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Eleanor Crowder stars in 'Shakespeare's Will'. Photo: Andrew Alexander.

Season Preview 2019–2020: The Gladstone Theatre

By Greggory Clark on May 1, 2019





Today, The Gladstone Theatre revealed eight professional shows and five community theatre productions playing in the 2019–2020 season. At least a half-dozen more plays will be announced before September, according to a press release.

With these 13 shows and more to come, The Gladstone is guaranteed to be one of the busiest venues in Ottawa next season. Most productions will run for one or two weeks. When plays aren’t on, The Gladstone is usually open to booking concerts, standup comedy and podcast tapings too.

The venue has been a mainstay in Ottawa since the 1980s, when Great Canadian Theatre Company occupied the space. However, The Gladstone has been run by a unique partnership of local independent theatre companies since 2008. This is their eleventh collaborative season.

The 2019–2020 program is co-presented by The Gladstone’s resident companies Plosive Productions, Bear & Co., SevenThirty Productions, Theatre Kraken, Three Sisters Theatre Company, and Black Sheep Theatre, with an extra offering of shows from community theatre companies like ToToToo, Phoenix Players, and Orpheus Theatre.

2019–2020 Resident Company Season

The Ugly One by Marius von Mayenburg; dir. Peter James Haworth; prod. Plosive Productions (Sept. 26 to Oct. 5, 2019)

Lightfoot in Song by Bear & Co. (Oct. 24 to Nov. 2, 2019)

Oleanna by David Mamet; prod. SevenThirty Productions (Nov. 5–16, 2019)

The Wolves by Sarah Delappe; dir. Krista Marchand; prod. Theatre Kraken (Jan. 30 to Feb. 8, 2020)

Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel; dir. John P. Kelly; co-prod. Three Sisters Theatre Company and SevenThirty Productions (Mar. 12–21, 2020)

…And The Wardrobe by Jayson McDonald; prod. Black Sheep Theatre (Apr. 15–25, 2209)

Shakespeare’s Will by Vern Thiessen; prod. Bear & Co. (Apr. 30 to May 9, 2020)

She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen; dir. Don Fex; prod. Theatre Kraken (May 15–23, 2020)

Community Theatre Shows

The Boys in the Band by Mart Crowley; dir. Jim McNabb and Shaun Toohey; prod. ToToToo Theatre (Oct. 10–19, 2019)

Wrong For Each Other by Norm Foster; dir. Brian Kennedy; prod. Phoenix Players (Nov. 22–30, 2019)

Bare: A Pop Opera by Damien Intrabartolo and Jon Hartmere; dir. Josh Kemp; prod. ToToToo Theatre (Feb. 27 to Mar. 7, 2020)

Becky’s New Car by Steven Dietz; dir. André Dimitrijevic; prod. Phoenix Players (Mar. 27 to Apr. 4, 2020)

Hedwig and the Angry Inch by Stephen Task and John Cameron Mitchell; dir. Shaun Toohey; prod. ToToToo Theatre (June 18–27, 2020)

Visit to see the full program and schedule. Subscriptions (8 resident company shows) are available for $160–262 and the community companies also offer discount packages. Single tickets go on sale May 7. The Gladstone has a barrier-free entrance and accessible washrooms.