English Theatre and Dance Highlights

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If you think nothing looks better under that tree than a pair of tickets for a theatre or a dance show, it might be time to write a nice letter to Santa…


Canadian award-winning puppeteer and marionette-maker Ronnie Burkett is back with Little Dickens, a remix of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, performed with naughty marionettes. Burkett, who also writes his own scripts, appears onstage throughout each performance as he manipulates the puppets and is the voice of every character. For adults only until Dec. 21. www.centaurtheatre.com

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For the first time ever, two playwright alumni of the Black Theatre Workshop and the Playwrights’ Artist Mentorship Program present their recent work in a double program: Dark Red by Willow Cioppa and Cry Baby by Kalale Dalton-Lutale. Dec. 10-15. www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca

Written by Jordan Tannahill and directed by Dale Hayes, Late Company is inspired by the real-life case of bullied teen Jamie Hubley, who took his own life in Ottawa in 2011. The play delves into issues ranging from teenage mental health, bullying and homophobia to the failure to provide an appropriate support system to someone in need. Dec. 10-15. www.segalcentre.org

Follow Clara and the handsome Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Snow. The Nutcracker, inspired by the E.T.A. Hoffmann tale, has been presented in Montreal for over 50 years, but the amazing costumes by legendary François Barbeau still turn Fernand Nault’s fantasy into an enchanting journey. A must for the reasons above and the Grands Ballets Orchestra, which performs the wonderful Tchaikovsky score. Dec. 12-30 www.placedesarts.com

When circus meets poetry: Blizzard, a show directed by Olivier Normand, settles in La TOHU for the holidays. A great opportunity to discover the renowned Québec City-based company FLIP Fabrique and its top-quality shows. Dec 17-Jan. 5. www.tohu.ca


In the darkest depths of winter, curated by Centaur artistic director Eda Holmes and director/theatre-maker Rose Plotek, the Wildside Festival collects the best indie theatre from across Canada, including the Centaur’s Best of the Fest winner of the 2019 Fringe Festival. Don’t you miss the Wildside Festival, where local artists drop by to entertain fans. Discover this edition’s lineup Jan. 7-18. www.centaurtheatre.com

Satan as you’d never expected the Beast before. The much-anticipated Stratford Festival production Paradise Lost brings Canadian stage icon Lucy Peacock to a role specially tailored for her. Satan is on a mission to set the record straight on what really happened in Eden. A theatrical adaptation of John Milton’s Paradise Lost, written by Erin Shields and directed by Jackie Maxwell. Warning: nudity. Jan. 14-Feb. 2. www.centaurtheatre.com           

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