Announcing our 2016-17 Season







We have have unveiled our 2016-17 season of plays! Our new season sees a commitment to expanding the artistic programming we offer through partnerships with theatre companies on a provincial, national and international level, the introduction of a new initiative, TC UP CLOSE, and the continuation of our commitment to new play and artist development through FUSE and Shakespeare by the Bow. 

"One of the things I’ve always loved about Calgarians is our true spirit of collaboration, and this new season reflects this generous spirit. Together we will share stories that are celebratory, heartbreaking and wondrous. Our new season is meant to remind us all that no matter what outside forces may press upon us, we are, in fact, all in this together." - Dennis Garnhum, Artistic Director

’da Kink is ’da Bomb!” – Toronto Sun

The smash hit play that inspired the television series now comes to Western Canada for the first time. Eight distinctive women in a Toronto hair salon share their unforgettable stories with surprising honesty and extraordinary joy. With these inspiring and uplifting characters, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll shout, “Amen!” A truly joyous celebration – the perfect way to kick off the season!

When this play launched fifteen years ago, it set the Canadian theatre scene on fire. We are so fortunate to have the author, Trey Anthony, reprising her role as Novelette, the clairvoyant owner of the salon. Following our run, this production travels to the National Arts Centre to share these gorgeous women with the nation’s capital. – Dennis

A can’t-miss theatrical experience.” – Calgary Sun

Critics have called it “spell-binding,” “dazzlingly original,” and “Miller’s best solo show to date.” Take an explosive journey through the music, culture and politics that defined the baby boom generation. Along with a stunning array of images and video, Rick Miller’s tour-de-force solo performance brings to life over a hundred iconic politicians, musicians and influential figures from 1945 to 1969.

BOOM had its first tryout run as part of our collaboration with the High Performance Rodeo two years ago. Since then, Rick has toured to every major centre in Canada and this has become one of the most popular new productions in the country. Join us for a victory lap, as Rick returns to show us his progress, and dazzle us with his unmistakable, unique talents. – Dennis

Wonderfully funny and genuinely moving.” – Daily Telegraph

For sixty years Queen Elizabeth II has held a private weekly meeting with each of her many Prime Ministers. Politicians have come and gone, but she has remained a constant. Through this riveting drama, we get a glimpse at the woman behind the crown and what it’s like to be one of the most famous, and yet most private people in the world. Expect visits from Churchill, Cameron, and Thatcher, among others. Elegant, majestic, and highly illuminating. 

I am fascinated by two women on this project: the elusive Queen Elizabeth who has seen so much, and been such a curiosity for her entire interesting life, and the remarkable actor Seana McKenna, who will take on this role. Seana has all of the complexity and insight, pathos and humour befitting a queen. This is an actor and a role you’ll not soon forget. – Dennis

A story of hope and of life...inspirational, outstanding, every man and woman must read this tale.” – The Guardian

Based on the bestselling novel by the author of The Kite Runner, this hauntingly beautiful story reveals the strength of the human spirit. Set in war-torn Afghanistan, two women are brought together by fate, war and cruelty. Together they will forge an unlikely friendship that eventually leads to an act of unbreakable love. 

A few seasons ago, our audiences showed tremendous curiosity and support for our production of The Kite Runner. Hearing about this, the Artistic Director of a.c.t., Carey Perloff, contacted Khaled Hosseini, and together we are happily launching this newest theatrical adaptation. What an honour it is for us to bring this novel to life. This is an inter-national collaboration of a truly international story. – Dennis


Everything that a musical comedy needs is there in spades.” – Toronto Star

When a young banker is sent to the sleepy town of Deadrock to foreclose a rundown theatre, his heart, and his life, are turned completely upside down. This hilarious song and dance extravaganza features classic Gershwin songs such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.” It’s high-energy fun that The New York Times called “riotously entertaining.”

This is the ideal musical: old-fashioned familiar songs partnered with a hilarious script that celeb-rates the musical form. Expect cowboys, showgirls, tap dancing, frivolity and joy – a delightful finish to a truly thrilling and surprising season. Sit back, hum along, and be swept up by glorious songs by the incomparable Ira and George Gershwin. – Dennis



Mark your calendar now! Calgary’s beloved summer tradition is back on Prince’s Island as we present Hamlet. Grab a blanket, a picnic, and take in one of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in one of Calgary’s favourite places. Read more about Shakespeare by the Bow here.



“Dazzling enough to melt the coldest of hearts.” – Calgary Sun

Celebrating 30 years of spirited tradition!

This season we celebrate a remarkable thirty years of bringing A Christmas Carol to Calgary. Stephen Hair returns as Ebenezer Scrooge in the annual production that the Calgary Sun called “the best of all possible versions of A Christmas Carol.” Filled with music and spectacle, there’s no better way to fill your heart with the spirit of Christmas. 

Last season we recorded the highest attendance ever for our annual tradition. I can only attribute it to Calgarians’ magical connection to this story and to our desire to remember the true values of the holiday season – no matter what the economic climate brings us. Join us for a celebration of all that in good in humankind. Sing, laugh, and enjoy all that the season has to offer. – Dennis

 “A fascinating play [that] tears at the doesn’t get much better than this.” – New York Post

On a crisp London evening, two former lovers from vastly different worlds find themselves locked in a dangerous battle of opposing ideologies and mutual desire. At times deeply personal, at times shockingly confrontational, experience one of the greatest intimate plays ever written. Watch, up close, as the embers of a broken relationship spark, ignite, and illuminate exciting possibilities.

This is an exciting new venture for us. Staged in the intimate setting of the Engineered Air Theatre, you’ll be so close to the action you’ll literally feel the heat and smell the food cooking! We will present this play, with the audience sitting all around the action, for only ten performances, so seating is very limited. Dean Paul Gibson (Major Barbara, The Drowsy Chaperone) stars. Join us, up close! – Dennis

Presented in the round in the Engineered Air Theatre at Arts Commons. Subscribers enjoy first access to Skylight tickets – only 150 seats available per performance! Skylight is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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Single tickets will be available for purchase mid-summer 2016.

Max Bell Facelift!

This summer while Theatre Calgary is outdoors presenting Shakespeare by the Bow, Arts Commons will be renovating the Max Bell Theatre. When you return in the fall, you will find bigger, premium seating, new carpets, fresh paint, and shiny new finishes. Enjoy the same incredible theatre on stage from your newly upgraded seat! Click here to see some renderings of the renovated theatre and to see the updated seating map.