Stage Door Listings
The National Arts Centre presents the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s production of The Handmaid’s Tale October 27-29.
Photo: Alexander Gamayunov and Jo-Anne Sundermeier in The Handmaid’s Tale. © Réjean Brandt.
Larger Theatres (Professional)
Carmen (opera) by Georges Bizet. A young soldier falls in love with a seductive gypsy woman. In French with English surtitles. Runs Oct 14 to Nov 4. Four Seasons Centre, .
Dido and Aeneas (opera) by Henry Purcell. Dido falls in love with Aeneas but he must leave her to fulfil his destiny. Runs Oct 20 to Oct 23. Elgin Theatre, .
The Flying Dutchman (opera) by Richard Wagner. A mariner is condemned to sail forever until he finds true love. In German with English surtitles. Runs Oct 7 to Oct 23. Four Seasons Centre, .
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (drama) by Jack Thorne. 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, a new generation arrives at Hogwarts and a new menace threatens the world. Opened Jun 19, booking to Dec 24, 2022. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, . ★★★★☆
Kid Koala: The Storyville Mosquito (children) by Kid Koala. A jazz-infused story of a mosquito who leaves his small town to seek fame and fortune. For ages 6+. Runs Oct 20 to Oct 23. Bluma Appel Theatre, .
Singin’ in the Rain (musical) by N.H. Brown & A. Freed. A stage adaptation of the famous film musical. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 23. Princess of Wales Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, .
Smaller Theatres (Professional)
Bad Parent (comedy) by Ins Choi. A young couple tries to raise their toddler in front of an audience. Previews from Sep 15, opened Sep 2, runs to Oct 9. Soulpepper Theatre Company, .
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (comedy) by Rajiv Joseph. During the 2003 American occupation of Iraq two American marines and an Iraqi gardener search for a toilet seat made of gold. Previews from Oct 11, opens Oct 14, runs to Nov 6. Crow’s Theatre, .
Bentboy (children) by Herbie Barnes. A boy with a curved back is chosen to save his village from danger. For ages 5-12. Runs Oct 3 to Oct 23. Young People’s Theatre, .
Cockroach (comedy) by Ho Ka Kei. A coming-of-age play about the stories we tell ourselves to comfort, to survive, to resist. Runs Sep 13 to Oct 9. Tarragon Theatre, .
The Ex-Boyfrend Yard Sale (comedy) by Haley McGee. McGee pays off her Visa bill by selling gift from her exes. Previews from Oct 18, opens Oct 21, runs to Nov 6. Soulpepper Theatre Company, .
Indecent (drama) by Paula Vogel. The Broadway premiere of Sholem Asch's drama God of Vengeance becomes an explosive mement in theatre history. Runs Oct 14 to Nov 6. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, .
King Lear (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. Lear’s plans to retire and divide his kingdom among his three daughters leads to chaos. Runs Sep 16 to Oct 1. Soulpepper Theatre Company, .
Manman la mer (drama) by Djennie Laguerre. Marjolaine travels to Haiti to seek the healing powers of her grandmother. In French with English surtitles. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 2. Berkeley Street Theatre, .
My Sister’s Rage (drama) by Yolanda Bonnell. When their matriarch ends up in a coma, a ma’iingan-wolf clan family gathers together to work through their collective grief. Runs Oct 11 to Nov 6. Tarragon Theatre, .
Orpheus in the Underworld (operetta) by Jacques Offenbach. Orpheus journeys to Hades to rescue his wife from death. Runs Oct 21 to Oct 23. Jane Mallett Theatre,
Public Enemy (comedy) by Olivier Choinière. At a family dinner everyone tries to identify the cause of the ills that plague Quebec. Runs Sep 20 to Oct 2. Berkeley Street Theatre, .
Queen Goneril (drama) by Erin Shields. A prequel to Shakespeare’s King Lear focussing on Lear’s three daughters fighting a patriarchal system. Runs Aug 31 to Oct 2. Soulpepper Theatre Company, .
Un. Deux. Trois. (dramas) by Mani Soleymanlou. A triology asking whether we will be able to build bridges across widening gulfs. In French with English surtitles. Runs Oct 13 to Oct 16. Berkeley Street Theatre, .
Uncle Vanya (drama) by Anton Chekhov. Vanya and his niece, Sonya, struggle to run the rural estate owned by Vanya’s brother-in-law. Runs Sep 9 to Oct 2. Crow’s Theatre, .
The Waltz (comedy) by Marie Beath Badian. A travelling Filipino-Canadian boy meets a local girl in northeast Saskatchewan in 1993. Runs Oct 22 to Nov 13. Factory Theatre, .
Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)
The Female of the Species (comedy) by Joanne Murray-Smith. A deranged student holds a renowned femeinst at gunpoint for spoiling her life. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 8. [community] Alumnae Theatre, .
Animal (circus) by Cirque Alphonse. A series of surreal farm fables served up with irreverence, virtuosity and comedy. Runs Oct 21 only. Rose Theatre, .
Across the Pond: The British Invasion (revue) by Leisa Way. A celebration of over 50 years of British pop from The Beatles to Adele. Runs Oct 20 to Oct 23. Burlington PAC, .
Good Ol’ Country Gospel (revue) by David Rogers. A musical tribute to the best of gospel with a country twist. Runs Oct 27 to Nov 12. Hamilton Family Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, .
Mary of Shanty Bay (drama) by Leah Holder. The true story of Mary Sophia Gapper who visited Canada in 1828, married and settled in Oro Township. Runs Oct 5 to Oct 9. Theatre Collingwood, .
Jersey Boys (musical) by Bob Gaudio et al. Four friends from New Jersey rise to stardom as Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Runs Sep 27 to Oct 23. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, .
Marjorie Prime (drama) by Jordan Harrison. In the near future 85-year-old Marjorie has a companion programmed to feed her life story back to her. Runs Oct 19 to Oct 23. Red Brick Café, .
Salt Baby (drama) by Falen Johnson. Salt Baby, who does not fit in on the Six Nations reserve, begins to explore her identity. Runs Sep 14 to Oct 1. Theatre Aquarius, .
Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In Kenya in 1952, Mercy is hired to cater the impending visit of Princess Elizabeth; while in 2015 a film is made about the incident. Runs Oct 19 to Nov 5. Theatre Aquarius, .
Grand Ghosts (drama) by Trina Davies. The story of Ambrose Small who is said to still haunt the Grand Theatre. Previews from Oct 18, opens Oct 21, runs to Nov 5. Grand Theatre, . ‑masks and proof of vax required‑
Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Characters from famous fairy tales interact in a magical forest. Runs Sep 23 to Oct 1. [student] Grand Theatre, . ‑masks and proof of vax required‑
The Peking Acrobats (circus). The premiere Chinese acrobatic company in the world today continues to redefine their ancient art. Runs Oct 29 only. Flato Markham Theatre, .
Wingfield Lost and Found (comedy) by Dan Needles. There is a drought on the Seventh Line and a search to locate a new well on Wingfield Farm begins. Runs Oct 20 only. Meaford Hall, .
Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A logger from Northern New Brunswick suddenly visits his estranged niece and her wife. Runs Sep 8 to Oct 2. Upper Canada Playhouse, .
The Eagles & Linda Ronstadt (revue) by Jesse Collins. A glimpse back to 1971 when the group that would become The Eagles were just the backup band for Linda Ronstadt. Runs Oct 18 to Oct 30. Upper Canada Playhouse, .
Wild Magic (magic) by Greg Frewin. Frewin performs stunning large-scale illusions including one with a white Siberian tiger. Runs July 16, 2021, booking to Sep 30, 2022. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, . ★★★★☆
THE SHAW FESTIVAL 2022:
The plays run in repertory from Feb 9-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 .
At the Festival Theatre
Damn Yankees (musical) by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross. A man makes a deal with the Devil to save his beloved baseball team, the Washington Senators. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9. ★★★☆☆
The Doctor’s Dilemma (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. If only one of two pateints can live – how do you choose? Previews from Jul 16, opens Aug 20, runs to Oct 8.
The Importance of Being Earnest (comedy) by Oscar Wilde. John pretends to be Algernon’s wicked brother Ernest to visit Algy’s cousin Cecily in the country. Opened Jun 16, runs to Oct 9.
Shawground (performance) by the ensemble. An hour-long Shaw-centric Victorian fair combining magic, music and spoken word. Runs Jul 20 to Oct 6. Festival Theatre Grounds.
At the Royal George Theatre
Chitra (drama) by Rabinranath Tagore. A warrior princess raised as a boy hopes to win the love of a male warrior. Opened Jun 19, runs to Oct 8.
Gaslight (drama) by Patrick Hamilton. A new adaptation of the 1938 thriller about a husband who tries to convince his wife that she is going insane. Opened May 19, runs to Oct 9.
Just to Get Married (comedy) by Cicily Hamilton. In 1910 Georgina knows she’s being hawked around the marriage market. Previews from Jul 27, opens Aug 21, runs to Oct 16.
At the Studio Theatre
Everybody (drama) by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. In a modern version of the medieval play Everyman, Everybody journeys toward life’s greatest mystery. Opened Jun 17, runs to Oct 8.
Gem of the Ocean (drama) by August Wilson. 285-year-old Aunt Ester send a guilt-ridden man on a quest to a mythical city. Previews from Aug 5, opens Aug 19, runs to Oct 9.
Too True to Be Good (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. A nurse and her boyfriend rob and kidnap the nurse’s patient and flee to a far-off outpost of the Britsh Empire. Opened May 26, runs to Oct 9. ★★★★☆
On the BMO Stage
1922 – In Concert (revue) by Jay Turvey. A tribute to the exciting musical and cultural explosion that happened in 1922. Runs Aug 17 to Oct 2.
They’re Found in Trees (comedy) by Norm Foster. A newly divorced woman tries birding to get her mind off her failed marriage. Runs Oct 12 to Oct 30. Theatre Orangeville, .
Come Down from Up River (comedy) by Norm Foster. A logger from northern New Brunswick arrives unannounced at his niece’s city home. Runs Aug 17 to Sep 2. Orillia Opera House, .
Aalaapi /ᐋᓛᐱ (drama) by Laurence Dauphinais & Marie-Laurence Rancourt. Five young Inuit women talk about their daily lives in northern and southern Quebec. In French, English and Inuktitut. Runs Oct 26 to Oct 29. National Arts Centre, .
L’Affaire Donovan McPhee (drama) by Franck Didier. After a wealthy heiress announces to her family that she plans to marry, her fiancé is found dead. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 23. In French. Théâtre de l'Île, Gatineau, .
The Chemical Valley Project (drama) by Julia Howman & Kevin Matthew Wong. Visiting a First Nations reserve opens an Asian-Canadian’s eyes to Canadian colonization and corporate greed. Runs Sep 20 to Oct 2. Great Canadian Theatre Company, .
Doña Peron (ballet) by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. A full-length ballet based on the life of Eva Perón. Runs Oct 14 to Oct 15. National Arts Centre, .
Graces (dance) by Silvia Gribaudi. A deconstruction of stereotypes associated with body performance and gender identities. Runs Oct 18 to Oct 19. National Arts Centre, .
Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Runs Sep 12 to Oct 1. Touring the Ottawa region, .
The Handmaid’s Tale (ballet) by Lila York. The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents a ballet version of Maragaret Atwood’s novel. Runs Oct 27 to Oct 29. National Arts Centre, .
Holmes and Watson (drama) by Jeffrey Hatcher. Watson travels to an asylum to discover which of three people claiming to be Sherlock Holmes is the real one. Runs Oct 26 to Nov 12. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, .
Hot Brown Honey (variety) by Lisa Fa’alafi & Busty Beatz. A no-holds-barred, stereotype-smashing celebration of women of colour. Runs Oct 12 to Oct 15. National Arts Centre, .
Mean Girls (musical) by Jeff Richmond & Nell Benjamin. The story of a naïve newbie who falls prey to a trio of lionized frenemies. Runs Oct 18 to Oct 23. National Arts Centre, .
Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Show (revue). A family friendly production featuring over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists. Runs Mar 4 to Oct 8. Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre, 300 Kent St, .
The Siegel (comedy) by Michael Mitnick. Ethan and Alice broke up two years ago, but Ethan is going to propose to her even though she’s in another relationship. Runs Sep 21 to Oct 8. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, .
Through My Eyes (dance) by Hélène Langevin. A topsy-turvy playground where dance continually shifts with the context. For ages 3+. Runs Oct 29 only. Shenkman Arts Centre, .
Un. Deux. Trois. (dramas) by Mani Soleymanlou. A triology asking whether we will be able to build bridges across widening gulfs. In French. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 1. National Arts Centre, .
Vaches, the musical (musical) by Stéphane Guertin & Olivier Nadon. Jean, a farmer, tries to save hundreds of cows from certain death. In French. Runs Oct 5 to Oct 8. Shenkman Arts Centre, .
When Irish Eyes are Smiling (revue) by D2 Entertainment. A mix of bawdy Irish tunes, heart-felt ballads, fiddling and high-stepping dance. Runs Sep 13 to Oct 9. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, .
The Sweet Delilah Swim Club (comedy) by Jessie Jones et al. Five Southern women set aside a long weekend to reminisce and reconnect. Runs Sep 3 to Oct 30. Herongate Barn Theatre, .
The Foursome (comedy) by Norm Foster. Four friends gather for a round of golf at their 15-year high school reunion. Runs Sep 6 to Sep 17. Various St. Catharines area golf courses, .
Driving Miss Daisy (comedy) by Alfred Uhry. A look at long relationship between an elderly white Southern Jewish woman and her African-American chauffeur. Runs Oct 6 to Oct 22. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, .
We’ll Meet Again (musical) by Alex Mustakas. A survey of the unforgettable songs popular during World Wars I and II. Runs Sep 28 to Dec 24. St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, .
Diners, Drive-Ins and ... Dies (drama). A body turns up in a popular greasy spoon and Guy Firey investigates. Runs from Sep 30 to Oct 1. Stirling Festival Theatre, .
THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:
The plays run from Apr 6 to Oct 29, 2022, in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For information and tickets phone 1-800-567-1600, visit the website at . To stream shows from the 2021 season, visit .
At the Festival Theatre
Chicago (musical) by John Kander & Fred Ebb. In the Roaring Twenties an aspiring chorus girl and a fading vaudeville star each face trial for murder. Runs Jun 3 to Oct 28. ★★★★★
Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father asks Hamlet to avenge his murder. Runs Jun 2 to Oct 28. ★★☆☆☆
The Miser (comedy) by Molière. A miser plans to marry and thus disinherit his two children. Runs Aug 26 to Oct 29.
At the Tom Patterson Theatre
All’s Well That Ends Well (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Helena wins the hand of Bertram but he doesn’t fancy her. Runs Jul 8 to Oct 29.
Death and the King’s Horseman (drama) by Wole Soyinka. After the Yoruba king has died, his horseman must accompany him to the afterlife, but the ritual is interrupted. Runs Aug 27 to Oct 29.
Lessons in Temperament (drama) by James Smith. The story of four neurodiverse brothers told through the art of piano tuning. Runs Oct 20 to Oct 22.
Richard III (history play) by William Shakespeare. Richard, Duke of Gloucester, murders his way to the throne of England. Runs Jun 4 to Oct 28. ★★★☆☆
At the Avon Theatre
Little Women (drama) by Jordi Mand. A stage adaptation of the beloved novel by Louisa May Alcott. Runs Jul 7 to Oct 29.
At the Studio Theatre
Every Little Nookie (comedy) by Sunny Drake. A boomer couple returns home to find their queer millennial daughter hosting a swingers’ party to make cash. Runs Jul 9 to Oct 1.
Hamlet-911 (drama) by Ann-Marie MacDonald. An actor has landed his dream role of playing Hamlet at Stratford but suddenly finds himself in the Underworld. Is he mad, dreaming, dead? Runs Aug 25 to Oct 2.
1939 (drama) by Jani Lauzon & Kaitlyn Riordan. Students at an Ontario residential school are meant to perform All’s Well That Ends Well for a visit by King George VI. Runs Sep 11 to Oct 28.
Finally There’s a Sun: A Cabaret of Resilience (cabaret) by Sara Farb & Steve Ross. A musical journey through a year of enormous change and growth. Ran Sep 12 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Mar 7 to Nov 4, 2022: online
Freedom: Spirit and Legacy of Black Music (cabaret) by Beau Dixon. How Black music became the basis for much of the popular music we hear today. Ran Aug 21 to Sep 5, 2021; runs Feb 14 to Oct 14, 2022: online
I Am William (children) by Rébecca Déraspe. We discover that Shakespeare’s sister wrote his plays for him. Ran Aug 14 to Sep 12, 2021; runs Jan 17 to Oct 21, 2022: online ★★☆☆☆
R + J (drama) by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet adapted for blind, low-vision and sighted audiences. Ran Aug 15 to Sep 26; runs Feb 28 to Oct 7, 2022: online ★★★☆☆
Serving Elizabeth (drama) by Marcia Johnson. In 1952 Kenya a woman is hired to cater Pricess Elizabeth’s impending visit, while in 2015 a Kenyan-Canadian writes a TV script about that event. Ran Sep 2 to Sep 26, 2021; runs Feb 7 to Oct 28, 2022: online ★★★☆☆
The Runner (drama) by Christopher Morris. A Jewish volunteer decides to treat a young woman instead of the soldier she may have killed. Runs Sep 29 to Oct 15. Magnus Theatre, .
ON TOUR IN ONTARIO
Anne of Green Gables - The Ballet (ballet) by Bengt Jörgen. A ballet based on the Lucy Maud Montgomery novel.
• Oct 7-8: FirstOntario PAC, St. Catharines
• Oct 12: Sanderson Centre, Brantford
• Oct 19: Rose Theatre, Brampton
• Oct 22: J.M. Ennis Auditorium, Welland
Menopause The Musical (musical) by Jeanie Linders. Four women at a lingerie sale sing about the “change” to tunes from the ’60s to ’80s. .
• Oct 15: Sault Community Theatre Centre, Sault Ste. Marie
• Oct 19: Grand Theatre, Kingston
• Oct 20: Aultsville Theatre, Cornwall
• Oct 21-22: Algonquin Commons Theatre, Ottawa
• Oct 26: Centennial Hall, London
• Oct 28: Showplace PAC, Peterborough
• Oct 29: Orillia Opera House, Orillia
• Oct 30: Capitol Centre, North Bay