- Theatre in Canada
theatrescene in Canadarevolves around companies and summer festivals based at facilities in Canadian cities.
* Victoria has a major regional theatre, the
Vancouveris home to the Playhouse Theatre Company, the Vancouver Fringe Festival, the Arts Club Theatre Company, Carousel Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Under the Stars, the Metropolitan Cooperative Theatre Society, and Studio 58.
* Edmonton is best known for the
Edmonton International Fringe Festival, the first and largest fringe theatre festival in North America. The major live venue is the Citadel Theatre. The neighborhood of Old Strathconacontains the Theatre District, holding Catalyst Theatre, Walterdale Playhouse, and the Varscona Theatre(home several companies: Teatro la Quindicina, Shadow Theatre. Rapid Fire Theatre, Die-Nasty, and Oh Susanna!).
Calgaryis home to Theatre Calgary, a mainstream regional theatre; Alberta Theatre Projects,a major centre for new play development in Canada; and One Yellow Rabbit, an innovative touring company, as well as the expert marionetteer, Ronnie Burkett. Calgary is also the base of operations of Loose Moose Theatre, a pioneer in the art of improvisational theatre.
Rosebud, Alberta, located one hour east of Calgary, is home to Rosebud Theatre, Alberta's only rural professional theare.
Saskatoonis home to Persephone Theatre, as well as Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan.
* Winnipeg is the home of
Le Cercle Molière(the oldest continuosly running theatre company in Canada), the Manitoba Theatre Centre(Canada's oldest English-language regional theatre), the [http://www.pantagesplayhouse.com Pantages Playhouse] , Prairie Theatre Exchange, Rainbow Stage, Theatre Projects Manitoba, the Winnipeg Jewish Theatre, and the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
* There is also a number of successful
summer theatrecompanies in Western Canada, uncluding Theatre Under the Stars ( Vancouver), Theatre Royal ( Barkerville, British Columbia), Okanagan Stage Ltd. ( Penticton, British Columbia), The Gold Fever Follies ( Rossland, British Columbia), Wild Horse Theatre ( Fort Steele/ Cranbrook, British Columbia), Kimberley Summer Theatre ( Kimberley, British Columbia), Carriage House Theatre Co. ( Cardston, Alberta), Shakespeare in the Park ( Calgary) and many others.
* Thunder Bay has
Magnus Theatre- The Dr. S. Penny PetroneCentre for the Performing Arts., a regional professional theatre company.
* Sudbury has the regional theatre companies
Sudbury Theatre Centreand Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario.
* Stratford is best known for the
Stratford Festival of Canada.
* Niagara-on-the-Lake is best known for the
Torontohas a large and vibrant theatre scene, with many different companies, some producing large-scale Broadway-style productions (produced by companies like Mirvish Productions), and others producing plays by Canadian and other playwrights. Some of the major theatre companies of Toronto include: CanStageaka The Canadian Stage Company, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe-Muraille, the Factory Theatre, Soulpepper Theatre Company, and Buddies in Bad Times. Toronto has several theatre festivals during the year, including Summerworksand the Toronto Fringe Festival. Important smaller companies include Native Earth, Nightwood Theatre, Necessary Angel, Crow's Theatre, DNA Company, Da Da Kamera, Lonely Cakeand Volcano.
* Kingston has several amateur theatre groups. The only professional company in the city is
Theatre Kingston. However, in nearby Gananoque during the summer, the Thousand Islands Playhouseis a large summer theatre operating in two venues.
Ottawais home to the multi-venue National Arts Centreand the smaller Great Canadian Theatre Company, and holds the Ottawa Fringe Festival.
Montreal's theatre scene is split between French and English-language theatre. The National Theatre School of Canadais based there, and the Montreal Fringe Festivalis held there every June.
Quebec Cityis the home of Robert Lepage's company Ex Machina.
* Yellowknife is home to the Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, a small theatre with just over 300 seats.
Blyth, Ontariois the home of the Blyth Festival Theatre
* Wolfville is home to the
Atlantic Theatre Festival.
* Halifax has the Neptune Theatre,
Shakespeare by the Sea, as well as the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.
* Glace Bay has the Savoy Theatre, a cultural centre for
Cape Breton Island.
* Charlottetown has the
Confederation Centre of the Artswith its 1,100 seat mainstage theatre being one of Atlantic Canada's pre-eminent performing arts facilities.
Monctonhas the restored Capitol Theatre, one of only eight theatres of the ca. 1922 Pantages/Vaudeville design in the nation.
* Saint John has the restored Imperial Theatre, an historic ca. 1913 modern adaptation of the
* Fredericton is host to The Playhouse, a gift to the people of
New Brunswickby Lord Beaverbrookin 1964.
* St. John's has the RCA (Resource Centre for the Arts), an artist-run company that is home at the LSPU Hall. It also has the St. John's Arts and Culture Centre with a 1,000 seat main theatre.
* [http://www.tnb.nb.ca Theatre New Brunswick] is a provincial theatre company.
Major summer theatre festivals include:
Bard on the Beach ShakespeareFestival, based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Stratford Festival of Canada, based in Stratford, Ontario.
Shaw Festival, based in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario.
Thousand Islands Playhouse, based in Gananoque, Ontario.
Charlottetown Festival, based in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
Atlantic Theatre Festivalbased in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.
Festival Antigonish Summer Theatrebased in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Shakespeare by the Seabased in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Magnetic North Theatre Festival, based in Ottawa, Ontario and held annually, alternating between Ottawa and another Canadian city.
Canada also has more
fringe theatrefestivals than any other country, forming a summer fringe circuit running from the St-Ambroise Montreal Fringein June and heading westward to the Vancouver Fringe Festivalin September. The circuit includes the two largest fringe festivals in North America, the Winnipeg Fringe Festivaland the Edmonton International Fringe Festival. Other fringe theatre festivals include:
Calgary Fringe Festival
London Fringe Theatre Festival (Ontario)
Toronto Fringe Festival
List of Canadian playwrights
List of Canadian plays
National Theatre School of Canada
Theatre Under the Stars
* [http://www.canstage.com/ The Canadian Stage Company]
* [http://www.artsalive.ca/en/thf/ ArtsAlive.ca|Théâtre Français]
* [http://www.revuejeu.org/jeu/bienvenue/intro.html Cahiers de Théâtre Jeu]
* [http://www.playwrightscanada.com/ Playwrights Canada Press]
* [http://www.canadiantheatre.com/ Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia]
* [http://ctr.tpl.toronto.on.ca/ The Canadian Theatre Record]
* [http://www.mytheatre.ca/ My Theatre Company Society]
* [http://www.lib.uoguelph.ca/resources/archives/theatre/index.html L.W. Conolly Theatre Archives] at University of Guelph, Archival and Special Collections, holds more than 120 archival collections related to Canadian theatre
* [http://www.sibmas.org/idpac/north-america/capq.html SIBMAS: International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions]
* [http://www.canadianshakespeares.ca/ The Canadian Adaptations of Shakespeare Project]
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