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Toronto: Young People’s Theatre presents the world premiere of “Under the Stairs” April 1-16

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is thrilled to present the World Premiere of Under the Stairs by acclaimed British playwright Kevin Dyer on the Mainstage, April 1 to 16, 2019.

In this innovative musical play, the cupboard under the stairs is a portal to a magical place that provides young Tim with refuge from Mom and Dad’s bickering. One day, Tim escapes into the Narnia-like closet only to find he’s not alone – there are other children in this fantastical world. Together, they embark on an adventure to uncover surprising secrets that could repair the turmoil in Tim’s house.

“This wonderful show fully-embodies our season theme of young people taking things into their own hands to fix what’s wrong in their world. We’re delighted to be working with Kevin Dyer again and to be premiering his new work.”

Allen MacInnis, YPT Artistic Director

Kevin Dyer is an acclaimed playwright who has written over 50 commissioned plays, many award-winning. The Monster Under the Bed, which was produced at YPT in 2010, won The Writers’ Guild Best Play for Children and Young Audiences Award, and was selected by The Kennedy Center in Washington as one of their best 25 plays over the last 25 years. Kevin was also awarded the Most Inspiring International Playwright Award by ASSITEJ at their World Congress in Cape Town.

Directed by Micheline Chevrier, Under the Stairs features Neema Bickersteth, Martin Julien, Richard Lee, Kyle Orzech, Paul Rainville, Fiona Sauder, and Kelsey Verzotti.

Composer/Musical Director: Reza Jacobs; Set Designer: Teresa Przybylski; Costume Designer: Anna Treusch; Lighting Designer: Michelle Ramsay; Sound Designer: Adam Harendorf; Movement Director: Viv Moore; Dramaturg: Stephen Colella; Assistant Director: Cristina Cugliandro; Stage Manager: Daniel Oulton; Assistant Stage Manager: Kate Hennigar.

Written by Kevin Dyer
Music by Reza Jacobs
Directed by Micheline Chevrier


Media Opening: Thursday, April 4 at 1PM & 7PM
Performances: Apr. 1 & 2 at 10:15AM; Apr. 3 at 1PM & 7PM; Apr. 4 at 1PM & 7PM; Apr. 6 & 7 at 2:30PM; Apr. 9 at 10:15AM & 1PM; Apr. 10 at 10:15AM; Apr. 11 at 10:15AM & 1PM: Apr. 12 at 10:15AM; Apr. 13 & 14 at 2:30PM; Apr. 15 & 16 at 10:15AM & 1PM.
Relaxed Performances: Apr. 14 at 2:30PM & Apr. 15 at 10:15AM

Young People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, Toronto
Tickets: $10-$39, HST & service charges extra; prices subject to change without notice | Online:

Box Office: 416.862.2222 x2 | For more information visit

Photo: Kyle Orzech.