On Vancouver stages in July and August

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Summer is here but that doesn’t mean Vancouver’s theatre community is taking a break.  Here’s what’s playing on Vancouver stages in July and August including shows with LGBTQ content.

Are we missing a show? Send us the details and we’ll get you listed! Do you have an LGBTQ! connection – let us know as we’d love to do a preview!

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival Click here for a review of this show! Click here for a review of this show! Click here for a review of this show!
Vanier Park
Through 22 September 2012

Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival celebrates its 23rd season with The Taming of the Shrew and Macbeth in the main stage tent and The Merry Wives of Windsor and King John on the Studio Stage. Visit http://www.bardonthebeach.org for exact schedule and showtimes.


Altar Boyz

Altar Boyz LGBT Content! Click here for a review of this show!
Revue Stage, Granville Island
5 July – 1 September 2012

The Altar Boyz are back in town and they’re better than ever! Intent on saving souls and raising spirits with their ability to “drop the funk” in freaky five-part harmony, Altar Boyz is a delicious send-up of boy bands, full of sharp parody, sinfully spectacular dancing, and infectious energy. With lyrics like “Girl, you make me wanna wait” and “Jesus called me on my cell phone,” this irreverent musical comedy will wash your soul clean with laughter.   Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.


Titanic and The Music Man

Titanic & The Music Man Click here for a review of this show! Click here for a review of this show!
8 July – 18 August 2012
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

Theatre Under the Stars presents its annual musicals in repertory under the stars in Stanley Park.  Visit http://www.tuts.ca for tickets and information.


Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Click here for a review of this show!
Stanley Theatre
12 July – 26 August 2012

The world’s most successful rock ’n’ roll musical returns! “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy”—the list of hit songs penned by Buddy Holly goes on and on. By his untimely death, the legend had already changed popular music forever.  Visit http://artsclub.com for tickets and information.

RentRent LGBT Content! Click here for more!
Waterfront Theatre
13 July – 5 August 2012

The Groundbreaking Rock Opera returns to Vancouver after a sold-out run in 2009.  Rent tells the story of a group of friends whose lives collide on one Christmas Eve where their interactions will alter lives forever. The following year sees the friends break up, connect and ultimately learn to live in the face of adversity, poverty and disease.  Visit http://www.fightingchanceproductions.ca for tickets and information.

The TempestThe Tempest Click here for a review of this show!
Performance Works Outdoor Stage, Granville Island
27 July – 11 August 2012

This summer, young castaways brave the forces of nature and enchantment! Carousel Theatre’s Teen Shakespeare Program conjures up a classic tale of fate, magic and imagination through the use of music and choral work.  Visit http://www.carouseltheatre.ca for more information.

MojoMojo Click here for a review of this show!
Russian Hall
8 – 25 August 2012

Join ITSAZOO Productions as they take you on a journey in Mojo, their latest immersive, site-specific experience. Taking place at Vancouver’s historic Russian Hall, ITSAZOO has converted the venue to replicate the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of a seedy nightclub in 1950’s Soho, London. Set during the golden era of rock n’ roll, Jez Butterworth’s award winning play has been described as “Waiting for Godot meets Reservoir Dogs.”  Visit http://itsazoo.org for more information.

Oliver FannieOliver Fannie
Waterfront Theatre
23 August – 1 September 2012

A light hearted look at sexuality, repression and prostitution in this round-the-world musical escapade. Fannie is a young girl who is not happy being trapped at home by her controlling Victorian mother. Driven by her sense of adventure, she runs away and before long finds herself on Sleazy Street where her big heart gets her in big trouble. Forced to flee the city with her new dog-boy companion she stows away aboard a ship and begins an erotic and comedic journey that will take her around the world as she discovers the seedy sides of Bangkok, Constantinople and Paris before a shocking return home.  Visit http://www.brownpapertickets.com for tickets and information.

Previously in July & August

Blowing WhistlesBlowing Whistles LGBT Content! Click here for a review of this show!
PAL Theatre
26 July – 4 August 2012

Asearing, topical drama about love, sex, and identity that transcends sexuality to resonate with anyone who has ever tried to maintain a long-term relationship. Visit http://www.lpvancouver.com for tickets and information.

House of XHouse of X (Part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival) Click here for more!
The Cultch
19 – 28 July 2012

At once funny, disturbing and mysterious, it incorporates texts by Erin Mouré, one of the country’s best-known experimental poets, winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award and a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Through movement, gesture, invented speech and poetry that is like incantation, the piece explores an artist’s drive to tell stories that may or may not be derived from her own experience, and that reveals storytelling as a collective addiction.  Visit  http://www.thal.ca for tickets and information

Neanderthal Arts FestivalNeanderthal Arts Festival
The Cultch
18 – 29 July 2012

Neanderthal Arts is emerging from the Cave for our second year!  We’re bringing back summer theatre for Vancouver.  Neanderthal Arts is a curated, developmental arts festival. The professional series provides a platform for theatre artists and companies to showcase and try out new and experimental work. Visit http://www.thal.ca for tickets and information.

CoercionCoercion (Part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival) Click here for a review of this show!
The Cultch Culture Lab
18 – 29 July 2012

“The truth will set you free – but whose version?” Hardline Productions proudly presents its original play Coercion as part of the 2012 Neanderthal Arts Festival. For more information on Hardline Productions visit http://www.hardlineproductions.ca.

Stationary: a recession-­era musical

Stationary: a recession-era musical (Part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival) Click here for more!
The Cultch
18 – 29 July 2012

Stationary: a recession-era musical explores the lives of six young people at a moment when big dreams meet reality checks. It’s a musical for the generation that has stepped out – bachelor degree in hand – to discover that the world isn’t quite what they were promised it would be. It’s for the generation that was coached to dream big, only to find there isn’t enough room for everyone to be a winner. Real life is disappointing. Singing about it definitely takes the edge off.   Visit http://www.delinquenttheatre.com for more information.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist Click here for a review of this show!
Jericho Arts Centre
6 – 28 July 2012

Out to profit for themselves, grifters Face, Subtle and Dol Common, weave a series of intricate and comical cons throughout the city of London. Everyone from entrepreneurs to evangelicals forsakes any judgment, for a shot at self-indulgence and cold-hard cash, and Face, Subtle and Dol are only too willing to take full-advantage of their blind-faith. Written in 1610, Jonson’s play, seems peculiarly attuned to the cynical, disillusioned sensibility of 2012. Visit http://www.ticketstonight.ca for tickets and information.


Xanadu Click here for more! Click here for a review of this show!
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
Through 4 August 2012

Take a magical ride to a world where fantasy, romance, and shiny satin jumpsuits reign! A beautiful Greek muse descends from Mount Olympus in an impenetrable disguise of leg warmers and an Aussie accent to help mortal Sonny realize the greatest artistic achievement of all time: to open a roller disco. Visit http://www.artsclub.com for tickets and information.


Armed Click here for a review of this show!
Pacific Theatre
17 – 21 July 2012

Xua Xua Productions rings in the summer with a simple question: what makes a man? Is it a job, a relationship, or maybe a couple of small but significant bits of anatomy? What happens when it gets taken away? Tickets are available online at http://armed.eventbrite.com.

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins Click here for a review of this show!
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
17 – 22 July 2012

Featuring its irresistible story and unforgettable songs from one of the most popular Disney films of all time, this stage version of this classic movie includes brand-new dance numbers and magical stage-craft that will see Mary Poppins fly.  If you like the movie, you’ll no doubt fall in love with this show.  Visit http://vancouver.broadway.com for tickets and information.


The Railway Club
3 – 7 July 2012

[un]BOX[ed] premieres four short plays back-to-back, each penned by a local playwright-actress, with the same four women performing in each piece.  To bring these stories to life, the Railway Club stage transforms into worlds as diverse as a yoga studio and a prison.  The production is also teaming up with Atira Women’s Resource Society to support women in the Downtown Eastside.  For more information visit http://scarletsatin.wordpress.com.


Water Click here for more!
Andy Livingston Park
Through 8 July 2012

Water tells the story of one river-the gods that fought, the fish that swam, the fishermen that fished, the water-carriers that fetched and water buyers who bought; all deeply affecting the very life and soul of the river’s flow. With songs, dance, celebrations, large puppetry, raging passions, and live music- the rivers journey in Water is a microcosm of civilization’s greatest and most precious element on this planet.  Visit http://www.theatreterrific.ca for more information.

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