Arts Club Theatre’s 52nd season includes programming at a brand-new, purpose built theatre on West 1st Avenue in Olympic Village, the West First Stage (replacing the Revue Stage), as well as perennial favourites Stanley Industrial Alliance and Granville Island Stages.
13 diverse and entertaining productions—including the premieres of two new Canadian musicals and an array of Broadway triumphs—promise to engage Arts Club audiences old and new next season. Three more productions will visit Metro Vancouver and then tour across the province.
“Next season will be a historic one for the Arts Club as we prepare for the opening of a new theatre space in Olympic Village,” said Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd. “While still maintaining our roots at the Stanley and Granville Island stages, this exciting new addition will help us to expand our production of new works and allow our artists and playwrights to experiment with different seating configurations and original staging.
This new stage will host the premiere of Onegin, an Arts Club Silver Commission musical by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone, part of the dynamic team behind A Craigslist Cantata. The shows at the Stanley include an exciting array of Broadway hits, from the 10-time Tony Award–winning Billy Elliot to the groundbreaking Disgraced, which makes its Canadian premiere.
The Granville Island Stage has the premiere of The Waiting Room, the highly-anticipated musical from Spirit of the West’s John Mann and acclaimed playwright Morris Panych.”
“The upcoming season marks a turning point for the Arts Club with the opening of the new West First Stage. It will be an amazing season of productions at all three of our theatres, in three of the most exciting neighbourhoods in Vancouver,” said Executive Director Peter Cathie White.
“We can now inspire and entertain a broader cross-section of our community and I very much look forward to the reaction from patrons old and new to this wonderful mix of lauded plays, celebrated musicals, and world-premieres from some of Vancouver’s greatest artists. I’m particularly proud that we are continuing our great tradition of heralding new Canadian voices and stories on our stages.”
Season tickets for the Arts Club’s 2015–2016 season lineup, below, are on sale now.
Stanley Alliance Industrial Stage
Disgraced | September 17 to October 18
A Christmas Story, The Musical | November 5 to December 27
Pride and Prejudice | January 28 to February 28, 2016
Good People | March 24 to April 24, 2016
Billy Elliot | May 12 to July 10, 2016
Granville Island Stage
The Waiting Room | October 1 to October 31
It’s a Wonderful Life | November 19 to December 26
BOOM | January 14 to February 13, 2016
The Valley | April 7 to May 7, 2016
Rock of Ages | June 16 to July 30, 2016
West First Stage
Peter and the Starcatcher | November 26 to December 27
The (Post) Mistress | February 4 to February 28, 2016
Onegin | March 17 to April 10, 2016
On Tour (Metro Vancouver and throughout the province)
Red Rock Diner | October 14 to November 22
In a Blue Moon | January 8 to 30, 2016
4000 Miles | February 13 to March 12, 2016