Broadway Across Canada
RENT: 20th Anniversary Tour

Dates and Venue September 17 – 22, 2019 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre

A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

Tickets on sale to the general public June 17

Coastal City Ballet

Swan Lake music by Pytor Tchaikovsky

Dates and Venue June 15, 2019, at 7:30pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre, 6250-144th Street, Surrey

Schneider’s Swan Lake explores the human emotion of a romantic love contrasted against a realistic and practical love of an arranged marriage. The White Swan comes to Siegfried in his dream, embodying the ideal of true love, while Odile (Black Swan) is presented by the evil Rothbarth as the woman Siegfried is to wed. Schneider is able to give us a story that is more relatable to modern day while maintaining the tradition and essence of the Swan Lake we all expect to see.

Tickets $19.95 - $59.95. Add a VIP Experience to ticket purchase for $30. Box Office: 604.507.6355, online:

A Room Somewhere
Hello and Goodbye by Athol Fugard

Dates and Venue June 27 - July 6, 2019 (June 27/28/29/ July 3/4/5 @ 8pm, June 30/July 6 @ 2pm) | The Nest, 1398 Cartwright St. Granville Island

Set in the home of a poor white family in 1960 in Apartheid South Africa. It steps between Beckett-like absurdity and the realism of Sam Shepard or Tennessee Williams. A story of a family torn apart by a toxic mix of self-loathing, lethal patriarchy, and the violence of the country in which it is set. The domestic collides with the political, as siblings Hester and Johnnie reconnect (and disconnect) in their childhood home, rummaging through the remnants of their lives in search of redemption, a father figure, legitimacy and cold, hard cash.

Tickets $15 General: $25 Student/Senior: $22 Online at:

Bard on the Beach

The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare

Date and Venue June 5 – September 21, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

The ‘spaghetti western’ is the inspiration behind this hilarious Wild-West love story, where two fierce kindred spirits finally meet their match in each other. Petruchio, the sharpest-shooting cowboy in the West meets Kate, the prickliest gal in Padua, and their throw-down contest of wills and wits will leave you laughing out loud as they bicker and battle their way towards a splendid, healing love.

Shakespeare in Love by Marc Norman & Tom Stoppard, adapted for the stage by Lee Hall

Date and Venue June 12 – September 18, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | BMO Mainstage, Vanier Park

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block. The deadline for his new play is looming and he’s in desperate need of inspiration. And then he finds his muse – Viola. She’s Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing to appear in his next play. Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms but their road to romance runs into plenty of complications, from nefarious schemers to overheated backstage theatrics.

All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare

Date and Venue June 26 – August 11, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Vanier Park

This new, bold staging of All’s Well That Ends Well is set in India during the waning days of British occupation and the cusp of Indian independence. Helena, a privileged young Indian woman, secretly loves Bertram, an officer in the British Army. Cultural, social and political barriers stand between them – but Helena doesn’t give up, and her journey takes her into the heart of her own culture and identity as this tumultuous love story unfolds against a backdrop of dramatic societal change.

Coriolanus by William Shakespeare

Date and Venue August 21 – September 15, 2019, 7.30pm evenings + 2pm weekend matinees | Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre, Vanier Park

Political warfare – and war within a family – drive Shakespeare’s compelling story of the ruthless fighter, Coriolanus, as she fights for honour without compromise. With themes of pride and arrogance at its core, Coriolanus examines what it means to be loyal to a parent, to a leader and to a country – and how those choices can redeem or destroy us.

Tickets $26 - $77 Purchase online at OR Call the Box Office at 604.739.0559 to purchase by telephone - Monday – Friday from 10am – 6pm. By email at: bard on the beach

Theatre Under the Stars

Mamma Mia!

Dates and Venue July 5 - August 18, 2019 at 8pm - odd-numbered days in July, even-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget. Set on a Greek island paradise where the sun always shines, Mamma Mia! has laughs, dance, and of course ABBA’s hit songs. People the world over have fallen in love with the characters, the story, and the music.

Tickets Single ticket Early Bird sales on now! From $25 for adults - $20 on Preview nights.
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Disney’s NEWSIES

Dates and Venue July 6 - August 17, 2019 at 8pm - even-numbered days in July, odd-numbered days in August | Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines! In 1899, New York City had its papers delivered by an army of ragged orphans and runaways called ‘newsies’. When newspaper owners raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, this band of misfits unites to strike against the unfair conditions. This Disney film turned Broadway hit inspires everyone to fight for what’s right and seize the day.

Tickets Single ticket Early Bird sales on now! From $25 for adults - $20 on Preview nights.
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Ensemble Theatre Company
7th Annual Repertory Festival

Dates and Venue July 10 – August 16, 2019 at 7.30 pm (Brunch presentations at 11am on Sundays) | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery St

The three plays have been programmed to embrace conversations about what our culture is, the stories we tell ourselves and the truths we all share. For Festival calendar visit:

The Drawer Boy by Michael Healy: A portrait of friendship, a striking examination of the transformational power of storytelling. The Drawer Boy invites us to explore the blurred line between reality and fiction, and re-frames our assumptions about the art that represents their synthesis.

Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin: By turns uproarious and sobering, with a cast of vibrant characters. Kanin's play reminds us that a healthy democracy depends on its inhabitants to stay healthy, and that abuse of power cannot be stemmed without an informed and engaged citizenry.

Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts: Playwright Tracy Letts is a challenge to our assumptions about immigration and racism, while presenting the dangers of looking backward in a rapidly changing world and the redemptive power of hope and friendship.

Tickets single tickets go on sale June 1st, 2019 - but the Festival Pass (access to all 3 plays) available now. Purchase online: ticketstonight.ticketforce


30ième Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver

Dates and Venue June 13 – June 23, 2019 | Studio 16, 1551, West 7th Avenue

Every June since 1990, Le Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver organizes the Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (Vancouver Francophone Summer Festival), one of the most important cultural and musical francophone events in Western Canada. Audiences are not limited to the Francophone and Francophile community, but include the population of Vancouver at large as well as tourists who are interested in taking in a cultural experience that is unique on the West Coast.

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Arts Club Theatre Company
Mom’s The Word: Nest ½ Empty by Jill Daum, Alison Kelly, Robin Nichol, Barbara Pollard, and Deborah Williams

Dates and Venue June 6 – July 20, 2019; Mon–Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8 PM, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat at 2pm

From the creative team of Mom’s the Word Collective comes another chapter in their stories of family and fracas. The kids are grown, marriages have “evolved,” and bodies are backfiring. Life doesn’t get any prettier, but it never strays far from ludicrous or poignant as the moms continue to mine their personal history for every embarrassing detail.

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

United Players
Jerusalem by Jez Butterworth

Dates and Venue June 7-30, Thursday through Sunday. All performances at 8 pm except Sundays June 16,23,30 when there is a 2pm matinée only | Jericho Arts Centre, 1675 Discovery

Johnny “Rooster” Byron is a gypsy squatter, a wanted man, a folk hero to some and a villain to others. The authorities want to evict him. His son wants his dad to take him to the fair. A motley crew of mates wants his ample supply of drugs. Johnny is a giant from a bygone age, a Green Man from England’s past, and a larger-than-life character who has captivated audiences in London and New York – and who now comes for the first time to Vancouver. Come meet this “shielder of youth from more ferocious predators, fabulist, lord of misrule and summoner of spirits” and his motley, raggle taggle retinue.

Tickets $22-$28, available on line at or at the door.


Arts Club Theatre
Matilda The Musical
book by Dennis Kelly, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, from the novel by Roald Dahl

Dates and Venue May 16, 2019 - July 14, 2019, Tue – Thu at 7:30pm, Fri & Sat at 8pm, Wed at 1:30pm, and Sat & Sun at 2pm | Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

The musical’s heroine is Matilda, a little girl with astonishing wit, intelligence, and psychokinetic powers. She’s unloved by her cruel parents but impresses her schoolteacher, the loveable and caring Miss. During her first term at school, Matilda and Miss Honey have a profound effect on each other’s lives, as Miss Honey both recognizes and appreciates Matilda’s extraordinary personality. Armed with her courage and intelligence, Matilda takes a stand to change her destiny and save her classmates.

Tickets from $39 at or the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644