Theatre Guide: What’s On

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Shakespeare in High Park

June 30 to September 4, 2016.

A searing battle for justice and revenge and a young man’s passionate quest for his place in the world. A wildly funny fairy-tale about a young woman who’ll do anything for love and a young man who’ll do anything to escape her. For its 34th season in Toronto’s High Park, Canadian Stage presents Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy Hamlet and bold and brilliant romance All’s Well That Ends Well on alternating evenings throughout the summer. Pack a picnic, bring your friends and come enjoy this indispensable outdoor theatre tradition.

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Matilda the Musical

July 5 to November 27, 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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A Doll’s House

July 18 to August 27, 2016 at the Young Centre (Distillery Historic District).

Secrets and lies haunt Nora on the eve of her husband’s big promotion in Ibsen’s prescient drama about family, friendship and the private lives of women. Widely considered one of Western drama’s masterpieces, Ibsen’s A Doll’s House powerfully captures one woman’s journey in the face of an oppressive society.

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The 39 Steps

July 21 to August 27, 2016 at the Young Centre (Distillery Historic District).

/Soulpepper’s production of The 39 Steps is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning comedic caper with over 150 characters played by a virtuosic cast of four. Inspired by the dramatic work of Alfred Hitchcock, a regular man is thrust into a mysterious romance, a nationwide manhunt and a death-defying finale.

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July 28 to October 2, 2016 at The Port Lands.

Cirque du Soleil’s spectacular new production takes place under the Big Top near Toronto’s waterfront.The name LUZIA fuses the sound of “luz” (which means light in Spanish) and “lluvia” (rain), two elements at the core of the show’s creation. LUZIA is a show inspired by the richness of the Mexican culture.


Blind Date

September 20 to October 9, 2016 at Buddies in Bad Times.

There’s nothing like the thrill of a first date… anything can happen! In this reimagined version of Rebecca Northan’s smash hit play, the saucy Mimi or the handsome Mathieu, take turns finding love with a different person every night – plucked right from the audience. Following sold-out runs across North America, this fast and funny fusion of improv, theatre and clown takes its first-ever journey into queer romance and welcomes a whole new community of romantic heroes who will have you falling in love every night.

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The 7 Fingers Cuisine & Confessions

November 1 to December 4, 2016 at Princess of Wales Theatre.

COME FOR THE CIRCUS, STAY FOR THE BANANA BREAD! Storytelling through food… this is the sweet taste of childhood, of a summer breeze through a screen door. Or the hot chocolate-dampened lips of a first kiss.From the creators of this past season’s surprise hit Traces, comes CUISINE & CONFESSIONS, a culinary and acrobatic treat that will satisfy the senses!

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Come From Away

November 15 to January 8, 2017 at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The breathtaking new musical is coming to Toronto prior to its Broadway run. Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein (My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding), this is the new production from Tony®-nominated director Christopher Ashley (Memphis) that the Los Angeles Times calls “an affecting and stirring new musical.”

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