Canadian Stage has announced their electrifying 2023-2024 season, jam-packed with the signature blend of theatre, dance, and multidisciplinary performance the company has become famous for.
“The 2023-2024 season speaks to the human experience as it is right now by addressing some of the most fundamental issues of our time: how capitalism has shaped society globally, the climate crisis, Blackness in North America, responsibilities of care, and more,” said artistic director Brendan Healy in a press release.
“We are thrilled to be bringing must-see works from Broadway and around the world to Toronto this season and presenting them alongside some of the most vital Canadian creators working today — this balance is the essence of what we always want to be doing at Canadian Stage.”
Here’s what you can expect at Canadian Stage this year.
September 22 – October 8 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Tawiah M’Carthy
A Pulitzer Prize winner, Topdog/Underdog investigates sibling rivalry and fractured memories, asking its audience: “what’s in a name?”
Jungle Book Reimagined
October 12 – 14 at the Bluma Appel Theatre
Written by Tariq Jordan, created by Akram Khan, based on the book by Rudyard Kipling
Canadian Stage brings the acclaimed Akram Khan production of Jungle Book Reimagined to Toronto, revisiting the beloved children’s story through a whole new lens. A family-friendly epic dance work.
The Lehman Trilogy
November 14 – 26 at the Bluma Appel Theatre
Written by Stefano Massini, adapted by Ben Power, directed by Philip Akin
A historical epic about the largest financial crisis in history. A cast of three plays the Lehman brothers, their sons, and grandsons in the three-part drama.
Red Sky at Night
November 3 – 5, 2023 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
Directed and choreographed by Sandra Laronde in collaboration with the performers
Red Sky at Night takes audiences back through the highest highs of Red Sky Performance’s illustrious performance history, featuring a lineup of outstanding Indigenous performers and special guests.
Kidd Pivot: A New Creation
December 6 – 9 at the Bluma Appel Theatre
Co-created by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young
Following the massive successes of Revisor and Betroffenheit, Canadian Stage will co-commission a new work about myth, exile, and everything in between by Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young.
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
January 18 – 28, 2024 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
A Back to Back Theatre production presented by Canadian Stage
Written by Mark Deans, Michael Chan, Bruce Gladwin, Simon Laherty, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, and Sonia Teuben
Written and performed by neuro-divergent actors, this play explores human rights, sexual politics, and the projected dominance of artificial intelligence.
Universal Child Care
February 13 – 25, 2024 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
A co-production between Quote Unquote Collective, The Broad Collective, and Canadian Stage
Created by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken
Following the immense success of their play Mouthpiece, Universal Child Care is part concert, part play, and dives into the lack of affordable child care in Canada while making comparisons to child care around the world.
The Inheritance Parts 1 and 2
March 22 – April 7, 2024 at the Bluma Appel Theatre
Written by Matthew Lopez, directed by Brendan Healy
A multi-Tony Award winner, The Inheritance reimagines E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End as a contemporary portrait of the generation after the height of the AIDS crisis.
Canadian Stage Platform — A Vanguard Performance Series
Searching for Eastman
April 4 – 7, 2024 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
By Charles Smith
Through music, poetry, theatre, dance, and video, Searching for Eastman reveals the complexities of Black, queer, minimalist composer Julius Eastman.
April 18 – 20, 2024 at the Berkeley Street Theatre
Co-created by Diana Lopez and Alejandro Ronceria, directed by Diego Marulanda
Nomada blends together aerial dance, installation art, and contemporary Mexican Indigenous dance.
Dream in High Park’s 40th Anniversary
Young, Gifted, and Jazz
July 6 – 8 in the High Park Amphitheatre
Concept and choreography by Raoul Pillay, musical direction by Alexa Belgrave, dramaturgy by Natasha Powell
An electrifying, immersive experience of all things jazz culture, from fashion to dance to, of course, music.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
July 21 – September 3 in the High Park Amphitheatre
Directed by Jamie Robinson
40 years of Shakespeare in High Park! The Bard’s most beloved comedy returns to Toronto’s favourite outdoor venue.