A Queen jukebox musical, a British farce and more—January 2020 theatre listings for Vancouver

A scene from We Will Rock You, a jukebox musical filled with Queen songs.

What’s new in theatre in Vancouver? A Queen jukebox musical dating all the way back to 2002, a drama from Toronto with a mostly-Vancouver cast, and a hot-topic play about housing in the city—not to mention the 2020 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, which also kicks off this month.

Find out more below.

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A Queen jukebox musical, a British farce and more—January 2020 theatre listings for Vancouver

What’s that under the mistletoe? Why, it’s Vancouver theatre listings for December!

Matthew MacDonald-Bain and Baraka Rahmani, in Miss Bennett: Christmas at Pemberley in 2018. Set design by Ted Roberts; costume design by Amy McDougall; lighting design by Conor Moore. David Cooper photo.

We’re still waiting for a musical adaptation of Bad Santa. Meanwhile, though, we’ll settle for holiday fare like a musical version of It’s a Wonderful Life and the new original production Holiday at the Elbow Room Café. Decidedly not seasonal is Cock, about a love triangle. See below for more details and ticket info. (Updated Dec. 4 2020.)

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What’s that under the mistletoe? Why, it’s Vancouver theatre listings for December!

Peter Pan, Pinocchio and pies—what’s happening in theatre in Vancouver in November

Rene Cervantes photo.

It’s an incredibly busy month in Vancouver’s theatre world. From Broadway hits (The Sound of Music, American Idiot, Waitress) to kids’ shows (Mary Jane Mosquito, Peter Pan) to experimental short plays (The Array: The Shape of the Universe), there’s a lot going on in local theatres. See below for a mostly complete listing. (Updated Nov 8 2019)

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Peter Pan, Pinocchio and pies—what’s happening in theatre in Vancouver in November

Five (more) reasons to check out at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival

MM Contemporary Dance performing Gershwin Suite. Photo: Tiziano Ghidorsi

The Chutzpah! Festival is a celebration of Jewish dance, theatre, comedy, music and more. We’ve already written about the festival’s 19th-year headliner Sandra Bernhard, but here are five more reasons to check out the annual event (Oct. 24-Nov 24).

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Five (more) reasons to check out at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival

What’s happening in Vancouver theatre in October

What theatrical gifts is the fall season giving us? Opening shows include a Pulitzer Prize-winning play presented by the Arts Club, an acclaimed one-man show about solvent abuse, and even something for the kids. See below for more info about plays ongoing and opening in October. (Updated Oct. 11)

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What’s happening in Vancouver theatre in October

What’s happening in Vancouver theatre in September (updated)

Cast of The Shipment, coming later in September to the Firehall Arts Centre. Jens Kristian Balle photo.

Well of course there’s the Vancouver Fringe Festival. From Sept. 5-15, the multi-limbed monster will be gobbling up most of the oxygen in the local theatre scene. There is however lots of other productions happening, especially towards the end of the month. Read on. (Note: this post has been updated Sept. 4 2019)

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What’s happening in Vancouver theatre in September (updated)

(Some of) what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Lovecat Theatre co-founder Bronwyn Henderson stars in The Russian Play.

Even non-theatre-goers gets behind the annual play marathon the Vancouver Fringe Festival. This year’s 10-day event takes place from Sept. 5-15 and, as always, features a variety of different styles and topics (though some themes do emerge). Plays take place mostly on Granville Island along with a few East Vancouver locations. And, as always, the selections are un-juried, un-censored and drawn from a hat or chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.

Along with over 100 shows, the festival presents a bar (at Ocean Art Works on Granville Island), which is all-ages and open evenings and weekend afternoons.

Tickets for shows are $15 and on sale now, with half-price tickets offered for select performances. Below, we’ve highlighted a mere handful of plays (note: these are not recommendations, but merely sneak peeks based on which companies and performers were enterprising enough to send in materials to the author of this post).

See below for more about this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival.

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(Some of) what’s coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival