Vancouver’s summer stage

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Vancouver’s theatre scene definitely gets a little quieter over the summer but that doesn’t mean there still isn’t plenty to see when you’re ready for some inside fun. Here is the line-up of some of the shows, including those with a QUEER! connection, set to play local stages in July and August 2010.

Bard on the Beach

Bard on the Beach More More Review Review Review

Vanier Park
Now through 25 September 2010

The anchor production in the Mainstage tent will be the witty romance Much Ado About Nothing andAntony and Cleopatra. In the intimate Studio Stage, Bard will continue with the second year of “The Kings” History Cycle. In a new adaptation by Errol Durbach, Henry IV, Parts I & II will be blended as Falstaff and will play in repertory with the third history play, the powerful Henry V. Visit for tickets and information.

No Sex Please We're British

No Sex Please, We’re British Review
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
3 – 28 August 2010

This hilarious play takes you on a roller-coaster ride as you follow the increasingly desperate efforts of a young married couple & their nerdy bank-clerk friend to dispose of unsolicited pornography!  Keeping it away from his nosey mother, the pompous bank manager and the visiting police inspector is bad enough, but when the good time girls show up…  Visit for tickets and information.

Robin HoodRobin Hood – A Promenade Play Review
Queen Elizabeth Park
August 4-7, 10-14 and 17-19 & 24-28

ITSAZOO returns to the great outdoors with an irreverent modern adaptation of Robin Hood. Performed promenade-style, Robin Hood is a social/political satire inspired and influenced by everything from Bread and Puppet Theatre and Bertolt Brecht to South Park and The Colbert Report.  Tickets are $13/$17 available at the Bloedel Conservatory.  Visit for more information.

Blue SurgeBlue Surge
Studio 16
24 August – 5 September 2010

Curt, a small-town cop, meets Sandy, the 18-year old prostitute in a raid on a massage parlour. Curt finds an unlikely kindred spirit in Sandy and begins a relationship with her that puts everything he’s worked for – his career, his friendships, and his engagement to his fiancée – at risk. But Curt sees a future with Sandy, an escape from his difficult past. As the two of them chase their dreams, they must learn a skill that is foreign to them both: they must learn to hope.  Tickets are available via Tickets Tonight online or by calling 604-684-2787.

The Glass MenagerieThe Glass Menagerie Review
Douglas College Studio Theatre, New Westminster
25 – 28 August 2010

“The play is Memory…” The immortal words spoken by Tom as he travels back to that quaint time the Thirties and … introduces his mother, Amanda, and sister, Laura. Despite the frustrations of living at home, Tom helps his mother find a suitable man for Laura. When Laura meets the gentlemen caller for the first time their scene reaches to a heartbreaking climax that can truly be one of the most sensitive scenes Tennessee Williams has ever written.  Tickets $6/$3 at the door or by calling 604 765 7554.

Danny and the Deep Blue SeaDanny and the Deep Blue Sea
Pacific Theatre
25 – 28 August 2010

Danny and Roberta collide -hostile and desperate- in a dive in the Bronx. Danny’s co-workers call him “The Beast” and his out-of-control emotions may have driven him to murder. Roberta’s dark past has turned her into a self-loathing 30-year-old with no foreseeable future. They strike up a conversation over a beer in a bar, spend the night together, and so begins their funny, frightening and ultimately fascinating relationship.  Tickets $15-$20 available online or at the door.

Brighton Beach MemoirsBrighton Beach Memoirs
Metro Theatre
28 August – 25 September 2010

Brighton Beach Memoirs is Simon’s hilarious semi-autobiographical portrait of a Jewish-American family as seen through the eyes of a 15-year-old boy, Eugene Morris Jerome. In the post-depression, pre-war-era Brooklyn, the most pressing thoughts on the mind of Neil Simon’s protagonist are baseball and girls.  Tickets are $17-$20 available by calling 604-266-7191 or at the door.

Previously in July and August:

Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross Review
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
22 July – 22 August 2010

Tough times call for tough measures in a Chicago real-estate office. In this cutthroat world, four hungry, backstabbing salesmen peddle questionable investments in a contest to become top dog. Slumping sales? Can’t close the deal? You’re fired! David Mamet’s explosive masterpiece of workplace power struggles gone awry stars Eric McCormack of TV’s Will and Grace as you’ve never seen him. Tickets are available online at or by calling 604-687-1644.

Sensation of MagicSensation of Magic
Havana Theatre
17 – 21 August 2010

Something a bit different from our usual theatre offerings: Vitaly Beckman performs seventy minutes of jaw-dropping, mind-bending magic August 17th-21st at Havana Theatre. Tickets are $15 in advance via Paypal, and $20 at the door, and are available to purchase through or at Highlife Records, 1317 Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Theatre Under The StarsTheatre Under the Stars Review Review
9 July – 21 August 2010
Malkin Bowl, Stanley Park

TUTS presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Singin’ in the Rain in repetory under the stars at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. Tickets are available online or by calling 1-877-840-0457 or at the TUTS box office. Visit for tickets and information.

The 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling BeeThe 25 Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee Review
Arts Club Granville Island Stage
Held over through August 21, 2010

The H-i-l-a-r-i-o-u-s Musical Comedy! It’s the funniest thing in seven consonants! Jubilant and touching, this Tony Award–winning musical comedy pits quirky pubescent overachievers against one other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. Tickets are $25 and $45. Call the Arts Club Box Office at 604.687.1644 or visit

Summer of My Amazing Luck

Summer Of My Amazing Luck
13 & 14 August 2010 (Moberley Arts & Cultural Centre, Vancouver)
17 August 2010 (Firehall Theatre, North Delta)

In this hysterically funny new play two young mothers are out to shatter stereotypes – or should they really give a rat’s ass? Lucy and Lish are simple women at the mercy of a large, complex and often heartless social safety net and they are hitting the road in a beat up van full of kids and toys. Tickets are $15/$20. Visit for tickets and information.

Supernatural NoirSupernatural Noir: A 21st-Century Operetta
The Cultch
12 – 14 August 2010

Written by Kico Gonzalez-Risso and composed by Cameron Wilson, Supernatural Noir is a unique operetta told in the style of Film Noir. Part of MusicFest Vancouver. Tickets are $29/$34 available online or by calling 604.280.3333.

Hardline ProductionsTwelve Angry Men Review
DreamLife Studio
4 – 15 August 2010

One man is dead. Another has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing and awaits a verdict that will either deliver him freedom or a death sentence. It looks like a clear cut case – until one of the jurors begins opening the others’ eyes to the facts.  All tickets are pay-what-you-can.  Email for reservations.

Taming of the Shrew

Taming of the Shrew

Performance Works Outdoor Stage, Granville Island
30 July – 14 August 2010

Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy, in a retelling inspired by the film Moulin Rouge, follows the story of the spirited Katherine as she is wooed by the determined Petruchio. Will his unconventional methods succeed in curing her temper and scolding ways? Performed by teen actors from across Metro Vancouver. Free! Visit for more information.

KOOZACirque du Soleil KOOZA
Concord Pacific Place
22 July – 15 August 2010

KOOZA is a return to the origins of Cirque du Soleil: It combines two circus traditions – acrobatic performance and the art of clowning. The show highlights the physical demands of human performance in all its splendor and fragility, presented in a colorful mélange that emphasizes bold slapstick humor. Visit for tickets and information.

The Lion KingThe Lion King More Review
Queen Elizabeth Theatre
13 July – 8 August 2010

Over 45 million people worldwide have come to discover the wonder, the majesty, and the truly one-of-a-kind experience that is The Lion King, the world’s most spectacular musical. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster online or by calling 604.280.4444.

Neanderthal Arts Festival

Neanderthal Arts Festival Queer Content More Review
The Cultch
21 July – 1 August 2010

Neanderthal Arts Theatre Festival is a new performing arts festival for Vancouver presenting six one-act plays. Among the plays on offer is Tiny Replicas about two men who want a baby. For more information and tickets visit

HairHair More Review
Waterfront Theatre
21 July – 1 August 2010

Fighting Chance Productions brings another iconic rock musical to life in a way that only they can – with a large cast of enthusiastic, talented and ambitious young performers. Tickets are $20 – $30 available at Tickets Tonight online or by calling 604.684-2787.

Twelfth NightTwelfth Night
Jericho Arts Centre
2 – 24 July 2010

What You Will Equity Co-op presents William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. A stormy night, a shipwreck, cunning capers, concealments and mistaken identities. All this results in a love tangle to rival no other, and a whole heap of mischief and mayhem in Shakespeare’s most captivating comedy. Tickets are $20 each available online at Tickets Tonight or by calling 604.684.2787.

The Last 5 YearsThe Last 5 Years
Pacific Theatre
15 – 17 July 2010

A stunningly inventive musical that depicts two New Yorkers who fall in and out of love over the course of 5 years. It runs July 15-17 at Pacific Theatre with a pay-what-you-can preview on July 14th. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased through Pacific Theatre at 604.731.5518. Visit for more information.

Twentieth CenturyTwentieth Century Review
Metro Theatre
Now through 17 July 2010

Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s 1932 screwball comedy has rolled into town at Metro Theatre. Tickets are $15/$18 available by calling the Metro Box Office at 604 266-7191 or at the theatre. Visit for more information.

IN TWO (The Zoo Story and At Home)

IN TWO (The Zoo Story & At Home) Queer Content Review
Havana Theatre
7 – 11 July 2010

These two contrasting works draw upon combined themes of isolation, loss and the need for human connection. IN TWO is a fresh and intimate evening of two contemporary classics, geared towards creating a personal and affecting experience. For more information or to reserve tickets please contact Anton Lipovetsky at or call 604.318.8761.

The Buddy Holly Story

The Buddy Holly Story Review
Arts Club Stanley Theatre
Now through 11 July 2010

“Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” “Oh Boy,” “Not Fade Away”—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. Vibrant and celebratory, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story highlights the talent and passion that lives on in his music and continues to thrill audiences long after they dance out of the theatre! Call 604.687.1644 or visit for tickets and information.


Godspell More Review
Pacific Theatre
Now through 3 July 2010

Singing! Dancing! Sheep! Goats! Thou shalt be thrilled! Pacific Theatre and Theatre at TWU are delighted to celebrate the greatest story ever told with one of the most popular musicals ever staged. Godspell, born out of a master’s thesis project, became the longest running off-Broadway musical of all time in a turn of Hollywood-style fortune when it caught the eye of New York producers at its college premiere. Tickets are $17 – $34 available online or by calling 604.731.5518.

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