Where to see A Christmas Carol in Vancouver this holiday season

Russell Roberts plays Scrooge in Gateway Theatre’s version of the classic. David Cooper photo.

It’s beginning to look a lot like a lot of A Christmas Carols…

In fact it might be easier to see a stage version of the Charles Dickens novel than to avoid one this holiday season. With no fewer than three different productions on Vancouver stages, A Christmas Carol is taking over local theatre in a big way. So, if you love the seasonal favourite, here’s your chance to get your Scrooge on.

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Where to see A Christmas Carol in Vancouver this holiday season

Beware the temptation of adults-only New Zealand circus troupe’s Goblin Market

Goblin Market. Jen Rault photo.

“Spectacular, magnificent and breathtaking are a few of the words that describe contemporary circus show The Goblin Market,” according to stuff.co.nz.

The Goblin Market is a recent production from New Zealand circus performance troupe The Dust Palace. The show is inspired by Christina Rossetti’s poem about two sisters, one of whom is tempted by the goblin merchants who sell fruit by the stream from which they draw their water. Needless to say, no good comes when the sister exchanges a lock of her hair for a piece of fruit.

In The Dust Palace palace version, three performers (Eve Gordon, Rochelle Mangan, and Edward Clendon) interpret the story’s dark, sensuous elements with acrobatic feats, nudity and sexual scenes. The adults-only circus production is sure to spice up this fall’s Vancouver  arts lineup.

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Beware the temptation of adults-only New Zealand circus troupe’s Goblin Market

Three very different plays in Vancouver for March

Broken Sex Doll

Broken Sex Doll’s Paula Burrows. Photo credit: Emily Cooper.

Three plays running in Vancouver this March run a wide gamut of subjects and styles, from the political to an original sci-fi musical comedy to a gay domestic dramedy.

So if you’re in the mood for sexy robots, dialogue about monogamy, or personal recollections about living in China and working in the Alberta tar sands, Vancouver’s theatre scene has something for you this month.

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Three very different plays in Vancouver for March

Sizzling, steamy Closer opens at the Cultch Nov 8

Closer Shift Theatre Vancouver cast

The cast of Shift Theatre’s production of Closer. Photo credit: Shift Theatre

It’s catnip for actors.

Since Patrick Marber’s Closer premiered in London’s West End in 1997, the searing anti-romance has become a favourite of theatre companies with a taste for raw, uncompromising language and emotion. Beginning Nov. 8, Vancouver’s SHIFT Theatre  presents their version of the play, which many may remember from a 2004 Mike Nichols movie with Julia Roberts and Jude Law.

And what will SHIFT bring to the play?

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Sizzling, steamy Closer opens at the Cultch Nov 8

Cozy Catastrophe

Cozy Catastrophe press photo

Cozy Catastrophe runs at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre Oct 22-Nov 4. Photo credit: Rumble Productions

Just in time for Halloween, Theatre Melee and Rumble Productions team up to bring back an original apocalyptic production. Entitled Cozy Catasrophe, the play follows five strangers with just a few hours left to live as the humanity comes to an end.

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Cozy Catastrophe