Theatre Guide: What’s On

From dazzling artistry to show-stopping production numbers, this is a lineup worthy of a standing ovation.

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Toronto Theatre Lineup

Here is a sampling of just some of the many captivating theatre productions on Toronto stages.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

June 27 to September 3, 2017 at Ed Mirvish Theatre

The true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom comes to life on stage, complete with an array of beloved songs that have become classics of that era. From being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history, Beautiful is an inspiring and entertaining story.

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Shakespeare in High Park

June 29 to September 3, 2017 at the Amphitheatre in High Park

Join Canstage as they perform two mainstays of the Shakespearean repertoire: King Lear and Twelfth Night. These new takes on the classics go perfectly with an evening under the stars.

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Billy Bishop Goes to War

July 1 to August 5, 2017 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Canadian acting legend Eric Peterson and award-winning writer and composer John MacLachlan Gray reprise their iconic two-man stage play that has captivated audiences for decades. The story of irreverent hero and Canadian WWI flying ace Billy Bishop remains one of the most critically-acclaimed Canadian plays of all time and returns to Soulpepper in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary.

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Big Bad Wolf (vs. Lord Underwearface von Schtinker)

July 1 to August 31, 2017 at Second City

A new – and hilarious – look at a children’s classic. Our unlikely hero, Big Bad Wolf, must enlist the help of his fairy tale friends to prove that things aren’t always as they seem. Big Bad Wolf Vs. is a favourite for families at Second City.

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Waiting for Godot

September 8 to October 7, 2017 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Soulpepper revisits one of the most significant plays of the 20th century. Samuel Beckett’s story revolves around two world-weary friends who, while waiting, speculate, quarrel, joke and ponder life’s greater questions. As dusk approaches, two figures appear on the horizon…

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North By Northwest

September 19 to October 29, 2017 at Royal Alexandra Theatre

Years before the James Bond films there was North By Northwest – a lightning-paced thriller that mixes glamour with espionage for a truly irresistible cocktail. A North American premiere, this is an unmissable experience where the magic of film and theatre collide live on stage.

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Asking for It

October 5 to October 21, 2017 at Crow’s Theatre

A documentary play that looks at gender roles and sexual consent in the wake of the Ghomeshi scandal, Asking for It considers the various ways in which sexual consent is understood personally, culturally and legally.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

October 10 to November 19, 2017 at Princess of Wales Theatre

Fifteen-year-old Christopher Boone has an extraordinary brain, exceptional at math while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When Christopher falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, his detective work to identify the true culprit takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world. See this new adaptation of the best-selling, critically-acclaimed novel directed by Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott and adapted by two-time Olivier Award-winning playwright Simon Stephens.

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Beauty and the Beast

November 6 to December 31, 2017 at Young Peoples Theatre

Sometimes, the hardest thing in the world is to be who you authentically are. And sometimes it takes someone else to bring that out in you. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a story of hope. Despite appearances, the pretty Belle and the cursed Beast are not what everyone assumes them to be, but their true selves could be revealed if they can only find each other in time.

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Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax

December 9 to January 21, 2017 at Royal Alexandra Theatre

In a dazzling new show direct from London’s acclaimed Old Vic theatre, this funny, moving, and inspiring show that The Independent calls “terrifically inventive,” is a riot of eye-popping colour, gorgeous puppetry and infectious original music. Long before “going green” was mainstream, The Lorax was enlightening generations about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us and our responsibility to protect it.

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