At the beginning of the theatre season in Vancouver I wrote a big directory listing previewing some of the shows that will be taking place around town. With Christmas around the corner, and theatre tickets being a fabulous gift or stocking stuffer, here’s another roundup of productions this winters.
The Arts Club: It’s a Wonderful Life (on now until January 2nd), and looking ahead there’s Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (May 13th – July 11, 2010) and Glengary Glen Ross that will star Eric McCormack.
Blackbird Theatre: Edward Albeeâ€™s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? presented at The Cultch until January 16th. The Cultch also hosts Nevermore: The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe January 26th until February 6th, 2010 as a part of the Cultural Olympiad and the PuSh Festival.
Carousel Theatre: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood on now until January 2nd, followed by the musical A Year with Frog and Toad starting in April, 2010.
Gateway Theatre: Thoroughly Modern Millie on now until January 3rd followed by The Drowning Girls March 3 – 13th, 2010.
Hoarse Raven Theatre: Entertaining Mr Sloane hits the Jericho Arts Centre in March.
Pacific Theatre: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe until January 2nd followed by The Passion Project starting January 27th, 2010.
Pi Theatre: Presenting Hive 3 March 11th to 20th, 2010. “HIVE: Twelve adventurous theatre companies deliver twelve distinct performances in continuous rotation.”
Vancouver Playhouse: Presenting Beyond Eden, January 16 until February 6th, 2010.
Vancouver Opera: Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro April 24th until May 3th, 2010. Madama Butterfly follows until June 10, 2010.
Of note is also the annual Gung Haggis Fat Choy event at Firehall Arts. Celebrating Robbie Burns’ 251st Birthday and Chinese New Year’s Eve all in one on January 31st, 2010.
There are so many productions year-round and moving into 2010, especially with things like the Cultural Olympiad and the PuSh Festival, Vancouver’s arts scene will hopefully illuminate under one big spotlight. There are many more listings and community theatre groups in the City that I have not listed here but please check them out if you can.
Sometimes giving the gift of an experience, such as an evening of theatre on the town with friends or loved ones, can beat out the store-bought tangible gifts any day.