Mrs. Kay Meek could be considered a visionary of the theatre arts. She wanted to create a place that inspired the community and brought it together before the stage. To that end, she financed the Kay Meek Centre, a cultural hub that blends classic touches into a uniquely modern venue. With blond wood, soft pink brick, and purple fabrics, the main theatre is timeless, with acoustics that enhance every musical performance and stagehand’s whispered wish to be famous. The studio theatre, on the other hand, provides a more intimate experience, with adjustable seating able to adapt to any show.
For their first Canadian tour in more than 20 years, Roxette explodes on the stage like a shaken soda, saturating their fans with decades of pop classics. Playful, zesty, and brimming with infectious hooks, the gregarious Swedish duo first made an international stir with haymakers such as “The Look,” “Joyride,” and “It Must Have Been Love,” featured in the film Pretty Woman. With 70 million records sold throughout its career and a fanbase that could take down ABBA's army, the band keeps moving in support of its latest album Travelling. Assembled from songs spawned in soundchecks, concerts, and hotel rooms, Travelling captures Roxette’s live spirit with tracks such as "Easy Way Out." Joining Roxette’s quest to transform dance floors into trampolines, Grammy-winning Canadian pop-rockers Glass Tiger spout out hits such as “Don’t Forget Me When I’m Gone” other pop classics from their album Thin Red Line.
Founded in 1919, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra enriches Vancouver with interpretations of classical and popular music at 13 performance venues. Music lovers get to hear the sonorous synchronization of the VSO's musicians and conductors throughout a diverse schedule of performances, including pops concerts and celebrations of Bach and Haydn. An army of woodwinds, strings, and brass joins forces with special guest musicians throughout May, including violinist Augustin Hadelich tackling Sibelius on May 1 and 2 and pianist Alessio Bax interpreting Mozart on May 7 and 9. Most shows take place at the VSO's home in the historic Orpheum Theatre, a former vaudeville house and designated National Heritage Site where many a prime minister got a start in ventriloquism.
Fighting Chance Productions has been praised by the Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Courier for engaging its audiences with a diverse and dynamic playbill. As artistic director and founder of the nonprofit company, Ryan Mooney has amassed an enchanting ensemble to woo theatregoers in the 2011–2012 season with renditions of classics such as The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Charles Dickens's final, unfinished novel, and the sultry musical Sweet Charity, the melodious tale of a dancer-for-hire's attempts to conceal her profession from her bashful betrothed. Patrons can savour the quirky comedy and emotional candour of an all-male troupe performance of Jon Maran's The Temperamentals, a play about the first LGBT organization in the United States and the love affair between its founding members. The farcical woes of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum will resonate with viewers also grappling with the plight of mistaken identities and low-thread-count togas in the same historic Jericho Arts Centre in which Cathy Wilmot exhibits one-woman wizardry channelling the reclusive estrangement of socialites Edith Beale and Little Edie Beale in the production of Grey Gardens.
Vancouver TheatreSports League mingles the adrenaline rush of athletic events with the dramatic drollery of improv comedy to produce sidesplitting shows that are crafted on the spot for 60 minutes of audience-integrated outlandishness. Audience earthlings yell out suggestions as the multitalented improvisers ignite games and challenge themselves to bring laughter to your tears. Scared Scriptless's comedic members cultivate the genre's most admired styles while pushing envelopes into feral territory previously only trekked by wild yard gnomes and hyena nightmares.
Legendary actor, singer, author, philanthropist, and force of nature William Shatner captains generations of fans on a warp-speed ride through seven decades of his wild career in How Time Flies: An Evening with William Shatner. A fixture of television more vital than the remote control, Shatner has owned acreage in the hearts, minds, and living rooms of fans since the times of phaser prohibition. Best known for his seminal roles as James Tiberius Kirk, T.J. Hooker, and Boston Legal's Denny Crane, Shatner's inimitable chops, charming machismo, and genuine love of his fan base permeates this special evening of memoirs and bon mots. An unparalleled raconteur, Shatner enchants audiences with his live autobiography, recanting Star Trek secrets, Esperanto anecdotes, and possible dirt about Adrian Zmed, gifting the audience with his unique singing chops between orations of memories and monologues.