Virtual Vancouver guide to the performing arts including theatre information and locations. Includes local events calendar with links to related websites


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  • Theatres in Granville Island
  • Other theatres
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    For a night of culture and wonder, why not take the chance to sample some of Vancouver's famous theatres that are littered throughout the city? Not only will you be moved by the production numbers, you will also be rewarded with laughter and joy.

    Before buying a ticket, it is advisable to ring ahead to know the schedule. Most theatre operators have a machine voiced operator that will give you the necessary information as well as the locations for which you can purchase your tickets. There are pamphlets available in most Ticketmaster booth where not only will you get a helpful staff to help you choose but you will also be able to purchase your ticket.

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    Main Theatres

  • Queen Elizabeth Theatre

    The Queen Elizabeth Theatre was opened one fine day in the year 1959 by HM Queen Elizabeth II. It is host to top Broadway productions, ballet, operas and pop and rock concerts, as well as a wide variety of other popular and alternative entertainment. It is acclaimed by visiting companies from around the world. Contact the theatre for information on bookings and information.

    Queen Elizabeth Theatre Hamilton at Georgia

  • Back Alley Theatre

    The Back Alley Theatre is the home of the award-winning Vancouver Theatre Sports League featuring improvisational theatre performances with audience participation. It is advisable to call for a schedule.

    Back Alley Theatre 751 Thurlow Street

  • Vancouver Playhouse

    Adjoining the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, the Vancouver Playhouse was established in 1962, offering professional theatre in an enjoyable, intimate atmosphere. Along with 688 perfect ‘sight-line’ seats, this theatre is ideal for a variety of plays, music, dance, recitals and other productions. It is advisable to call ahead for bookings.

    Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Halmilton at Dunsmuir

  • The Orpheum Theatre

    Originally built in 1927, the Orpheum Theatre was once the largest and most opulent theatre on the Pacific Coast. This theatre is now completely restored and refurbished to its former glory and has been designated as a National Heritage Site. Tickets can be purchased 2 hours before all performances at the Granville Street box office between Smithe and Robson Street.

    The Orpheum Theatre 649 Cambie Street

  • Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

    Offering 1,200 seats, the Chan Centre is located close to the University of British Columbia. It boosts a wide adjustable canopy designed to accomodate a wide range of acoustic performance.

    Chan Centre 6265 Crescent Road, Vancouver

  • Special: Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival

    Bard on the Beach has one of the most unusual and unique theatre setting. The theatre is performed in huge flowing tents along the waterfront with a magnificent view of the city, mountains, sky and sea. Located at Vanier Park it attracts over 40,000 patrons annually and is something not to be missed. This festival is only open during the summer season (usually from June to September) but bring along warm clothing as it might get chilly in the evenings. As the name states, this theatre produces Shakespearian plays such as Twelfth Night, Henry V and Cymbeline just to name a few.

    Bard on the Beach Suite 301 - 601 Cambie Street

    Theatres in Granville Island

    Vancouver TheatreSports League 11585 Johnston Street
    The Arts Club Theatre 1585 Johnston Street
    The Waterfront Theatre 1410 Cartwright Avenue

    Other Theatres

    The Massey Theatre 735-8th Avenue, New Westminster
    Surrey Arts Centre Theatre 13750-88th Avenue, Surrey
    Firehall Arts Centre 280 East Cordova Street
    Shadbolt Centre for the Arts 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
    Richmond Gateway Theatre 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
    Vancouver East Cultural Centre 1895 Venables Street
    Vancouver Opera 845 Cambie Street

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