Theatre Guide: What’s On
From dazzling artistry to classic show-stopping production numbers, this is a lineup worthy of a standing ovation.
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Toronto Theatre Lineup
Click Bait & Switch
Now on at The Second City Mainstage Theatre.
The Second City’s Click Bait & Switch is a carnival of comedy packed with twists, turns and surprises. Like the ever-titillating web links that inspired the title, Click Bait & Switch is full of absurd characters and meme-worthy scenes that will stretch your understanding of reality. Saucy, satirical and deeply silly, Click Bait & Switch invites you to a weird and wonderful world you’ll want to visit again and again.
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EXTENDED TO MARCH 6, 2016 at Royal Alexandra Theatre.
Broadway’s high-heeled hit! Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie, who has inherited his father’s nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to save his family business, he finds inspiration—and much more—in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos.
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November 5 to 22 (select dates) at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Winner of the 2015 Dora Award for Outstanding New Musical! Edgar Lee Masters’ seminal poems of the dead are brought to vibrant life in this original musical adaptation. Spoon River’s long-deceased residents raise their voices in song to narrate their own epitaphs, telling of their lives, loves, losses, and hard-earned truths, in an immersive portrait of early 20th-century rural America.
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Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
November 16 to December 20, 2015 at Young People’s Theatre.
The theatrical Jacob Two-Two returns in time for the 40th anniversary of the book by renowned Canadian author Mordecai Richler. It’s an action-packed musical filled with suspense, comedy and adventure, featuring new music and lyrics by talented young song-writing duo, Britta and Anika Johnson.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 17 to 22 at the Princess of Wales Theatre
The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favourite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life. It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.
Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale
November 17 to December 6 at the Winter Garden Theatre
Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has created a VERY funny & VERY rocking new holiday musical, guaranteed to rock your whole family’s holiday & twist your Christmas!
The Second City Unwrapped
November 23, 2015 to January 1, 2016 at The Second City Mainstage Theatre.
The Holidays – like you’ve never seen them before! The Second City cuts through all the tinsel to the hilarious un-frosted truths about the holiday season. Toronto’s renown comedy troupe presents fresh and festive collection of satirical sketches and songs.
Romeo and Juliet
November 25 to December 5 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The celebrated Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, in his adaptation of the play, has given the familiar story a fresh and compelling re-telling. Staying true to the play’s potent theatricality and poignant commingling of romance and tragedy, and plumbing the characters’ emotional depths and human complexity with rare sensitivity, Mr. Ratmansky has created a Romeo and Juliet that is at once bracing and modern in its choreographic vigor, yet timeless in its dramatic urgency.
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Peter Pan, The 20th Anniversary Family Musical PANto-monium!
November 27, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at The Elgin Theatre.
After 20 years of producing and performing in Ontario’s favourite family holiday musicals, Ross Petty will hang up his Spanx and take his final boo as Captain Hook in a brand new production of Peter Pan, The 20th Anniversary Family Musical PANto-monium!
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
December 1, 2015 to January 10, 2016 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
The Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical from the creators of The Sound of Music and South Pacific that’s delighting audiences with its contemporary take on the classic tale. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!
A Christmas Carol
December 3, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (select dates) at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Bah Humbug! Soulpepper’s beloved production of Michael Shamata’s A Christmas Carol has become a Toronto holiday tradition. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts who help him understand the importance of charity in the holiday season. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
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The Phantom of the Opera
December 8, 2015 to January 23, 2016 at Princess of Wales Theatre.
Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success will come to Toronto as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography.
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December 10 to 27 at Bluma Appel Theatre St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
By great demand, the award-winning, heart-warming holiday hit returns! In this uproarious comedy for the whole family, that forms the basis for both The Shop Around the Corner and You’ve Got Mail, two shop clerks kindle a tender love affair through anonymous letters while they unwittingly squabble with one another in person.
December 12, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.
The National Ballet of Canada presents a refreshingly traditional version of the story, replete with the details of childhood dreams and the appeal of fantasy, a ballet gloriously designed and costumed and brimming with affection for and insight into the passage from childhood to maturity that all children make. A feast for the senses and the imagination.
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Traces By 7 Fingers
December 15 to 27, 2015 at Panasonic Theatre.
Created in 2006, Traces has been presented more than 1,700 times in 200 cities around the world. The show has been invited to America’s Got Talent twice. Combining traditional acrobatic forms with street elements such as skateboarding and basketball, mixed in with some theatre and contemporary dance, it surprises, awes and delights at every turn.
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December 16, 2015 to January 3, 2016 (select dates) at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Alligator Pie, an original Soulpepper production, brings the celebrated children’s poems of Canada’s Father Goose, Dennis Lee, to vibrant theatrical life. Soulpepper’s creation ensemble fills the stage with music, invention and Lee’s delicious imagination.
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A Very Soulpepper Christmas
December 19, 20, 23 and 26 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.
You and yours are invited to a family concert full of stories and music, celebrating your favourite sounds of the season with a Soulpepper twist. Featuring Mike Ross and members of the Soulpepper family, with surprise special guests stopping by.
The Naughty Listers
December 19, 2015 to January 1, 2016 at The Second City.
A hilarious holiday musical for all ages! The North Pole is thrown into chaos when one of Santa’s most trusted elves goes rogue. To get the holidays back on track, Santa will need the help of some of the naughtiest children ever. The Second City is proud to present The Naughty Listers – a hilarious mix of puppets, live action, and song that all members of the family will enjoy. Even the naughty ones.
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January 16 to February 28, 2016 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
Patrick Hamilton’s classic mystery thriller premiered in London in 1938 and immediately became an international success. In 1944, it was adapted into an iconic film starring Ingrid Bergman. Since then, the play has become a staple of theatre companies in Britain. This brand new production will be mounted in the U.K. before travelling across the Atlantic to the Royal Alexandra Theatre.
February 9 to 19, 2016 at Young People’s Theatre.
Two young neighbours discover they live in worlds that are very far apart in this moving coming-of-age story about how Mistatim – the Cree word for horse – brings them together to form the truest of friendships. Red Sky Performance offers dynamic, movement-based Aboriginal stories for audiences young and old.
February 29 to March 19, 2016 at Young People’s Theatre.
The Great Green Room comes to life before your eyes in this delightful family musical that stays true to the beloved book. One of the best ways for children to feel cherished and loved is to cozy up with a children’s classic!
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The Wizard of Oz
April 4 to May 15, 2016 at Young People’s Theatre.
In this refreshing new take on the family musical classic, Dorothy once again tries to find her way back home, only to learn she must find ‘home’ within herself.
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Matilda the Musical
Starts July 2016 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre.
Winner of 50 international awards, including four Tony Awards and seven Olivier Awards, Matilda the Musical is the story of an extraordinary girl, who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda has been enthralling sold-out audiences of all ages on Broadway and in London’s West End.
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July 28 to September 18, 2016 at The Port Lands.
Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular new production takes place under the Big Top near Toronto’s waterfront.