Past Seasons

Revisit some of the Hart House Theatre productions of recent years.

2016/2017 Theatre Season – web archive

2015/2016 Theatre Season – web archive

2014/2015 Theatre Season – web archive

2013/2014 Theatre Season – web archive

2012/2013 Theatre Season – web archive

2011/2012 Theatre Season

2010/2011 Theatre Season

2009/2010 Theatre Season

2008/2009 Theatre Season



2011/2012 Theatre Season

 

The Great American Trailer Park MusicalThe Great American Trailer Park Musical

Music and Lyrics by David Nehls
Book by Betsy Kelso
Directed by Will O’Hare
Toronto Premiere
Sept. 23–Oct. 8, 2011

“This play and venue provide a healthy dose of smiles and a million laughs… All seven actors are terrific… It’s exhilarating to see such young talent onstage… Obviously a tonne of work and effort has gone into this production, and it pays huge dividends… We can’t wait to return… Make plans to see it!” – Mooney on Theatre.

 

The Gentleman CallerThe Gentleman Caller

Produced in association with Zadkiel Productions
By James Cunningham and Martin Hunter
Directed by David Ferry
Starring Nigel Bennett as Tennessee Williams
Oct. 19-22, 2011

“Nigel Bennett plays this role with a masterful balance of crowd-pleasing flamboyancy and crippling insecurity and doubt.” – The Medium

 

MacbethMacbeth

By William Shakespeare
Directed Jeremy Hutton
Nov. 9–26, 2011

“This show really did an incredible job of showing his descent from a valiant soldier into a manipulative dictator. It can in fact mirror our own regrets…The performance had incredible energy and passion. I have an urge to go and re-read Macbeth, as it is much better than I remember it…The experience [was] akin to watching a thriller.” – Mooney on Theatre

 

400x400-cabaretCabaret

Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed by Adam Brazier
Jan. 13–28, 2012

“…this is a sexy, flashy, entertaining show…makes for a nicely raunchy cure to the January blahs” – Richard Ouzounian, Toronto Star

FOUR STARS “Michael-David Blostein’s delicious drawl pulls us in from his breathy opening number, Willkommen…Adam Brazier’s razor precision and flamboyant whimsicality is evident in his role directing the show…The show smoulders with the carefree allure of booze and jazz…Hart House Theatre’s Cabaret captures that in its indulgent, irresistible entirety.” – Theatromania

 

The Night of the IguanaThe Night of the Iguana

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Jeremy Hutton
Starring David Ferry
Mar. 2–10, 2012

“It is an exploration of the human condition at its most vulnerable, and is tenderly and entertainingly delivered, and well worth watching.” -The Charlebois Post

 

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2010-2011 Theatre Season

 

Richard IIIRichard III

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeremy Hutton
Sept. 15-Oct. 2, 2010

“Even from his opening lines, it was clear that Richard- played by the impeccable Andre Sills- would steal the performance and keep every audience member glued to his every move.” -The Medium

“Ladies and gentlemen, in no way is this your average production of Richard III. It’s more violent, more complex and compact for your convenience.” -Mooney on Theatre

 

EquusEquus

By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Elenna Mosoff
Nov. 12-27, 2010

“From the very first word he utters, Peter Higginson gives a commanding performance…Nerenberg himself seems to bear it all on the stage both physically and metaphorically. His explosiveness and vulnerability is palpable; the entire stage is alive with his frenzy.” -The Medium

 

Dirty Rotten ScoundrelsDirty Rotten Scoundrels

Book by Jeffrey Lane
Music and lyrics by David Yazbek
Based on the film by Dale Launer, Stanley Shapiro and Paul Henning
Directed by Jeremy Hutton
Jan. 14-29, 2011

“Ashleigh Powell’s choreography was something quite spectacular.” – The Varsity

“The enthusiastic cast was truly spectacular, charming and they were all absolutely perfect in their roles.” – BlogUT

 

YellowfaceYellowface

By David Henry Hwang
Directed by Esther Jun
Mar. 4-12, 2011

“Director Esther Jun’s production hits all the play’s humour and most of its philosophical notes, with Toronto newcomer Ben Wong especially impressive as Hwang and Kristoffer Pedlar memorable as Marcus…”- Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

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2009/2010 Theatre Season

 

Jerry Springer-The OperaJerry Springer-The Opera

Music by Richard Thomas
Book and Lyrics by Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas
Directed by Mark Selby
Based on the original production by Richard Ouzounian
Musical Direction by Lily Ling
Starring Byron Rouse
Sept. 24–Oct. 10, 2009

 

Named one of the 10 most influential works of theatre in the past decade by the Toronto Star

“Jerry Springer-The Opera is tacky, cheesy and bound to offend you. In other words – go see this show…I liked everything about this play…the friend I brought couldn’t stop laughing. See this show, there’s something to offend everyone.” – Mooney on Theatre

 

A Midsummer Night's DreamA Midsummer Night’s Dream

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeremy Hutton
Nov. 20-Dec. 5, 2009

“How do you spruce up one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and manage to send the audience through tears of laughter in the process? Hart House Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream makes that possible.” – The Medium

 

High FidelityHigh Fidelity

Music by Tom Kitt
Lyrics by Amanda Green
Book by David Lindsay-Abaire
Based upon the novel by Nick Hornby
Directed by Mark Selby
Musical Direction by Lily Ling
Jan. 15–30, 2010

 “This musical adaptation works exceedingly well…The “rewind” scenes are some of the most original I’ve seen on stage in a while. It’s amazing how well these young actors pull off this production so flawlessly.” – Events YYZ

“offers up some enjoyable comic moments…are perfectly executed by the ensemble and very funny.” – NOW Magazine

 

Robertson Davies: the Peeeld IRobertson Davies: The Peeled I

Scripted and Directed by John Krisak
Starring K. Reed Needles
Mar. 3–6, 2010

“what better place to mount such a show than the storied Hart House Theatre, one of this city’s most glorious cultural treasures…The sharpest parts of the show, in fact, are when Davies weighs in on theatre critics, whose writing, he says, “is a mirror to their empty souls.” You can tell a professional critic, he says, by the fact that none of them go to the bathroom during intermission. Fun stuff.” – The Toronto Star

 

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2008/2009 Theatre Season

 

King LearKing Lear

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jeremy Hutton
Starring Peter Higginson
Oct. 1-18, 2008

 “NNNN – Peter Higginson demonstrates a deep understanding of the title role” – NOW Magazine

“Hart House Theatre brings a fresh and fun quality to this Shakespearean tragedy…Peter Higginson’s King Lear is incredibly expressive; he showed off Lear’s turbulent emotions in a controlled yet heart-wrenching manner…all worthy of the audience’s standing ovation. I urge you to take in this well-casted and well-produced classic piece of Shakespeare.” – The Medium

 

Banana BoysBanana Boys

By Leon Aureus
Adapted from the Novel by Terry Woo
Directed by Nina Lee Aquino
Nov. 12-15, 2008

Produced by fu-GEN Theatre Company in association with the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.

Experience the journey of 5 Chinese Canadian young men (a.k.a. Banana Boys – yellow on the outside, white on the inside), their trials, tribulations and struggle with their place in modern Canadian society. Just as real life, the play is unsanitized, provocative and sometimes even rough around the edges. Based on the novel of the same title by Terry Woo, and produced by the professional Asian-Canadian Theatre Company fu-GEN, Hart House Theatre is proud to make the multiple Dora Mavor Moore nominated play available to Toronto audiences for an exclusive one week performance run.

 

 

Jerry Springer-The OperaJerry Springer-The Opera

Music By Richard Thomas
Book and Lyrics by Stewart Lee & Richard Thomas
Vocal Arrangements by Martin Lowe
Orchestral Arrangements by Martin Koch
Directed by Richard Ouzounian
Starring Byron Rouse
Jan. 16-31, 2009

“Richard Ouzounian provides efficient direction, trying to find a scrap of humanity amid all the heavy satire, and Byron Rouse is excellent as the slick, non-singing Springer.” *** – EYE Weekly

“NNN – Ouzounian makes good use of Hart House Theatre’s wide stage…Rouse nicely captures the real Springer’s shoulder-shrugging sincerity.” – NOW Magazine

“The Hart House production is polished – you get what the fuss is about.” – The Globe and Mail

 

ArcadiaArcadia

By Tom Stoppard
Directed by Jeremy Hutton
Mar. 6-14, 2009

“The first Hart House Theatre production with a cast made up exclusively of U of T students, the performances were nothing short of professional…Tyrone Savage’s charismatic portrayal of tutor/poet Septimus Hodge made the play especially enjoyable to watch.” – The Varsity

 

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