TOP 10 THEATRE DRAMA EVENTS AND FESTIVALS IN CANADA

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaEvents and festivals showcasing Canadian and international talent in classic and contemporary theatre form a large part of the Canadian events calendar.

Proudly highlighting the works of William Shakespeare, George Bernard Shaw as well as popular musicals and the ever enticing Just for Laughs Festival, the world of theatre drama in Canada is increasingly popular and can be found from the east to the west coasts.

See also Fringe Theatre Festivals at:
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Shaw Festival

April to end October
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario (ON)


Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaRenowned internationally for single-handedly revitalizing and re-energizing the works of Bernard Shaw, the Shaw Festival is the only theatre in the world that specializes exclusively in plays by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries, and in plays about the period of Shaw’s lifetime, as well as Victorian works and musicals.

For more information about the Shaw Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Ontario-ON-top-events-festivals-Shaw-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://www.shawfest.com





Stratford Shakespeare Festival
June to end October
Stratford, Ontario (ON)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaOne of the most important arts festivals in Canada, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is an internationally recognized annual celebration of theatre running from April to November in Stratford. Bringing the works of William Shakespeare (and others) to life on 4 stages, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival is known worldwide for its productions.

For more information about the Stratford Shakespeare Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Ontario-ON-top-events-festivals-Stratford-Shakespeare-Festival.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://www.stratfordfestival.ca/





Bard on the Beach
June to September
Vancouver, Canada

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaIn tented pavilions at an evocative waterfront venue, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is a summer production of four professionally-produced plays by Shakespeare performed against a spectacular backdrop of the Vancouver mountains, sea and sky. Established in 1990, this is one of Canada's largest professional Shakespeare Festivals and offers a unique theatre experience.

For more information about Bard on the Beach visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/BC-top-events-festivals-Bard-on-the-Beach.html
or visit the official web site at:
http://www.bardonthebeach.org





Theatre Under the Stars
early July – mid August
Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaPresenting popular musical theatre shows ever since 1940 (2 each year) the outdoor Theatre Under the Stars event in the picturesque outdoor setting of Malkin Bowl, an outdoor amphitheater in Vancouver’s Stanley Park is produced by one of Vancouver’s largest musical theatre companies. Performances can be enjoyed from the neat rows of folding chairs flanked by towering evergreens or from the Rose Garden Tea House as part of a dinner-theater package.

For more information about Theatre Under the Stars in Vancouver visit:
http://www.tuts.ca/





Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan
early July to late August
Saskatoon , Saskatchewan (SK)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaA major Canadian summer tourist attraction and a popular event for over 25 years, the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan festival presents two full-length plays produced by professional artists in large tents on the banks of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River in the heart of Saskatoon. In addition to the two major presentations, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan also features medieval feasts, workshops, tours, art displays, special matinees, and a free community stage.

For more information about the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan event visit:
http://www.shakespeareonthesaskatchewan.com/





Edmonton International Street Performers Festival
mid July
Edmonton, Alberta


Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaAlso known as the StreetFest, the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival takes place in downtown Edmonton in and around Sir Winston Churchill Square and features an international cast of street performers including jugglers, acrobats, hip hop dancers, sword-swallowers, musicians and more, with over 1500 outdoor performances and a few indoor shows over ten days.

For more information about the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/alberta-edmonton-international-street-performers-festival.html
or visit the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival website at : http://edmontonstreetfest.com/





Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre
mid July to late August
Antigonish, Nova Scotia (NS)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaOffering more than 60 performances of 5 different shows over 2 months, the Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, described as "the little festival that could" has been a growing, successful event for a quarter of a century now offering a selection of high quality performances at the main stage and the family stage.

For more information about the Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre visit:
http://www.festivalantigonish.com/





Shakespeare By The Sea Festival
July / August
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)


Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaThe Shakespeare By The Sea Festival is the longest running outdoor summer theatre event in the St. John's area. and almost ten years has been performing the works of Shakespeare all around the St. John's area – from the cliff-top meadows of Logy Bay to the historic World War Two bunkers at Cape Spear – from the cobblestoned courtyard of the Murray Premises to the lush landscapes of Bowring Park.

For more information about the Shakespeare By The Sea Festival visit the official web site at http://sbts.info





Just for Laughs Festival
late July
Montréal, Québec (QC)


Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaThe world’s largest comedy event, Just for Laughs brings more than 2 million people together to celebrate comedy in gala performances, theatre, club shows, comedic films, open-air shows, television specials and an industry marketplace. A Montréal institution for almost 30 years, the Just For Laughs Festival has been treating spectators to the widest array of international comedians and purely funny people ever assembled.

For more information about the Just for Laughs Festival visit:
http://www.topeventscanada.com/Quebec-QC-Just-for-Laughs-Festival.html
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Gabriola Theatre Festival
mid August
Gabriola Island, Vancouver Island, British Columbia (BC)

Top Events Canada – Theatre in CanadaShowcasing more than eight quality shows over one weekend in mid August, the Gabriola Theatre Festival has been a popular event since 2009 and has become a recognized member of the theatre festival circuit right across Canada. As well as the busy theatre program, the Gabriola Theatre Festival also showcases the work of Gabriola’s visual artists, and produces fun children’s workshops, pancake breakfasts, launch cabarets, and roving musicians, dancers and entertainers of all ages.

For more information about the Gabriola Theatre Festival visit:
http://artsgabriola.ca/











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