Stage Door Listings

November 2019

The Grand Theatre, London, presents Mary Poppins opening November 29 and running to December 29.

Illustration: Mary Poppins. © 2019 Scott McKowen.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

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 Nov 24. Big Top at Ontario Place, www.cirquedusoleil.com. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✭✭✩

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 Nov 14, 16, 17 & 23. Meridian Hall, www.sonycentre.ca. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✩✩

Carmen Suite (ballet) by Alberto Alonso to music by Rodion Shchedrin. A ballet based on the opera Carmen. Nov 1 only. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., www.eventbrite.com.

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.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (musical) by Vince Guaraldi & Charles M. Schulz. A stage version of the famous 1965 animated special. Nov 24 only. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, www.eventbrite.ca.

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, runs to Dec 1, 2019, Elgin Theatre; runs Dec 13, 2019, to Mar 1, 2020, Royal Alexandra Theatre. 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. Runtime: 3h. ✭✭✭✭✩  

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. Opened Oct 6, runs to Nov 24. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✭✭

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.

Lil' Red Robin Hood (panto) by Matt Murray. Lil' Red helps Robin Hood and Maid Marion defeat the evil Sheriff of Naughtyham. Runs Nov 29, 2019-Jan 4, 2020. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.rosspetty.com. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩

A Man of Good Hope (musical) by the Isango Ensemble. A Somali refugee flees his homeland only to encounter violence in South Africa. Opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 16. Bluma Appel Theatre, 1-800-708-6754, www.stlc.com.

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 Daniel Große Boymann & Thomas Kahry. The story of the friendship of two show business legends. Opened Sep 26, 2019, runs to Jan 5, 2020. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✭✩  

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.

Thaïs (opera) by Jules Massenet. A Christian monk tries to convert a pagan courtesan but falls in love with her instead. In French with English surtitles. In concert. Runs Nov 7 & 9. Roy Thompson Hall, www.tso.ca.

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+. Previews from Nov 11, opens Nov 14, 2019, runs 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 10. Young Centre, Distillery District, 416-866-8666, soulpepper.ca. Runtime: 2h. ✭✭✭✩✩

Besbouss: Autopsy of a Revolt (drama) by Stéphane Brulotte. A forensic pathologist is charged with clearing the Tunisian government of blame in the death of a protester. Preview Nov 7, opens Nov 8, runs to Nov 20. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. Runtime: 1h20m. ✭✭✭✭✩  

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. Runtime: 1h20m. ✭✭✭✩✩

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. Runtime: 2h15m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Buffoon (comedy) by Anosh Irani. A Clown, a Trapeze Artist, a love triangle, a one-man tour-de-force performance. Previews from Nov 12, opens Nov 20, runs to Dec 15. Tarragon Theatre Extraspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.com. Runtime: 90m. ✭✭✭✩✩

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. Runtime: 65m. ✭✭✭✭✩

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Three Ships Collective. Charles Dickens's Christmas story acted out in various rooms of the Campell House. Previews from Nov 30, opens Dec 3, runs to Dec 22. Campbell House Museum, https://christmascarolto.bpt.me.

A Christmas Carol (musical) by Brandon White. A musical version of the Charles Dickens Christmas story. Opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 14. Spadina Museum, https://xmascarol.brownpapertickets.com.  

Connection (magic) by Beyond Mental Borders. A night from a mentalism duo sure to take your breath away. Nov 17 only. The Rec Room, www.beyondmentalborders.com.

Copy That (drama) by Jason Sherman. Four writers struggle to get their new cop show approved for production. Runs Nov 6 to Dec 8. Tarragon Theatre Mainspace, 416-531-1827, www.tarragontheatre.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.

The Flick (drama) by Annie Baker. Three unpaid ushers try to keep a run-down movie theatre running. Opened Oct 10, runs to Nov 2. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. Runtime: 3h10m. ✭✭✭✭✭

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 10. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

Girl in the Machine (drama) by Stef Smith. In the near future Owen presents his workaholic girlfriend with a mysterious Black Box to help her relax. Preview Nov 14, opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 24. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, https://ca.patronbase.com/_ArtsBoxOffice.

The Harrowing of Brimstone McReedy (comedy) by Eric Woolfe. The story of a two-bit conman during the Klondike gold rush and how he lost his true love. Opens Nov 13, runs to Nov 24. Red Sandcastle Theatre, 922 Queen St East, brimstonemcreedy.bpt.me.

Here Are the Fragments (performance) by Suvendrini Lena. A psychiatrist early in his training develops psychosis. Previews from Nov 19, opens Nov 21, runs to Dec 1. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, 416-538-0988, http://theatrecentre.org/?cat=11.

If I Could #Throwback Time (revue) by The Second City. The troupe sends audiences through a virtual time machine, mining comedy gold from ancient treasures like old school video games and Canada’s history of social injustices. Opened Oct 10, 2019, runs to Jan 31, 2020. The Second City, 99 Blue Jays Way, www.secondcity.com. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✩✩

The Jungle (drama) by Anthony MacMahon & Thomas McKechnie. A Toronto romance between a Moldovan waitress and a Chinese cab driver. Opened Oct 10, runs 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 Midsummer Night's Dream (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Two couples flee into an enchanted forest. Opens Nov 12, runs to Nov 17. Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St, www.shakespearebashd.com.

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.

Polly Queer Love Ballad (musical) by Anais West & Sara Vickruck. A polyamorous bisexual poet meets a monogamous lesbian songwriter. Preview Nov 26, opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 1. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave, www.passemuraille.ca.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert (musical) by Stephan Elliot & Allan Scott. Three drag queens set out on a trip into the Australian Outback. Runs Oct 4 to Nov 3. Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St, lowerossingtontheatre.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.  

The Rocky Horror Show (musical) by Richard O'Brien. Brad and Janet seek shelter in the castle of the mad transvestite Dr. Frank N. Furter. Runs Sep 27 to Nov 10. Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave, lowerossingtontheatre.com.

Singing Only Softly (opera) by Cecilia Livingston. An opera based on the passages originally omitted when Anne Frank's diary was first published. Opens Nov 2, runs to Nov 4. Heliconian Club, 35 Hazelton Ave, http://looseteamusictheatre.com.

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 15. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.

TAP:EX Augmented Opera (opera) by Benton Roark. A new cloud-based technology will curate your best memories forever. Opens Nov 20, runs to Nov 23. Sidewalk Labs, 307 Lake Shore Rd, https://tapestryopera.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. Runtime: 1h40m. ✭✭✭✭✩

Two Odysseys: Pimooteewin/Gállábártnit (operas) by Melissa Hui / Britta Byström. Two operas – one in Cree, one in Sámi – about how we live on earth and how we pass into the land of the dead. Opens Nov 13, runs to Nov 17. Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St East, soundstreams.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.

The Wager (drama) by Michael Spence. A 19th century scientist accepts a bet to prove that the planet earth is round rather than flat. Preview Nov 14, opens Nov 15, runs to Nov 30. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace, 16 Ryerson Ave, http://theatregargantua.ca/the-wager.

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.

Les Zinspiré.e.s: Infiniment éveillé.e.s (plays). Five plays by Toronto area teenagers acted and directed by professionals. In French with English surtitles. Opens Nov 28, runs to Dec 13. Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, 26 Berkeley St, http://theatrefrancais.com.

Smaller Theatres (Community & Student)

King Arthur (opera) by Henry Purcell. A staged version of Purcell's semi-opera about Arthur's attempt to rescue his beloved Emmeline from the Saxons.  Nov 19 only. [student] Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St West, www.rcmusic.com.

The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Count wants to sleep with Figaro’s fiancée before she gets married. Opens Nov 21, runs to Nov 24. [student] MacMillan Theatre, University of Toronto, https://uoftopera.ca.  

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, 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.

Problematic Men (plays) by anon. Two 12th-century plays about difficult men – Babio and Samson dux fortissime. In Latin with English surtitles. Opens Nov 16, runs to Nov 17. [student] Luella Massey Studio Theatre, 4 Glen Morris St, www.brownpapertickets.com.

Siren Song (opera) by Jonathan Dove. An epistolary omance develops between a sailor and a model who find it difficult to meet. [student] Opens Nov 1, runs to Nov 2. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, The Royal Conservatory, www.rcmusic.com.

Soldier On (drama) by Jonathan Lewis. A group of veterans and actors with PTSD rehearse a play about a group of veterans and actors with PTSD. [community] Previews from Nov 26, opens Nov 28, runs to Dec 8. Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.  


BARRIE

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.


BLYTH

A Huron County Christmas Carol (musical) by Gil Garratt & John Powers. A musical version of Charles Dickens's story relocated to Huron County. Preview Nov 28, opens Nov 29, runs to Dec 22. Blyth Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, https://blythfestival.com. Runtime: 2h10m. ✭✭✭✭✩

The Knitting Pilgrim (drama) by Kirk Dunn. Dunn recounts his 15-year project to knit three stained-glass-like panels that explore the connection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Nov 2 only. Blyth Memorial Hall, 1-877-862-5984, www.kirkdunn.com.


BRANTFORD

MILF Life Crisis (comedy) by Anne Marie Scheffler. A woman with children takes on the challenge of midlife dating after divorce. Nov 13 only. Sanderson Centre, www.annemariescheffler.com.


CAMBRIDGE

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 Jan 5, 2020. Hamilton Family Theatre, www.draytonentertainment.com.


HAMILTON

Hairspray (musical) by Marc Shaiman & Scott Wittman. A plus-sized teen wants to dance on a popular televison dance show. Previews from Nov 27, opens Nov 29, runs 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.


KENORA

H.M.S. Parliament (operetta) by Arthur Sullivan & William Henry Fuller. A version of G&S's H.M.S. Pinafore with an 1880 Canadian libretto satirizing the federal government. Opens Nov 20, runs to Nov 22. Seven Generations Education Institute, www.tryptych.org.


KINGSTON

Happy Days (comedy) by Samuel Beckett. The perpetually optimistic Winnie finds herself buried up to her waist in sand. Runs Nov 1-9. Grand Theatre, 613-530-2050, www.kingstongrand.ca.


KITCHENER/WATERLOO

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (musical) by Vince Guaraldi & Charles M. Schulz. A stage version of the famous 1965 animated special. Nov 26 only. The Centre in the Square, centreinthesquare.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.


LONDON

La finta gardiniera (opera) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. A marchioness disguises herself as a servant to seek revenge on her former lover. In Italian with English surtitles. Opens Nov 21, runs to Nov 24. [student] Paul Davenport Theatre, Western University, music.uwo.ca.

The Knitting Pilgrim (drama) by Kirk Dunn. Dunn recounts his 15-year project to knit three stained-glass-like panels that explore the connection of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Nov 3 only. Riverside United Church & Morningside High Park Presbyterian Church,  www.kirkdunn.com.

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. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✭✩

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.


MARKHAM

Mandala (dance). A performed meditation in dance, combining the mantras of Hinduism and the sand mandalas of Tibetan Buddhism. Nov 7 only. Flato Markham Theatre, flatomarkhamtheatre.ca.


MISSISSAUGA

The Glove Thief (drama) by Beth Flintoff. In 1569 four women stitch a tapestry about the rivalry between Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart. Runs Oct 24 to Nov 3. [student] Theatre Erindale, 905-815-4049, https://tickets.sheridancollege.ca/TheatreManager

Huff (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. Indigenous brothers, caught in solvent abuse, struggle to cope with the death of their mother. Opens Nov 8, runs to Nov 9. Living Arts Centre, 905-306-6000, www.livingartscentre.ca

The Oresteia (tragedies) by Aeschylus. An ancient Greek trilogy about the descent of the House of Atreus into violence, vengeance and finally reconciliation. Runs Nov 8 to Nov 17. [student] Deerfield Hall Studio A, University of Toronto, Mississauga, 905-569-4369, www.utm.utoronto.ca/english-drama.


MORRISBURG

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.


NIAGARA FALLS

Mamma Mia! (musical) by Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. A young woman invites her three possible fathers to her wedding on a Greek island. Opened Oct 1, runs to Nov 29. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.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.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

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.


ORANGEVILLE

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.


OTTAWA

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.

The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) (comedy) by Adam Long et al. All 37 of Shakespeare's plays performed in only 90 minutes. Opens Nov 14, runs to Nov 16. Arts Court Theatre, https://artscourt.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.

Frankenstein (opera) by Andrew Ager. A operatic version of Mary Shelley's famous novel. Opened Oct 31, runs to Nov 1. Dominion-Chalmers United Church, www.eventbrite.ca/e/frankenstein

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.

Jeff Koons (performance) by Rainald Goetz. An assemblage of language inspired by the kitsch art of Jeff Koons. In French. Opens Nov 6, runs to Nov 9. Nouvelle Scène, www.nouvellescene.com.

Une lune entre deux maisons (children) by Suxanne Lebeau. Plume and Taciturne are both afraid of the night. For ages 3-6. In French. Opens Mar 2, runs to Mar 3. 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.

Paw Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue (children). PAW Patrol races to find Mayor Goodway. Opens Nov 30, runs to Dec 1. Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, www.pawpatrollive.com/shows/paw-patrol.

Rinaldo (opera) by George Frideric Handel. The Saracen sorceress Armida plans to defeats the crusader Rinaldo. In concert. Nov 17 only. First Baptist Church, 140 Laurier Ave West, https://ottawa.eventful.com/events/operottawa.

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.  


PICKERING

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.  


RICHMOND HILL

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.


PORT HOPE

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.


ST. CATHARINES

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.

Conway (drama) by Chris Baker. The story of WWII veteran and St. Catharines resident Murray Conway. Runs Nov 6 to Nov 11. The Robby Lower Hall Theatre, www.larkandwhimsytheatre.com/conway.

Huff (comedy) by Cliff Cardinal. Wind and his brothers are caught in a torrent of solvent abuse. Opens Nov 21, runs to Nov 23. FirstOntario PAC, https://firstontariopac.ca.


ST. JACOBS

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 29. 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.


STIRLING

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.


STRATFORD

Murder Mystery in The Belfry (drama). It's 1920 and Stratford's finest billionaire has been murdered. It's up to you to solve the crime. Nov 1 only. Revival House, www.revival.house.

A Spooktacular Event (storytelling). Four actors read four Victorian ghost stories over the course of three evenings. Opened Oct 31, runs to Nov 2. Stratford Masonic Concert Hall, app.arts-people.com.


THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2019:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16-Nov 24 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 24. 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 9. 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. ✭✭✭✭✩

At the Studio Theatre

Henry VIII (history play) by William Shakespeare & John Fletcher. England’s king defies papal authority by seeking to divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon. Opened May 29, runs to Nov 2. Runtime: 2h30m. ✭✭✭✩✩


WINDSOR

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage (musical) by Vince Guaraldi & Charles M. Schulz. A stage version of the famous 1965 animated special. Nov 23 only. Caesars Windsor, www.caesars.com.

We Will Rock You (musical) by Queen & Ben Elton. Two revolutionaries strive to save rock ’n’ roll in a post-apocalyptic world. Opens Nov 29, runs to Nov 30. Caesars Windsor, www.caesars.com.


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. canadasballetjorgen.ca

• Nov 14-16: Sudbury Theatre Centre, Sudbury

• Nov 23: Sault Community Theatre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie

• Nov 30: Orillia Opera House, Orillia


a really Retro CROONER Christmas (revue) by Rick Kish. A Christmas special Rick Kish and Connor Boa as the famous crooners of the 1950s and '60s. http://linktheatre.ca

• Nov 23: Sydenham Legion Branch 495, Sydenham

• Nov 29: Aylmer Old Town Hall, Aylmer

• Nov 30: Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend


Sesame Street Live! C Is For Celebration (children). Your friends from Sesame Street are throwing a celebration and the whole neighborhood is invited. www.sesamestreetlive.com.

• Nov 14: Betty Speers Theatre, North Bay

• Nov 16: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharine

• Nov 17: Grand Theatre, Kingston

• Nov 19: Rose Theatre, Brampton

• Nov 21: Capitol Theatre, Chatham

• Nov 22: Sanderson Centre, Brantford

• Nov 23: Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

• Nov 24: Burlingon PAC, Burlington