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Toronto: David Mirvish reopens his Toronto theatres with 11 productions

Monday, August 23, 2021

David Mirvish is excited to welcome back audiences to all four Mirvish theatres after a closure of 18 months.

 

The return season includes a seven-show Main Season Subscription, a three-show Off-Mirvish Subscription, and the return of two immensely popular hits, Come From Away and Hamilton.

 

“It’s been a long time since our stages were filled with the work of artists and our auditoria were full of our beloved theatregoers,” says David Mirvish.

 

“I knew the first season back needed to be spectacular, and I believe we have succeeded in assembling a slate of plays that run the gamut from hilarious to powerful to magical, and musicals that are just as special.

 

“There are new works, such as Tom Stoppard’s masterwork, Leopoldstadt, which makes its North American premiere in Toronto with the original London production; and revivals of classics, such as Jesus Christ Superstar and 2 Pianos, 4 Hands.

 

“There are epic, spectacular and magical works like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in a sit-down, Canadian production; and there are intimate and innovative works that stretch the boundaries of traditional theatre, such as the Donmar Warehouse’s Blindness, which we are returning to the stage of the Princess of Wales Theatre for an extended run.

 

“We are also overjoyed to reopen our long-running hit Come From Away, which will restart at the Royal Alexandra Theatre on December 7, 2021, and Hamilton, whose run was cut short by the pandemic. Hamilton will return to Toronto in February 2023, this time to the Princess of Wales Theatre.

 

“Of course none of this would be possible without the tireless efforts of the medical and scientific communities, both locally and around the world. By creating powerful vaccines they are making it possible for the arts to return in a safe and respectful way.

 

“And to make sure all of us remain safe while at the theatre, only fully vaccinated people – on stage, backstage and in the audience – will be allowed into our venues. (Exceptions, including children under 12 and those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or faith-based reasons, can provide a negative Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of attending a show).

 

“Please join us as we turn off the ghost light, turn on the stage lights and once again gather together in the holy space that is the theatre to share stories and celebrate our common humanity.”



2021/22 MAIN SEASON SUBSCRIPTION

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER

Lyrics by TIM RICE

Directed by TIMOTHY SHEADER

 

December 2021

Ed Mirvish Theatre

 

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a world-wide fan base. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, a new, mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theatre audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.

Featuring award-winning music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes I Don’t Know How to Love Him, Gethsemane and Superstar.

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING BEST NEW PLAY

 

DAVID MIRVISH PRESENTS

THE SONIA FRIEDMAN PRODUCTION OF

Leopoldstadt

Written by TOM STOPPARD

Directed by PATRICK MARBER

 

January – March 2022

Princess of Wales Theatre

 

Leopoldstadt is the Olivier Award-winning new ‘masterwork’ (Evening Standard) by Tom Stoppard which opened to overwhelming critical acclaim and sold-out houses in early 2020 in London’s West End. Now, Stoppard’s ‘unforgettable play from the heart’ (The Telegraph) makes its North American premiere in Toronto!

 

At the beginning of the 20th Century, Leopoldstadt was the old, crowded Jewish quarter of Vienna. But Hermann Merz, a manufacturer and baptised Jew married to Catholic Gretl, has moved up in the world. Gathered in the Merz apartment in a fashionable part of the city, Hermann’s extended family are at the heart of Tom Stoppard’s epic yet intimate drama. By the time we have taken leave of them, Austria has passed through the convulsions of war, revolution, impoverishment, annexation by Nazi Germany and – for Austrian Jews – the Holocaust in which 65,000 of them were murdered. It is for the survivors to pass on a story which hasn’t ended yet.

 

 

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE PRODUCTION

Room

By EMMA DONOGHUE, based on her novel
Music & Lyrics by KATHRYN JOSEPH & CORA BISSETT
Directed by CORA BISSETT

A co-production with Covent Garden Productions and the Grand Theatre, London, Ontario

 

February - April 2022

CAA Theatre

 

“Seldom is a play adapted from a novel as fulfilling and rich an experience as the original read,

but Room is.” The London Free Press

Emma Donoghue’s bestselling novel Room has now been adapted as a new play with songs by Scottish songwriters Kathryn Joseph and Cora Bissett. Previously adapted by Donoghue for the screen, the film won Academy Awards®, Golden Globes and BAFTAs.

Kidnapped as a teenage girl, Ma has been locked inside a purpose-built room in her captor’s garden for seven years. Her five-year-old son, Jack, has no concept of the world outside and happily exists inside Room with the help of Ma’s games and his vivid imagination where objects like Rug, Lamp and TV are his only friends. But for Ma the time has come to escape and face their biggest challenge to date: the world outside Room.

You will not want to miss this “story that is in some ways a harrowing one that brings many in the audience to tears. Yet is also a tremendously beautiful, vivid and uplifting show about the power of a mother’s love.” (The Scotsman)

 

 

2 Pianos, 4 Hands

Written and performed by TED DYKSTRA and RICHARD GREENBLATT

 

March - May 2022

Princess of Wales Theatre

“Dramatic Gem. Funny, clever, insightful & touching! The Globe & Mail

After performing to standing ovations around the world since 1996, Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt will slip on their tuxedos for an exclusive presentation of their smash hit comedy.

 

2 Pianos, 4 Hands (affectionately known as 2P4H) is a warm and funny musical entertainment about two lifetime obsessions with 88 piano keys. It’s a story of aspiring talents, teachers, lessons and competitions – of disappointment and triumph.

 

If you caught 2P4H in its earlier sold-out Toronto runs, you will want to see it again to enjoy its hilarity and charm. You may also want to introduce this homegrown hit, that has dazzled audiences in New York, London, Tokyo, and dozens of world capitals, to family and friends – the show is perfect for everyone!

 

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Pressure

Written by DAVID HAIG

Directed by JOHN DOVE

Starring KEVIN DOYLE, MALCOLM SINCLAIR and LAURA ROGERS

 

April – June 2022

CAA Theatre

 

D-Day, June 1944. The Allied forces led by General Eisenhower are poised to launch. 350,000 lives are at stake and the decision of whether to attack comes down to the most important weather forecast of all time.

 

Award-winning director John Dove (Farinelli and the King, starring Mark Rylance) directs Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey, Royal National Theatre) as Scottish meteorologist Group Captain James Stagg in Pressure, the true story and critical smash hit direct from London’s West End.

 

Olivier nominee Malcolm Sinclair (Casino Royale, Royal National Theatre) and Laura Rogers (The 39 Steps, West End) reprise their roles as General Eisenhower and Kay Summersby to bring this remarkable story to life.

 

 

CANADIAN PREMIERE

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child 

Based on an original new story by J.K. ROWLING, JACK THORNE and JOHN TIFFANY

Directed by JOHN TIFFANY

 

Begins June 2022

Ed Mirvish Theatre

 

IT’S TIME TO BELIEVE IN MAGIC

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child originally cast a spell over the world as an epic two-part event. Now, the show has been boldly restaged as one singular performance by the award-winning creative team. With just one ticket in hand, audiences will enjoy all the adventure the continuation of Harry’s story entails in one magical afternoon or evening.


19 years after Harry, Ron and Hermione saved the wizarding world, they’re back on a most extraordinary new adventure – this time, joined by a brave new generation that has only just arrived at the legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Prepare for spectacular spells, a mind-blowing race through time, and an epic battle to stop mysterious forces, all while the future hangs in the balance.


Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a play by Jack Thorne, directed by John Tiffany.


Do hold on to the edge of your seat, as this spellbinding spectacular will whisk you back to Hogwarts and beyond your imagination for a one-of-a-kind journey that is everything you hoped for – and more.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features movement by Steven Hoggett, set by Christine Jones, costumes by Katrina Lindsay, music & arrangements by Imogen Heap, lighting by Neil Austin, sound by Gareth Fry, illusions & magic by Jamie Harrison, music supervision & arrangements by Martin Lowe. Canadian Casting by Dayton/Walters Casting CSA, CDC with additional consultation by Jim Carnahan Casting, CSA.

 

 

PRE-BROADWAY

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

& Juliet

Music & Lyrics by MAX MARTIN

Directed by LUKE SHEPPARD

 

Begin July 2022

Princess of Wales Theatre

 

& Juliet asks: what if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? And what if she got over Romeo by running off to Paris with her best friends on a whirlwind journey of self-discovery and second chances? This is Juliet’s story now.


Brought to life by the iconic music of the internationally acclaimed songwriter Max Martin, & Juliet features some of the most successful songs of the last three decades including Hit Me Baby One More Time, I Want It That Way, Teenage Dream, Roar, It’s My Life and many more. Experience the songs you know and love in thrilling arrangements by the Tony® and Grammy® Award-winning orchestrator Bill Sherman and story by David West Read (CBC’s Emmy© award-winning series Schitt’s Creek) as & Juliet offers a brilliant new take on the world’s greatest love story.


The show explodes into life through a fusion of electrifying styles across a dynamic and diverse creative team led by director Luke Sheppard (In the Heights). He brings together the raw energetic choreography of Jennifer Weber, costume design by the Tony® Award-winning Paloma Young and set design from the acclaimed Soutra Gilmour.


“One of the best new musicals in a while and then some” (WhatsOnStage) and with a soundtrack so good “no other production can compete” (The Sun), & Juliet proves that when it comes to love, there’s always life after Romeo.

 


OFF-MIRVISH SEASON SUBSCRIPTION

 

 

Boy Falls From the Sky 

Written and Performed by JAKE EPSTEIN

Developed with and Directed by ROBERT MCQUEEN

Music Direction by DANIEL ABRAHAMSON

 

January 2022

CAA Theatre


Jake Epstein’s been “that guy from Degrassi”, starred in the US National Tours of Spring Awakening and American Idiot, played Spider-Man on Broadway and originated the lead role of Gerry Goffin (Carole King’s husband) in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Not bad for a kid who dreamed about performing on Broadway in the back seat of his parents’ minivan on their annual family road trip to NYC.


But the thing about dreams is, they don’t always go as planned. Through a series of entertaining and soul-baring stories and songs, ranging from touring the US, to surviving Spider-Man, to withstanding steroid shots and Broadway boos, Epstein shares the rejection, stage fright and heartbreak behind a seemingly successful career in this showbiz tell-all.


Boy Falls From the Sky is a must-see for anyone who’s ever tried to go after their dreams.

 

 

Blindness

Based on the novel by JOSÉ SARAMAGO

Adapted by SIMON STEPHENS

Directed by WALTER MEIERJOHANN 

Voiced by JULIET STEVENSON

Sound design by BEN AND MAX RINGHAM

 

August 2021

Princess of Wales Theatre

 

As the lights change at a major crossroads in a city in the heart of Europe a car grinds to a halt. Its driver can drive no more. Suddenly, without warning or cause, he has gone blind. Within hours it is clear that this is a blindness like no other. This blindness is infectious. Within days an epidemic of blindness has spread through the city. The government tries to quarantine the contagion by herding the newly blind people into an empty asylum. But their attempts are futile. The city is in panic.

 

Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, for which he won both the Tony© and Olivier Awards for Best Play) has adapted Nobel Prize-winner José Saramago’s dystopian novel Blindness as a sound installation directed by Walter Meierjohann with immersive binaural sound design by Ben and Max Ringham. Juliet Stevenson voices the Storyteller/Doctor’s wife in this gripping story of the rise and, ultimately, profoundly hopeful end of an unimaginable global pandemic.

 

 

Room

By EMMA DONOGHUE, based on her novel
Music & Lyrics by KATHRYN JOSEPH & CORA BISSETT
Directed by CORA BISSETT

 

February - April 2022

CAA Theatre

 

This is the rare show that is both on the Main and Off-Mirvish seasons. Those who subscribe to both seasons will have the opportunity to choose another title from the entire lineup of shows in Mirvish theatres as a replacement.

 

 

The Return of Two Blockbuster Musicals

 

Come From Away

By IRENE SANKOFF & DAVID HEIN

Directed by CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY

Reopens December 7, 2021

 

Casting, performance and ticket details to be announced soon

 

Toronto’s beloved and longest-running Canadian musical Come From Away returns to the Royal Alexandra Theatre on December 7, 2021.

 

Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships.

 

 

 

Hamilton

By LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA

Directed by THOMAS KAIL

 

Returns February 2023

Casting, performance and ticket details to be announced soon

 

Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.

 

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and music supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.