Vancouver’s Olympic Village to Get New Theatre for 2015-16 Arts Club Season

A rendering of the Arts Club's new West First Stage

A rendering of the Arts Club’s new West First Stage

Olympic Village will soon be home to Vancouver’s newest theatre.

The Arts Club, Vancouver’s largest theatre company, has announced plans to open a new venue called the West First Stage in Olympic Village this November. The new facility will replace Granville Island’s Revue Stage.

The theatre, in one of the city’s fastest growing neighbourhoods, will have uniquely flexible seating arrangements. Seats can be rearranged into any of four configurations in as little as four hours.

The Arts Club plans to kick off programming at the West First Stage as part of its 2015-2016 season with the play Peter and the Starcatcher (Nov. 26-Dec. 27). This unique Peter Pan prequel traces the life of young Peter and how he ended up in Neverland in the first place. That will be followed up by The (Post) Mistress (Feb. 4-Feb. 28, 2016), a one-woman musical about a small-town postmistress, and Onegin (March 17-April 10, 2016), a Canadian musical premiere based of the Alexander Pushkin novel.

The Arts Club’s 2015-2016 season also includes some big premieres and hotly anticipated Broadway hits on its two primary stages, the Granville Island Stage and the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage on Granville Street. 

Photo credit: Drhaggis | Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: Drhaggis | Wikimedia Commons

The Granville Island Stage kicks off the 2015-2016 season with the premiere of The Waiting Room (Oct. 1-Oct. 31), a musical from Spirit of the West lead singer John Mann about his experiences coping with cancer from 2009-2011.  That’s followed up later in the season by the jukebox musical Rock of Ages (June 16-July 30), which traces the ’80s rock scene in Hollywood (and famously featured Tom Hanks in the film version).

a-christmas-story-2[1]Several crowd pleasers are slated for the Stanley theatre. A Christmas Story, The Musical (Nov. 5-Dec. 27) offers a musical treatment of the beloved 1983 film about little Ralphie and his quest to get a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas. Pride and Prejudice (Jan. 28-Feb. 28, 2016) brings the wit and romance of Jane Austen’s classic 1813 novel to the stage. The season is capped off by Billy Elliot (May 12-July 10, 2016), the top-tapping Broadway musical – with music by Elton John – about an English boy who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes.

For the full 2015-2016 lineup, visit the Arts Club website.

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