Win a Vancouver Theatre Date Night to See The Rivals

Comments 75 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Blackbird Theatre presents the 10th anniversary performance of The Rivals with an all-star cast of Vancouver talent. On now until January 23rd at The Cultch, this is a wickedly witty, joyfully irreverent production.

Martin Happer, Emma Slipp and Scott Bellis. Photo credit: Tim Matheson

Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s The Rivals is directed by Jessie-Award winning Johnna Wright, and it is a comic masterpiece of love, pride, and other foibles will shift its timeless tale of mistaken identity and overwrought romance from an 18th century setting to ‘Downton Abbey’-era Edwardian England.

“The first review of Sheridan’s The Rivals declared the work would ‘stand foremost in the list of modern comedies,’” explains John Wright, Artistic Director of Blackbird Theatre. “Now, it’s true that Sheridan himself wrote this review under a pseudonym (he was a rather bold and cheeky fellow), but that didn’t stop the claim from being prophetic. Of the many comedies of manners penned in the Restoration, The Rivals remains one of the most highly celebrated, studied, and performed works. It’s a timeless satire that lampoons what fools love makes of us all.”

The stunning cast includes Gabrielle Rose as the celebrated Mrs. Malaprop, Scott Bellis, Duncan Fraser, Martin Happer, Luisa Jojic, Emma Slipp, Kirk Smith, John Emmet Tracy, and Jenny Wasko-Paterson.

Playing at The Cultch (1895 Venables, Vancouver) until January 23rd with performances at 8:00pm, there are also matinees of The Rivals on January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23. Artist talkbacks will take place January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23. Tickets start at $29.

Win a Vancouver Theatre Date Night to See The Rivals

I have a pair of tickets to give away to see The Rivals paired with a $75 gift card for Havana on Commercial Drive. Enjoy dinner before the show in the same neighbourhood as The Cultch (in fact the theatre is just a 5 minute walk away) and continue your night out watching The Rivals on stage.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win a theatre date night from @BlackbirdThtr @TheCultch @HavanaVancouver + @Miss604

I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Sunday, January 10, 2016. The winner can select their performance date (based on availability) and must use their Havana gift card by then end of the show’s run (January 23, 2016).

Update: The winner is @ramonawildeman!

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  1. SandraTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 11:01am PST

    would love to see a live performance this year

  2. RichardTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 11:07am PST

    This sounds like fun — food and the Cultch.

  3. AlanTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 11:18am PST

    The Cultch is a great venue for theatre!

  4. TessTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 12:07pm PST

    Perfect Date night pairing 🙂

  5. JHTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 12:07pm PST

    Haven’t been to a live performance in quite some time!

  6. RandyTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 12:31pm PST

    Wonderful date night idea

  7. Adam STuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 12:36pm PST

    Sounds like fun!

  8. Ariel CTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 12:36pm PST

    yes please – this sounds like a great date night

  9. Jason BTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 2:18pm PST

    Downton Abbey is that a German show…

  10. SusanneTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 2:27pm PST

    Love Havana and would love to see The Rivals!

  11. JessicaTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 2:40pm PST

    I’ve seen Gabrielle Rose in a production of the Glass Menagerie, and I still remember how captivating she was. I would love to see her perform again!

  12. AmberTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 2:43pm PST

    This would truly be an incredible, and much needed, date night for me and my man! FINGERS CROSSED 🙂
    #YESplease #TheatreNerd #IllConvertHim

  13. KirstenTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 3:39pm PST

    Oohh, this would be fun!

  14. Jessica R.FTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 4:58pm PST

    I would bring my dear mum! We’re both free-spirited artists who love the theatre.

  15. JasonTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 5:23pm PST

    Sounds like a great way to start 2016!

  16. Tina L.Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 7:11pm PST

    This looks like a good show.

  17. Bonnie Y.Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 7:19pm PST

    I am a big Downton Abbey fan. This looks like a fun show.

  18. AmandaTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 7:48pm PST

    Would love to take my husband to dinner and the show! It would be a great date night! 🙂

  19. Lucie BTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 9:16pm PST

    I haven’t been to the theatre in an embarrassingly long time (15 years give or take). And Havana is tasty!

  20. CindyTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 10:05pm PST

    My husband and I desperately need a date night – thanks for the chance!

  21. TarrahTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 10:11pm PST

    Looks like a great show. Thanks for telling us about it. Hope,hope,hope I get picked

  22. MayaTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 10:54pm PST

    This would be fun!

  23. EmilyTuesday, January 5th, 2016 — 11:09pm PST

    Would love to go! Vancouver theatre in amazing!

  24. NaviWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 12:09am PST

    This would be a very fun and much needed date night!

  25. dianaWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 1:21am PST

    would love to go!!

  26. Diane ToWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 7:11am PST

    Great night out!

  27. jessica eapenWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 8:03am PST

    This looks like a great show!

  28. ArielWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 8:51am PST

    Date night indeed! Sounds awesome.

  29. LyciaWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 8:56am PST

    This would mean so much to me. Thank you and happy 2016!

  30. DaneWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 10:31am PST

    Fantastic way to start off 2016!

  31. Samantha RWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 10:53am PST

    Sounds like a fun play

  32. JenniferWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 11:39am PST

    Sounds like fun!

  33. StephanieWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 12:48pm PST

    This sounds awesome! So cool

  34. Gabrielle D.Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 2:25pm PST

    It would be fantastic to get out and have a theater night!

  35. RonWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 6:19pm PST

    I love date nights and this one sounds good!

  36. SaynaWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 9:38pm PST

    This would make a great date night!

  37. EileenWednesday, January 6th, 2016 — 9:43pm PST

    What a fun night out!

  38. CarolThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 11:06am PST

    What a great prize for a date night.

  39. Alistair HenningThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 12:51pm PST

    Looks like fun!

  40. TammyThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 1:33pm PST

    Great prize

  41. DonaldThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 6:13pm PST

    Cultch theatre is right in my neighbourhood. I’d like to win tickets.

  42. Sunshine HThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 8:20pm PST

    Would love to win a night at the theatre, dinner would be a welcome bonus.

  43. LorenaThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 9:03pm PST

    Wonderful idea to Dine and then watch a play! This would be a first, and 2016 is all about firsts. Thanks for the wonderful social pairing opportunity, and Happy New Year.

  44. LaelThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 11:13pm PST

    This sounds like a wonderful evening!

  45. AmberThursday, January 7th, 2016 — 11:22pm PST

    This would be a dream come true!

  46. AmandaFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 7:42am PST

    Sounds fun!

  47. SharylinFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 7:51am PST

    This sounds like a great night out with my visitor from Ontario!

  48. RobynFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 9:43am PST

    Looks like a great night!

  49. Joanne DFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 11:25am PST

    This would be a great night out.

  50. VinceFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 12:08pm PST

    What a wonderful way to celebrate Blackbird’s tenth anniversary.

  51. Judith ComfortFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 2:27pm PST

    looking forward to this play!

  52. GurinderFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 3:08pm PST

    Sounds awesome

  53. RubyFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 3:09pm PST

    would love to attend.

  54. valerieFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 3:46pm PST

    Sounds like a wickedly good time!

  55. MasaeFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 4:05pm PST

    Would love to see The Rivals! Fingers crossed.

  56. JulieFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 4:06pm PST

    Lovely artists in this show!

  57. Elyse GouletFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 5:16pm PST

    I’ve been looking forward to this performance!

  58. JasonFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 10:09pm PST

    I’ve never seen a live play before could be interesting

  59. MaryanneFriday, January 8th, 2016 — 10:36pm PST

    Looks like a great show! Great prize!

  60. Sherry FSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 1:59am PST

    This would be a great night out!

  61. mikeSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 4:14am PST

    I’d love to go see this!

  62. angelaSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 4:15am PST

    I love going to the theatre!

  63. SteveSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 6:29am PST

    Wow great prize. Love the Cultch!

  64. LauraSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 6:30am PST

    Looks awesome! Havana too!

  65. KarenSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 2:28pm PST

    I love live theatre!

  66. RoboanSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 4:53pm PST

    Love to see this!

  67. Linda WilliamsSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 9:58pm PST

    I love everything Cultch!!!

  68. WenSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 10:21pm PST

    Happy new year! Looks like a good show!

  69. lorSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 11:06pm PST

    Great nite out! 😀

  70. CKSSaturday, January 9th, 2016 — 11:31pm PST

    What a great night out – thanks for the chance!

  71. Teresa KSunday, January 10th, 2016 — 12:49pm PST

    Would love to win

  72. Mike HMonday, January 11th, 2016 — 9:45am PST

    I would love to take my girl for a wonderful night out. Sounds like a great time

  73. JennyMonday, January 11th, 2016 — 6:36pm PST

    Would love to take my boyfriend for a night out!

  74. karenTuesday, January 12th, 2016 — 12:18am PST

    Looks like fun,I would love to go with my boyfriend!

  75. MeichiaWednesday, February 10th, 2016 — 1:25am PST

    I would love to share this with my partner!

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