Did you know Toronto is home to the third largest English-speaking theatre district in the world? Located in downtown Toronto, it is found near Lake Ontario – and is part of Toronto’s expansive entertainment district. This is the reason the city is home to an international film festival and should be on the travel list of all theatre fans.
Quite a few Toronto theatres only showcase Canadian plays – and Factory Theatre was the first. To this day it remains one of the best places to witness an authentic Canadian stage performance. The theatre is strongly associated with the works of George F. Walker, who debuted a lot of his works here.
Canadian Stage Company
Canadian Stage Company is one of Canada’s largest not-for-profit contemporary theatre companies. The company has an emphasis on multidisciplinary work, and hosts a mixture of Canadian and international performances.
Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People
Young People’s Theatre (YPT) is a Canadian producer of theatre for youth and is Toronto’s oldest not-for-profit theatre company. In 2017 they will be performing two classic children’s plays: James and the Giant Peach and Seussical. This isone of the best theatres to visit if you are in Toronto with your family.
Princess of Wales Theatre
Right in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, lies the ornate Princess of Wales Theatre. Built in the early 90s – and named after a very famous British princess – this is where theatre-goers head to when they’re after a big-budget extravaganza such as Sound of Music.
Royal Alexandra Theatre
Currently closed for renovations, this 20th Century theatre has everything an audience needs for a classic evening of entertainment. Inside fans will find interiors typical of a 1800s British theatre amid its beaux-arts style. When it re-opens it will become home to a 1,244 person capacity and three seating levels (orchestra, dress circle and balcony).
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
Buddies is known for bringing unapologetically political and fundamentally anti-establishment plays to its stage, and is dedicated to promoting queer theatre. Their three core values are difference, excellence and community. If you’re looking for a play that celebrates uniqueness, this is it.
Roy Thomson Hall
This Toronto concert hall is home to both the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. A modern building, it’s also architecturally fascinating. Its circular structure was designed by Canadian architects Arthur Erickson and Mathers and Haldenby, and features a sloping and curvilinear glass exterior.
The Second City
If you’re looking to humour your funny bone, this is the theatre to do it. The Second City is famous for its improvisational comedy – and not just in Toronto, it also has theatres in Chicago and Los Angeles. It has been the starting point for many famous comedians so you never know, you might just end up meeting a future superstar.
The Tarragon Theatre is a contemporary theatre in Toronto well-known for development, creation and encouragement of new work. Over 170 plays have premiered on its stage and it’s the best theatre if you’re looking to be on the pulse of modern theatre.
Theatre Passe Muraille
This is one of Canada’s most influential alternative theatres. It’s committed to the production of new Canadian work, and is a great theatre of choice if you’re after something you won’t find in the UK. This theatre however hasn’t been without its controversies as it’s produced some…unusual plays.