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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

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical - book by Douglas McGrath (Paul Blake/Sony/ATV Music). The story of King's rise to stardom as a composer and singer-songwriter, marriage and divorce to writing partner Gerry Goffin and friendships with other musical artists. Runs to Sep 3, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Wed, Sat-Sun 2 pm (no show Jul 1). $50-$149. Ed Mirvish Theatre 244 Victoria, Toronto, Ontario BUY TICKETS

Broken Images @ Red Sandcastle Theatre. by Girish Karnad (Neeraja Ramjee). An Indian woman gets flak from her community for a book she wrote in English that succeeds internationally. Opens Aug 11 and runs to Aug 20, Fri-Sat 8 pm, Sun Aug 13 at 7 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2 pm. $25, adv $20. Red Sandcastle Theatre 922 Queen E, Toronto, Ontario TICKETS $20A or $25 at Door

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

Catacomb @ Trinity Bellwoods Park. Stopgap Theatre presents a new work by Laena Brown as part of SummerWorks Experimental Environments Initiative. An addict and born-again naturalist seeks redemption through a honey bee in this play set in a working greenhouse. Aug 4-6, Fri-Sun 8:15 and 9:45 pm. Pwyc. Trinity Bellwoods Park 790 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario http://summerworks.ca/artists/catacomb/

Confederation Part I: Confederation And Riel - Soulpepper Theatre and VideoCabaret present a new installment of the history plays series by Michael Hollingsworth. Wilfred Laurier meets the rebel Louis Riel while John A. Macdonald masterminds the deal that leads to fireworks on July 1, 1867. runs to Aug 19, Young Centre for the Performing Arts 50 Tank House, Toronto, Ontario https://soulpepper.ca/performances/confederation-part-i/

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

Dusk Dances @ Withrow Park. Outdoor dance featuring eclectic works in different areas of the park. Performers and choreographers include Sashar Zarif, Rhodnie Désir, Bouchardanse and others. Aug 7-13, Mon-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Thu and Sun 2:30 pm (live band & YogaDance class starts 30 min earlier). Pwyc ($15 sugg Withrow Park 725 Logan, Toronto, Ontario http://duskdances.ca/

Hogtown: The Immersive Experience - The Hogtown Collective presents an immersive theatre experience incorporating drama, music and dance to look at Prohibition-era Toronto and its dark past. Opens Jul 13 and runs to Aug 20, Tue-Sat 7:30 pm, Sat & Sun 2 pm. $59. Campbell House Museum 160 Queen W, Toronto, Ontario http://www.hogtownexperience.com/

OTHELLO - The Bard’s Bus Tour will be in over 20 towns in Ontario Driftwood Theatre Group presents William Shakespeare’s Othello. A searing tale of race, jealousy, and revenge is set against the backdrop of recent history when, in 1974, Canadian peacekeepers are caught in a life or death struggle on the small island of Cyprus. Proud and powerful Othello has fought against systemic barriers and racism in order to gain his freedom, his position, and his wife. But in the shadow of this nobleman lies the jealousy and rage which will prove to be his undoing.

In 2017, Driftwood Theatre embraces the unique quality of over 20 Ontario communities. With a site-specific aesthetic incorporating public space, no two performances of Othello will be quite the same.​ ​ All performances of Othello are accompanied by a special audio installation, The Cyprus Project, beginning at 6:30 pm nightly. The Bard’s Bus Tour has brought professional pay-what-you-can performances of classic plays to outdoor locations in small towns and city neighbourhoods across the province. Is your town listed?

The Details: Tickets: Admission is Pay-What-You-Can ($20 suggested) All Performances Begin at 7:30pm (Cyprus Project begins at 6:30pm) Reservations can be purchased at $20/person by calling 416.703.2773 Ext: 246 or RESERVE ONLINE or DOWNLOAD TOUR SCHEDULE 2017 IN PDF You can also PWYC at the door. Runs to Sunday August 13, 2017

Permanence @ Tarragon Theatre by Cyd Casados (Libby Brodie Productions). Sex, art and addiction clash in this raw play that asks at what point does self-expression become self-harm. Opens Jul 19 and runs to Aug 6, Tue-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat-Sun 2:30 pm. $32. http://www.tarragontheatre.com/show/permanence/ Tarragon Theatre 30 Bridgman, Toronto, Ontario

Shakespeare in High Park. Canada’s longest-running outdoor theatre event, Shakespeare in High Park, celebrates its 35th year.Canadian Stage presents bold new takes on two Shakespeare classics: Twelfth Night, where guests get transported from the enchanted musical shores of Illyria, and King Lear, one of the most monumental works of English drama – reimagined from a female perspective. King Lear: Tue, Thu, Sat @ 8 pm and Twelfth Night: Wed, Fri, Sun @ 8 pm BOTH RUN to September 3, 2017 Run Time: 90 minutes (no intermission). No chairs, sit on hill side. No Booze either. Bring Picnic basket and blanket. The event is free for children 14 and under. Adults PWYC at the gate. The suggested minimum donation is $20 per person or $25 advance reserved seating. STAR REVIEW July 20 The Canadian Stage High Park Amphitheatre is located just east of the Grenadier Restaurant, almost in the centre of the park., Toronto, ON High Park Subway Station. https://canadianstage.com/shakespeare

She Stoops To Conquer - by Oliver Goldsmith (Guild Festival Theatre). A woman hides her social status to attract a nervous suihttps://www.guildfestivaltheatre.ca/tor in this comedy of mistaken identities and secret romance. Opens Jul 13 and runs to Aug 13, Wed-Sun 7:30 pm, mat Wed 2 pm. $25. Guild Park & Gardens 201 Guildwood Parkway, Toronto, Ontario

SummerWorks Performance Festival @ Various locations. The annual juried festival returns with theatre, dance, live music and art by Donna Michelle St. Bernard, Jesse Wabegijig, Ed Roy, Jasmyn Fyffe and many others. Aug 3-13, see website for show info, schedule, venues and more details. http://summerworks.ca/

The Drowsy Chaperone @ Randolph Theatre by Lisa Lambert, Greg Morrison, Bob Martin and Don McKellar (Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts). A man escapes his drab existence by listening to the recording of his favourite musical, which comes to life around him. Opens Aug 3 and runs to Aug 12, Thu-Sat 8 pm, mat Sat 2 pm $22. Randolph Theatre 736 Bathurst, Toronto, Ontario Tickets

The Wizard Of Oz - by L Frank Baum, Harold Arlen and EY Harburg (LOT). A girl and her dog travel over the rainbow to discover the magical power of home in this musical based on the classic film. runs to Aug 27, Fri-Sat 7:30 pm, mat Sat 3:30 pm, Sun noon and 4 pm. $50-$70. Lower Ossington Theatre 100A Ossington, Toronto, Ontario https://tickets.ticketwise.com/event/the-wizard-of-oz-toronto

12 Angry Men @ Bluma Appel Theatre by Reginald Rose (The Toronto Stage Company). Personal issues rise to the surface as members of a jury debate a death-penalty case involving an inner-city teen. Opens Aug 1 and runs to Aug 6, Tue-Sat 8-11 pm, mat Sat 2 pm, Sun 3 pm. $35 & up. Bluma Appel Theatre 27 Front E, Toronto, Ontario TICKETS

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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/


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 Bernard Slade's classic comedy Same Time, Next Year, the Tony- and Oscar-nominated story of two people, each happily married to someone else, who annually get together for a weekend over 26 years, sharing their lives, dreams, hopes and challenges from the early 1950s through the mid 1970s. It ran for 3 years on Broadway and became a beloved Hollywood film starring Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn. (June 23 to July 16)

George Bernard Shaw's Candida, a witty skewering of Victorian notions of love and marriage in which the title character must choose between her clergyman husband and a passionate young poet. It's the kind of play that makes you both laugh and feel all warm inside as Shaw gently pokes fun at our collective foibles. (July 21 to August 13)

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

All Shook Up - Playhouse Grand Bend, Huron County Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Sunday, July 16, 2017

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

Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Huron Country Playhouse Grand Bend, Huron County Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Sunday, September 03, 2017

Harvest - Drayton Festival Theatre Drayton, Wellington County Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017

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

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - King's Wharf Theatre Penetanguishene Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Sunday, September 03, 2017

Lucky Stiff - Huron Country Playhouse Grand Bend, Huron County Thursday, July 20, 2017 - Saturday, August 05, 2017

One for the Pot - Dunfield Theatre Cambridge Cambridge Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - Saturday, August 12, 2017

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

Thoroughly Modern Millie - Jacobs Country Playhouse St. Jacobs, Waterloo Region Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - Sunday, July 23, 2017

Million Dollar Quartet : King's Wharf Theatre Simcoe County Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - Saturday, July 15, 2017

Office Hours - Drayton Festival Theatre Drayton, Wellington County Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Friday, June 30, 2017

Jonas and Barry in the Home - King's Wharf Theatre Simcoe County Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - Saturday, August 05, 2017

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - : King's Wharf Theatre Simcoe County Thursday, August 10, 2017 - Sunday, September 03, 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

Middletown - Thursday, July 13, 2017 - Sunday, September 10, 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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