LIVE! AND IN PERSON.
2022-23 Grand Season

LIVE! AND IN PERSON.

An unapologetic return to live theatre and exhilarating celebration of togetherness

After over two years of uncertainty, social isolation, and show cancellations, the Grand is ready to do something radical. Something exhilarating. And, something unforgettable.

For our 2022-2023 season, the Grand invites you to join us in experiencing extraordinary theatre the way it was intended to be viewed: “Live! And, in person.”

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New subscriptions go on sale May 19th, 2022
Single tickets go on sale June 30th, 2022

 

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2021 HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT

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 Saccha Dennis

September 20 to October 1, 2022 | Spriet Stage
Opening September 23, 2022

Title Sponsor

Western Fair District

Make A Difference Youth Program Sponsor

Libro

Program Sponsors
Thames Valley District School Board
London District Catholic School Board

What is the price we must pay to achieve our dreams and fulfill our deepest wishes? With Into the Woods, everyone’s favourite storybook characters come to life on stage in an enchanting tale about the pursuit for “happily ever after” and the dark consequences of chasing a wish.

In a quest to reverse a curse placed on them by the witch next door, and fulfill their deepest wish, the baker and his wife venture into the woods to find four magical ingredients. On their journey, they encounter Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Jack, each on a quest to fulfill a wish of their own. Through peculiar paths and twisting trails, characters soon discover that not everything is as it seems, and that every story has more than one ending.

“Our beloved students are back in our theatre this season and we couldn’t be more thrilled! For our 24th season of the High School project, we will honour the work and life of Stephen Sondheim, while introducing a new generation of musical theatre lovers to the beauty of this Tony Award-winning book and score. I look forward to watching a youthful cast bring truth and life to this most unusually-brilliant piece of imagination.” - Dennis

Into the Woods

Tue. September 20, 2022 - 7:30PM
Thu. September 22, 2022 - 7:30PM
Fri. September 23, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sat. September 24, 2022 - 2:00PM
Sat. September 24, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sun. September 25, 2022 - 2:00PM
Wed. September 28, 2022 - 1:00PM
Wed. September 28, 2022 - 7:30PM
Thu. September 29, 2022 - 7:30PM
Fri. September 30, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sat. October 1, 2022 - 2:00PM
Sat. October 1, 2022 - 8:00PM

World Premiere

GRAND Ghosts

By Trina Davies
Directed by Jillian Keiley

October 18 to November 5, 2022 | Spriet Stage
Opening October 21, 2022

Title Sponsor

BlueStone Properties

COMPASS Development Partner

Tourism London

In 1919, something happened.

Something mysterious. Something nefarious. Something unresolved.

On December 2, 1919, Ontario theatre magnate Ambrose Small sold all of his theatre holdings, including London’s Grand Theatre, for a record sum. That very day, he disappeared. In his wake, Ambrose left behind his enormous fortune, a jealous wife, a disgruntled employee, gambling buddies, a mistress, and a ghostly mystery waiting to be solved. In the century that has since passed, the body of Ambrose Small has yet to be recovered – at least in the flesh. Yet, countless tales have been reported of a ghostly figure spotted in the darkest corners of Ambrose’s favourite theatre, the Grand.

In this world premiere imagining, every Halloween, the ghosts who haunt the Grand return to relive what actually happened on that fateful day, a century ago. Through a ghostly spectacle, audiences will be left to decide: what really happened to Ambrose Small?

“This spooky, original, vaudeville-inspired piece won’t stop haunting me and I can hardly wait to share it with you. Filled with music, dance, and spectacle, our ghosts will haunt you with their rendition of a time in our theatre’s history that remains a mystery. And, who knows? Perhaps our Ghost, Ambrose, might just drop in while you’re here.” - Dennis

MixTape

By Zorana Sadiq
Directed by Chris Abraham
Presented by Crow's Theatre

November 8 to 20, 2022 | Auburn Stage

Opening November 9, 2022

Can you remember the first song you played on-repeat? The song that you would pause, rewind, play, and replay over and over again? Sounds from the past can evoke powerful emotions, memories, and transport us to a different time – helping to form the playlist of our lives.

For writer, performer, and musician Zorana Sadiq, she believes that sound is our first, last, and most influential sense. After all, the first thing we do in life is make sound. In this solo show, Sadiq invites audience members into a personal exploration of her life experienced through sound. From Barbra Streisand to George Michael, from Sondheim to Mozart, and from squeaky oven doors to the thwap of a heartbeat, multidisciplinary artist of Pakistani descent, Sadiq has curated the ultimate mixtape for life: part memoir, part scientific inquiry, and part love affair with listening.

“London has recently been designated a UNESCO City of Music. We celebrate this distinction through a journey straight to the source: the power of sound.
Zorana’s beautiful voice, matched with her charming presence, will take us all on an eclectic, unpredictable, and moving auditory voyage – only made more visceral through the intimacy of the Auburn Stage.” - Dennis

MixTape

Tue. November 8, 2022 - 7:30PM
Wed. November 9, 2022 - 7:30PM
Thu. November 10, 2022 - 7:30PM
Fri. November 11, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sat. November 12, 2022 - 2:00PM
Sat. November 12, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sun. November 13, 2022 - 2:00PM
Tue. November 15, 2022 - 7:30PM
Wed. November 16, 2022 - 1:00PM
Wed. November 16, 2022 - 7:30PM
Thu. November 17, 2022 - 7:30PM
Fri. November 18, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sat. November 19, 2022 - 2:00PM
Sat. November 19, 2022 - 8:00PM
Sun. November 20, 2022 - 2:00PM

Elf

Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin
Music by Matthew Sklar
Lyrics by Chad Beguelin
Directed by Dennis Garnhum
Based upon the New Line Cinema film written by David Berenbaum

November 22 to December 24, 2022 | Spriet Stage
Opening November 25, 2022

Title Sponsor

McCormick Canada

One of the greatest holiday shows presented at the Grand is back… bringing London even more Christmas cheer, more Christmas carols, and more SYRUP!

Based on the beloved holiday film, Elf tells the story of Buddy, an orphan who as an infant mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is accidently transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually a human, Buddy is raised believing that he is a true elf of the North Pole. That is, until his massive size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the cold truth. Unable to shake the feeling that he doesn’t fit in, Buddy embarks on a journey of self-discovery to New York City to track down his birth father. After realizing that his father is on the naughty list and his half-brother doesn't even believe in Santa, Buddy becomes determined to uplift and joyously-bond with his new family – all the while reminding New York of the true meaning of Christmas.

This show makes me grin with glee from the moment it begins until the triumphant ending. The songs are a delight, and the antics of Buddy the Elf leave me in stitches. Everything about this show is about the power of believing: believing in people, believing in possibilities, and believing in a hopeful future. What’s not to love? -Dennis

Controlled Damage

By Andrea Scott
Directed by Ray Hogg

January 17 to 29, 2023 | Spriet Stage
Opening January 20, 2023

Title Sponsor

Selectpath

On November 8, 1946, Black Nova Scotian, Viola Desmond walked into the Whites-only section of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Unaware that the theatre was segregated, Viola took a seat on the main floor, instead of in the balcony where Black patrons were expected to sit. She was eventually arrested and dragged from the theatre. In Controlled Damage, award-winning playwright Andrea Scott illuminates the story of Viola Desmond – a woman who took a stand against racial discrimination, by taking a seat at a theatre.

“In Controlled Damage, London-born playwright, Andrea Scott immerses audiences into a pivotal moment in Canadian history with incredible grace and power. It may challenge you. It will captivate you. And, it will stick with you for years to come. We are truly honoured to have this powerful play on our stage.” - Dennis

BOOM X

Written, Directed and Performed by Rick Miller

February 7 to 25, 2023 | Spriet Stage

Opening February 10, 2023

Title Sponsor

Ahria Consulting

If you were given 100 minutes to encapsulate the essence of Generation X, where would you start?

Picking up where Rick Miller’s original hit show BOOM left off—at Woodstock in 1969—Boom X tackles the music, culture, and politics of Generation X. Surrounded by stunning visuals, over the course of 100 minutes, Rick Miller plays more than 100 famous people—musicians, celebrities, politicians—in his own story of growing up and trying to navigate the tangled legacy of the Baby Boom.

“I remember sitting in a restaurant talking to Rick about his new show Boom many years ago. I programmed its premiere at Theatre Calgary and it took off! Since then, it has been touring the world, including a wildly successful stop at the Grand. This is his follow-up piece, where again we’ll see Rick doing what Rick does best.” - Dennis

World Premiere

HOMES: A Refugee Story

Written by Winnie Yeung and Haysam Kadri
Adapted from the book by Abu Bakr al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung

February 21 to March 5, 2023 | Auburn Stage
Opening February 24, 2023

A true story.

What is it like to live through a civil war?

Based on the award-winning novel by the same name, the stage adaptation of Homes: A Refugee Story features the remarkable true story of Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah’s life and how, as a young boy, he emerged from a war zone with a passion for sharing his story and telling the world what is truly happening in Syria. Homes depicts the juxtapositions of growing up in a war zone: horrific, unimaginable events punctuated by soccer, cousins, video games, and the love of friends and family.

“When I first read this novel, I was mesmerized. I was uplifted by this young boy's resilience, horrified at the violence he navigated, and deeply grateful for his honesty and reflection. I can’t stop thinking about this powerful story, and believe that you too will feel the same after experiencing this illuminating world premiere.” - Dennis

Homes: A Refugee Story

Tue. February 21, 2023 - 7:30PM
Wed. February 22, 2023 - 7:30PM
Thu. February 23, 2023 - 7:30PM
Fri. February 24, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sat. February 25, 2023 - 2:00PM
Sat. February 25, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sun. February 26, 2023 - 2:00PM
Tue. February 28, 2023 - 7:30PM
Wed. March 1, 2023 - 7:30PM
Thu. March 2, 2023 - 7:30PM
Fri. March 3, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sat. March 4, 2023 - 2:00PM
Sat. March 4, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sun. March 5, 2023 - 2:00PM

World Premiere

Rubaboo

Written by Andrea Menard
Music by Andrea Menard and Robert Walsh
Co-produced with Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver

March 7 to 25, 2023 | Spriet Stage
Opening March 10, 2023

Title Sponsor

Canada Life

Derived from the Michif word for ‘leftovers stew’ or ‘big pot,’ Rubaboo will take audiences on an intimate, moving, and joyous journey – guided by powerhouse, Métis performer, Andrea Menard.

An award-winning, singer-songwriter, and actor, Andrea’s lyrical voice and masterful storytelling will envelop you into the beauty of Métis culture. Featuring the sounds of drums and guitar, this grand musical feast will include songs of reconciliation, unity, love, frustration, and resilience.

“Expect your hearts to fill and your spirits to soar, as Andrea Menard uses her wisdom, warmth, and formidable voice to take us all on a very personal journey in the world premiere of Rubaboo. Andrea is a gentle force within our country, and it’s a real honour to have her with us”. - Dennis

the National Arts Centre, Vita Brevis Arts, Canadian Stage Company, Neptune Theatre, Grand Theatre production of

Fall On Your Knees

Adaptation for the stage by Hannah Moscovitch and Alisa Palmer
Co-Created and Written by Hannah Moscovitch
Co-Created and Directed by Alisa Palmer
Production Dramaturgy by Mel Hague
Based on the Novel by Ann-Marie MacDonald

Limited Engagement: March 29 to April 2, 2023 | SPRIET STAGE
Opening March 29, 2023

Relentless ambition, forbidden love, and a secret that could shatter the foundation of a family.

Written by the internationally-acclaimed Canadian writer, Ann-Marie MacDonald, Fall On Your Knees chronicles three generations of Cape Breton Island’s Piper family. The story moves from the battlefields of the First World War, to the emerging jazz scene in Harlem, NY, and into the lives of four unforgettable sisters.

“We are proud to be partnering with five extraordinary theatre organizations to bring the historic stage-telling of Fall On Your Knees to four cities – ending right here at the Grand! This highly original experience will break MacDonald’s beloved story into two parts to chronicle the full lifespan of the novel. Whether you see the first part, second part, or both, it will be an experience to remember.” - Dennis

Fall on Your Knees

Part One: Family Tree

Wed. March 29, 2023 - 7:30PM
Fri. March 31, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sat. April 1, 2023 - 2:00PM

Part Two: The Diary

Thu. March 30, 2023 - 7:30PM
Sat. April 1, 2023 - 8:00PM
Sun. April 2, 2023 - 2:00PM

Neptune Theatre’s Production of

East Coast Kitchen Party

Conceived and created by Jeremy Webb and Ian Sherwood

April 18 to May 6, 2023 | SPRIET STAGE
Opening April 21, 2023

Celebrate a Maritime tradition! East Coast Kitchen Party offers an authentically Nova Scotian experience: a concert celebration set in a kitchen, where instruments come out, and friends start to play. Kick back as we toast some of the best music that the East Coast has to offer. Each performance will see the stunning cast of Maritimers joined by musicians from across southwestern Ontario, who will drop in to add some local flavour to the party. This is the perfect opportunity to grab your friends and family, raise a glass, and celebrate!

“We end our season with music, friends, and fun! In this East-coast-meets-London experience, a rotating group of performers from our city will not only join each show (Live! And In Person), but will keep the party going immediately following the in our newly-created Drewlo Lounge. Not enough? Did I mention you can sit onstage at the bar?” - Dennis

JEANS ‘N CLASSICS

Spriet Stage

 

Peter Brennan’s Jeans ’n Classics returns to the Grand’s Spriet Stage with a brand-new five-concert series – performing the best of rock and pop. 

Time Warp: The Music of Rocky Horror – October 6, 2022

Tears for Fears & The Alan Parsons Project – November 10, 2022

Dancing Queen: The Music of ABBA – February 2, 2023

Bowie – April 6, 2023

Back to Back: Elton John and Billy Joel – May 18, 2023

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