Artistic Director Dennis Garnhum’s first playbill will be the biggest season in Grand Theatre history. With 11 plays on 2 stages, 95 actors, 1 World Premiere, 5 concerts, 1 North American Premiere, 3 new partnerships and co-productions, and a school tour, there’s more to see than ever before!


SPRIET STAGE

ONCE

Book by Enda Walsh
Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová
Based on the Motion Picture, Written and Directed by John Carney
Directed by Tracey Flye
Musical Direction by Joseph Tritt

Starring Jeremy Walmsley and Amanda LeBlanc

A co-production with the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre

October 17 to November 4 | SPRIET STAGE

Based on the award-winning Irish film, and winner of the Tony Award® for Best Musical, Once is a truly original musical experience. Set in a raucous pub with an ensemble of actor/musicians, Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician on the cusp of giving up his dreams and his chance encounter with a woman who refuses to let him. With a powerful score that features the Academy Award®-winning song Falling Slowly, Once is that rarest of theatrical events, both intensely moving and irresistibly fun.

Title Sponsor BlueStone Properties


A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By Charles Dickens
Adapted and Directed by Dennis Garnhum 
Featuring Benedict Campbell as Scrooge 

November 28 to December 30 | SPRIET STAGE

“Bah, Humbug!” True to Dickens’ timeless story, follow the miserly Scrooge as he is transformed to a warmer, gentler soul after visitations from the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future.  This acclaimed adaptation is a glorious family spectacle brimming with music, dance, and pure holiday delight.  It’s the ideal show to celebrate the season! 

Title Sponsor London Life


WORLD PREMIERE
SILENCE

By Trina Davies
Directed by Peter Hinton
Featuring Tara Rosling as Mabel Bell

January 16 to February 3 | SPRIET STAGE

Alexander Graham Bell connected people around the world by inventing the telephone. But it was of little use to his wife, Mabel, who was profoundly deaf. Written from Mabel’s point of view, the story begins in Nova Scotia as Mabel reflects back on her life with Bell. Together they inspired and challenged each other to become strong, original forces for good.  A beautiful (and true) love story about how we communicate. 

Title Sponsor Bell


BLIND DATE

Starring Rebecca Northan
A Spontaneous Theatre creation by Rebecca Northan

February 13 to March 3 | SPRIET STAGE

Experience all the exhilaration and excitement of new love as Mimi goes on a blind date with a different man every night – plucked right out of the audience! Straight from sold-out runs in New York, London’s West End, and Toronto, this fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants fusion of clown, improv, theatre, and social experiment is sure to make you fall in love with Mimi and celebrate her audience-member-turned-Romantic-Hero.

Title Sponsor McCormick


A THOUSAND SPLENDID SUNS

In association with American Conservatory Theater
Adapted by Ursula Rani Sarma
Based on a Novel by Khaled Hosseini
Directed by Carey Perloff

March 13 to 31 | SPRIET STAGE

From its acclaimed world premiere engagement with San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) comes an extraordinary story about the strength of the human spirit. Based on the international best-selling novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns is the story of three generations of women bound together by marriage, family, and a secret past in war-ravaged Afghanistan. With original music by David Coulter (Kronos Quartet).

Title Sponsor Selectpath


NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
CHARIOTS OF FIRE 

Stage Adaptation by Mike Bartlett
Screenplay by Colin Welland
Directed by Dennis Garnhum

April 17 to May 5 | SPRIET STAGE

Based on the iconic, Academy Award®-winning film, this immersive stage adaptation captures the triumphant spirit of the beloved classic in a production both epic and intimate. It is the true story of two British athletes competing in the 1924 Olympics: Harold Abrahams, the son of a Lithuanian immigrant Jew who runs to overcome prejudice and Eric Liddell, a devout Christian who runs for the glory of God, both united in the relentless pursuit of their dream.

Title Sponsor 3M


McMANUS STAGE

THE DAISY THEATRE

Created and Performed by Ronnie Burkett
Music and Sound Design by John Alcorn
Stage Managed by Crystal Salverda

October 23 to November 4 | McMANUS STAGE

Unscripted and delightfully irreverent, Ronnie returns to manipulate and voice a cast of 40-plus marionettes in this variety show for grown-ups. Outrageous, bawdy, and deliriously fun, the line-up changes every night making for a see-it-more-than-once experience. Audiences and critics alike fall in love with the ridiculous, tender, fascinating antics of The Daisy Theatre.


A 2b Theatre Production
WHAT A YOUNG WIFE OUGHT TO KNOW

By Hannah Moscovitch
Directed by Christian Barry

February 6 to 10 | McMANUS STAGE

Set in 1920s Canada, award-winning playwright Hannah Moscovitch tells the story of Sophie, a young working-class wife who is repressed by a lack of sexual education and craves liberation. Inspired by letters written to a famous British birth-control advocate, the play beautifully uses the past to reflect the present.


THE GLASS MENAGERIE

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Megan Watson

April 3 to 14 | McMANUS STAGE

One of the great literary masterpieces, Tennessee Williams’ very personal play is based on his troubled early years. In this startling, poignant drama, Tom Wingfield attempts to free himself from the family that haunts him.


JEANS 'N CLASSICS

Following last season’s wildly successful debut at the Grand, Peter Brennan’s Jeans ’n Classics returns with a brand new five-concert series spanning decades of the best of rock and pop. Presented by stellar rock and symphonic musicians, this season explores the music of maverick artists Bowie and Prince, the legendary sounds of John Lennon and Fleetwood Mac, the iconic music of James Bond, and the prolific singer-songwriters of The Brill.

Never Break The Chain:  The Music of Fleetwood Mac - August 17
Shaken Not Stirred: The  Music of  James Bond  - October 5
Bowie and Prince - February 8
WORLD PREMIERE  --  Notes From The Brill - April 5
Imagine:  The Music of  John Lennon - May 26

Presented by VersaBank


HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT
In partnership with Sheridan College Musical Theatre Program 

EVITA

By Tim Rice
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber
Directed and Choreographed by Jan Alexandra Smith
Musical Direction by Andrew Petrasiunas

September 19 to 3  | SPRIET STAGE

Evita is based on the true story of María Eva Duarte de Perón, a poor Argentinian girl who grew up to be the wife of the president and worshipped by her people. As First Lady of Argentina, she aligns herself with the poor, winning herself – and Perón – unprecedented popularity. This blockbuster musical from the writer of Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Jesus Christ Superstar was made even more famous as a 1996 Hollywood film starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas.

Title Sponsor Western Fair District
Make a Difference Community Pillar Partner Libro Credit Union
Program Sponsors Thames Valley District School Board & London District Catholic School Board

 

100 SCHOOLS

This new initiative brings professional theatre to 100 elementary schools in London and area at no cost. The program, available to public schools, private schools, and homeschool groups, will bring the thrill of live theatre to as many of the 63,000 elementary school students in the region as possible.

2017 SCHOOL TOUR | Classical Kids

BEETHOVEN LIVES UPSTAIRS 

Series Creator Susan Hammond
Written by Barbara Nichol

“There’s a madman living upstairs,” a young boy writes to his uncle. “He’s uncouth, has a terrible temper, and howls! – his name is Beethoven.” With his uncle’s help, Christoph comes to understand the genius of one of music’s most eccentric and brilliant composers.

Suitable for ages 6+.

School Tour launches Spring 2018
Special March Break public engagement on the McManus Stage March 12 to 17, 2018.

Make a Difference Community Pillar Partner Libro Credit Union
Program Sponsors Thames Valley District School Board & London District Catholic School Board