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Theatres

With many live theatres across the city, you can find unique productions from any genre. 

Al Green Theatre (at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre)

Located in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, the Al Green Theatre is a multi-purpose venue for film, theatre, dance, concerts, lectures, and social and corporate events.

 

750 Spadina Ave.
Alumnae Theatre Company

Housed in an historic fire hall, Alumnae Theatre Company continues its original mandate to present the best in classic and contemporary plays and provide opportunities for all women in theatre.  

 

70 Berkeley St.
Annex Theatre

The Annex Theatre is a democratic collective of theatre artists dedicated to creating bold new work in an environment of improbability, resourcefulness, and risk.

 

730 Bathurst St.
Berkeley Street Theatre

Home to two separate theatre spaces: the Berkeley Upstairs Theatre and the Berkeley Downstairs Theatre.  The Berkeley site was originally built in 1887 as part of a gas pumping station and later converted to a theatre space.  The theatre is home to the Canadian Stage Company, presenting a rich variety of Canadian and international plays and musicals.

 

26 Berkeley St.
Betty Oliphant Theatre (at Canada's National Ballet School)

Located in the R.A. Laidlaw Centre, the Betty Oliphant Theatre is a 265-seat proscenium arch theatre with a Georgian Court-style auditorium and a large fly tower. Tucked behind the façade of two Victorian mansions, it was designed by Jack Diamond, who is one of Canada's premier architects.

 

400 Jarvis St.
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Established in 1979, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre is a professional Canadian theatre company dedicated to the development and presentation of queer theatre. It has evolved into the largest facility-based queer theatre company in the world and has made an unparalleled contribution to the recognition and acceptance of queer lives in Canada.

 

12 Alexander St.
Canada's National Ballet School

Established in 1959, Canada’s National Ballet School is one of the world’s foremost training institutions for aspiring young dancers and teachers. Attracting students from across the country and around the world, NBS is the only ballet academy in North America to provide elite dance training, academic instruction and residential care on the same campus.

 

400 Jarvis St.
Dancemakers and the Centre for Creation

Dancemakers is a professional contemporary dance company that brings to its audiences dance of sophisticated physicality and emotional impact.

 

9 Trinity St.
Ed Mirvish Theatre

At 2,300 seats, the elegant Ed Mirvish Theatre is a perfect setting for theatrical presentations, concerts, comedy, benefits, lectures, private functions - and much more - on a grand scale . It has been part of Toronto's entertainment scene since 1920.

 

244 Victoria St.
Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre is the last operating double-decker theatre in the world and features two completely separate and distinctive theatres.  Year-round guided theatre tours of this National Historic Site are available.

 

189 Yonge St.
Factory Theatre

This theatre has produced more than 150 new Canadian plays in mainstage and 500 more in workshop and other formats. Housed in an attractive Victorian mansion, the Factory Theatre operates as two theatre spaces.

 

125 Bathurst St.
Famous People Players

This shining jewel of family entertainment has its own special home, minutes from downtown Toronto, where children and adults alike can experience dazzling world-class artistry through a feast of all the five senses.

 

343 Evans Ave.
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is a theatre built specifically for opera and ballet performances with the finest level of acoustics.  The Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada perform at this centre.

 

145 Queen St. W.
George Ignatieff Theatre

Combining day-time classes during the term with special events after hours makes the George Ignatieff Theatre a hub of the Trinity College community. The theatre is conveniently located for community groups that rent the facility on evenings, weekends, and in the summer. 

 

15 Devonshire Pl.
Glenn Gould Studio (at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre)

The Glenn Gould Studio is "the jewel of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre" and continues to be one of Toronto's favourite venues for concert-goers.  It is located on the main floor of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre and is a superb recording facility offering the sound isolation, state-of-the-art recording facilities and acoustics that are ideal for classical and jazz recordings.

 

250 Front St. W.
Harbourfront Centre

Harbourfront Centre, on Toronto's waterfront, is an innovative not-for-profit cultural organization that creates events and activities of excellence that enliven, educate and entertain a diverse public.

 

235 Queens Quay W.
Hart House Theatre

Hart House Theatre is the focal point for the performing arts at the University of Toronto with over a thousand students participating each year in its extra-curricular season of drama, dance, music and film.

 

7 Hart House Circle
Isabel Bader Theatre

This theatre has been used as a lecture hall for University of Toronto students and an active learning space for Victoria University students groups, as well as for numerous concerts, theatrical productions, film screenings, and conferences.

 

93 Charles St. W.
Koerner Hall(at the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning)

Part of the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in Toronto, Koerner Hall is a 1,135 seat venue designed in the tradition of the classic "shoebox" venues of Europe, built without compromise and with a mission to provide acoustic perfection for music of all genres.  

 

273 Bloor St. W.
Lower Ossington Theatre

As a hub for the western downtown Toronto artistic community, this theatre houses rehearsals, presentations and classes for a number of community and arts groups.

 

100A Ossington Ave.
Massey Hall

Declared a heritage building in the 1970s, Massey Hall presents the finest artists in classical music, jazz, pop, comedy, world music and dance.

 

178 Victoria St.
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is a family dinner theatre featuring staged medieval-style games, sword-fighting, and jousting performed by a cast of actors and horses. The Toronto location is housed inside a Beaux-Arts structure built in 1912.

 

10 Dufferin St.
Mysteriously Yours… Mystery Dinner Theatre

The mood is set as you enter this elegant, tiered-level dinner theatre and enjoy a fabulous, three-course, gourmet dinner. Participate and see if you can solve the mystery!

 

2026 Yonge St.
Native Earth Performing Arts

Native Earth Performing Arts is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creating, developing and producing of professional artistic expression of the Aboriginal experience in Canada. 

 

55 Mill St.
Panasonic Theatre

Originally built in 1911 as a private residence and then converted into a movie theatre in 1919 known as The Victory, The Panasonic is now owned by Mirvish Productions and is located in the heart of downtown Toronto.  

 

651 Yonge St.
Papermill Theatre (at Todmorden Mills)

The Papermill Theatre is a large, recently renovated space that seats 164 and offers a retractable seating unit, two fully furnished dressing rooms and an LCD projector.

 

67 Pottery Rd.
Princess of Wales Theatre

This 2000-seat playhouse was built by the father and son producing team of David and Ed Mirvish. It was the first privately owned and financed theatre built in Canada since 1907 - and the first anywhere in North America in over 30 years.  Its stage is one of the widest and deepest in North America.  

 

300 King St. W.
Queen Elizabeth Theatre

The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is Toronto's newest live music concert venue.  Nestled between BMO Field and the Press Building at Exhibition Place, its high ceiling and soft seats provide an ideal concert venue for mid-sized acts.

 

190 Princes' Blvd.
Randolph Academy of the Performing Arts

Housed within the Randolph Centre for the Arts, the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts is a gathering place for those who have a passion for the performing arts and seek an outlet for creative expression. The Academy’s home is steeped in the history of theatre in Canada. Known collectively as the Bathurst Street Theatre, it has been a landmark roadhouse for original Canadian theatre since the 1960s.

 

736 Bathurst St.
Roy Thomson Hall

Roy Thomson Hall opened in the fall of 1982 and has since hosted hundreds of world-renowned artists and performers.  It is the home of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

 

60 Simcoe St.
Royal Alexandra Theatre

A masterpiece of beaux-arts architecture, the historic theatre is Toronto's senior theatre and, never having been converted to any other use, it is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America.

 

260 King St. W.
Ryerson Theatre

This theatre is used for external theatrical productions from opera to concerts of all types, and for staging the productions of the Ryerson Theatre and Fashion Schools.

 

43 Gerrard St. E.
Scarborough Village Theatre

Theatre Scarborough (Playhouse 66) is an umbrella organization consisting of the Scarborough Music Theatre, the Scarborough Players, and the Scarborough Theatre Guild.  Performances take place at the Scarborough Village Community Centre. 

 

3600 Kingston Rd.
Solar Stage Children's Theatre

Solar Stage provides very unique theatrical presentations that enrich the lives of children and adults.

 

4950 Yonge St.
Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

Canada's largest performing arts venue, the Sony Centre hosts a variety of entertainment including dance, musical concerts, spectacles and popular children's shows.  

 

1 Front St. E.
St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts

As a focus of Canadian performing arts, the Centre takes a leadership role in providing Toronto residents, visitors and diverse cultural communities with a professional, service-oriented theatrical and entertainment facility.

 

27 Front St. E.
Tarragon Theatre

The Tarragon Theatre is one of the main centres for contemporary playwriting in the country. It is well known for its development, creation and encouragement of new work. Over 170 works have premiered at Tarragon. 

 

30 Bridgman Ave.
The Danforth Music Hall

The Music Hall boasts new theatre seats, state-of-art sound and lighting and a completely renovated backstage area. In 2009, The Music Hall celebrated its 90th anniversary.

 

147 Danforth Ave.
The Second City 

Beginning as a small cabaret theatre on Chicago's north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire - building a robust business based on its core improvisational methodologies. It specializes in sketch comedy and improv.

 

51 Mercer St.
The Theatre Centre

The Theatre Centre is a nationally-recognized arts incubator, serving as a research and development hub for the cultural sector by providing space, subsidy and mentorship to new generations of arts leaders.

 

1087 Queen St. W.
The Village Playhouse

Begun as a community theatre in the Bloor West Village 27 years ago, the Village Players Theatre Company presents pleasant dramas and comedies.

 

2190 Bloor St. W.
Theatre Passe Muraille

Theatre Passe Muraille develops and produces innovative and provocative Canadian theatre and nurtures new theatre artists and theatre companies.  Theatre Passe Muraille is housed in a designated historical building. 

 

16 Ryerson Ave.
Toronto Centre for the Arts

This venue features three unique stages to house a multitude of events from orchestral and rock concerts to big-budget musicals to community and corporate events to gala fundraisers.

 

5040 Yonge St.
Winchester Street Theatre

The Winchester Street Theatre is owned and jointly operated by the Toronto Dance Theatre and the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. The venue features rake seating and a stage that best showcases dance performances.

 

80 Winchester St.
Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Anchored by the presence of Soulpepper's year-round classical repertory and George Brown College's Theatre School, the Young Centre provides a home for the leading artists and arts organizations of our city across all performance disciplines.

 

50 Tank House Lane
Young People's Theatre

The Young Peoples Theatre is the largest Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) company in Canada and a significant institution in the Canadian professional theatre community.

 

165 Front St. E.
Yuk Yuk's Canada's national chain of stand up comedy clubs.  Live, un-cut comedy.   224 Richmond St. W.

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