Stage Door Listings

October 2020

The Thousand Islands Playhouse presents Serving Elizabeth by marcia Johnson from October 16 to November 1.

Illustration: Poster for Serving Elizabeth. @ 2020.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres

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. Opens Oct 20, runs to Nov 7. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca

Parisfal (opera) by Richard Wagner. The ailing King of the Knights of the Holy Grail can only be cured by a fool enlightened with compassion. In German with English surtitles. Opened Sep 25, runs to Oct 18. Four Seasons Centre, www.coc.ca.

A Thousand Splendid Suns (drama) by Ursula Rani Sarma. Based on Khaled Hosseini's novel, two generations of women face a violent war and the new reality of Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. Previews from Oct 18, opens Oct 22, runs to Oct 31. Bluma Appel Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Fairview (drama) by Jackie Sibblies Drury. The Frasier family gather to celebrate Grandma’s birthday, but things don't go as planned. Opened Sep 17, runs to Oct 4. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St, www.canadianstage.com.

I, Claudia (drama) by Kristen Thomson. A 12-year-old girl strugles with her transition to adolescence and with her parents’ divorce. Opened Oct 1, runs to Oct 25. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave, www.crowstheatre.com.


CAMBRIDGE

Return to Grace (revue) by Robert Asselstine. A tribute to Elive Presley from his humble beginnings in Memphis to his Las Vegas triumph. Preview Oct 7, opens Oct 8, runs to Oct 25. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


GANANOQUE

Once (musical) by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová.  A Czech woman helps an Irish street musician realize his dream of making a record. Opened Sep 11, runs to Oct 4. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. In Israel a volunteer makes the decision to treata young woman instead of the soldier she may have killed. Opened Sep 19, runs to Oct 4. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Serving Elizabeth (comedy) by Macia Johnson. A Kenyan independence activist is asked to cook for the visiting Princess Elizabeth. Preview Oct 16, opens Oct 17, runs to Nov 1. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, 1-866-382-7020, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com  


GRAVENHURST

Hurry Hard (comedy) by Kristen Da Silva. Will the men’s curling team accept a female player in order to win the Regional Bonspiel? Runs Sep 9 to Oct 1. Gravenhurst Opera House, 1-888-495-8888, www.gravenhurst.ca. cancelled


HAMILTON

Beehive - The ’60s Musical (musical) by Larry Gallagher. Six young women come of age during the 1960s to the sounds of hits by female rock stars. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 10. Dofasco Centre, 1-800-465-7529, theatreaquarius.org.

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


LONDON

The East Coast Kitchen Party (performance) by Jeremy Webb & Ian Sherwood. Maritimers and local artists give Londoners a taste of the best in East Coast music. Previews from Oct 13, opens Oct 16, runs to Oct 31. Grand Theatre, 519-672-8800, www.grandtheatre.com.


MORRISBURG

The Highwaymen (revue) by Chris McHarge. A tribute to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Runs Oct 20-to Oct 25. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.  

Move Over, Mrs. Markham (comedy) by Ray Cooney & John Chapman. Three couples borrow the same flat for secret rendezvous at the same time. Runs Sep 10 to Oct 4. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.

20-20 Rear Vision (comedy) by Marshall Button & Sandy Gillis. Atlantic Canada’s Jimmy the Janitor and Lucien look back at the follies of the past 20 years. Runs Oct 13- to Oct 18. Upper Canada Playhouse, www.uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


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.

Previews now scheduled to begin August 1

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. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 9.

Gypsy (musical) by Jule Styne. A stage mother pushes her daughter into stardom. Opened May 23, runs to Oct 11.

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse (drama) by R. Hamilton Wright. Holmes investigates the death of a favourite uncle under mysterious circumstances. Previews from Jun 21, opened Jul 25, runs to Oct 18.

At the Royal George Theatre

Assassins (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Successful and would-be US presidential assassins tell their tales. Previews from Jul 11, opens Jul 24, runs to Oct 10.

Charley’s Aunt (comedy) by Brandon Thomas. Charley and Jacks need a friend to impersonate Charley’s aunt to impress their sweethearts. Opened May 22, runs to Oct 17.

Flush (comedy) by Tim Carroll. A love of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning as seen by her dog Flush. Opened Jun 20, runs to Oct 10.

At the Studio Theatre

Desire Under the Elms (drama) by Eugene O'Neill. A son hates his father’s new wife, but she is passionately in love with him, not her husband. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 10.

Trouble in Mind (drama) by Alice Childress. A play about white people putting on plays about black people, and the compromises that black artists have to make. Previews from Jul 19, opened Jul 26, runs to Oct 10.


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. Opens Oct 27, runs to Nov 1. 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 Jun 30 to Oct 3. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show, 1-877-497-7124, 2451 Riverside Dr, ohcanadaehottawa.com.


PICKERING

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


PORT HOPE

The Lion King Jr. (musical) by Elton John & Tim Rice. The youth version of the stage musical based on the Disney film. Runs Oct 15 to Oct 25. [community] Capitol Theatre, capitoltheatre.com.


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, opens Oct 16, runs to Nov 1. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

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.


STIRLING

HASTINGS! The Musical (musical) by Tricia Black et al. A musical retelling of the history of Hastings County, Ontario. Opens Sep 17, runs to Sep 20. Stirling Festival Theatre, tweedandcompany.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.

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.

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to kill his uncle in revenge. Opened 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. Opened 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. Opened May 29, runs to Oct 25.

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

Wolf Hall (drama) by Mike Poulton. As adapted from Hilary Mantel’s novel, Thomas Cromwell becomes Henry VIII’s trusted confidante. Previews from Jul 28, opened Aug 13, runs to Oct 24.

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. Opened Jul 11, runs to Oct 24.

Here’s What It Takes (musical) by Steven Page & Daniel MacIvor. A chronicle of the rise of a fictional rock duo from children's entertainters to stardom to decline and breakup. Opened Jun 30, 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. Opened 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. Opened Jun 12, runs to Oct 4.


SUDBURY

Frozen in Time - The Musical (children). The Snow Queen and the Ice Pricess tell their stories to your favourite music. Oct 18 only. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.

Sudbury Celebration of the Arts (festival). A change to applaud the city’s talented artists in all fields. Oct 29 only. Sudbury Theatre Centre, www.sudburytheatre.com.


THUNDER BAY

SHOUT! The Mod Musical (musical) by Phillip George & David Lowenstein. Five young British women come of age during the 1960s. Opened Sep 13, runs to Oct 5. Magnus Theatre, 807-345-5552, magnustheatre.com