Summer Theatre Guide for Vancouver, BC

Summer Theatre Guide for Vancouver, BC

Theatre Events in July

Through Saturday, July 8
Problem Child (Pacific Theatre)
Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Dysfunctional parents, R.J. and Denise, go to great lengths to try to get their baby back in this dark comedy by Canadian playwrite George F. Walker.
http://pacifictheatre.org

Through Saturday, July 8
A Woman Alone (PAL Studio Theatre) 
581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Sharron, imprisonmed in her apartment at the hand of her jealous husband, shares her story with a neighbor through a window.
http://www.palstudiotheatre.com

Ongoing through Sunday, July 9
Dali & Hopper (The 54t​h Entertainment)
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
A group of young adults deal with love and self-acceptance in this original piece.
https://thecultch.com/shows/

Ongoing through Sunday, July 16
Million Dollar Quartet (Arts Club Theatre Company)
2750 Granville St, Vancouver
A rocking musical based on the true story of four rock legends – Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.
https://www.artsclub.com/shows/

Ongoing through Saturday, July 29
Bittergirl (Arts Club Theatre Company)
1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
The comedic muscial adventure of three women journeying from bitter breakup back to happiness.
http://artsclub.com/shows/

Ongoing through Sunday, July 30
Forbidden Broadway (Fighting Chance Productions)
XY Lounge, 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
No Broadway classic is safe in this hysterical production of spoofs and satire.
fightingchanceproductions.ca

Ongoing through Thursday, August 24
#NoFilter – The LOL of TMI
The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street
A highly interactive improv show exploring the hilarity of how we share TMI (too much information) with people that we hardly know online.
http://www.vtsl.com

Ongoing through Saturday, September 16
The Merchant of Venice (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival)
Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
https://bardonthebeach.org
A classic Shakespearean drama set in modern-day Venice.
https://bardonthebeach.org

Ongoing through Sunday, September 17
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival)
Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
A Shakespearean romantic comedy.
https://bardonthebeach.org/

Ongoing through Friday, September 22
The Winter’s Tale (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival)
Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
A Shakesperean tale of jealousy, regret, love, and reconnection.
https://bardonthebeach.org

Ongoing through Saturday, September 23
Much Ado About Nothing (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival)
Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
https://bardonthebeach.org

Thursday, July 6 – September 2
Oh Canada, The True North Strong and Funny (Vancouver Theatre Sports League)
1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
An theatre experience taking a comedic look at what makes us Canadian. Each show includes improv games and takes audience suggestions, making no two the same.
http://www.vtsl.com/shows/all-comedy-shows/

Saturday, July 8
Spacial Poetics XVI: Kiyo (Powell Street Festival Society)
Vancouver Buddhist Temple, 220 Jackson Avenue, Vancouver
An evening of experiential performance pieces, honouring the memory of invisible lives.
http://www.powellstreetfestival.com/

Friday, July 7 – Friday, August 18
Mary Poppins (Theatre Under the Stars)
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park – 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, captures hearts in a whole new way. The irresistible story and unforgettable songs are back, as everyone’s favourite nanny swoops in to teach the Banks family a lesson or two about love & imagination.
https://www.tuts.ca

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Lola Marshall (Jane) Nolen Dubuc (Michael) and Ranae Miller (Mary) in TUTS’ Mary Poppins / Photo by Tim Matheson

Saturday, July 8 – Saturday, August 19
The Drowsey Chaperone (Theatre Under the Stars)
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park – 610 Pipeline Rd, Vancouver
Bursting with show-stopping song and dance, this Canadian musical parody & five-time Tony Award-winner whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation.
https://www.tuts.ca

Wednesday, July 12 – Sunday, July 15
Still the Kettle Sings (Plan Z Theatre Company)
Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
The extraordinary true tales of seemingly ordinary women are weaved into this new play as Mom shares her stories with you over tea.
http://planztheatre.wixsite.com/planztheatre

Wednesday, July 12 – Sunday, July 23
Phantom of the Opera (Broadway Across Canada)
650 Hamilton St, Vancouver
A Cameron Mackintosh adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical production, The Phantom of the Opera.
http://vancouver.broadway.com/

Thursday, July 13 – Saturday, July 15
Deviance (Xongos Company)
1895 Venables Street, Vancouver
Conformity/Deviant and Different seek to free themselves of the shadows in a black and white world ruled by the shadow queen and her puppets.
https://thecultch.com

Thursday, July 13 – Thursday August 17
In the Next Room (Ensemble Theatre Company)
Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Set in the 1800’s, In the Next Room is the provocative story of a young doctor who harnesses the power of electricity to “relieve symptoms of female hysteria”, and his wife who is desperate for passion in her life.
http://www.ensembletheatrecompany.ca

Friday, July 14 – Saturday, July 15
The Awesome 80’s Prom (Fighting Chance Productions)
Russian Hall – 600 Campbell Avenue, Vancouver
An eighty’s prom party in the style of Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding. Characters are all vying for the title of Prom Queen and King – and the audience decides who wins!
fightingchanceproductions.ca

Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 23
This Is Our Youth (Midtwenties Theatre Society)
Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston Street, Vancouver
A bittersweet portrait of youth on the disillusioning path to adulthood in Trump-era New York City.
https://www.mtstheatre.com

Friday, July 14 – Friday, August 18
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Ensemble Theatre Company)
Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
A story of friendship, destiny, and faith, adapted from the best-selling novel.
http://www.ensembletheatrecompany.ca

Saturday, July 15 – Wednesday, August 16
Master Class (Ensemble Theatre Company)
Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
The year is 1948. Tempers rise, and so do the stakes, as Stalin meets with his Cultural Minister and two Russian composers to discuss how the arts can be used to serve the Soviet State.
http://www.ensembletheatrecompany.ca

Wednesday, July 20 – Saturday, July 29
Lion in the Streets (Resonance Theatre Collective)
Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
Nine-year-old Isobel is lost. Rushing through the neighbourhood trying to find her way home, she finds herself losing touch with reality as she catches glimpses into the unsettlinglives of strangers.
https://www.resonancetheatre.info

Friday, July 21 – Saturday, July 22
Les Contes d’Hoffmann
York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Hoffmann, a poet, shares stories from his life while being urged on by a crowd at the tavern he is frequenting, revealing “a world of danger, delirium, and desire”.
(Sung in French, with English subtitles)
https://thecultch.com

Friday, July 28 – Saturday, August 12
Romeo and Juliet (Carousel Theatre for Young People’s The Teen Shakespeare Program)
Ron Basford Park – 1218 Cartwright St, Vancouver
An all-ages production of the classic Romeo and Juliet, a Shakespearean tale of love and tragedy.
http://www.carouseltheatre.ca

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Shannon Hanbury (Janet) and Caitriona Murphy (The Drowsy Chaperone), TUTS Vancouver / Photo by Tim Matheson

Theatre Events in August

Romeo and Juliet – Ongoing through Aug. 12 (see details under July events)
Master Class – Ongoing through Aug. 16 (see details under July events)
In the Next Room – Ongoing through Aug.17 (see details under July events)
A Prayer for Owen Meany – Ongoing through Aug. 18 (see details under July events)
Mary Poppins – Ongoing through Aug. 18 (see details under July events)
The Drowsey Chaperone – Ongoing through Aug.19 (see details under July events)
Oh Canada, Our True North Strong and Funny – Ongoing through Sept. 2 (see details under July events)
The Merchant of Venice – Ongoing through Sept. 16 (see details under July events)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Ongoing through Sept. 17 (see details under July events)
The Winter’s Tale – Ongoing through Sept. 22 (see details under July events)
Much Ado About Nothing –  Ongoing through Sept. 23(see details under July events)

Friday, August 11 – Saturday, August 12
Burq Off! (Monsoon Arts Festival)
York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
British Pakistani actor/writer Nadia Manzoor performs this one-woman autobiographical piece about coming of age in opposing worlds.
https://thecultch.com/shows/

Friday, August 18 – Saturday, September 2
A Chorus Line (Fighting Chance Productions)
Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street
A tale of the gypsies of the Broadway stage. An audition like no other.
fightingchanceproductions.ca

Theatre Events in September

Oh Canada, Our True North Strong and Funny – Ongoing through Sept. 2 (see details under July events)
The Merchant of Venice – Ongoing through Sept. 16 (see details under July events)
The Two Gentlemen of Verona – Ongoing through Sept. 17 (see details under July events)
The Winter’s Tale – Ongoing through Sept. 22 (see details under July events)
Much Ado About Nothing –  Ongoing through Sept. 23(see details under July events)

Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 24
Mr. Foote’s Other Leg (United Players of Vancouver)
Jericho Arts Centre – 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver
Samuel Foote is a famous comedian in Georgian London. He is adored by many but his satire, impressions, and dangerous comedy are unliked by some. He finds himself being attacked by the press, and a surgeon’s knife.
http://www.unitedplayers.com

Wednesday, September 6 – Friday, September 15
Shylock by Mark Leiren-Young (Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival)
Vanier Park – 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vancouver
Jewish actor John Davies is condemned by his community for his portrayal of a Jewish character in a Shakespearean play. He uses a final post-show talkback to raise questions about censorship and political correctness after the production is cancelled.
https://bardonthebeach.org

Thursday, September 7 –  Sunday, September 17
Vancouver Fringe Festival
A full list of shows and venues will be released on the Fringe website in August.
http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

Thursday, September 7 – Sunday, October 8, 2017
Angels in America, Perestroika (Arts Club Theatre Company)
2750 Granville St, Vancouver
A revolution against politics and prejudice in the 1980’s.
https://www.artsclub.com/shows/

Monday, September 12
Aiming to Float
False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver
In pain, a patient clashes with her new excercise therapist, but the two discover the possibility of love.
http://www.vancouverfringe.com/advance-theatre/

September 12 – Sunday, September 17
The Sound of Music (Broadway Across Canada)
630 Hamilton St Vancouver
A new production of the award-winning romantic musical, The Sound of Music.
http://vancouver.broadway.com/shows/

Tuesday, September 13
Zahgidiwin/Love
False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver
A young Anishinaabe woman from the near-future takes a trip through time and explores growing up as best as she can in a time of cultural genocide and trauma.
http://www.vancouverfringe.com/advance-theatre/

Wednesday, September 14
The Long Call (Ruby Slippers Theatre)
False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver
Told through multimedia, The Long Call is the story of a former exotic dancer whose dream is to free captive orangutans.
http://www.vancouverfringe.com/advance-theatre/

Thursday, September 15
Anywhere But Here
False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver
A dark comedy about a Chilean refugee family driving back to Chile in their hot pink convertible.
http://www.vancouverfringe.com/advance-theatre/

Friday, September 15 – Friday, September 29
POSH (Fighting Chance Theatre Company)
PAL Theatre – 581 Cardero Street, Vancouver
Ten young men, members of an elite student dining society, plan a takeover during a wine-fueled night of debauchery.
fightingchanceproductions.ca

Saturday, September 16
Women of Papiyek (Full Circle: First Nations Performance)
False Creek Community Centre – 1318 Cartwright St, Vancouver
The story of three Indigenous Papiyek women at the turn of the 20th century.
http://www.vancouverfringe.com/advance-theatre/

Saturday, September 16 – Saturday, October 7
Hilda’s Yard (Metro Theatre)
1370 SW Marine Drive, Vancouver
It’s the mid-1960’s and Hilda and her husband await their first black and white tv set. In this family comedy, the couple look forward to quiet times together watching television, but instead get the return of their two grown children.
http://metrotheatre.com/

Is there an event that we’ve missed? Please let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to the list!

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