The year 2020 could be THE year for Toronto theatre, with an events lineup featuring smash-hit musicals, classic dramas and innovative new productions. Tickets to these shows will be some of the most sought-after items in the coming weeks.
Ed Mirvish Theatre
February 11 to May 17
If you’re lucky enough to score tickets to this record-breaking hit musical, prepare to be dazzled. Hamilton took the theatre world by storm when it opened to sold-out audiences in 2015, and its success just keeps on growing. The story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, with a musical score drawing influences from hip-hop, R&B and soul, is a triumph of modern storytelling that has resulted in a tsunami of praise — not to mention a Tony for Best Musical and a Pulitzer for Best Drama in 2016. The Ed Mirvish Theatre is a minute’s walk away, and you can take advantage of our special Event Rates during your stay.
Come From Away
Royal Alexandra Theatre
Until May 31
Following its remarkable success on Broadway – where it frequently played to standing-room-only crowds even during previews – the sensational Come From Away has returned by popular demand to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. The heartwarming true story relives the experiences of the residents of Gander, Newfoundland and the passengers of 38 planes who were unexpectedly forced to land there following the events of September 11, 2001. The highly awarded show’s accolades include a 2017 Tony for Best Direction of a Musical; and it’s also the longest-running Canadian musical in Broadway history. A visit to the historic Royal Alex, in the heart of Toronto’s theatre district, is an event in itself.
March 26-April 27
The Seagull, Anton Chekhov’s classic tale of unrequited love and celebrity gossip — with a few guns and plenty of vodka thrown into the mix — hits the stage at the Distillery District’s Soulpepper Theatre in March. This modern adaptation, directed by Daniel Brooks, is a masterful examination of the power of art and love. While you’re there, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the historic pedestrian-only neighbourhood and maybe check out the city’s best-curated weekly market.
The Rhubarb Festival
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Canada’s longest-running new works festival has been called everything from “a hotbed of experimentation” to “the wildest theatre fest in town.” If you’re looking for something unexpected, this is where you’ll see artists venturing into uncharted territory and exploring the limits of theatre, dance, music and performance art. With three to four pieces presented nightly, every visit is unique.
Hansel and Gretel
Four Season’s Centre for the Performing Arts
The classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel gets a modern (and local) twist in this stage adaptation set in Toronto and featuring innovative digital storytelling and video projections. Conducted by Johannes Dubus and directed by Joel Ivany, the show is predicted to be an all-ages hit.
Though winter weather may tempt you to spend time in your room watching TV, open your mind to the magic of Toronto’s live theatre scene. You’ll be glad you did!