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Annie (The Musical) @ Randolph Theatre Annie is a fiery young orphan girl who must live in a miserable orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan. Her seemingly hopeless situation changes dramatically when she is selected to spend a short time at the residence of the wealthy munitions industrialist, Oliver Warbucks. Unlike most of the other children at Miss Hannigan's orphanage, spunky Annie believes that her parents are still alive and will one day return to claim her. So when Mr. Warbucks offers to adopt her, she asks the most powerful man in America to help find her real mom and dad instead, and he agrees. Runs December 8, 2017 to January 7, 2018. Ticket Costs TBA Ages 4+ Randolph Theatre 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/annie-the-musical

Avenue Q The Musical @ Lower Ossington Theatre. New venue layout with more table seating! More drinks! More fun! tells the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who moves to NYC with big dreams and a tiny bank account. The only apartment he can afford is way out on Avenue Q, where everyone’s looking for the same things he is: a decent job, a stable relationship, and a "purpose." Eventually, Princeton learns to embrace the ups and downs of city life and realizes that "the real world" isn’t so bad, after all!This show is not "fur" the little ones! Recommended 14+ Runs Sept 22– Nov 26 2017 Fridays: 7:30pm, Saturday: 3:30pm & 7:30pm Sunday: 4pm This venue is not fully accessible. Cost Information: Tickets $49.99-$64.99 Call Ticketwise at 416-907-0468 for tickets The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/avenue-q

Buddy Holly Winter Concert @ Randolph Theatre Experience Buddy Holly’s greatest hits in person, and in the original style, including “Peggy Sue”, “That’ll Be The Day”, “Oh Boy”, “Not Fade Away”, “Everyday”, “Rave On”, “Maybe Baby”, and many more! With only 3 performances, seating is limited! Grab your "buddys" and book tickets today! Runs December 12 to 14, 2017. Cost Information: Tickets $39.99 (Friend 4 Pack $139.96) For tickets please contact the Box Office at 416-907-0468 Randolph Theatre 736 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/buddy-holly-winter-concert

Curious George @ The Lower Ossington Theatre. Everyone's favorite mischievous monkey and his friend in the yellow hat sing and dance up a storm in this adventure-filled musical! All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day comes just once a year. George has been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! Determined to help his friend, Chef Pisghetti, George goes on a mission to enter the chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which learns more about Rome—and meatballs—and the “secret ingredient” in cooking! Running time: Approx. 1 hr, no intermission Runs Oct 14 to November 26, 2017. https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/curious-george Ticket Prices TBA The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario

Dream Girls @ The Lower Ossington Theatre - Full of onstage joy and backstage drama, Dreamgirls is based upon the show business aspirations and successes of R&B acts similar to The Supremes, The Shirelles, James Brown, Jackie Wilson, and others. This musical follows the story of a young Black female singing trio from Chicago, Illinois called "The Dreams", who become music superstars. Opening on September 8, 2017 and running until November 19, 2017 Tickets from $54.99-74.99 Call Ticketwise at 416-907-0468 for tickets The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100 Ossington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/Dreamgirls-Toronto

Future Theatre Festival - Seven Siblings Theatre presents a new festival featuring brand new Canadian plays by Genevieve Adam, Nawi Moreno-Valverde and Becky Tanton, plus a staged reading, Halloween party and acting workshop. Oct 19-29, $20, stu $15, festival pass $50. 8:00 PM to 11:55 PM The Attic Arts Hub 1402 Queen E, unit C3, Toronto, Ontario http://www.sevensiblingstheatre.ca/ftftickets

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools at Buddies - by Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Theatre Passe Muraille/BIBT). A concert and conversation in which Parry and Williamson Bathory grapple with and reclaim the sharp tools of art and tradition that have been handed down to them. Previews Oct 24-25, opens Oct 26 and runs to Nov 5, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2:30 pm. Pwyc-$40. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander, Toronto, Ontario http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/

Life After by Britta Johnson (Canadian Stage/Yonge Street Theatricals). A 16-year-old girl must navigate her life after her self-help-guru father dies in a car accident. runs to Oct 22, Tue-Thu & Sat 8 pm, Fri 7 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 1 pm. $35-$59. Berkeley Street Theatre 26 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario ABOUT & TICKETS

North By Northwest by Ernest Lehman (Mirvish). In a case of mistaken identity, an advertising executive is tormented by thugs in this adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film. runs to Oct 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$150. Royal Alexandra Theatre 260 King W, Toronto, Ontario https://www.mirvish.com/shows/north-by-northwest

Pool (no water) by Mark Ravenhill (Cue6 Theatre). An accident is seen as an opportunity in this dark comedy about art, jealousy and friendship. runs to Oct 15, Wed-Sat 8 pm (and Oct 1), Oct 8 & 15 at 4 pm. $22-$35. The Citadel 304 Parliament, Toronto, Ontario http://www.cue6.ca/

Salt-Water Moon - Mirvish presents the Factory Theatre production of the play by David French, directed by Ravi Jain. A young man returns home to woo a former sweetheart who has moved on in 1926 Newfoundland. Previews from Oct 12, opens Oct 17 and runs to Oct 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $39-$92. Panasonic Theatre 651 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario https://www.mirvish.com/shows/salt-water-moon

The Adventures Of Tom Shadow - Theatre Lab presents a comedic musical, written and performed by Mark Little, Lisa Gilroy, Natalie Metcalfe, Christian Smith, and Kevin Vidal. The play is a twisted, not-for-kids take on Peter Pan. Previews Oct 11, opens Oct 12 and runs to Oct 22, Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm. $23-$43. Factory Theatre 125 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario https://www.factorytheatre.ca/what-s-on/tomshadows

The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time - by Simon Stephens, adapted from the novel by Mark Haddon (The National Theatre/Mirvish). A 15-year old math genius on the autism spectrum comes under suspicion for the killing of his neighbour's dog. Previews from Oct 10, opens Oct 15 and runs to Nov 19, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed 1:30 pm, Sat-Sun 2 pm. $38-$149. Princess of Wales Theatre 300 King W, Toronto, Ontario Tickets & More Info

The Marriage Of Figaro - by WA Mozart (Opera Atelier). Mozart’s commedia dell’arte tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness in a world on the brink of revolution, sung in English. Opens Oct 26 and runs to Nov 4: Oct 26, 28, 31 and Nov 3 at 7:30 pm, Oct 29 at 3 pm, Nov 4 at 4:30 pm. $39-$194. Elgin Theatre 189 Yonge, Toronto, Ontario https://operaatelier.com/

The Valley - East Side Players presents a play by Joan MacLeod. Inspired by the 2007 Tasering death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport, The Valley dramatizes the volatile relationship between law enforcement and people in the grip of mental illness. Opens Oct 20 and runs to Nov 4, Wed-Sat 8 pm, Sun 2 pm.. $24, stu $15. Papermill Theatre 67 Pottery, Toronto, Ontario http://www.eastsideplayers.ca/

Thirteen Hands - by Carol Shields (Alumnae Theatre). Four women, their daughters and granddaughters find connection through a weekly game of bridge. Opens Oct 20 and runs to Nov 4, Wed-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2 pm. $25, (opening gala reception & show $50); Wed 2 for $25, Sun pwyc. Alumnae Theatre 70 Berkeley, Toronto, Ontario https://www.alumnaetheatre.com/thirteen-hands/

Undercover by Rebecca Northan and Bruce Horak (Tarragon/Vertigo Theatre). An audience member will become a rookie detective and try to separate clues from red herrings to solve a murder mystery. runs to Oct 29, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sun 2:30 pm (and Sep 30 & Oct 14). $22-$60. Tarragon Theatre 30 Bridgman, Toronto, Ontario http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/undercover/

Villains: An 80's Musical Cabaret @ Buddies - by Melly Magrath & Caitlin Turner (Small but Mighty Productions). An original musical cabaret about a place to reform criminals with superhuman abilities set to 80s hits. Opens Oct 20 and runs to Oct 29, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm (and Oct 29), mat Sat 1:30 pm (and Oct 22). $22. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre 12 Alexander, Toronto, Ontario http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/event/villians/

VOLTA by Bastien Alexandre (Cirque du Soleil). Theatrical spectacle about the freedom to choose and the thrill of blazing your own trail featuring music, dance, acrobatic arts and BMX bike stunts runs to Nov 26, Wed-Sat 8 pm (and some Tuesdays), mat Sat 4:30 pm (and some Fridays), Sun 1:30 & 5 pm. $49-$300. Big Top Commissioners at Cherry St, Toronto, Ontario https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/volta

Wait Until Dark - by Frederick Knott (Scarborough Theatre Guild). A blind woman is threatened by thugs who believe she has their drug-filled doll in her apartment. Runs to Oct 21, Thu-Sat 8 pm (no evening show Oct 21), mat Oct 8, 15 and 21 at 2 pm. $24. Scarborough Village Theatre 3600 Kingston Rd, Toronto, Ontario http://theatrescarborough.com/stg-show-dark.php

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The little Toronto theatre directory

Alumnae Theatre - http://www.alumnaetheatre.com/
Bloor West Village Playhouse - https://villageplayers.net/
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre - http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/
Canadian Stage Company - http://www.canadianstage.com/
Crow's Theatre - http://www.crowstheatre.com/
Driftwood Theatre - http://www.driftwoodtheatre.com/
Factory Theatre - http://www.factorytheatre.ca/
Lemontree Creations - http://www.lemontreecreations.ca/
Nightwood Theatre - http://www.nightwoodtheatre.net/
Solar Stage Children's Theatre - http://www.solarstage.on.ca/
Red Castle Theatre - http://redsandcastletheatre.com/
Soul Pepper - https://www.soulpepper.ca/
The Tarragon Theatre - http://www.tarragontheatre.com/
Theatre Centre (The) - http://theatrecentre.org/
Theatre Francais de Toronto - http://theatrefrancais.com/fr/
Theatre Passe Muraille - http://passemuraille.ca/
Young Peoples Theatre - http://www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/

OUT OF TOWN

Classic Theatre Festival 2017 (Perth Ontario)

Our 2017 lineup features three shows that play with the comedy and mystery of love. Sparkling writing, unforgettable characters, and unique plots have made them classics of the modern theatre:

Canadian Peter Colley's I'll Be Back Before Midnight, a Hitchcock-styled psychological thriller that is the most successful play ever staged in Canada and the most produced Canadian play abroad (in over 30 countries!). A young couple from Toronto buy an old country farmhouse, and that's when apparitions start to appear, strange noises are heard, and every moment that draws you to the thrilling finish keeps you on the edge of your seat. (August 18 to Sept. 10)

We will also return with new theatrical historic walking plays for the morning Perth though the Ages and evening Lonely Ghosts Walk. Stay tuned for those details.

To order your discount vouchers for 2017, simply visit OR call us toll-free at 1-877-283-1283www.ticketsplease.ca/Classic2017.html

Our Venue: 54 Beckwith St. E., Perth, Ontario, By phone: 1-877-283-1283 ext 1 (toll free). By mail: PO Box 2121, 57 Foster St., Perth, ON, K7H 1R0 Perth is a town in Eastern Ontario, Canada. It is located on the Tay River, 83 kilometres (52 mi) southwest of Ottawa, Tickets Now on Sale: http://classictheatre.ca/

Drayton Entertainment

An award-winning, not-for-profit charitable organization, Drayton Entertainment produces the finest in live theatre at seven venues in southwestern Ontario. Each theatre maintains its distinct identity, but at the same time, combines the strengths and energy of all to provide an entertainment experience that is unparalleled. From Mid June to Christmas https://www.draytonentertainment.com

Death of a Salesman - St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017

Honk! - St. Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - Sunday, December 24, 2017

Rock of Ages - Dunfield Theatre Cambridge Cambridge Wednesday, October 11, 2017 - Sunday, November 05, 2017

Kings and Queens of Country - St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Sunday, December 24, 2017

Shaw Festival

http://www.shawfest.com/ Phone 1-800-511-7429 The Shaw Festival presents plays in four distinctive theatres: the Festival Theatre – The Shaw’s flagship theatre, the historic Court House Theatre where The Shaw first began performing, the Royal George Theatre, modeled after an Edwardian opera house and the Studio Theatre, the home of our contemporary Shavians in our 175-seat most intimate space. All theatres are within a short walking distance of each other.

Me and My Girl - Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Madness of George III Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

Saint John - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

1837: The Farmers' Revolt - Sunday, May 07, 2017 - Sunday, October 08, 2017

Dancing at Lughnasa - Sunday, May 14, 2017 - Sunday, October 15, 2017

1979 - May 20, 2017 - Saturday, October 14, 2017

Androcles and the Lion - Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - Saturday, October 07, 2017

Wilde Tales - Thursday, June 08, 2017 - Saturday, October 07, 2017

Dracula - Saturday, July 08, 2017 - Saturday, October 14, 2017

An Octoroon - Sunday, July 16, 2017 - Saturday, October 14, 2017

A Christmas Carol - Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - Saturday, December 23, 2017

Stratford Festival

The Stratford Festival, formerly known as the Stratford Shakespearean, Shakespeare Festival and then Stratford Shakespeare Festival, is an internationally recognized annual repertory theatre festival running from April to October. About Stratford, Ontario. The Festival runs from April to October, and has four permanent venues: the Festival Theatre, the Avon Theatre, the Tom Patterson Theatre, and the Studio Theatre. http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/ - Phone 1-800-567-1600

Guys and Dolls - Saturday, April 15, 2017 - Sunday, October 29, 2017

Treasure Island - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Sunday, October 22, 2017

Romeo and Juliet - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

HMS Pinafore - Thursday, May 04, 2017 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Timon of Athens - Monday, May 08, 2017 - Friday, September 22, 2017

Twelfth Night - Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

The School for Scandal - Monday, May 15, 2017 - Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Breathing Hole - Sunday, July 30, 2017 - Friday, September 22, 2017

The Changeling - Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Madwoman of Chaillot - Thursday, August 03, 2017 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Komagata Maru Incident - Saturday, August 05, 2017 - Sunday, September 24, 2017

The Virgin Trial - Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Bakkhai - May 27, 2017 - Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tartuffe - Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - Friday, October 13, 2017

 




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