In 1968, an amateur Calgary company named MAC 14 became Theatre Calgary, the city’s first fully professional theatre company. Now, 49 years later, Theatre Calgary is proud to announce our 50th season lineup.
"Milestone anniversaries are always a time to reflect, and this special season is no different for us. Throughout our 50th Anniversary Season we will celebrate the people, the artists and the city that have made Theatre Calgary Southern Alberta’s largest and longest- running theatre company. The wonderful opportunities we have had to tell stories on our stage for the past 50 years, and to present the finest artists in our city and in Canada has been incredible. This season is our way to celebrate our city, our country, and the next 50 years of great theatre in Calgary." - Interim Artistic Director, Shari Wattling
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“It's rainin'. And the Elbow's risin'.”
A raging flood threatens three generations of Calgarians as they struggle to come together to keep from going under. With a surging river and an aged patriarch trapped in time, the family attempts to create a legacy worth inheriting by future generations. A profound, playful and magical new Canadian play.
What better way to celebrate our 50th anniversary than to debut a new play, with Calgary at its center, by one of Canada’s greatest playwrights – Sharon Pollock. This play was commissioned and developed through FUSE: The Enbridge New Play Development Program at Theatre Calgary. A thrilling start to our season. - Shari
“Highly entertaining...deliciously funny.” - Montreal Gazette
In 1960s Montreal, Germaine Lauzon, a working-class housewife, has just won the jackpot – one million trading stamps. But who can she trust when her jealous family and neighbours come over for a stamp-sticking party? This joyous windfall of humour, heart and music is sure to pay off!
Michel Tremblay’s original play is perhaps the most iconic work of French Canadian theatre ever written. We’re proud to bring this new, English-language musical adaptation out West. You will revel in these wonderful Montreal women and their jealousies and fantasies. - Shari
"Twelfth Night is laugh-out-loud funny.” – Globe and Mail
Twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and forced to find their way in a strange new land on their own. Fortunately, Illyria holds much misadventure, love and laughter for them both. This refreshing take on Shakespeare’s classic comedy will leave you rolling in the aisles, begging for a thirteenth night.
Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop is world-renowned for their wildly fantastical and brilliantly inventive designs. Combine their imaginations with Shakespeare’s wit, and Jillian Keiley’s direction, and the results are truly original and hilarious. You’ve never seen the Bard like this. - Shari
"Truly remarkable and exceptionally moving." - Chicago Tribune
Peer inside a duplex tenement apartment in New York City’s Chinatown, as the Blake family gathers for Thanksgiving. It isn’t long until old tensions boil over and personal secrets are laid on the table. One of the most critically-acclaimed plays from Broadway in recent years, The Humans is definitely something to be thankful for.
Every once in a while a play comes along that so perfectly and honestly captures the fears, the hopes and the humanity of our times. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this play is both achingly real and piercingly funny. - Shari
"All that garden needs is us to come wake it up"
This beloved classic children’s book comes beautifully to life in this stunning Broadway musical.
A young orphan girl is sent to live with her reclusive uncle on his dark and depressing estate. When she discovers the key to a neglected garden, she reawakens the magic locked inside the garden walls and her family’s heart.
The original book has enchanted readers of all ages around the world for over a century. This musical adaptation is a glorious way to celebrate the transformative power of the imagination and the magic of theatre. A perfect way to close our 50th anniversary season! - Shari