What are the best places to see a play in Toronto?

Answers from Our Experts (2)

Rosemina Nazarali

Toronto’s theatre scene is booming, with several venues to see both large and small productions. The very best include the Ed Mirvish Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

The Ed Mirvish Theatre first opened in Toronto in the 1920s and has a capacity of 2200. The theatre is currently hosting a production of The Wizard of Oz.

The Royal Alexandra Theatre was built in the early 1900s and has a capacity of just under 1,500. The venue’s most noteworthy upcoming show is I Love Lucy -- Live Onstage.

The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts is a venue that hosts both theatrical and musical productions. It opened in 1960 and has just over 3,000 seats. Upcoming shows include Russell Brand, the Pet Shop Boys and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Goddesses.

Ilona Kauremszky

Whether it’s mainstream or edgy avant-garde plays you’re after, Toronto’s theatre scene has got such a wide portfolio, no wonder Broadway hits come here to test the productions before heading south.

We can thank one local theatre family for that. The Mirvish family helmed by Ed and later his son David resurrected old stages like the Royal Alexandra and new builds like the Princess of Wales to bring big productions here.

Watch the acclaimed Broadway musical hit, The Book of Mormon return next year to the Princess of Wales Theatre.

The Toronto Fringe Festival (July 3-14) is a collection of fringe productions performed in unique spaces like a pawn shop and a laundromat. It’s definitely a festival to consider if you want to mingle with the city’s artsy hipsters.

And if you want to avoid staying cooped up inside during a hot night, then consider heading to Toronto’s High Park to watch Shakespeare in High Park performed by the Canadian Stage Company.  The Bard’s words lift off the page under a sea of stars there. Truly divine!!

Related Questions