Opera Mariposa
Go For Opera!

Date and Venue Sunday, August 20, 2017, 7:30 pm | Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 320 East 15th Ave.

Go For Opera! Is an encore gala fundraising concert. Frankfurt-based sopranos Heidi Muendel and Nancy Hasiuk will return to the Mariposa stage to perform alongside local artists, including Robin Hahn. Proceeds from the show will benefit Mariposa's fall opera production, Verdi's Un ballo in maschera, and the concert will include an exclusive preview of Ballo featuring songs and scenes performed by members of the opera's cast.

Tickets $17 general, $15 students/seniors, $14 groups of four or more. Available at 1-800-838-3006, at operamariposa.com or at the door



Fighting Chance Productions
A Chorus Line

Dates and Venue August 23 - September 2, 2017 8pm | Waterfront Theatre, 1412 Cartwright Street

In 1974 director and choreographer Michael Bennett conducted a series of interviews with chorus members from Broadway shows. His idea was to create a musical honouring those nameless dancers whose careers were often dedicated to playing bit parts and supporting the superstars. From those interviews A Chorus Line was born and has now been performed all over the world by hundreds of thousands of artists.

Tickets start at just $25 available now. For information please visit fightingchanceproductions.ca

Vancouver International Tap Festival

Dates and Venues August 25 – 27, 2017 | Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour St) & Frankie’s Jazz Bar

The Vancouver International Tap Festival (VITF) continues to set the pace in the world of contemporary tap dance. Globally recognized as one of the top events of its kind, the 18th annual showcase includes a roster of international artists and two performances of the of the thriving dance genre that is joyful and entertaining.

Tickets for August 25 & 26 - $32 Adults, $28 seniors & youths at vantapdance.com/
Tickets for Aug. 27 - $15 at Frankie’s Jazz Club - frankiesitaliankitchen.ca/frankies-jazz/

Gateway Theatre Pacific Festival in association with Sky High Productions Ltd.

Tuesdays with Morrie

Dates and Venue August 31st, 2017 to September 16th. 2017, Thurs - Sat 8pm | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

It’s an autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie's appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig's disease.
There will be Chinese and English Subtitles.

Travel with Mum

Dates and Venue September 15,2017 at 8pm, September 16, 2017 at 2pm & 8pm | Gateway Theatre, 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond

Travel with Mum is beautifully told through a masked theatre play on the virtues of filial piety accompanied by folksy live music and inspired by the touching story of Wang Yi-Min who spent all his life with his mother in a village in Liaoning, China. Drama in Cantonese with Mask and Sand brings audiences an all-round viewing experience. There will be Chinese and English Subtitles.

Tickets VIP$100 + $59 + Tax; Super Pass: $100 + Tax (Tuesdays with Morrie & Travel with Mum - 1 ticket each.

Arts Club Theatre Company
Angels in America Part Two: Perestroika
by Tony Kushner

Date and Venue September 7 – October 8, 2017, Tue–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

The conclusion to the Arts Club’s production of Angels in America kicks off their 2017 – 18 season. Angels in America is a poignant account of the AIDS crisis and the Reagan era, weaving together the stories of eight core characters struggling to find harmony among their beliefs, desires, and the societal roles they feel obligated to uphold.

Tickets from $29 at artsclub.com or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644

Pacific Theatre
The Christians by Lucas Hnath

Dates and Venue September 15 - October 7, 2017, Wed – Sat 8pm + 2pm matinees all Saturdays | Pacific Theatre, 1440 W 12th Ave.

What happens when a pastor gets up in front of his church and announces a drastic change in doctrine? After taking his church from a meager storefront to gleaming megachurch, Pastor Paul overturns one of the most sacred tenents of his congregation’s beliefs, sending them reeling towards schism. As they grapple with the mysteries of faith, certainty, and what happens after we die, they must also face the reality of loving those whose beliefs have made them into sudden strangers.

Tickets $20 - $36.50, taxes not included. Call 604.731.5518 or visit pacifictheatre.org - Pay-what-you-can preview on Sept 14

The Vancouver Fringe Festival

Dates and Venues September 7 - 17, 2017 | various venues around Granville Island and the City of Vancouver

Formed in 1983 with the mission to produce “theatre for everyone,” The Fringe is a celebration of all kinds of theatre presented annually in late summer. The festival supports over 700 performances and attracts over 40,000 attendees.

Tickets are available online at tickets.vancouverfringe.com or at the door. Tickets ca be purchased in advance at the box office at 1398 Cartwright Street on Granville Island. . You can buy memberships at the box office or at any venue.


Broadway Across Canada & NETworks Presentations
The Sound of Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse

Dates and Venue September 12 - 17, 2017; Tues - Sat- evenings at 8pm, Sun evening 7:30pm with 2pm matinees on Sat and Sun | The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production. When it aired on NBC in December, 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. The musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with songs that include “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

Tickets prices start at $30.50. Visit www.ticketmaster.ca or call 1-855-985-5000. Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 1-800-889-8457. For more information, please visit SoundOfMusicOnTour.com



The City of Nations Society
Boney M with opening act ABRA Cadabra

Date and Venue September 25, 2017, 8pm | Queen Elizabeth Theatre,

This nostalgic concert features Boney M featuring with original lead singer Liz Mitchell to re-live the music of this iconic group from the 70’s and 80’s! The band had hits with “Daddy cool”, “Sunny”, “Ma Baker”, “Belfast”, “Rivers of Babylon” and “Brown Girl in the Ring.”

Tickets – prices range from $62 - $136 and on sale now at www.ticketstonight.ca

Bard on the Beach


Dates and Venue September 6 – 15 | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Meet Jon Davies, an actor and a Jew, condemned by his own community for his portrayal of the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. When the production is cancelled, Davies uses his final post-show talkback to raise provocative questions about censorship in general and the political correctness of Merchant itself. Shylock was first produced in 1996 at Bard and has since been staged around the world.

xMuch Ado About Nothing

Dates and Venue June 1 – September 23, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

It’s Italy in 1959, and a group of actors and filmmakers are celebrating the wrap of their latest movie. Movie stars Beatrice and Benedick are drawn to each other but refuse to admit it, and Hero and Claudio’s marriage plans are about to be sabotaged by a journalist’s mean-spirited scheme. Cue the paparazzi, then a faked death, and la dolce vita threatens to become not so sweet; but with a script full of surprises, love can still triumph before the credits roll.


xThe Winter’s Tale

Dates and Venue June 8 – September 22, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

A husband’s fierce jealousy is the trigger for a magical and moving tale, set in Sicily and Bohemia, which begins with a cruel punishment and ends with a miracle. King Leontes believes his wife, Queen Hermione, has been unfaithful to him with his best friend, so he puts her in prison and orders that their newborn baby be abandoned in the wilderness. Sixteen years later, across the sea, two young people fall in love and their union becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption and a family’s healing.


xThe Merchant of Venice

Dates and Venue
June 22 – September 16, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

A deeply fascinating study in contrasts, Shakespeare’s timeless drama, set this season in modern-day Venice, exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders in our midst. Portia and Bassanio discover true love but the merchant Antonio and the moneylender Shylock are driven by prejudice and the craving for revenge, as they move ever closer to a devastating judgement day.

xThe Two Gentlemen of Verona

Dates and Venue
June 29 – September 17, 7.30pm + Sat & Sun matinees at 2pm | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre

Valentine and Proteus are best friends with an awkward problem – they’re both in love with Valentine’s girlfriend Sylvia. And it gets even trickier – Proteus already has a girlfriend of his own. Shakespeare’s early romantic comedy is a lively riff on friendship, love and loyalty with the bonus of two very funny clowns plus a dog that just might steal the show!

Tickets $21 - $59. Call the Box Office at 604.739.0559 or purchase online at https://bardonthebeach.org

Ensemble Theatre Festival

Dates and Venue July 7 - August 18, 2017 | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery Street, Vancouver

xA Prayer for Owen Meany by Simon Bent

Seeming anti-hero Owen Meany is an oddity who charms an East Coast community as he grows up during the turbulent post war period in the 50s and 60s. He is remarkable on many levels, but especially as he sees himself as an instrument of God after he is involved in a tragedy which he believes was his fault. It speaks to social justice and the notion of fate, and is an exploration into organized religion and its inherit hypocrisy.



In the Next Room by Sarah Ruhl

Set in a spa town close to New York in the late 1800s—it was a time of Victorian societal repression that coincided with dramatic technological change. Inspired by Rachel P. Maines’ The Technology of Organism, the play is based on historical medical procedures that may seem both quaint and quizzical, yet the themes remain relevant today. A multi-layered and nuanced character study, In the Next Room explores professional and personal relations between men and women with a strong streak of female solidarity.


xMaster Class by David Pownall

An anteroom in the Kremlin. 1948. The Soviet Musician's Union Conference in Moscow. Stalin is formulating his policy for the Arts in The Soviet Union and summons Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, the leading Russian composers of the day, in order that he can discuss, with the aid of his Cultural Minister, Zhdanov, their place as artists in Soviet society. Needless to say, the discussion is conducted on Stalin's terms - but with a course that is far from predictable.

Tickets $30 & 25 (Previews $20). Three-show pass + all special events: $75; Noon Sunday Readings: $15; 11th Hour Cabaret: $10; All above include service charges and taxes. Purchase online: ensembletheatrecompany.ca Pay-What-You-Can Wednesdays at the door only.

Theatre under the Stars

xMary Poppins

Dates and Venue July 7 – August 25, 2017 at 8pm | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd.

Mary Poppins, 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. Alternates nightly with The Drowsy Chaperone.

xThe Drowsy Chaperone

Dates and Venue July 8 – August 26, 2017 at 8pm | Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, 610 Pipeline Rd.

The Drowsy Chaperone, full of song and dance, is a Canadian musical parody that whisks audiences away on a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation. Alone in his modest, one-bedroom apartment, a musical theatre fan puts on his treasured cast recording. As the record spins, the characters of a fictitious 1928 musical spring to life – filling his living room with all manner of movie stars, gangsters, divas, and more. Alternates nightly with Mary Poppins.

Tickets $30 – $49 Early Bird tickets are now on sale at: www.tuts.ca/tickets or call 1-877-840-0457


Vancouver TheatreSports
Oh Canada

Dates and Venue | June 29 – Sep 2, 2017, Thur-Sat @ 7.30pm | The Improv Centre, 1502 Duranleau St., Granville Island

TheatreSports improvisers take a comedic look at what makes us uniquely Canadian – poking fun at the stereotypes of Canada and Canadians. Based on audience suggestions, the cast lampoon such Canadian ‘institutions’ as Heritage Minutes, the Mounties, winter, our hunky Prime Minister, hockey, lumberjacks or Timmy’s coffee to name only a few of the endless possibilities.

Tickets $10 – $23.50; Purchase at: tickets.vtsl.com


29th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival

Dates and Venues August 10-20, 2017 | Various: Cineplex Odeon International Village Cinemas, SFU's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver Playhouse, VIFF Vancity Theatre, Waterfront Theatre and York Theatre.

Celebrating the best in independent queer cinema, the 29th annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (VQFF) takes place this summer at various theatres. VQFF is Vancouver's second largest film festival and the largest queer arts event in Western Canada. More than just film, the Festival hosts performances, workshops, panel discussions, parties and more, facilitating a unique community space for 11 days each August. This year’s film Spotlights include: The Experiential Lens: Filmmakers of Colour; Young Hearts, Bright Eyes: Spotlight on Youth; Intergenerations; and Indigenous Cinema. Presented by Out On Screen. For complete schedule, visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca/schedule-grid

Tickets: Single ticket = $12; Six-pack = $66; Super Pass = $165. To purchase, visit http://queerfilmfestival.ca/tickets or call 778-875-8363