2016 was a spirited year for Montreal theatre (read our article on our top picks of the past year here), but here at the Hub we’re ready to welcome 2017 and its slew of promising new productions! From Shakespeare to Sondheim, there’s seemingly something for everyone this winter season, and we’ve rummaged through the selection of shows to provide you with a comprehensive roundup on what’s happening on Montreal stages in the upcoming months that you should be on the lookout for:
The Centaur Theatre Company will ceremoniously kick off 2017 with the 20th Annual Wildside Festival, which runs from January 5th to the 15th at its historical venue. Rightfully dubbed “the hottest two weeks in winter”, it’s a must-see for indie theatre lovers, and this year’s eclectic lineup includes seven stimulating shows that are fully packed with humanity, humour and music – including the 2016 Best of the Fringe Festival Award winning-play, ‘Empire of the Son’ by Tetsuro Shigematsu. (Tip: Get a 4-show superpass and you’re good to go).
Later this January, Montreal’s two flagship anglophone theatre companies will then raise the curtain on their first main stage productions of the year: the popular show-biz farce Noises Off will play at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts (Jan 29 – Feb 19) while the poignant art-world saga Bakersfield Mist will simultaneously run at the Centaur Theatre (Jan 31 – Feb 26).
Further into the season, the former will roll out the carpet for Kim’s Convenience (March 9 – 19) as the latter presents the Quebec English-language premiere of You Will Remember Me (March 7 – April 2). Imago Theatre’s Intractable Woman (Feb 9 – 18) and Black Theatre Workshop / Tableau D’Hôte Theatre’s Angélique (Mar 16 – Apr 2) – two powerful memorandums on courageous real-life women – will also be presented at the Segal and the Centaur, respectively.
Also noteworthy in independent theatre: freshly minted company Snowglobe Theatre will mount the Shakespeare classic Much Ado About Nothing at the MainLine (Jan 26 – 29) for its inaugural production as Infinithéâtre revives its acclaimed play Mr. Goldberg Goes to Tel Aviv in a five-week long run at the St-James Theatre (Jan 30 – Mar 5).
The two blockbuster shows to make a quick pit stop in town this winter include the North American touring companies of the 2013 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, Kinky Boots (Jan 3 – 8), and the Abba-inspired jukebox mega-musical Mamma Mia! (Feb 17 – 19). Both spectacles are being presented at Place des Arts’ palatial Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier by evenko and Broadway Across Canada.
Theatre for Young Audiences
Kids (and kids at heart) will enjoy Youtheatre’s The Law of Gravity, a riveting play with themes on gender identity and bullying at the Segal Centre (Jan 23 – 27). The Segal will then house the Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society’s Fancy Nancy, the Musical (Feb 26 – Mar 5), a delightful stage production based on the popular children’s book series by Jane O’Connor.
Bluenose, Black Theatre Workshop’s comedic tale on imperialism and cultural clashes, will tour Quebec schools in February and March, but two special performances will be offered to the general public on February 18th. Families will then be able to experience the all-new Geordie Theatre Fest (March 21 – 26), a first-of-its-kind initiative by Geordie Productions that will allow local audiences to see the company’s 3 main stage shows of the season – ‘Instant’, ‘Water Weight’, and ‘Jabber’ – in repertory at the Monument-National theatre.
Montreal’s best and brightest community theatre troupes will contribute to the bustling season as the Côte St. Luc Dramatic Society presents Our Town (Jan 24 – 29) and the Lakeshore Players bring Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Feb 2 – 11) to the West Island. March will be a month of musical entertainment with Lakeshore Light Opera’s Ruddigore (March 3 – 11) and Hudson Music Club’s Into the Woods (March 10 – 19) taking over the Hudson Village Theatre.
The city’s top theatre training facilities will also yield offerings worth seeing: the graduating class of the prestigious National Theatre School will perform the double feature Lear and Exit the King (Feb 27 – Mar 4) at the Monument-National, Dawson College’s Professional Theatre Program will present August, Osage County (Jan 23 – Feb 4) at the Dome Theatre, and John Abbott College’s Department of Theatre and Music will bring to life the musical classic Anything Goes (Mar 31st – Apr 1) at the Casgrain Theatre.
On university campuses: Concordia’s Department of Theatre will present Secrets and Lies: The World of Henrik Ibsen (Mar 22 – 26) at the D.B. Clarke Theatre as McGill’s McTavish Hall will be kept lit with student-run organization AUTS’ Heathers the Musical (Jan 19 – 28) and the Savoy Society’s The Pirates of Penzance (Feb 10 – 18).
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