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Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre postpones the premiere of “A Northern Lights Dream”

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Operetta Theatre postpones the premiere of “A Northern Lights Dream”

We are in the midst of extraordinary times and we hope that you and all those close to you are safe and well.
It is with a great sense of disappointment that we have decided to postpone the World Premiere of Michael Rose’s A NORTHERN LIGHTS DREAM.  In light of recommendations by the Province and City of Toronto, we are exercising abundant caution...

Montreal: Cirque du Soleil launches a digital content hub – CirqueConnect

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Montreal: Cirque du Soleil launches a digital content hub – CirqueConnect

Last week, Cirque du Soleil launched a new digital content hub called CirqueConnect, available at cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect.  Moved by a desire to stay connected to its fans, the Cirque du Soleil content hub provides a source of high-quality entertainment for fans to enjoy from the comfort of their homes, as current measures to combat the coronavirus...

Toronto: Soundstreams announces its 2020/21 season

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Toronto: Soundstreams announces its 2020/21 season

“Next season is all about human connection through storytelling. As the world grapples with forced separations of all kinds, celebrating what brings us together matters more than ever.” – Lawrence Cherney
Now, more than ever, we need music to bring us together. Although it is difficult to think ahead to a time when our lives will be back to normal,...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre extends its closure to June 30, 2020

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre extends its closure to June 30, 2020

We hope you are doing well, and are safe at home. The last few weeks have been full of change, adjustments, and challenges on both personal and structural levels. And things continue to shift. Yesterday, the City of Toronto decided to cancel all city-led mass gatherings up until the end of June—this includes Pride Toronto‘s weekend of programming...

Blyth: The Blyth Festival cancels its 2020 season

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Blyth: The Blyth Festival cancels its 2020 season

Effective immediately, The Blyth Festival is suspending its 2020 season until further notice. This the first time in its 46-year history, that the Blyth Festival has had to take such a step.
In a statement, Blyth’s Artistic Director, Gil Garratt, said:
“As a community leader, the Festival owes a responsibility to help support and amplify...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in April

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in April

This is a challenging time for arts and culture organizations and for many of us personally. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor has always been and will continue to be a caring and supportive community. We will focus on good health, proactive actions, and loving thoughts as the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve.
While our organizations are temporarily...

Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre presents Online: Joy Edit April 2-4

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Toronto: fu-GEN Theatre presents Online: Joy Edit April 2-4

online joy editA SERIES OF INTIMATE ONE-ON-ONE INTERACTIONS TAKING PLACE ONLINE OVER VARIOUS COMMUNICATIONS CHANNELS. 
EIGHT ASIAN CANADIAN ARTISTS GUIDE YOU THROUGH 15 MINUTE INTERACTIONS PROVOKED BY OUR CAPACITY AND FUNDAMENTAL NEED FOR THE ONE THING IN SHORT SUPPLY THESE DAYS: JOY.
THERE IS NO ADMISSION CHARGE, AS JOY SHOULD ALWAYS BE...

Toronto: Soulpepper presents “fresh ink online” April 3

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Toronto: Soulpepper presents “fresh ink online” April 3

Fresh Ink is an opportunity for artists and audiences to share new work, the life blood of the theatre. This series is a chance to discover what our theatre makers are up to, what they’re thinking and dreaming about. It’s a chance for adventurous audiences and artists to come together to share in the creative process.
“This event has been something...

Toronto: Le Théâtre français de Toronto cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Toronto: Le Théâtre français de Toronto cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Coming together under one roof, gathering an audience to tell a story, sharing ideas and opinions! Since its creation in 1967, Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) has never stopped believing in its mission: to bring people together. At this time however, it has become clear this imperative does not align with the well-being and health of society.

Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville postpones its coming shows

Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Orangeville: Theatre Orangeville postpones its coming shows

All of us here at your theatre are blessed in the knowledge that you, our loyal patrons and supporters, care so passionately for Theatre Orangeville that together, we will do all that we can to ensure that our community remains the joyous, caring and courageous place that it has always been, and always will be. 
As you know, we at Theatre Orangeville...

Toronto: Help support Against the Grain artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

Monday, March 30, 2020
Toronto: Help support Against the Grain artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic

For the last 10 seasons, Against the Grain Theatre has been known for presenting the most innovative opera productions in Canada. We couldn't have made it here without YOU! AtG has many exciting productions we want to share with you in the coming years. 
We know that the future for everyone is a little uncertain at the moment. We are all feeling...

London: The Grand Theatre regretfully cancels the 2020 High School Project

Monday, March 30, 2020
London: The Grand Theatre regretfully cancels the 2020 High School Project

As a result of COVID-19, the Grand Theatre made some dramatic programming announcements today.
The Grand was to have commenced an extensive renovation of its lobby spaces on May 3, following the closing performance of its last production of the current season GROW. Following consultation with architects, contractors and the Boards of Directors,...

Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces a digital reading of Karen Hines’s “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” April 3

Monday, March 30, 2020
Toronto: Nightwood Theatre announces a digital reading of Karen Hines’s “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” April 3

Nightwood Theatre is pleased to announce that we’ll be presenting an online staged reading of Karen Hines' All the Little Animals I Have Eaten, in lieu of the live performance that was slated to open last week on March 26, but was cancelled due to COVID-19. For one night only on Friday, April 3rd, the cast will perform their roles from their individual...

Toronto: Vote for the Classical: NEXT Award for Against the Grain’s “La Bohème”

Monday, March 30, 2020
Toronto: Vote for the Classical: NEXT Award for Against the Grain’s “La Bohème”

Against the Grain Theatre has some exciting news to share! We are one of 10 international nominees to be on the shortlist for the Classical: NEXT 2020 Innovation Award for our touring production of La Bohème. Classical: NEXT is based out of Rotterdam, Netherlands. 
The final voting process comes from the people! THAT'S YOU! We need your help...

London. UK: Watch National Theatre shows at home for free

Monday, March 30, 2020
London. UK: Watch National Theatre shows at home for free

It's now been nearly a fortnight since we sadly closed the NT doors to the public. Following advice, we have now taken the difficult decision to cancel all performances and events until Tuesday 30 June. If you have tickets booked, you will be contacted by our Box Office. We're so grateful to everyone who has already donated tickets back to us and...

Stratford: Stratford Festival posts surplus for 2019

Saturday, March 28, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival posts surplus for 2019

At a time when arts organizations around the world are looking ahead to an unknown and disconcerting future, the Stratford Festival paused on Saturday to look back at the year that was. This year’s annual general meeting could not be held at the Festival Theatre as it has been for more than 60 years. Instead, as the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the...

New York: The Actors Fund launches weekly series hosted by Canadian Emily Hampshire

Friday, March 27, 2020
New York: The Actors Fund launches weekly series hosted by Canadian Emily Hampshire

The Actors Fund has tapped Emily Hampshire for a new weekly talk show, Humpday With Hampshire. The series will air on the organization’s YouTube channel on Wednesdays at 5 PM ET beginning April 1.
Hampshire currently plays Stevie Budd on the comedy Schitt’s Creek. The character ended up tackling the role of Sally Bowles in Moira Rose's production...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival extends its suspension of performances through May 25

Friday, March 27, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival extends its suspension of performances through May 25

Based on the Public Health Agency of Canada’s statement regarding mass gatherings, the Shaw Festival has decided to cancel all public events and performances through May 25 (you may have just seen this on our social media accounts). We will continue to monitor the situation to see if additional cancellations are required based on the direction and...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels the rest of the 2019/20 season

Friday, March 27, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company cancels the rest of the 2019/20 season

Following the recent state of emergency declared in Ontario and the ongoing public closures due to precautions around the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Opera Company is cancelling all upcoming performances and events for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season. 
Cancellations include the company’s mainstage productions of Aida and The Flying...

Toronto: 41st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards postponed

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: 41st Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards postponed

The annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards, produced by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA), celebrate excellence in the city's performing arts sector for professional theatre, dance and opera. The Dora Awards show normally takes place at the end of June.
TAPA Executive Director and Dora Awards Producer Jacoba Knaapen announced today...

Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents telephone performances March 27-April 7

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre presents telephone performances March 27-April 7

QUEER, FAR, WHEREVER YOU AREMARCH - APRIL, 2020In many ways these are strange and difficult times, and while most of us are physically distancing, we’re also seeing our queer communities come together and support each other in exciting ways. From commnunity resources like free takeaway meals at the 519 and Glad Day‘s Emergency Fund for LGBTQ2S artists,...

Toronto: Luminato Festival cancels its 2020 festival

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Luminato Festival cancels its 2020 festival

Today Luminato Festival Toronto has announced the immediate cancellation of the 2020 Festival due to the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 Festival, which was due to take place June 11 – 28, has been cancelled following government advice, and to protect the safety of our audiences, artists and all our staff and volunteers. 2020...

Toronto: Factory Theatre cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Over the course of the last 2 weeks, we have been closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For clear and up-to-date information about local risk we have been following the recommendations of public health authorities as well as our federal, provincial, and municipal governments. As a result of all the new recommendations...

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius reschedules opening of “Ring of Fire” to August 2020

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius reschedules opening of “Ring of Fire” to August 2020

In a time when so many events and activities have been forced to cancel due to the current health emergency, Theatre Aquarius is pleased to be able to offer one piece of positive news to theatre-lovers and music fans throughout the region, with the release of rescheduled dates for the season-ending musical Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, which...

Toronto: Soundstreams cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Toronto: Soundstreams cancels the remainder of its 2019/20 season

Soundstreams believes that music has the ability to bring people together, and break down barriers. It’s a mark of our collective humanity. The recent spread of COVID-19 in our society makes gathering difficult, but we continue to carry on to achieve this mission.Above everything, the health and safety of artists, the public, and the staff are paramount,...

Toronto: TO Live launches the new online series “Living Rooms” for local Toronto artists

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Toronto: TO Live launches the new online series “Living Rooms” for local Toronto artists

While TO Live’s doors remain closed great art continues to stimulate, inspire,and build connections.
Clyde Wagner, President & CEO, TO Live, and newly appointed VP of Programming Josephine Ridge, today announced an online initiative from TO Live – Living Rooms.  Living Rooms provides a platform for Toronto local artists to celebrate the neighbourhood...

Toronto: Mirvish Productions shares what happened during the Spanish Flu of 1918/19

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish Productions shares what happened during the Spanish Flu of 1918/19

As the saying goes, everything old is eventually new again. So it is with the COVID-19 pandemic, at least in terms of its effects on society at large. While there have been many pandemics in human history, the one that seems to have had as devastating an impact in modern times was the influenza of 1918/1919, usually known as the Spanish Flu (although...

Toronto: WeeFestival of Arts and Culture announces cancellation

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: WeeFestival of Arts and Culture announces cancellation

Out of consideration for the health and safety of their audiences, artists, and staff in the context of COVID-19 Pandemic and resulting local and Provincial states of Emergency; the WeeFestival has made the necessary, yet heartbreaking decision to cancel all events scheduled for May 4 -24, 2020. 
 The Festival hopes to reschedule selected performances...

Toronto: The Toronto engagement of “Miss Saigon” has been cancelled

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: The Toronto engagement of “Miss Saigon” has been cancelled

Producer Cameron Mackintosh has closed the North American touring production of MISS SAIGON due to the effects of COVID-19. The tour played its final performance on Sunday March 15, in Fort Myers, FL. MISS SAIGON’s Toronto engagement at the Princess of Wales Theatre is now cancelled. 
 For refunds or credits we recommend patrons visit mirvish.com...

Toronto: Outside the March offers “The Ministry of of Mundane Mysteries” over the telephone

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Toronto: Outside the March offers “The Ministry of of Mundane Mysteries” over the telephone

The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries welcomes you...Sparking Connections through Telephonic InvestigationFinding yourself with a little time on your hands?Missing the uplift of live arts and culture?Is there a friend, a relative or a kid in your life who could use a daily dose of adventure?The meticulous mavericks at The Ministry of Mundane Mysteries...

St. Catharines: The Foster Festival cancels its 2020 season

Monday, March 23, 2020
St. Catharines: The Foster Festival cancels its 2020 season

The Foster Festival is working to ensure our approach to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and its resulting repercussions on our patrons, our team members and our local community is handled with care and consideration.
Based on the guidance of the provincial and federal governments, along with the Chief Medical Officer of Canada, The Foster...

Toronto: Remaining Off-Mirvish shows for the 2019/20 season cancelled

Monday, March 23, 2020
Toronto: Remaining Off-Mirvish shows for the 2019/20 season cancelled

ROOM and INDECENT, the two remaining shows in the 2019-20 Off-Mirvish Season, have been cancelled.  For refunds or credits we recommend patrons visit mirvish.com and submit the online form or call TicketKing at 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.ROOM, a stage adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s best-selling novel and Oscar-winning film, is a coproduction with...

Toronto: The Assembly Theatre starts a GoFundMe campaign to stay open

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Toronto: The Assembly Theatre starts a GoFundMe campaign to stay open

Our team at The Assembly Theatre has been closely following the COVID-19 situation, and steps have been taken to comply with Toronto's public health recommendations. In order to ensure the health and safety of our patrons, artists, and staff, The Assembly Theatre will be temporarily closing their doors and suspending all public performances until...

Toronto: Tonight at 8 pm is Tapestry Opera’s first-ever livestream concert

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Toronto: Tonight at 8 pm is Tapestry Opera’s first-ever livestream concert

Tonight at 8PM, Krisztina Szabó and Chris Foley star in Songbook X, a reimagined concert and recital from Tapestry's 40 years of Canadian repertoire and beyond.
About the showHungarian-Canadian mezzo soprano Krisztina Szabó, and collaborative pianist and Songbook creator, Chris Foley, star in Tapestry’s first-ever livestream concert. Facing the...

New York: The Metropolitan Opera will offer free streams of its “Live from the Met in HD” catalog

Friday, March 20, 2020
New York: The Metropolitan Opera will offer free streams of its “Live from the Met in HD” catalog

Although the Metropolitan Opera has brought down the curtain at least through the end of the month over COVID-19 concerns, the New York City institution will offer another way for audiences to take in its performances.
Beginning March 16, the Met will stream a title from its Live in HD series each night through the duration of the closure. The...

Stratford: Stratford Festival closure continues through the end of May

Friday, March 20, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival closure continues through the end of May

Faced with the devastating impact of the global pandemic, Artistic DirectorAntoni Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney have made the decision to cancel performances through the end of May, and to suspend rehearsals and season preparations.
“Since its inception in 1953, the Festival has functioned much like a family – a dedicated, tight-knit...

Toronto: Opera Atelier cancels its production of Handel’s “La resurrezione” scheduled for April 11-19

Friday, March 20, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier cancels its production of Handel’s “La resurrezione” scheduled for April 11-19

It is heartbreaking for us to announce that following the Premier’s declaration of a state of emergency for Ontario, we believe the only responsible action for Opera Atelier is to cancel performances of Handel’s The Resurrection, scheduled for April 11 - 19 at Koerner Hall. We wish to extend our sincere thanks to all of our singers and dancers for...

New York: Actors from all five companies of “Come From Away” sing “Me and the Sky”

Thursday, March 19, 2020
New York: Actors from all five companies of “Come From Away” sing “Me and the Sky”

Come From Away, the international hit musical that tells the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them in the immediate aftermath of September 11, has released a new video that celebrates kindness and togetherness.
In the video, actors who have played airline pilot Beverley (the role created...

Toronto: Native Earth Performing Arts cancels shows in April and May

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Toronto: Native Earth Performing Arts cancels shows in April and May

As a precautionary response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Native Earth and Aki Studio will be suspending the rest of our 2019/2020 season. This is not an easy decision to make, but we recognize it is vital to ensure the safety of our artists, staff, and audience members. Native Earth is taking direction from Public Health of Canada, Ontario Health, and...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels public events and performances until May 1, 2020

Monday, March 16, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: The Shaw Festival cancels public events and performances until May 1, 2020

“We have an incredible team here who have been cooking up some wonderful theatre. Of course it is frustrating to have to put that on hold, but if our aim is to create a more human, more connected theatre, then our first priority has to be keeping everyone safe. I know our amazing audience will understand and support us; and we send everyone our love...

Toronto: Mirvish suspends and cancels performances due to Covid-19

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish suspends and cancels performances due to Covid-19

Dear PATRON, 
For the first time in my family's history in theatre, I have had to make the difficult decision to close our theatres. 
Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to help limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all Mirvish theatres will suspend performances, effective from the matinee today through Sunday, April 12.

Toronto: Tarragon Theatre temporarily suspends its 2019/20 season

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Toronto: Tarragon Theatre temporarily suspends its 2019/20 season

Tarragon Theatre is committed to the safety, health and well-being of everyone in the Tarragon community. Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Tarragon Theatre has decided to temporarily suspend our 2019/20 season.In doing this we follow Toronto Public Health and Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines against public gatherings...

St. Catharines: Patricia Vanstone to step down as Artistic Director of the Foster Festival

Friday, March 13, 2020
St. Catharines: Patricia Vanstone to step down as Artistic Director of the Foster Festival

The Board of Directors of The Norm Foster Theatre Festival have special news to share with our dear friends and patrons. Patricia Vanstone, Artistic Director of The Foster Festival has decided to step down at the end of the 2020 summer season. 
As Founding Artistic Director, Patricia has worked tirelessly building upon a shared dream to celebrate...

Ottawa: NAC cancels all performances and events until April 5

Friday, March 13, 2020
Ottawa: NAC cancels all performances and events until April 5

Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre has issued the following statement:
The health and safety of our visitors, artists, and staff is of paramount importance. Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are cancelling all performances and events at the National Arts Centre until Sunday April...

Cambridge: Performance cancellations announced to mitigate spread of coronavirus

Thursday, March 12, 2020
Cambridge: Performance cancellations announced to mitigate spread of coronavirus

Drayton Entertainment is cancelling all remaining performances of A Few Good Men (St. Jacobs Country Playhouse) and Kinky Boots (Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge) as well as its upcoming production of Billy Bishop Goes to War (St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre) in an effort to mitigate the potential spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This schedule change...

Toronto: All-Canadian cast assembled for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Toronto: All-Canadian cast assembled for “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

An assembly of Canadian performers will bring magic to the Ed Mirvish Theatre as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child readies for its Toronto bow. As previously reported, performances will begin October 23.
Trevor White (The Machine) will star in the title role, with Gregory Prest (a Soulpepper Theatre mainstay) as Ron Weasley and Sarah Afful (Soulpepper's...

London: The Grand Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

Monday, March 9, 2020
London: The Grand Theatre announces its 2020/21 season

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce its 2020/2021 Season. Running from September 2020 to May 2021, it is a season that includes a grand re-opening of refreshed and updated lobby spaces, performances in ten venues that span both our city and the country, partnerships with Neptune Theatre and Shaw Festival, and the return of a record-breaking,...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces 2019 financial results

Friday, March 6, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Shaw Festival announces 2019 financial results

During the Annual General Meeting held earlier today, the Shaw Festival announced positive financial results for the 2019 season. Kevin Patterson, Treasurer of the Board of Directors, shared with an audience of patrons, donors and company members that both sales and fundraising revenues achieved all-time highs, resulting in a $519,000 season surplus.

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Venerated actor David Schurmann has died

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Venerated actor David Schurmann has died

For decades, whenever a Shaw Festival play needed someone with a distinguished English charm, David Schurmann answered the call.
The tall, gentlemanly actor appeared in more than 40 productions at the Niagara-on-the-Lake company, starting in 1981. His upper crust demeanour and unmistakable voice anchored productions of "Henry IV" and "This Happy...

Niagara-on-the-Lake: Beloved Shaw Festival actor Mary Haney has died

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Niagara-on-the-Lake: Beloved Shaw Festival actor Mary Haney has died

It didn't matter the role. It didn't matter the show. Whenever Mary Haney walked onto a Shaw Festival stage, all attention shifted to her.
During her 30 seasons and more than 60 productions with the Niagara-on-the-Lake company, Haney's versatility landed her in raucous comedies and tragic tearjerkers alike. From the hijinks of "Harvey" (2010)...

Cambridge: Cast announced for “A Few Good Men” in St. Jacobs

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Cambridge: Cast announced for “A Few Good Men” in St. Jacobs

Can audiences 􏰁handle the truth?􏰃􏰄 That is the pivotal question at the centre of the famed legal drama A Few Good Men, which opens the highly-anticipated 2020 Season at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The hit play about military corruption and the quest for justice will be on stage for three weeks only from March 4 to March 22.
Before it became...

Cambridge: Casting announced for “Billy Bishop Goes to War” in St. Jacobs

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Cambridge: Casting announced for “Billy Bishop Goes to War” in  St. Jacobs

Happy Birthday Billy Bishop! Canadian WWI flying ace William Avery Bishop was born 126 years ago today on February 8, 1894. His incredible life story comes alive on stage at the intimate St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre for three weeks only from April 8 to April 26. Although it is usually only open in the fall, this quaint 100-seat venue in the heart...

Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its 2020/21 season

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Toronto: The Canadian Opera Company announces its 2020/21 season

For the first time in decades, a fully staged production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal will be presented in Canada, opening the Canadian Opera Company’s monumental 2020/2021 season with a company premiere at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Cast with more than 100 singers, an orchestra of 110 musicians, and a nearly six-hour run-time,...

Ottawa: National Arts Centre’s 2018/19 annual report details its 50th anniversary season

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Ottawa: National Arts Centre’s 2018/19 annual report details its 50th anniversary season

The National Arts Centre’s 2018–2019 Annual Report was tabledin Parliament last week. The NAC enjoyed an extraordinary season that included more than 1,450 showsand events, and attracted nearly one million patrons to performances, events and commercial activities.
The Annual Report, which includes a timeline of the NAC’s 50-year history, also...

Toronto: “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” runs March 24-April 12

Saturday, February 8, 2020
Toronto: “All the Little Animals I Have Eaten” runs March 24-April 12

Nightwood Theatre is pleased to announce its production of All the Little Animals I Have Eaten by Karen Hines, running March 24-April 12, 2020.
Governor General Award-nominated, powerhouse playwright Karen Hines (The Pochsy Plays; Crawlspace) serves up a biting meditationon capitalism, consumption, precarity and hope in her latest dark comedy....

Toronto: Toronto Star cuts arts reporting to almost nothing

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Toronto: Toronto Star cuts arts reporting to almost nothing

The Toronto Star has quietly shuttered the remnants of its once mightily entertainment section, leaving all but a handful of writers under a single editor.
Most writers of staff will be taking buyouts, leaving, or be reassigned to other areas.
Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star Sports Reporter — Departed Dec., 2019
Amy Pataki, Toronto Star...

Toronto: Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg to become Officiers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Toronto: Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg to become Officiers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Opera Atelier is proud to announce the company’s esteemed Co-Artistic Directors Marshall Pynkoski C.M. and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg C.M. have been awarded the extraordinary recognition of Officers of the Order of Arts and Letters (Officiers de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) by the French Republic — the first time a Canadian couple has received...

Stratford: Stratford Festival’s Laboratory launches R&D residencies and script incubator

Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Stratford: Stratford Festival’s Laboratory launches R&D residencies and script incubator

The Stratford Festival’s Laboratory is a hive of activity at the moment, with a number of Canadian theatre artists coming to Stratford to develop their work. They responded to a call for submissions made this past summer and are bringing their in-development work to the Festival as part of a new R&D residency program in the Lab.
Founded by Artistic...

Toronto: Opera Atelier unveils its 35th season

Sunday, February 2, 2020
Toronto: Opera Atelier unveils its 35th season

Opera Atelier proudly announces its iconic 35th Anniversary Season with two groundbreaking works at the historic Elgin Theatre: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s The Magic Flute, considered the company’s most successful production in its history, on stage from October 22–November 1, 2020; and The Angel Speaks – a new Canadian commission – double-billed with...

Toronto: Christie Darville named Canadian Opera Company’s Deputy General Director

Friday, January 31, 2020
Toronto: Christie Darville named Canadian Opera Company’s Deputy General Director

COC General Director Alexander Neef announced this week that Christie Darville, the company’s current Executive Director, Philanthropy & Audiences, will act as the COC’s Deputy General Director, effective immediately, until the close of the 2020/2021 season.
“Christie’s insights and planning have been critically important to our strategic review...

Toronto: Digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets in Toronto is announced

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Toronto: Digital lottery for “Hamilton” tickets in Toronto is announced

Producer Jeffery Seller and David Mirvish announced a digital lottery for HAMILTON tickets will begin in conjunction with the show’s first performance (February 11) in Toronto at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. Forty (40) tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each. The digital lottery will open at 11:00 AM on February 9 for tickets tothe Tuesday,...

Toronto: Four emerging artists invited to join the COC Ensemble Studio for 2020/21

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Toronto: Four emerging artists invited to join the COC Ensemble Studio for 2020/21

The Canadian Opera Company welcomes four new opera artists to its Ensemble Studio training program for the 2020/2021 season: soprano Midori Marsh, baritone Jonah Spungin, bass-baritone Alex Halliday, and pianist/intern coach Frances Thielmann. In August 2020, the artists become part of a renowned program that has launched the careers of over 235 Canadian...

London: Grand Theatre’s “Cabaret” will go on tour

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
London: Grand Theatre’s “Cabaret” will go on tour

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce a cross-Canada tour of its production of Cabaret in 2020-21.
Cabaret was part of the Grand Theatre’s 2018-19 season and closed after a record-setting six week run that included three extensions, making it the longest running production on the McManus Stage in the history of the Grand.  In order to meet...

Toronto: Canadian Stage announces its 2020/21 season

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Toronto: Canadian Stage announces its 2020/21 season

Canadian Stage today announced its 20.21 season. Featuring 13 works, nine Canadian productions, three international hits and a perennial outdoor summer favourite  ̶ from some of the most exciting Canadian and international artists working today, this season of breathtaking stories will entertain, move and surprise.
“Our upcoming season speaks...

Toronto: “Franz Ferdinand Must Die” by Adam Bailey runs March 18-29

Monday, January 27, 2020
Toronto: “Franz Ferdinand Must Die” by Adam Bailey runs March 18-29

Proclaimed a “Historical Tour-de-Force” by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix and Smart, Energetic and Fascinating by the CBC, Adam Bailey’s twisted, history-based solo performance tackles the improbable events that started a war while asking the question, “what leads young men to commit acts of political violence?”. Using the assassination of Franz Ferdinand...

Stratford: Stratford plays on stage in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver

Thursday, January 23, 2020
Stratford: Stratford plays on stage in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver

The Stratford Festival is thrilled to see a number of recent productions moving on to theatres across the country, where they are being received with great enthusiasm.
“It’s a pleasure to share the work of the Stratford Festival with sister theatres across Canada,” says Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. “The Festival has become an important...

Toronto: Stage Door will be on hiatus from January 20 to March 17

Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Toronto: Stage Door will be on hiatus from January 20 to March 17

After last year’s two-week-long tech-free holiday, the Editor of www.stage-door.com has now embarked on the greater challenge of a two-month-long tech-free holiday. This will last starting January 20 and ending on March 17, 2020. During that time there will be no new news items posted and no new reviews. 
Having planned this break long before...

Toronto: Next Stage saw its highest audience capacities ever

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: Next Stage saw its highest audience capacities ever

The Toronto Fringe staff and board of directors congratulate the artists of the 13th annual Next Stage Theatre Festival for making the 2020 festival, which   wrapped up yesterday evening, a resounding success. Toronto Fringe’s goal with this edition of the festival was to make sure that the independent artists who power the festival could perform...

Toronto: A new production of Dave Carley’s “Taking Liberties” takes place at the Campbell House February 5-23

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: A new production of Dave Carley’s “Taking Liberties” takes place at the Campbell House February 5-23

A new production of Taking Liberties by Dave Carley is opening in February at Toronto’s Campbell House Museum, for a three week run.  Carley’s drama looks at five decades in a city’s history when civil liberties came under threat, from issues of book censorship to the muzzling of academic debate.
This is the fifth production of Taking Liberties...

Toronto: LOVE2 Theatre Co. presents “Watching Glory Die” February 19-29

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: LOVE2 Theatre Co. presents “Watching Glory Die” February 19-29

LOVE2 THEATRE COMPANY with impel theatre present their production of “Watching Glory Die,” written by celebrated Canadian playwright Judith Thompson (Crackwalker; Lion in the Streets; Perfect Pie).
A mother mourns. A guard struggles. A troubled young woman is alone with her thoughts.
Three women, inextricably tied to one another, wrestle...

Toronto: Factory Theatre presents Marjorie Chan’s “Lady Sunrise” February 15-March 8

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: Factory Theatre presents Marjorie Chan’s “Lady Sunrise” February 15-March 8

FACTORY THEATRE is proud to announce the World Premiere of Marjorie Chan’s LADY SUNRISE, directed by Factory’s Artistic Director, Nina Lee Aquino. The play features a powerful ensemble of six Asian Canadian women, Belinda Corpuz, Ma-Anne Dionisio, Zoé Doyle, Rosie Simon, Lindsay Wu, and Louisa Zhu. Presented at FACTORY THEATRE, February 15 - March...

Toronto: Lucid Ludic with Why Not Theatre presents “Brain Storm” February 27-March 8

Monday, January 20, 2020
Toronto: Lucid Ludic with Why Not Theatre presents “Brain Storm” February 27-March 8

A poetic, visually arresting and comically haunting look at the ramifications of brain surgery and how one woman finds her way in a reality that is forever different. BRAIN STORM takes you into the operating theatre, to dissect the question; are our brains magic, machines – or both?
Writer/Director Taliesin McEnaney draws on the work of famous...

Toronto: Common Boots Theatre introduces the “Blind Imaginings” podcast

Friday, January 17, 2020
Toronto: Common Boots Theatre introduces the “Blind Imaginings” podcast

In April 2019, Alex Bulmer launched “Blind Imaginings”. This three-day workshop brought blind and sighted artists from diverse performance disciplines together to de-centre vision from theatre and imagine beyond seeing. Participants included playwrights Natasha Greenblatt and Yolanda Bonnell, who took their Blind Imagining skills straight to The Election....

Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage January 29-February 15

Friday, January 17, 2020
Hamilton: Theatre Aquarius presents “Sweat” by Lynn Nottage January 29-February 15

Theatre Aquarius is proud to welcome to the stage Lynn Nottage’s brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, SWEAT – a powerful story the New Yorker calls “a tough yet empathetic portrait of the America that came undone.”
It’s the year 2000 in Reading, Pennsylvania and a group of friends go to work at the steel mill and then decompress at the bar...

Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment holds a PD Day Workshop for High School Students January 31

Friday, January 17, 2020
Cambridge: Drayton Entertainment holds a PD Day Workshop for High School Students January 31

The greatest thing you'll ever learn ... is waiting to be discovered at Drayton Entertainment's Musical Theatre PD Day Workshop for High School Students!
Join us for a full day of singing, dancing, and pizza on Friday, January 31! There will be improv, theatre games, a behind-the-scenes theatre tour, as well as music and choreography rehearsals...

London: Rebecca Northan stars in “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Grand Theatre January 21-February 8

Thursday, January 16, 2020
London: Rebecca Northan stars in “Every Brilliant Thing” at the Grand Theatre January 21-February 8

The Grand Theatre is excited to welcome back award-winning actor and improviser Rebecca Northan in the touching one-person play, EVERY BRILLIANT THING. Described as a heart-warming show that explores life’s simple joys, and conversely, the extreme hardships we face, this unique production is not only something to be seen, but something to be experienced....

Toronto: Kuumba25 runs at Harbourfront Centre February 1-29

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Toronto: Kuumba25 runs at Harbourfront Centre February 1-29

Toronto’s longest running Black History Month festival, Harbourfront Centre’s Kuumba, marks 25 years of celebrating the heritage, culture and traditions of Black Canadians with a series of talks, workshops, events and performances throughout February, presented by TD The Ready Commitment. The 2020 festival is curated by creative director and part-time...

Toronto: Danceworks presents Zata Omm’s “Eden Planted” February 5-8

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Toronto: Danceworks presents Zata Omm’s “Eden Planted” February 5-8

Reversing the fall of humanity and restoring the Garden of Eden in the technological age - DANCEWORKS presents the World Premiere of ZATA OMM’s EDEN PLANTED. This brilliant production is produced and performed by Toronto based dance company ZATA OMM, and led by the award-winning William Yong. Through the lens of technology and dance, this production...

Toronto: Mirvish presents The Second City’s all-female revue “She The People” February 4-9

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish presents The Second City’s all-female revue “She The People” February 4-9

The future is here and it’s female! The ladies of The Second City return with SHE THE PEOPLE, the sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by the fearlessly funny women of The Second City, for everyone to enjoy! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all...to having that sick feeling...

Toronto: COC to host 2nd Digital Stage Symposium on Performing Arts and New Technologies

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Toronto: COC to host 2nd Digital Stage Symposium on Performing Arts and New Technologies

The Canadian Opera Company invites Canadian performing arts organizations to participate in the second Digital Stage symposium on technological advances and challenges for the sector, happening on February 20, 2020 at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre in Toronto.
Last fall, the COC launched the Digital Stage, in partnership with The National...

Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents “Secret Life of a Mother” by Hannah Moscovitch February 6-23

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Crow’s Theatre presents “Secret Life of a Mother” by Hannah Moscovitch February 6-23

This February Crow’s Theatre is thrilled to give audiences a second chance to experience one of Toronto theatre’s most memorable recent highlights - the acclaimed and sold-out co-production from SLOM Collective and The Theatre Centre, Secret Life of a Mother, on stage at Streetcar Crowsnest February 6 – 23, 2020 in the Guloien Theatre. 
Written...

Toronto: Cineplex Events announces its winter/spring stage series lineup

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Cineplex Events announces its winter/spring stage series lineup

Cineplex Events today announced its 2020 winter/spring Stage series lineup, bringing acclaimed theatre productions from London and Paris to big screens across Canada. Captured live and broadcast to Cineplex theatres, the highly anticipated winter/spring lineup is made up of politically, comically and emotionally charged productions. Ranging from centuries-old...

Toronto: Alumnae Theatre stages “The Trip to Bountiful” January 17-February 1

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Alumnae Theatre stages “The Trip to Bountiful” January 17-February 1

The award-winning play The Trip to Bountiful is returning to Toronto. The play opens January 17 at Alumnae Theatre and runs until February 1.
Horton Foote’s much-loved story focuses on persistent attempts by 80-year-old Carrie Watts to escape from her unhappy family home. Having spent her twilight years with her son and his abusive wife, Carrie...

Toronto: The 28th Annual U. of T. Drama Festival runs February 6-8

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: The 28th Annual U. of T. Drama Festival runs February 6-8

Hart House Theatre and the U of T Drama Coalition are proud to present the U of T Drama Festival: A Weekend of Competitive Theatre. The three nights of original one-act plays feature students from multiple colleges from the three U of T campuses and runs February 6-8, 2020.  Over 80 years since its inception in 1936, and since Trevor Rines resurrected...

Toronto: Free theatre at Soulpepper for people 25 and under launches today

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Free theatre at Soulpepper for people 25 and under launches today

In celebration of the start of the inaugural season of artistic programming under the leadership of Artistic Director Weyni Mengesha and Executive Director Emma Stenning, Soulpepper Theatre Company’s previously announced Free 25 & Under program launches today with the first performance of the 2020 season. The Free 25 & Under program will offer patrons...

Toronto: Kelsey Grammer will star in “The Boy Friend” March 29-May 3

Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Toronto: Kelsey Grammer will star in “The Boy Friend” March 29-May 3

THE BOY FRIEND by Sandy Wilson, the deliriously happy and joyful musical comedy about young love, middle-aged love and older love coming direct to Toronto from an acclaimed, sell-out season at the prolific Menier Chocolate Factory in London and prior to a West End transfer, will have a new star. The beloved stage and screen actor Kelsey Grammer will...

Toronto: The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre present “Caroline, or Change” January 30-February 15

Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto: The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre present “Caroline, or Change” January 30-February 15

The Musical Stage Company and Obsidian Theatre will proudly lift the curtain on a special co-production of the multi-award winning musical CAROLINE, OR CHANGE, starring Canada’s beloved Queen of RNB, Jully Black and featuring international opera star Measha Brueggergosman on stage at the historic Winter Garden Theatre as part of official TD Black...

Toronto: Marie Chouinard returns to Toronto with “Radical Vitality, Solos and Duets” February 5-8

Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto: Marie Chouinard returns to Toronto with “Radical Vitality, Solos and Duets” February 5-8

Mesmerizing. Shocking. Notorious. Sensual. Original. Legendary choreographer Marie Chouinard, one of Canada’s most creative and provocative dancers and choreographers, delves into her company’s vast repertoire to present RADICAL VITALITY, SOLOS AND DUETS, February 5-8 at Toronto’s Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
A true...

Toronto: Dancemakers presents the première of “Eating bones and Licking bread” by Lara Kramer January 30-Februar 1

Monday, January 13, 2020
Toronto: Dancemakers presents the première of “Eating bones and Licking bread” by Lara Kramer January 30-Februar 1

Dancemakers is pleased to announce that Resident Artist Lara Kramer’s Eating bones and Licking bread will make its première at Dancemakers Centre for Creation from Thursday, January 30, 2020 to Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 8 pm each evening.
Now in her second year of a three-year Dancemakers residency, Lara’s solo work Eating bones and Licking...

Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “Peggy’s Song” January 23-February 9

Sunday, January 12, 2020
Kingston: Theatre Kingston presents “Peggy’s Song” January 23-February 9

Theatre Kingston is thrilled to bring you PEGGY’s SONG, by celebrated Kingston Playwright Jim Garrard. Lisa Howard and Conrad Dunn are coming to Kingston from Los Angeles to present Jim Garrard’s gripping mystery. In Los Angeles they presented it to critical acclaim, and so are eager to revisit the script under Jacob James’ redirection and having...

Cambridge: See “The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show” March 16 and 17

Friday, January 10, 2020
Cambridge: See “The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show” March 16 and 17

March Break will be here before we know it!
The Freddy Fusion Science Magic Show has played to enthusiastic crowds throughout Canada, the United States, and 40 other countries internationally. It is one of the most popular shows at major holiday resorts, including the famous Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas.
Designed to educate and entertain, The...

Toronto: Panel discussion at The Music Gallery – “When Did Transparency Become So Opaque?” February 2

Friday, January 10, 2020
Toronto: Panel discussion at The Music Gallery – “When Did Transparency Become So Opaque?” February 2

The Music Gallery presents a panel on transparency in music and arts programming in Tkarón:to. There is a deep need in this city and beyond to speak honestly about programming, curation and producing in a way that organizations can both benefit and learn from the discussions. This panel will explore questions around what programmers and curators (ie....

Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents “The Neverending Story” January 29-February 15

Friday, January 10, 2020
Ottawa: NAC English Theatre presents “The Neverending Story” January 29-February 15

After a successful run at the 2019 Stratford Festival, David S. Craig’s immensely popular stage adaption of The Neverending Story by Michael Ende brings its story of magical adventure to NAC audiences in early 2020.  Director Jillian Keiley and Designer Bretta Gerecke team up once again (A Christmas Carol and Alice Through the Looking Glass) and,...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera is looking for singers and pianists for New Opera 101

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera is looking for singers and pianists for New Opera 101

Tapestry Opera is looking for singers and collaborative pianists for its New Opera 101 masterclass.
New Opera 101 is a three-day masterclass intensive from March 17th to 19th, with public performances on March 20th and 21st, 2020. Emerging singers and collaborative pianists have the invaluable opportunity to workshop contemporary arias and scenes...

Toronto: “Box 4901” premieres as Buddies in Bad Times Theatre February 27-March 8

Thursday, January 9, 2020
Toronto: “Box 4901” premieres as Buddies in Bad Times Theatre February 27-March 8

timeshare performance has released new casting and productiondetails for the world premiere of Box 4901,written by and starring Brian Francis, and co-created and directedby Rob Kempson. Box 4901 will play in Toronto at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre from February 27 toMarch 8, with opening night on February 28. Tickets are on sale now at buddiesinbadtimes.com.

Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents Charles W. Wilson’s “Kamouraska” February 16

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert presents Charles W. Wilson’s “Kamouraska” February 16

Kamouraska – the novel and the opera - presents a classic and tumultuous love triangle played out near a village in Quebec, brought to life by the profound artistry of novelist Anne Hebert… resounding in its musical re-imagining for the lyric stage by the Charles Wilson. 
Charles, ‘Chuck’ to his friends, passed away on June 13, 2019, in Fergus...

Orangeville: Sharyn Ayliffe is Theatre Orangeville’s new General Manager

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Orangeville: Sharyn Ayliffe is Theatre Orangeville’s new General Manager

Theatre Orangeville Artistic Director David Nairn is delighted to announce the appointment of Sharyn Ayliffe as the company’s new General Manager effective March 2, 2020.
Sharyn has been with Theatre Orangeville in a variety of positions since 2011 and is currently Programs Manager, where she has creatively and ablely managed 14 separate programs,...

Mississauga: See “Humans” by Australia’s Circa at the Living arts Centre January 18

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Mississauga: See “Humans” by Australia’s Circa at the Living arts Centre January 18

On January 18, 2020, The Living Arts Centre is excited to present ‘Humans’ by Circa Entertainment, the most in-demand circus company across the world in Australia. Tickets start at $55
To date, Humans has had 151 performances to over 89,000 people. It premiered on the 13th January 2017 in Sydney, Australia at the Sydney Festival. Since then it...

Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents “Exercise de l’oubli” February 5-9

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: Théâtre français de Toronto presents “Exercise de l’oubli” February 5-9

Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) and Théâtre Populaire d'Acadie present the Toronto premiere of LESSON IN FORGETTING (Exercice de l’oubli). Written by Emma Haché (finalist for the 2017 Governor General's Award in theatre) and directed by TfT's own Joël Beddows, this poignant love story sensitively unveils the tensions that arise in a relationship...

Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a double-bill starring Mike Nadajewski January 23-February 1

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Barrie: Talk Is Free Theatre presents a double-bill starring Mike Nadajewski January 23-February 1

Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) begins the new decade with a wildly imaginative double-bill including an unearthed piece of neglected Canadian theatre history and a playfully penned adaptation from one of Russia’s most influential writers. Continuing this season’s theme of celebrating the beautiful and the brutal, Herringbone is a deeply layered exploration...

Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents Marjorie Prime starring Martha Henry January 26-February 23

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: Coal Mine Theatre presents Marjorie Prime starring Martha Henry January 26-February 23

At once conceptually and deeply moving, with a profound exploration of what makes us human, COAL MINE THEATREis proud to announce its upcoming presentation of Jordan Harrison's Pulitzer Prize-nominated MARJORIE PRIME, directed by Stewart Arnott. The play, making its long-awaited Toronto Premiere, features a remarkable performance by legendary stage...

London: The Grand Theatre presents “Fully Committed” starring Gavin Crawford January 14-26

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
London: The Grand Theatre presents “Fully Committed” starring Gavin Crawford January 14-26

This month, the Grand Theatre is excited to welcome Gavin Crawford, host of the popular CBC Radio weekly news quiz, Because News, in the hilarious comedy, FULLY COMMITTED. Described by director Steven Gallagher as “the perfect antidote to the cold weather and a rollicking start to 2020,” the one-person show follows struggling actor, Sam, throughout...

Toronto: Mirvish announces rush tickets to The Phantom of the Opera January 8-February 2

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Toronto: Mirvish announces rush tickets to The Phantom of the Opera January 8-February 2

Rush tickets will be available for Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at Toronto's Princess of Wales Theatre for a strictly limited engagement, January 8 - February 2, 2020.
Rush tickets will be $39 each, with a limit of two per customer.   They will be available at 9AM on each performance...

Toronto: “49th Day” runs at the Next Stage Theatre Festival January 8-19

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Toronto: “49th Day” runs at the Next Stage Theatre Festival January 8-19

Theatre ARTaud presents a proudly immigrant story of love, war, and familial reconciliation: 49TH DAY at the 2020 Next Stage Theatre Festival.
49th Day, created by Dora-nominated performer athena kaitlin trinh (Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Roseneath Theatre), takes us to a cemetery in ViệtNam where a young woman makes offerings and...

Hamilton: See Rod Beattie in “Wingfield’s Progress” this weekend at Theatre Aquarius

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Hamilton: See Rod Beattie in “Wingfield’s Progress” this weekend at Theatre Aquarius

Welcome home to Persephone Township as a true Legend of Canadian Theatre returns to the stage at Theatre Aquarius!
Walt Wingfield is back, and so is the entire gang from Persephone Township with the second installment of the beloved Wingfield series.
In the second season of the farm Walt faces another challenge as the spectre of urban development...

Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “Jacqueline”, the story of Jacqueline du Pré, February 19-23

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Toronto: Tapestry Opera presents “Jacqueline”, the story of Jacqueline du Pré, February 19-23

Tapestry Opera presents the world premiere of Jacqueline, a story of the battle between a world-famous virtuoso cellist and the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that took her body and talent, robbing her of her breathtaking musical gift, her identity, and ultimately her life. Jacqueline runs at the Betty Oliphant Theatre from February 19 - 23, 2020.
Considered...

Toronto: ARC presents the Canadian premiere of “Oil” by Ella Hickson February 29-March 21

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Toronto: ARC presents the Canadian premiere of “Oil” by Ella Hickson February 29-March 21

ARC today announced that it will present the Canadian Premiere of Ella Hickson’s ambitious play OIL as part of the company’s 20th anniversary season. ARC is a Toronto-based artist-run theatre company committed to bringing top international contemporary plays to Canadian audiences. OIL will be directed by ARC Artistic Producer, Christopher Stanton,...

Toronto: Miriam Khalil performs “Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov January 11

Monday, January 6, 2020
Toronto: Miriam Khalil performs “Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov January 11

Lebanese-Canadian soprano and AtG Founding Member, Miriam Khalil takes the stage at the 21C Festival performing her Juno nominated signature piece, Ayre by Osvaldo Golijov.
A lush fusion of Arabic, Hebrew, Sardinian, and Sephardic folk melodies and texts, Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre is a thrill to experience and a brilliant example...

Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera presents “Dino Opera” and “Rapunzel” February 15-16

Monday, January 6, 2020
Cambridge: Vera Causa Opera presents “Dino Opera” and “Rapunzel” February 15-16

Coming this February is a double bill of two brand-new operas written by Vera Causa Opera General Director Dylan Langan. Rapunzel is an operatic re-telling of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale of the same name, and The Dino Opera is a lighthearted story about dinosaurs searching for a safe haven in the prehistoric world. Stay tuned to our blog for...

London: Grand Theatre patrons raise $87,780 for the London Food Bank

Saturday, January 4, 2020
London: Grand Theatre patrons raise $87,780 for the London Food Bank

The Grand Theatre is thrilled to announce that the third annual campaign in support of the London Food Bank has raised $87,780. Billed as SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALI-DONATE, in celebration of the holiday production of Disney and Cameron Macintosh’s Mary Poppins, this initiative partners the Grand Theatre with Business Cares and has resulted in a three-year...

San Diego: Britta Johnson’s musical “Life After” is nominated for six Craig Noel awards

Friday, January 3, 2020
San Diego: Britta Johnson’s musical “Life After” is nominated for six Craig Noel awards

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is pleased to announce the nominations for its 2019 Craig Noel Awards. Now in its 18th year, the Craig Noel Awards honor the achievements at professional theaters in San Diego County.
Times are changing, language is changing and culture is changing. The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle is stepping up to the...

New York: Schedule of upcoming live opera broadcasts

Friday, January 3, 2020
New York: Schedule of upcoming live opera broadcasts

The following is a list of live opera productions announced to be shown in movie theatres and on television.
MANON• Channel: PBS• U.S. Broadcast Date: January 5, 2020• Genre: Opera• Theatre: Metropolitan Opera House, New York• Director: Laurent Pelly• Composer: Jules Massenet• Cast: Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano• A Great Performances at the...

Stratford: Tickets to the Stratford Festival’s 2020 season go on sale today

Friday, January 3, 2020
Stratford: Tickets to the Stratford Festival’s 2020 season go on sale today

After a Members advance sale so busy it prompted the early extension of two productions, tickets for the Stratford Festival’s groundbreaking new season go on sale to the public today. The 2020 season is one of the biggest ever and includes the much-anticipated opening of the new Tom Patterson Theatre. With the $100-million fundraising goal a hair’s...

New York: Rick Miller’s “BOOM” plays 59E59 January 9-February 23, 2020

Friday, January 3, 2020
New York: Rick Miller’s “BOOM” plays 59E59 January 9-February 23, 2020

Rick Miller’s “BOOM” will play 59E59 at 59 East 59th Street, New York, NY, January 9-February 23, 2020.
BOOM
Written, directed, and performed by Rick Miller
100 voices. 25 years. 1 man.
Produced by:Kidoons and WYRD ProductionsDates:January 09 - February 23, 2020Run Time:2 Hours, 0 MinuteTheater:Showing in Theater ATickets:$55-$70...

Ottawa: NAC Indigenous Theatre presents the world premiere of “Unikkaaqtuat” January 9-12, 2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Ottawa: NAC Indigenous Theatre presents the world premiere of “Unikkaaqtuat” January 9-12, 2020

NAC Indigenous Theatre’s landmark inaugural season continues in the new year with the world premiere of Unikkaaqtuat (January 9 to 12, 2020), a major multidisciplinary production that blends circus arts, music, theatre, and video projection. Created by the internationally renowned Inuit circus group Artcirq (Igloolik), the leading Quebec circus company...

Toronto: January events at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Toronto: January events at the Bad Dog Comedy Theatre

The Bad Dog Comedy Theatre has loads of events lined up for you in January 2020:
GLOBEHEAD 2020
18 teams of Toronto’s best improvisers compete: For honour. For glory. For a ridiculous trophy.
This hotly-contested Toronto comedy tradition will feature Andrew Phung, Christy Bruce, Lindsay Mullan and Gavin Williams defending their title...

Toronto: Linda McQuaig and Jennifer Whalen visit Monkey Toast January 11

Thursday, January 2, 2020
Toronto: Linda McQuaig and Jennifer Whalen visit Monkey Toast January 11

Six-time Canadian Comedy Award winner, Monkey Toast: The Improvised Talk Show is back!  For our January show, host David Shore welcomes special guests, co-creator/star of CBC’s Baroness Von Sketch Show, Jennifer Whalen, and journalist, columnist and best selling author, Linda McQuaig! It all happens on Saturday, January 11th at The Social Capital...

Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Toronto: What’s happening on the Bloor Street Culture Corridor in January

Welcome to 2020! It's new year's resolution time, and instead of subscribing to the newest fad, why not be kind to yourself and add some arts and culture into your life? The Bloor St. Culture Corridor is the perfect place to start, with offerings below that will delight all ages and tastes.
Bata Shoe MuseumIt's the start of a new year and the...

Stage Door News Archive

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
Stage Door News Archive

For complete listings of news from 2019 please open this post and then click here. For complete listings of news from 2018 plus news highlights from 2012 to 2017 click here.  For selected news from 2010 to 2012 click here.
Thank you for your patience.
The Editor