Stage Door Listings

November 2020

The National Ballet of Canada presents The Sleeping Beauty choreographed by Rudolf Nureyev November 19-29.

Photo: Heather Ogden and Herrison James in The Sleeping Beauty. © 2020 Teresa Wood.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

Angel’s Atlas/Serenade/The Four Seasons (ballets) by Crystal Pite/George Balanchine/James Kudelka. A triple bill of 20th- and 21st-century masterpieces. Opens Nov 11, runs to Nov 15. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

The Magic Flute (opera) by W.A. Mozart. Tamino is asked to rescue Pamina from the clutches of the sorceror Zarastro. In English with English surtitles. Opened Oct 22, runs to Nov 1. Elgin Theatre, www.operaatelier.com. cancelled

The Marriage of Figaro (opera) by W.A. Mozart. An innocent soldier falls in love with a feiry gypsy woman who spurns him for a proud toreador. In Italian with English surtitles. Opened Oct 20, runs to Nov 7. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca. cancelled

The Sleeping Beauty (ballet) by Rudolf Nureyev to music by Tchaikovsky. A prince awakens a princess who has been put to sleep for 100 years. Opens Nov 19, runs to Nov 29. Four Seasons Centre, national.ballet.ca.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Dance Nation (performance) by Clare Barron. An army of pre-teen competitive dancers hope to win a national dance competition. Previews from Nov 10, opens Nov 13, runs to Dec 6. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Fragile (children) by Robert Leveroos. Using two- and three-dimensional paper models, Leveroos shows three generations of people facing pivotal moments. For ages 5+. Opens Nov 14, runs to Nov 15. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com. cancelled

Harbinger (movement) by Ame Henderson. Dance techniques are presented as manifestations of care and empathy. Runs Nov 5 to Nov 7. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

Little Dickens (comedy) by Ronnie Burkett. A naughty, adults-only puppet version of A Christmas Carol. Runs Nov 25 to Dec 20. For ages 16+. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

Mercurial George (dance) by Dana Michel. Michel becomes the archeologist of her own persona. Runs Nov 12 to Nov 14. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled

P.O.R.N. (Portrait of Restless Narcissism) (dance) by Christian Lapointe & Nadia Ross. A searing portrait of the objectification and commodification of our contemporary relationships. Runs Nov 19 to Nov 21. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com. cancelled


CAMBRIDGE

The Sound of Music (musical) by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II. A young woman takes on the management of a household of children and their moody father. Opens Nov 26, runs to Dec 20. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


HAMILTON

Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A father comes to see his estranged daughter and her wife after a 20-year-long estrangement. Runs Oct 28 to Nov 14. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org. cancelled


LONDON

Annie (musical) by Charles Strouse & Martin Charnin. During the Great Depression an orphan’s life changes when she is adopted by a New York billionaire. Previews from Nov 24, opens Nov 27, runs to Dec 27. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled

User Not Found (comedy) by Chris Goode. Audiences overhear a man  via headphones dealing with what will happen to his online presence after he dies. Preview Nov 17, opens Nov 18, runs to Dec 5. Commonwealth Coffee Company, 478 Richmond St, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com. cancelled


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. All performances suspended.

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

Me and My Girl (musical) by Noel Gay & L. Arthur Rose. A proud Cockney discovers he is the new Earl of Hareford. Previews from Nov 8, opens Nov 21, runs to Dec 23. cancelled

At the Royal George Theatre

A Christmas Carol (drama) by Tim Carroll. A stage adaptation of Charles Dickens's well-known story. Previews from Nov 8, opens Nov  14, runs to Dec 23.


OTTAWA

Anastasia (musical) by Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens. An amnesiac street-sweeper wants to discover if she is really the Grand Duchess Anastasia of Russia. Opened Oct 27, runs to Nov 1. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.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 Nov 24, runs to Dec 13. NAC, 1-866-850-2787, nac‑cna.ca.  


PICKERING

Performances at the Herrongate Barn Theatre for 2020 have been cancelled.


ST.  JACOBS

Evita (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Eva Duarte climbs from poverty to become the most powerful woman in South America. Previews from Oct 14, opened Oct 16, runs to Nov 1. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled

We’ll Meet Again (comedy) by Alex Mustakas. A celebration of the songs from World I to World War II. Opened Sep 25, runs to Dec 20. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com. cancelled


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.

Performances suspended for the 2020 season

At the Festival Theatre

Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. Two murderesses compete for the skills of a shady lawyer. Opened May 26, runs to Nov 1.

At the Avon Theatre

Wendy & Peter Pan (children) by Ella Hickson. Wendy looks for lost brother in Neverland. Opened May 27, runs to Nov 1.


SUDBURY

Performances at the Sudbury Theatre Centre suspended for the 2020/21 season.


THUNDER BAY

This Is How We Got Here (drama) by Keith Barker. A mysterious fox visits the parents still grieving their son's suicide. Runs Oct 24 to Nov 9. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com. cancelled