Lively, uplifting, tragic, romantic, humorous, and thought-provoking; these are all words that describe Toronto theatre. The city has a distinguished Theatre District that is known to art and culture enthusiasts around the world.
The Theatre District in Toronto is in the King St and Bathurst area, not far from the Entertainment District of Toronto. Hundreds of productions are staged at various venues here, including Tony award winning shows.
Toronto has truly become a major international centre for theatre performance. Some of North America’s best directors, producers and actors are driven to work in Toronto Theatre.
The following list of large venues helps make up Toronto’s Theatre District: The Canon Theatre, The Princess of Wales Theatre, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre, Royal Alexander Theatre, Panasonic Theatre and Roundhouse Theatre. You can get detailed information about each at www.mirvish.com.
Not far from these stages you will find the Four Seasons Centre on Queen West, originally built for opera and ballet, you can now see all kinds of shows here.
To the north of the downtown area sits the Toronto Centre for the Arts. The musicals “Showboat” and “Ragtime” had their premiers at the TCA and both won Tony awards. It is never difficult to find quality Toronto musical shows.
Here is a list of other Toronto Theatres in and around the downtown core.
- Panasonic Theatre
- Tarragon Theatre
- Young Peoples Theatre
- Cameron House
- Soulpepper Theatre Company
- Bathurst St. Theatre
- Factory Theatre
Not all Toronto theatres are created alike. For instance, some are designed for traditional theatrical performances and musicals, while others focus on concerts, stand-up comedy, dance and other forms of artistic expression.
There are several venues that include both traditional and non-traditional shows. The Four Seasons Centre, as well as the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts and the Young Centre for the Performing Arts falls into this category.
Toronto is home to award winning dancers and choreographers. Dance theatre is very big in the city. The Toronto Dance Theatre, Fleck Dance, and Arabesque Dance Company and Orchestra all draw substantial audiences
Realistically they are not considered theatres, but many mistake some of Toronto’s large concert halls for theatrical venues. Although from time to time actors and actresses take to the stage at places like Roy Thompson Hall and Massey Hall, these types of venues are most often used for music or comedy performances.
While there are many places in the city to learn the craft of acting, the Centre for Indigenous Theatre is unique to Toronto. Founded in 1974, it is a special training facility for native theatre artists.
Students are given the opportunity to perform publicly and have had a big impact on the arts. For more information visit www.indigenoustheatre.com.
The Wylde Project, Randolph Academy, Ryerson Theatre School and Dragontails Drama are a few other Toronto theatre schools.
Famous Toronto Appearances
The staging, lighting, direction and music of Toronto theatre is as good as it gets. The city has enjoyed a strong reputation for top-notch theatre production for many years.
It’s no wonder that some of the best actors and actresses in North America have come to Toronto to work in theatre. Some of those famous people have included Donald Sutherland, Eugene Levy, Donny Osmond, Shirley Douglas, Andrea Martin and Hugh Jackman.
It is also not uncommon for some of Hollywood’s big names to visit the city in order to attend the theatre. Actress Katie Holmes who has performed in several theatre productions in the United States has been known to visit Toronto with daughter, Suri to take in shows here.
Since there are so many world-class Toronto shows to choose from, it can be difficult to decide what performances to attend. There is a way to narrow down your search.
You can visit www.scenechanges.com and www.torontostage.com for previews and reviews of many of the Toronto theatre productions.
The magnificent theatre in Toronto is constantly changing and growing. The theatre community has so much to offer in terms of both performance and education. There is always exciting news coming out of the Theatre District. If you love the arts and are planning a visit to Toronto, a trip to the Theatre is highly recommended.
For a glimpse of what shows are currently playing check out www.torontolivetheatre.com or www.Toronto-theatre.com. You won’t be disappointed.