Seasons

  • 2023/2024 Season

  • 2022/2023 Season

    • Oct 28 - 12, 2022

      Three Sisters

      • Directed and Adapted by Paolo Santalucia
      • After Chekhov
    • Nov 25 - 10, 2022

      THE BIRDS

      • Directed and Written by Emily Dix
    • Jan 25 - 25, 2023

      Musical Theatre Slam

      • Judged By Stephan Dickson and Chris Tsujiuchi and Jennifer Walls
    • Apr 20 - 22, 2023

      The Gray

      • Book, Music, Lyrics and Direction by Anthony Palermo
      • Music Direction by Giustin MacLean
    • May 25 - 27, 2023

      Wayne & Shuster Live!

      • Directed By Paul Bates
      • Original Scripts by Johnny Wayne and Frank Shuster
    • May 29 - 29, 2023

      Classical Theatre Slam

      • Adjudicated By Cameron Grant and Julia Nish-Lapidus and James Wallis
  • 2021/2022 Season

  • 2020/2021 Season

    • Mar 13 - 13, 2021

      UNMUTE

      • By Cedric Martin and Lindsey Middleton and Kimberlee Walker
      • Directed By Erin Brandenburg
  • 2019 / 2020 Season

    • Sep 06 - 07, 2019

      Encounters at the “Edge of the Woods”

      • Curated and Directed by Jill Carter
    • Sep 27 - 12, 2019

      The Rocky Horror Show

      • By Richard O’Brien
      • Directed by Jennifer Walls
    • Nov 15 - 30, 2019

      Portia’s Julius Caesar

      • By Kaitlyn Riordan
      • Inspired by and adapted from the works of William Shakespeare
      • Directed by Eva Barrie
    • Jan 17 - 01, 2020

      Legally Blonde: The Musical

      • Music and Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin
      • Book by Heather Hach
      • Based on the novel by Amanda Brown and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture
      • Directed by Saccha Dennis
    • Feb 28 - 07, 2020

      Oh, What a Lovely War!

      • By Ted Allan and Charles Chilton and Joan Littlewood and Gerry Raffles
      • Directed by Autumn Smith
  • 2018 / 2019 Season

    • Sep 21 - 06, 2018

      Heathers: The Musical

      • Book, Music and Lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe
      • Based on the film written by Daniel Waters
      • Directed by Jennifer Walls
    • Nov 09 - 24, 2018

      The Penelopiad

      • By Margaret Atwood
      • Directed by Michelle Langille
    • Jan 18 - 02, 2019

      Hair

      • Book and Lyrics by Gerome Ragni and James Rado
      • Music by Galt MacDermot
      • Produced for the Broadway stage by Michael Butler
      • Directed by Julie Tomaino
    • Mar 01 - 09, 2019

      Retreat

      • By Kat Sandler
      • Directed by Claire Burns

Archive

  • 2017 / 2018 Season

    The 2017/2018 Hart House Theatre Season continues our tradition of presenting a variety of audience pleasing favourites: a mix of classics, musicals and energetic works, all created by the high-calibre emergent talent for which we are known.

    We open the Season in September with a glam-rock celebration of individual expression, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. This show has garnered a huge cult following and is sure to open our season with a bang. In November, we stage a musical of a different sort with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. A favourite in the theatre community, this charming musical has juicy roles for the cast and perhaps an opportunity for an audience member to join them on stage! In the New Year, we take a fresh look at a classic American play, The Crucible, a timely exploration of a community turning on its residents. Rounding out the season in March is our Shakespearean selection of the season, the deliciously tragic Titus Andronicus.

    • Hedwig and the Angry Inch

      • Book by John Cameron Mitchell
      • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
      • Directed by Rebecca Ballarin
    • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

      • Music and Lyrics by William Finn
      • Book by Rachel Sheinkin
      • Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
      • Additional material Jay Reiss
      • Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
      • Directed by Cory Doran
    • The Crucible

      • By Arthur Miller
      • Directed By Michael Rubinstein
    • Titus Andronicus

      • By William Shakespeare
      • Directed by James Wallis
  • 2016 / 2017 Season

    Hart House Theatre has a tradition of pleasing subscribers with a variety of shows: a mix of classics, musicals and youthful works, while promoting the Canadian perspective. The 2016/2017 Season continues this notable and relevant work.

    We open on September 16th with an important and exciting production by award-winning Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. Tideline comes to our stage in partnership with Ken Gass’ new company, Canadian Rep Theatre, and begins what we hope will be a long and fruitful partnership between our organizations.

    For our annual Shakespeare selection, we are proud to welcome back National Theatre School graduate Carly Chamberlain as the director of Much Ado About Nothing. In January 2017 we tell the fiery tale of teen vengeance, Carrie: the musical. This will be directed by former Toronto Star Theatre Critic and community icon, Richard Ouzounian. Rounding out the season in March is the quirky award-winning Canadian comedy by Morris Panych, 7 Stories, directed by up and coming talent Rebecca Ballarin.

    • Tideline

      • By Wajdi Mouawad
      • Translated by Shelley Tepperman
      • Directed by Ken Gass
    • Much Ado About Nothing

      • By William Shakespeare
      • Directed by Carly Chamberlain
    • Carrie: the musical

      • Music by Michael Gore
      • Lyrics Dean Pitchford
      • Book by Lawrence D. Cohen
      • Based on the novel by Stephen King
      • Directed by Richard Ouzounian
    • 7 Stories

      • By Morris Panych
      • Directed by Rebecca Ballarin
  • 2015 / 2016 Season

    Hart House Theatre has a tradition of pleasing subscribers with a variety of shows: a mix of classics, musicals and other youthful, energetic works while promoting the Canadian perspective. The 2015/2016 Season is no exception.

    We begin in September with what can only be considered a coup for Hart House Theatre, the World Premiere from one of Canada’s most celebrated playwrights We The Family by George F. Walker. For our annual Shakespearian selection in November, the iconic classic Hamlet receives a contemporary yet timeless staging under the helm of one of Toronto’s most talked about young artists. The modern classic Into the Woods mixes an unforgettable musical score with a dark and entertaining reimagining of fairy tale plots and takes centre stage in January 2016. Rounding out the Season in March is the entertaining, hilarious and sexy 1960s bedroom farce Boeing Boeing.

    • We the Family

      • By George F. Walker
      • Directed by Andrea Wasserman
    • Hamlet

      • By William Shakespeare
      • Directed by Paolo Santalucia
    • Into the Woods

      • Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
      • Book by James Lapine
      • Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine
      • Orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick
      • Directed by Jeremy Hutton
    • Boeing Boeing

      • By Marc Camoletti
      • Translated by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans
      • Directed by Cory Doran
  • 2014 / 2015 Season

    We begin in September with Oscar Wilde’s groundbreaking satire on the trivialities of English society, The Importance of Being Earnest. November brings us the magic and redemption of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

    Considered to be the Bard’s farewell piece, it has not been seen on this stage since the 1950s. In January, making its Hart House Theatre debut, is the ever-popular rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. With a musical score for the ages, this controversial piece changed the landscape of musical theatre and remains an audience favourite more than forty years after its premiere. Completing the season is a Canadian hidden gem that re-examined the playwriting process through a feminist lens, This Is For You, Anna. This collective creation is heartbreaking, oftentimes hilarious, and always fully engaging. A Canadian masterpiece that, in our opinion, is required viewing.

    • The Importance of Being Earnest

      • By Oscar Wilde
      • Directed by Cory Doran
    • The Tempest

      • By William Shakespeare
      • Directed by Jeremy Hutton
    • Jesus Christ Superstar

      • Lyrics by Tim Rice
      • Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
      • Directed by Luke Brown and Andrew Lloyd Webber
    • This is for You, Anna

      • By The Anna Project
      • Directed by Chelsea Dab Hilke
  • 2013 / 2014 Season

    Featuring two award-winning Canadian plays, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies and a popular musical comedy, the 2013/2014 season offers our diverse and discerning audience the variety of thought-provoking and entertaining productions that they have come to expect from Hart House Theatre.

    The season kicks off in September with the Toronto Premiere of Catherine Banks’ Governor General’s Award– winning play, Bone Cage. This important, darkly humorous, bold play shows us a glimpse of Canadian rural life through the eyes of the youth who feel trapped by it.

    In November, we continue our tradition of producing high- quality and accessible Shakespeare for downtown Toronto audiences with the much-beloved comedy, Twelfth Night.

    Our annual musical selection is something long overdue for downtown Toronto audiences. The Broadway hit The Wedding Singer, based on the popular Adam Sandler film, will entertain with its catchy numbers, a funny yet touching love story and will surely bring back some of those 80’s memories—for those of us who have them!

    Concluding the season in March is a modern Canadian classic, Ann-Marie MacDonald’s Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet). With Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet as its backdrop, MacDonald’s widely popular play is clever, ambitious and oftentimes hilarious.

    • Bone Cage

      • By Catherine Banks
      • Directed by Matt White
    • Twelfth Night

      • By William Shakespeare
      • Directed by Matthew Gorman
    • The Wedding Singer

      • Music By Matthew Sklar
      • Book by Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy
      • Lyrics By Chad Beguelin
      • Based on the New Line Cinema film written by Tim Herlihy
      • Directed by Luke Brown
    • Goodnight Desdemona

      • By Ann-Marie MacDonald
      • Directed by Carly Chamberlain
  • 2012 / 2013 Season

    • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

      • By Tom Stoppard
      • Directed by Matthew Gorman
    • My Name is Rachel Corrie

      • Taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie
      • Edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner
      • Directed by Mumbi Tindyebwa Otu
    • Romeo and Juliet

      • By William Shakespeare
      • Directed by Jeremy Hutton
    • Robin Hood: The Legendary Musical Comedy

      • Music and lyrics by Kieren MacMillan and Jeremy Hutton
      • Book by William Foley and Jeremy Hutton and Jesse MacLean and Kevin MacPherson and Kate Smith
      • Based on the collective creation by Shakespeare by the Sea, Halifax
      • Directed by Jesse MacLean
    • Bent

      • Written by Martin Sherman
      • Directed by Carter West