Theatre Guide: What’s On

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

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.

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.

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 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the 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.

Bat Out of Hell

October 14 to December 24, 2017 at Ed Mirvish Theatre.

Originally written as a musical, Bat Out of Hell went on to become one of the most iconic and successful albums of all time. 40 years later, Jim Steinman’s critically acclaimed love story for the ages includes well-loved hits from the album as well as compelling new songs. This production “brings the theatre and its audience thrillingly alive” (The Stage).

The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?

November 1 to 18, 2017 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Directed by Alan Dilworth, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia? is a shocking play about marital infidelity and the devastation of a family. America’s great provocateur, Edward Albee, invites us to a contemporary Greek tragedy with his trademark subversive humour.

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.

A Christmas Carol

December 7 to 24, 2017 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Soulpepper’s beloved production of 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.

Peter Pan

December 8 to 31, 2017 at Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

Winner of three Dora Mavor Moore Awards, J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan is the classic story about the boy who would never grow up is given a lively musical reimagining for kids and kids-at-heart.

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.

Million Dollar Quartet

December 12 to January 7, 2017 at Panasonic Theatre.

Making its Toronto premiere, Million Dollar Quartet brings to life the most legendary jam session of all time. On December 4, 1956, history was made when an extraordinary twist of fate brought together then-rising star Johnny Cash, unknown Jerry Lee Lewis, veteran musician Carl Perkins and chart-topper Elvis Presley for the first and only time at Sun Records in Memphis. The score features dozens of rock and rockabilly hits including Blue Suede Shoes, Fever, Folsom Prison Blues and Hound Dog.

The Illusionists

December 12 to January 7, 2017 at Princess of Wales Theatre.

Featuring the jaw-dropping talents of seven of the most talented illusionists on earth, this spectacle has been shattering box office records across the globe. Outrageous and powerful, The Illusionists is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

A Very Soulpepper Christmas

December 15 to 17, 2017 at Jane Mallett Theatre.

A family concert celebrating the sounds of the season from around the globe, A Very Soulpepper Christmas features Mike Ross leading an all-star line-up of Toronto’s finest musicians.