Vancouver Theatre for Spring/Summer 2011

Comments 124 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver theatre scene has always been alive and kicking however this spring and summer it seems it to have attracted a large variety of blockbuster productions.

April 5 – April 10, 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
The Graduate
April 14 – May 14, 2011 at the Granville Island Stage
Fiddler on the Roof
April 29 – May 1, 2011 at the Centre for Performing Arts
June 1 – June 26, 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Mamma Mia
August 16 – August 21, 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 12 – June 10 at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage

I also want to include mention of the 25th anniversary of Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre April 14, 15 and 16, 2011 as well as Bard on the Beach and Theatre Under the Stars that will open up again in June and July.

I have two tickets to give away to The Graduate at The Arts Club on Granville Island which is opening this week.

Mrs. Robinson, Are You Trying to Seduce Me?
“Benjamin Braddock is a little worried about his future. Just out of college, he doesn’t know what he wants from life—but it sure isn’t plastics. Then he meets Elaine. The only problem? She’s Mrs. Robinson’s daughter!”

Adapted for the stage by Terry Johnson and based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry.

To enter to win, leave a comment on this post listing your favourite venue for watching a play in Vancouver and/or post the following on Twitter:

I entered to win tickets to The Graduate @TheArtsClub from @miss604

I will draw one winner Friday, April 22, 2011 at 12:00pm. Please also check out year-round productions put together by theatre companies of all sizes throughout the city.

Update The winner is Tiffany – Enjoy the show!

124 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Cameron W.Monday, April 11th, 2011 — 9:13am PDT

    My favourite is the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, which works out well as I want to watch Wicked there.

  2. DarcyMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 9:23am PDT

    Queen E 🙂

  3. SandraMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:10am PDT

    The Stanley Theatre is a great venue!

  4. AnneMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:12am PDT

    Any theatre on Granville Island, Arts Club, Performance Works, etd.

  5. rinoMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:15am PDT

    Queen Elizabeth is a great venue!

  6. taniaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:16am PDT

    The Arts Club Theatre is great!

  7. RennMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:47am PDT

    I like the Stanley!

  8. ErinMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:50am PDT

    The Stanley is my fav.

  9. Danielle ScottMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:57am PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theater

  10. KristinMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 11:46am PDT

    The Main Tent at Bard on the Beach!

  11. RachelMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 11:58am PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre!

  12. nocalMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 12:18pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre!

  13. RobinMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 12:37pm PDT

    It really depends on the show, but I particularly love the Chan Centre’s Telus Studio theatre.

  14. R BookMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 12:55pm PDT

    Would love to see The Graduate at the Arts Club

  15. MoniqueMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 1:08pm PDT

    Definitely the Queen E Theatre!

  16. FionaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 1:16pm PDT

    I LOVE the Arts Club Theater for it’s intimate size. And the Stanley is fabulous too!

  17. vincentMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 1:17pm PDT

    Queen elizabeth for sure

  18. Laura McNaughtMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 1:58pm PDT

    The Stanley.

  19. HarjitMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 2:46pm PDT

    Granville Island Stage has such personality 🙂

  20. RyanMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:09pm PDT

    Stanley Theatre is the best!

  21. MichaelMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:10pm PDT

    Bard on the Beach – any stage!!

  22. PhyMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:13pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth theatre for sure. It’s so classy in there.

  23. SherieMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:14pm PDT

    Stanley Theater is the best

  24. JacobMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:25pm PDT

    Stanley Theatre is my favorite – stadium seating, intimate, and a great neighbourhood to enjoy dinner before the show or a walk after!

  25. Ali JessaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:36pm PDT

    The QE theatre has always been a favorite! Ive seen concerts, theatre productions and other events there. What a great venue!

  26. SarahMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 3:44pm PDT

    queen elizibeth!

  27. EileenMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:03pm PDT


  28. John MahMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:07pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth !

  29. Meghan WMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:07pm PDT

    The Stanley is great.

  30. AlanMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:21pm PDT


  31. DilaraMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:22pm PDT

    I love the Queen Elizabeth theatre!

  32. TristenMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:32pm PDT

    I love the Stanley because of its cool history!

  33. TeresaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 4:57pm PDT

    Granville Island stages

  34. dsMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 5:02pm PDT

    QE Playhouse gets my vote.

  35. JessicaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 5:03pm PDT

    There are so many! I have to list three of them: 1) Pacific Theatre, 2) Firehall Arts Centre, and 3) Stanley Theatre.

  36. Kirsten LarsenMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 5:09pm PDT

    Granville Island Stage!

  37. A.J.Monday, April 11th, 2011 — 5:28pm PDT

    I like the Centre for Performing Arts for bigger productions. The Stanley has a great feel to it too. I remember seeing Fantasia there as a kid, before it became a show house!

    My favourite though is the Granville Island Stage at the Arts Club Theater.I like it for the close intimacy factor!

  38. DanielMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 6:37pm PDT

    Stanley Theatre

  39. Michelle WilliamsonMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 7:26pm PDT

    I’ve only been to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, so this would be a great opportunity to change that!

  40. GeraldMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 7:26pm PDT

    I am very happy that the Stanley Theatre on Granville was preserved. It is a terrific place to be transported to another world, the magic of theatre!

  41. MaryanneMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 7:37pm PDT

    Queen E is wonderful.

  42. mariaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 8:04pm PDT

    I love the Stanley Theatre.

  43. KatieMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 8:06pm PDT

    Stanley Theatre

  44. AliciaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 9:19pm PDT

    I’ve never been to the Stanley! But would love to

  45. MeghanMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 9:26pm PDT

    The Stanley

  46. LoriMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 9:27pm PDT

    I think the Centre is a great venue.

  47. JasMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 10:02pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  48. Amy W.Monday, April 11th, 2011 — 11:24pm PDT

    queen e!

  49. LindaMonday, April 11th, 2011 — 11:36pm PDT

    New to the Vancouver play watching scene… have only tried a few… of them… the Stanley.

  50. TracyTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 12:02am PDT

    The Stanley!

  51. RebeccaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 1:34am PDT

    The Stanley and the QE are both great.

  52. VanessaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 8:26am PDT

    The orpheum!

  53. TiffanyTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 9:21am PDT

    I like where theatresports is held. Not a traditional play, but the atmosphere is happy, casual and fun.

  54. SanazTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 9:33am PDT

    I like Theatresports and Stanley.

  55. EmmaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 9:38am PDT

    Fave is the Stanley for sure.

  56. BeniTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 10:01am PDT

    I’ve only been to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, and loved it! Looking forward to checking out the others!

  57. AnthonyTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 10:03am PDT

    the Stanely Theatre

  58. AnnaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 10:36am PDT

    i recently saw a play at the theatre in woodwards in gastown and it was a lovely intimate venue.

  59. Rosalind EnktaiyaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 11:24am PDT

    Never been, would love to go!

  60. DeirdreTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 12:42pm PDT

    The Cultch is great – we also like the QE and the Stanley

  61. colleen tsoukalasTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 1:22pm PDT

    would love the see The Graduate as a play!

  62. JuliaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 1:47pm PDT

    Equally, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and the Stanley Theatre.

  63. BettyTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 1:49pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  64. MarissaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 5:03pm PDT

    I love the Queen Elizabeth Theatre!

  65. CarolTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 5:30pm PDT

    I love the Arts Club Theatre, but really all the theatres are fantastic. We are so lucky to not only have so many wonderful theatres but the talent in this city is incredible.

  66. AndrinaTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 10:47pm PDT

    Love the Graduate!

  67. LiamTuesday, April 12th, 2011 — 11:55pm PDT

    Awesome~!!!!!!! I would to see this on the stage!

  68. JimWednesday, April 13th, 2011 — 7:07am PDT

    The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is great.

  69. LynWednesday, April 13th, 2011 — 8:03am PDT

    The best venue is Queen E. Theatre.

  70. LoriWednesday, April 13th, 2011 — 3:31pm PDT

    I think the QE

  71. lindawwwwWednesday, April 13th, 2011 — 3:42pm PDT

    I love Bard on the Beach on fireworks night!

  72. DarinaWednesday, April 13th, 2011 — 6:44pm PDT

    I entered to win tickets to The Graduate @TheArtsClub from @miss604

  73. felicity dunfieldWednesday, April 13th, 2011 — 7:11pm PDT

    i love the stanley, qe, studio 58, freddy wood, the cultch, the havana, the arts club.

    and most especially Bard on the Beach, which is magical on a fine summer evening.

  74. Nicole EliseThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 9:30am PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre 🙂

  75. JennyThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 10:56am PDT

    I love the Stanley theatre as a venue!

  76. SandraThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:00am PDT

    The main tent at Bard is stunning on a summer’s evening as the sun goes down. A love for theatre AND Vancity all in one venue!

  77. SandraThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:03am PDT

    Hard to decide. Stanley for some, Arts Club for others, The Cultch for edgy events, Bard for Shakespeare, Queen E for music, Playhouse….

  78. Donna SemenoffThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:07am PDT

    I entered to win tickets to the graduate thank-you

  79. RosaThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:08am PDT

    The Stanley all the way. Something about those heavy velvet curtains, and nostalgia.

  80. CarolThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:08am PDT

    The Cultch

  81. shailaThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:11am PDT

    The Stanley is is perfect for a night out!

  82. DeeThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:11am PDT

    I love the Stanley, Queen E and Stanley Park when they have musical during the Summer.

  83. Betty LThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:42am PDT

    The Cultch and the Firehall. Both great!

  84. Andrew C.Thursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:44am PDT

    I have to say the QE is an owesome venue for a play

  85. Rose K.Thursday, April 14th, 2011 — 11:45am PDT

    Just saw Riverdance at the Queen E. Loved Riverdance and love the Queen E. My fav place to be!

  86. Alana van DamThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 12:01pm PDT

    so many great venues to choose from ! Any of the Arts Club venues – Stanley, The ARts Club and The Revue stage – all great to watch theater!

  87. CamilleThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 12:02pm PDT

    I do love the Stanley, some of my favourite local shows have been in that theatre. Fond memories!

  88. MeganThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 12:08pm PDT

    The Metro Theatre =p with the winding staircase.
    Currently we are performing the classic musical 42nd St.
    It is a play that brings you back to old broadway and all the wonderful places that it can take you!
    Come and check it out =)

    This is my first musical theatre production that I am involved in and would love to see, “The Graduate!”

  89. Eugene GorodetskyThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 12:10pm PDT

    Vancouver East Cultural Centre is my favourite venue.

  90. PamThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 12:18pm PDT

    I ADORE the Granville Island Stage! Not a bad seat in the house; uniquely Vancouver views at intermission. Charmingly intimate!

  91. PamThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 12:20pm PDT

    Granville Island Stage is uniquely Vancouver – the views of the inlet at Intermission, and enjoying a drink or dinner below beforehand. Not a bad seat in the house! Charmingly intimate.

  92. DanielThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 1:06pm PDT

    The Stanley!!

  93. JustineThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 1:46pm PDT

    The QE!

  94. VictoriaThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 1:55pm PDT

    I love watching musicals at the Stanley!

  95. JanThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 2:18pm PDT

    definitely the Granville Island Stage

  96. SheriThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 2:34pm PDT

    Vancouver Playhouse

  97. JennaThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 2:49pm PDT

    Stanley Theatre!

  98. RENATAThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 3:31pm PDT

    HELLO! Down Front, hand is raised and waving, pick me pick me!

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to see the Graduate at the Arts Club Theatre at Grandville Island. That is my favorite Theatre. Synchronisticaly, I just walked by it the other night.

    Been too long since I have had the pleasure of a night of live theatre. WOW! Uber fun! What an awesome contest.

    ~ I also “TWEETED” this contest (check)
    ~ Prayed to the Arts Club “Godz” that I’m chosen. (check)
    ~ Joined the Arts Club Mafia, (check)

    What else can one do? – whatever it takes I’m all in (he he).

  99. ColleenThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 7:25pm PDT

    Malcom bowl TUTS is my favorite <3

  100. StevenThursday, April 14th, 2011 — 9:57pm PDT

    Any of the tents at Bard on the Beach are my favourite.

  101. KristynFriday, April 15th, 2011 — 7:35am PDT

    Gotta love any outdoor venue, Brad on the Beach has been a favorite of mine for years, I love picnicing in the park before the show!

  102. WynnFriday, April 15th, 2011 — 12:32pm PDT

    I love the Stanley Theater, its a great venue for all productions.

  103. WynnFriday, April 15th, 2011 — 12:33pm PDT


  104. Gabriella SchmidtFriday, April 15th, 2011 — 2:17pm PDT

    I love the intimacy of the Granville Island Stage. The QE can be too big at times.

  105. StaceyFriday, April 15th, 2011 — 2:34pm PDT

    Stanley Theatre

  106. EnnieFriday, April 15th, 2011 — 9:23pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  107. ErinSaturday, April 16th, 2011 — 1:21pm PDT

    The Stanley or the Cultch.

  108. TamaraSaturday, April 16th, 2011 — 6:07pm PDT

    The Stanley!

  109. janisSaturday, April 16th, 2011 — 11:55pm PDT

    Hardly anyone mentioned Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park, a yearly tradition in Vancouver for my family.For indoor venues, I love the Arts Club the most, but all live theatre is wonderful!! Would love to see the Graduate!!

  110. Jen HSunday, April 17th, 2011 — 6:56pm PDT

    The Stanley is my favourite!

  111. RickMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 12:06am PDT

    I would have to say either the stanley or the orpheum!

  112. ErinMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 10:04am PDT

    The tents at Bard on the Beach

  113. TomMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 10:15am PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  114. Emily HMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 8:19pm PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre

  115. Michelle DMonday, April 18th, 2011 — 9:03pm PDT

    The Queen Elizabeth is very fun and a little more upscale – but I LOVE the Arts Club Theatre…it always feels like home to me.

  116. Joshua LangstonTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 12:57am PDT

    The tents of Bard on the beach for me.

  117. BradTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 5:57pm PDT

    The Cultch.

  118. Jan van VianenTuesday, April 19th, 2011 — 8:18pm PDT

    I love the Queen Elizabeth!

  119. Katie PallenWednesday, April 20th, 2011 — 10:44am PDT

    The Granville Island Stage! 🙂

  120. LindaThursday, April 21st, 2011 — 10:13am PDT

    Queen E all the way!

  121. MaggieThursday, April 21st, 2011 — 3:58pm PDT

    I like The Stanley!

  122. JeremyThursday, April 21st, 2011 — 5:12pm PDT


  123. DeannaGFriday, April 22nd, 2011 — 9:55am PDT

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre!

  124. sharlene von hollenThursday, May 5th, 2011 — 9:47am PDT

    Love live theatre!

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