 20, runs to Nov 9. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
It Runs in the Family (comedy) by Ray Cooney. Dr. Mortimore tries to fend off a paternity suit, an ex wife, a punkish son and various other lunatics so that he may deliver a lecture at an international conference. Runs Nov 15 to Dec 31. Herongate Barn Theatre, 1-866-902-9884, www.herongate.com.
La Traviata (opera) by Giuseppe Verdi. A father disapproves of his son's affair with a courtesan. Runs Nov 1 and 3. Richmond Hill Centre, 905-787-8811, www.rhcentre.ca.
Cinderella, The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. An adult and a kiddie version of this retelling of the well-know fairy tale. Runs Nov 15 to Dec 22. Capitol Theatre, 1-800-434-5092, capitoltheatre.com.
At the Table (magic) by Alex Kazam. The finest in tabletop magic. Wednesdays from Jul 11 at St. Louis Bar & Grill; Thursdays from Jul 12 at Johnny Rocco's, thealexkazam.com.
Sleeping Beauty: The Panto (panto) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the well-known fairy tale. Previews from Nov 27, opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 22. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Good Ol’ Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A survey of Gospel music from soul-stiring ballads to high-energy songs of praise. Opened Sep 11, runs to Dec 22. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.
Mother Goose: The Panto (panto). Adult and kiddie versions of the story if Mother Goose who has run out of ideas for her nursey rhymes. Runs Nov 22 to Dec 31. Stirling Festuval Theatre,1-877-312-1162, 1-855-372-9866, www.stirlingfestivaltheatre.com.
THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:
The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 10 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 10. Runtime: 2h45m. ✭✭✭✭✭
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. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩
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. Opened Jun 15, runs to Nov 3. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩
ON TOUR IN ONTARIO
Juliet & Romeo (dance) by Kimberley Cooper. A retelling of Shakespeare's play in dance to a jazz score. www.decidedlyjazz.com
• Nov 14: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines
• Nov 18: Rose Theatre, Brampton
• Nov 20: Grand Theatre, Kingston
Menopause The Musical (musical) by Jeanie Linders. Four women shopping for lingerie on sale at Bloomingdales sing about the effect of the Change to hits of the 1960, '70s and '80s. www.menopausethemusical.com
• Nov 4: Imperial Theatre, Sarnia
• Nov 5: Chatham Capitol Theatre, Chatham
• Nov 6: River Run Centre, Guelph
• Nov 8: Gayety Theatre, Collingwood
• Nov 9-10: City Playhouse, Vaughan
• Nov 12: Oakville Centre, Oakville
• Nov 26: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga
• Nov 27: Aultsville Theatre, Cornwall
• Nov 28-29: Algonquin Commons Theatre, Ottawa
The Nutcracker (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. Ballet Jörgen gives a Canadian twist to the familiar Christmas ballet. https://canadasballetjorgen.ca
• Nov 14-16: Sudbury Theatre Centre, Sudbury
• Nov 23: Sault Community Theatre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie
• Nov 30: Orillia Opera House, Orillia