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.
Strictly Ballroom The Musical
April 26 to June 25, 2017 at Princess of Wales Theatre
The North American premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s dazzling new show based on the much-loved hit Australian film. This joyous musical has audiences dancing in the aisles in a kaleidoscope of colour and fun.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical
June 27 to August 20, 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.
June 21 to July 16, 2017 at Hershey Centre
Part theatrical spectacle and part equestrian display, Cavalia’s Odysseo sends hearts soaring. 65 horses and 48 artists lead the audience on a journey through a dreamlike world of some of the planet’s most unforgettable landscapes.
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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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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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.
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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