Stage Door Listings

September 2024

Come From Away returns to Toronto September 22 to December 22 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

TORONTO

Larger Theatres (Professional)

Come From Away (musical) by by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. On September 11th, 2001, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers are stranded in Gander, Newfoundland. Runs Sep 22 to Dec 22, 2024. Royal Alexandra Theatre,  1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Gazillion Bubble Show (performance by Fan Yang. A combination of bubble making, bubble magic, music and immersive lights. Runs Aug 1 to Sep 1. CAA Theatre, 651 Yonge St, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Life of Pi (drama) by Lolita Chakrabarti. A stage adaptation of Yann Martel's novel about a 16-year-old boy and a tiger who survive in a lifeboat. Runs Sep 3 to Oct 6. CAA Ed Mirvish Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Smaller Theatres (Professional)

Comfort Food (comedy) by Zorana Sadiq. Bette is a popular cooking show host whose young-mom persona is about to expire. Previews from Sep 17, opens Sep 20, runs to Oct 13. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.  

Hamlet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The ghost of Hamlet’s father tells Hamlet to avenge his death. Runs Jul 21 to Sep 1. High Park Amphitheatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Mind Over Matter (magic) by Beyond Mental Borders. The mentalism team presents its all-new show of mind-reading games. Runs Sep 1 & 29. The Rec Room, 255 Bremner Blvd, www.beyondmentalborders.com.

Mukashi, Mukashi (performance) by David Danzon. A relationship between Wolf and Crane blossoms on a transformative journey. For ages 6+. Preview Sep 24, opens Sep 25, runs to Sep 29. The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, theatrecentre.vbotickets.com.

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 15 to Oct 6. Berkeley Street Theatre, www.canadianstage.com.

Rosmersholm (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. As an election looms for John Rosmer, a mysterious woman enters his lfe. Previews from Sep 3, opens Sep 11, runs to Oct 6. Streetcar Crowsnest, www.crowstheatre.com.

The Thanksgiving Play (comedy) by Larissa FastHorse. Four white theatre people try to create a culturally sensitive play about Thanksgiving. Runs Sep 28 to Oct 20. CAA Theatre, 1-800-461-3333, www.mirvish.com.

Toronto International BuskerFest (festival). Comedians, fire jugglers, acrobats, aerial artists, clowns, daredevils, stiltwalkers and much more. Runs Aug 30 to Sep 2. Woodbine Park, torontobuskerfest.com.

Smaller Theatres (Student and Community)

Appointment with Death (drama) by Agatha Christie. While travelling to Petra three children try to free themselves from a tyrannical woman. Runs Sep 13 to Sep 28. [community] Scarborough Village Theatre, theatrescarborough.com.

Rumors (comedy) by Neil Simon. Friends arrive at an anniversary party to find Him wounded and Her missing. Runs Sep 6 to Sep 28.  [community] Village Playhouse, villageplayers.net.


BANCROFT

Million Dollar Quartet (musical) by Floyd Mutrux. A recreation of the jam session on December 4, 1956, with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 1. Village Playhouse, www.tweedandcompany.com.


BARRIE

White Taffeta Silk (or, Don't Do It Bestie!) (comedy) by Nathaniel Hanula-James. Two hotel employes try to clean a soiled wedding dress for a desperate bride. Runs Sep 19 to Sep 28. Venue TBA, www.tift.ca.


BLYTH

Onion Skins & Peach Fuzz: The Farmerettes (comedy) by Alison Lawrence. The story of the teenage girls who worked on farms across Canada to feed the troops during WWII. Runs Sep 3 to Sep 7. Memorial Hall, blythfestival.com.


BOBCAYGEON

Buying the Farm (comedy) by Shelley Hoffman & Stephen Sparks. A young real estate agent tries to convince a bachelor farmer to sell his farm. Runs Sep 25 to Oct 5. Globus Theatre, globustheatre.com.


BURLINGTON

Royal Canadian International Circus  (circus). A traditional one-ring circus but without exotic animals. Runs Aug 22 to Sep 2. Burlington Centre, www.royalcanadiancircus.ca.


FENELON FALLS

Into the Woods (musical) by Stephen Sondheim. Stories of various characters from Grimms’ fairy tales become intertwined. Runs Jul 7 to Sep 1. Grove Theatre Festival, www.grovetheatre.ca.


GANANOQUE

Doubt: A Parable (drama) by John Patrick Shanley. In 1964 Sister Aloysius suspects a charismatic priest of sexually abusing a student. Runs Sep 5 to Sep 29. Firehall Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Jesus Christ Superstar (musical) by Andrew Lloyd Webber. A recounting of the last days of Jesus Christ on earth. Runs Sep 24 to Oct 27. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.

Mary’s Wedding (drama) by Stephen Massicotte. Two young people fall in love in rural Alberta on the eve of World War I. Runs Aug 16 to Sep 8. Springer Theatre, 1000 Islands Playhouse, www.1000islandsplayhouse.com.


GRAND BEND

Peter Pan: The Panto (panro) by Caroline Smith. A panto version of the story by J.M. Barrie. Runs Aug 7 to Sep 1. South Huron Stage, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (musical) by Stephan Elliott & Allan Scott. Three drag queens set out on a trek across the Australian outback. Runs Aug 15 to Sep 1. Huron Contry Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


HAMILTON

King James (comedy) by Rajiv Joseph. The story of twelve years in basketball star LeBron James’s career. Runs Sep 25 to Oct 12. Theatre Aquarius, theatreaquarius.org.


LONDON

Matilda the Musical (musical) by Tim Minchin & Dennis Kelly. A bright young girl does battle with the bullying headmistress of a private school. Previews from Sep 17, opens Sep 20, runs to Sep 29. [student]. Grand Theatre, www.grandtheatre.com.


MORRISBURG

Those Movies (comedy) by Norm Foster. Two couples accidentally find themselves on a double date. Preview Sep 5, opens Sep 6, runs to Sep 29. Upper Canada Playhouse, uppercanadaplayhouse.com.


NIAGARA FALLS

Canadiana (revue). A celebration of Canadian music through the years. Runs May 28, 2024, booking to Dec 19, 2024. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.

Kevin & Caruso Magique (magic) by Kevin Jeffrey & Lord Caruso. Stunning special effects, multimedia backdrops, synchronized lighting and grand illusions. Runs Sep 18 to Sep 25. Fallsview Casino, fallsviewcasinoresort.com.

Wonder (magic) by Greg Frewin. Christian Mascia performs new large-scale illusions designed by Greg Frewin. Runs Oct 13, 2022, booking to Jan 4, 2025. Greg Frewin Theatre, 905-356-0777, gregfrewintheatre.com.


NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

THE SHAW FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 6 to 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

My Fair Lady (musical) by Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner. The famous musical version of GB Shaw’s Pygmalion. Runs May 25 to Dec 22.

The Mystery of the Human Heart (drama) by Reginald Candy. Has Sherlock Holmes finally met his match? Runs Aug 17 to Oct 13.

One Man, Two Guvnors (comedy) by Richard Bean. Goldoni’s 1746 Venetian farce A Servant of Two Masters updated to Brighton in the 1950s. Runs Jun 22 to Oct 13.

At the Royal George Theatre

Candida (comedy) by G.B. Shaw. Will Candida remain the lawfully wedded partner of a pastor or become the paramour of a poet? Runs Aug 16 to Oct 11.

The Orphan of Chao  (drama) by Michael Man. A doctor sacrifices his own son to keep an orphan alive so he can avenge his family when he comes of age. Runs Jun 22 to October 5.

The Secret Garden (drama) by Jay Turvey & Paul Sportelli. An orphaned girl is unhappy until she finds a secret garden on her uncle’s estate. Runs Jun 23 to Oct 13.

Witness for the Prosecution (drama) by Agatha Christie. When a wealthy older woman is found murdered, her handsome younger lover is the only suspect. Runs Apr 25 to Oct 13. ★★★☆☆

At the Studio Theatre

The House That Will Not Stand (variety) by Marcus Gardley. In 19th-century New Orleans a wealthy free Black woman risks losing everything after the death of her affluent white lover. Runs Jun 21 to Oct 12.

Snow in Midsummer (drama) by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig. A young widow executed for murder places a curse of her town. Runs Aug 18 to Oct 5.

At the Spiegeltent

Cotton Club  (variety) by the Ensemble. A night in Harlem – sizzling numbers from New York’s hottest nights. Runs Jul 17 to Oct 11.

Kabarett  (variety) by the Ensemble. A night in Berlin during the Weimar era. Runs Jun 14 to Oct 12.

The Shaw Variety Show (variety) by the Ensemble. An old-fashioned variety show packed with comedy, music and magic. Runs May 17 to Oct 6.


ORANGEVILLE

Vegas Knights (revue) by Derek Marshall & Chris McHarge. A musical tribute to the greatest crooners of 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s Las Vegas. Sep 19 to Sep 22. Theatre Orangeville, www.theatreorangeville.ca.


OTTAWA/GATINEAU

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. Runs Aug 14 to Sep 1. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (comedy) by Simon Stephens. A 15-year-old autistic boy tries to discover who killed the neighbour’s dog. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 7. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

First Métis Man of Odesa (drama) by Matthew MacKenzie & Mariya Khomutova. A Canadian playwright and a Ukrainian artist fall in love during the Covid pandemic and the Russian invasion. Runs Sep 18 to Sep 28. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

Oh Canada Eh?! (revue). Archtypal Canadian characters sing over 70 songs from all-Canadian artists. Booking to Dec 28, 2024. Oh Canada Eh?!, 330 Kent St, ohcanadaehottawa.com.

Le Père (drama) by Florian Zeller. André thinks he is independent but his daughter is troubled by his mental confusion. In French. Runs Sep 20 to Sep 21. Salle Odyssée, Gatineau, www.maisondelaculture.ca.

Romantic Comedy (comedy) by Bernard Slade. An arrogant but successful co-author of many Broadway comedies needs a new writing partner. Runs Sep 25 to Oct 12. [community] Ottawa Little Theatre, www.ottawalittletheatre.com.

La Traversée du siècle (drama) by Alice Ronfard. A 12-hour-long epic drawn from the plays and novels of Michel Tremblay following three generations of woman through the upheavals of the 20th century. In French. Runs Sep 7 only. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.

UAQUE (dance) by Andrea Peña. An exploration of beauty and the environmental crisis beneath the surface. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 11. National Arts Centre, nac-cna.ca.


PENETANGUISHENE

Jersey Boys (musical) by Bob Gaudio & Bob Crewe. The story of the rise of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Runs Aug 8 to Sep 1. King’s Wharf Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.


PETROLIA

The Ultimate Fiddler on the Loose (variety) by Jesse Grandmont. A show featuring the best of step-dancing, comedy and fantastic fiddling.  Previews from Sep 10, opens Sep 12, runs to Sep 29. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, thevpp.ca.


PORT COLBORNE

Lakefront (comedy) by Norm Foster. Two single seniors decide to rent a lakefront cabin to test their appeal to each other. Runs Sep 11 to Sep 22. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT DOVER

Lakefront (comedy) by Norm Foster. Two single seniors decide to rent a lakefront cabin to test their appeal to each other. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 7. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.

Memphis to Motown (revue) by Chris Mcharge. Music from legendary artists like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, The Four Tops and more. Runs Sep 10 to Sep 28. Lighthouse Festival Theatre, lighthousetheatre.com.


PORT STANLEY

The Perils of Persephone (comedy) by Dan Needles. In the Township of Persephone a truck, which may contain toxic waste, crashes into the swamp on the farm of the township reeve. Runs Aug 28 to Sep 14. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.

Simon Joynes Playwrights Festival (festival). Public readings of three ne plays. Runs Sep 19 to Sep 21. Port Stanley Festival Theatre, psft.ca.


ST. JACOBS

Kiss Me, Kate (musical) by Cole Porter. The backstage antics of a touring company staging Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. Runs Aug 7to Sep 1. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

The Marvelous Wonderettes (musical) by Roger Bean. Four girls in 1958 and then in 1968 sing about their lives and loves in 30 familiar tunes. Runs Jul 9 to Sep 1. Hildebrand Schoolhouse Theatre, 1-855-372-9866, www.draytonentertainment.com.

STRATFORD

THE HERE FOR NOW THEATRE FESTIVAL:

A festival of one-act plays of 60 to 90 minutes, including 5 world premieres. Runs Jun 19 to Sep 28, 2024. Stratford Perth Museum, 4275 Huron Rd, www.herefornowtheatre.com.

Dinner with the Duchess (drama) by Nick Green. A fabled violin virtuoso gives her final interview to a young, savvy reporter. Runs Sep 11 to Sep 28.

With Love and a Major Organ (comedy) by Julia Lederer. During her morning commute a woman falls in love with a total stranger and gives him her heart – literally. Runs Aug 21 to Sep 7.

THE STRATFORD FESTIVAL:

The plays run in repertory from Apr 16 to Oct 27 in Stratford, two hours west from Toronto. For tickets and information phone 1-800-567-1600 or visit the website at www.stratfordfestival.ca.

At the Festival Theatre

London Assurance (comedy) by Dion Boucicault. Sir Harcourt Courtly, an over-the-hill London fop, arrives at Oak Hall to claim his wealthy and scandalously young bride. Runs Aug 22 to Oct 25.

Romeo and Juliet (tragedy) by William Shakespeare. The well-known tale of teens who fall in love despite their feuding families. Runs Jun 1 to Oct 26.

Something Rotten! (musical) by Wayne Kirkpatrick & Karey Kirkpatrick. In Renaissance England the Bottom brothers write a musical to compete with Shakespeare’s plays. Runs May 28 to Oct 27. ★★☆☆☆

Twelfth Night (comedy) by William Shakespeare. Viola loves Orsino who loves Olivia who loves Viola. Runs May 27 to Oct 26. ★★★★

At the Avon Theatre

La Cage aux Folles (musical) by Jerry Herman & Harvey Fierstein. The manager of a drag club in St. Tropez decides to “play it straight” when his son arrives with his fiancée. Runs May 31 to to Oct 26. ★★★★

Salesman in China (drama) by Leanna Bodie & Jovanni Sy. In 1983 playwright Arthur Miller travelled to China to direct a production of his classic play Death of a Salesman. Runs Aug 23 to Oct 26.

Wendy and Peter Pan (musical) by Ella Hickson. Wendy Darling is centre stage in this adaptation of Peter Pan. Runs Jun 15 to Oct 27.

At the Tom Patterson Theatre

Cymbeline (drama) by William Shakespeare. Imogen tries to do good in a world full of evil. Runs May 29 to Sep 28. ★★☆☆☆

The Diviners (drama) by Vern Thiessen. A stage version of Margaret Laurence’s classic novel. Runs Aug 24 to Oct 2.

Hedda Gabler (drama) by Henrik Ibsen. After her honeymoon Hedda is already bored with her husband and the respectable life he represents. Runs May 30 to Sep 28. ★★★☆☆

At the Studio Theatre

Get That Hope (drama) by Andrea Scott. While celebrating Jamaican Independence Day in Toronto, a squabbling family’s secrets come to the surface. Runs Aug 10 to Sep 28.

The Goat or Who Is Sylvia? (drama) by Edward Albee. Martin Gray’s wife suspects he is having an affair, but the object of his affection tests everyone’s tolerance. Runs Aug 9 to Sep 29.


SUDBURY

Every Brilliant Thing (drama) by Duncan MacMillan. A boy tries to think of all the great things in the world that make life worth living. Runs Sep 11 to Sep 22. The Refettorio, yestheatre.com.


ON TOUR IN ONTARIO

Homemade Husbands (Як виростити чоловіка в домашніх умовах) (comedy) by Oleksiy Buratynskyi et al. An independent single woman sees an ad for a DIY kit for building a husband. In Ukrainian. www.eventbrite.ca.

• Sep 17, 21 & 22: The Royal, Toronto

• Sep 18: Wolf Performance Hall, London

• Sep 19: The Registry Theatre, Kitchener

• Sep 26-27: La Nouvelle Scène, Ottawa


Relive The Music ’50s & ’60s (revue) by Steve Marshall. The hit songs of two decades packed into one show. relivethemusic.ca.

• Sep 19: Thunder Bay Community Auditorium, Thunder Bay

• Sep 21: Community Centre, Sault Ste. Marie

• Sep 22: Fraser Auditorium, Sudbury

• Sep 23: Capitol Centre, North Bay

• Sep 24: Stockey Theatre, Parry Sound

• Sep 25: Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville

• Sep 26: Georgian Theatre, Barrie

• Sep 29: Flato Theatre, Lindsay

• Sep 30: Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough


We Walk the Line (revue) by Ward Cornforth. A tribute to the lives and music of Johnny and June Cash. cashtributeshow.com.

• Sep 5: Showplace Performance Centre, Peterborough

• Sep 7: Centrepointe Theatre, Ottawa

• Sep 12: Aultsville Theatre, Cornwall

• Sep 21: Fraser Auditorium, Sudbury

• Sep 28: Stockey Centre, Parry Sound