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.
|Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival |
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 |
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 & The Music Man |
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 |
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.
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 Tempest |
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.
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.
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 Whistles |
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 X (Part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival) |
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 Festival|
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.
|Coercion (Part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival) |
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 (Part of the Neanderthal Arts Festival) |
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 |
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.
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.
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 |
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.
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.