Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl’s amazing tale, is now Toronto’s golden ticket! It’s the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including Pure Imagination, The Candy Man, and I’ve Got a Golden Ticket, alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to burst with colour and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before – get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator, and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! Charlie And The Chocolate Factory plays from Nov. 20 to Jan.6 at the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West. Tickets: 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.

Cinderella – A Merry Magical Pantomime - Something exciting is returning to Toronto’s East End this holiday season. Torrent Productions is thrilled to announce that CINDERELLA-A MERRY MAGICAL PANTOMIME will premiere at the Royal Canadian Legion 1/42 located at Coxwell Ave and Gerrard St East opening on Friday, December 21ST, 7pm and run for 12 shows only until December 30TH, 2018.  A fantastic holiday treat for the entire family. Cinderella-A Merry Magical Pantomime is packed with action and zingers with a couple of magical surprises tossed in for good measure. Come see Cinderella at the corner of Coxwell Ave and Gerrard Street East where you will find her humble cottage, magical pumpkins and glass slippers. Husband and wife team and long-time residents of the neighbourhood, Rob Torr and Dora Award winning choreographer, Stephanie Graham of Torrent Productions produce again after their successful run of Robin Hood-A Merry Magical Pantomime in 2016 and Pinocchio-A Merry Magical Pantomime in 2017. Cinderella-A Merry Magical Pantomime’s cast consists of musical theatre veterans including Brittany Banks, Gaelan Beatty, Greg Campbell, Stuart Dowling, JJ Gerber, Erin Keaney, Ryan A. Rogerson and Shawn Wright. Cinderella opens December 21, 2018 and runs until December 31, 2018 at the Royal Canadian Legion at Coxwell and Gerrard in Toronto’s East End. Tickets: www.torrentproductions.com

Come From Away - After a sold-out, standing-room only Toronto engagement before heading to Broadway, Come From Away, the “Best Musical” winner all across North America. returns to Toronto due to overwhelming demand!  It’s been called the “edge of the world.” The weather is wild, but the locals never lack for warmth. And it’s here, in Newfoundland, where a remote town became the epicenter of a remarkable true story filled with unusual characters, unexpected camaraderie and uncommon generosity. Come From Away tells the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On September 11, 2001 the world stopped.  On September 12, their stories moved us all. With Book, Music & Lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein and Directed by Christopher Ashley, and a cast of 18. Twelve more weeks of performances have been added through Jan 20, 2019 after which it will transfer to the Elgin Theatre in mid-February.  Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West, Toronto. Available online at mirvish.com. By phone 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. Photo by Michael Murphy. Canadian Company in Come From Away.

Ghosting - In the near future, a woman grapples with her failing relationship and troubled son by seeking the help of her oldest friend: her iPhone. Ghosting the debut work from writer Michael Ruderman. Ghosting  is a technological memory play, exploring a mid-life crisis through a quarter-life crisis, the infiltration of personal computers into our emotional lives, and humanity’s shared hidden desires that can turn us into ghosts.Written by  Michael Ruderman, directed by Elizabeth Saunders, and featuring Sarah Deller, Ingrid Doucet, Chanakya Mukher Jee, Brooke Palsson, Suzanne Roberts Smith and Parmida Vand. Ghosting is an immersive look into technological addictions, love, and wondering if you are ever truly happy enough. Plays at Tarragon Theatre’s Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue, from November 29 (preview), opens Nov. 30 and runs to December 9. Tickets (Pay-What-You-Can-Afford) (416) 531-1827 or online. Visit mooseandmoa for more details.

Hot Brown Honey - Hot Brown Honey turns up the heat, delivering lashings of sass and a hot pinch of empowerment in the smash-hit that has taken the world by storm. Civic Theatres Toronto, in association with Why Not Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts present Hot Brown Honey at the Bluma Appel Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front Street East  from April 5 - 7, 2019. Part hip hop concert and part pep rally, Hot Brown Honey is presented in association with Why Not Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts. Hot Brown Honey will make you laugh, cry, clap and shake what your mama gave you. This stellar posse of phenomenal women make noise as they defiantly smash stereotypes and remix the system. Featuring six multi-talented indigenous women from the South Pacific, this neo-burlesque collective perform a full throttle show accompanied by a pounding soundtrack spun by ‘Queen Bee’ Busty Beatz, from atop her glowing hive. Tickets: Online at www.sonycentre.ca, by calling 1-855-872-7669.

Slava’s Snowshow - Celebrating 25 years of world tours, Slava's Snowshow is a must see event that asks audiences young and old to rediscover a sense of childlike amazement and uninhibited joy from one of the great living minds in theatre, and one of the world’s most famous living clowns, Slava Polunin. Slava's disarming troupe of clowns will take you on a visual and musical extravaganza before roaring to its legendary finish…which we promise, you do not want to miss!  It has been said that Slava's Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to circus: the best of the best. Critically acclaimed, internationally celebrated with more than 20 international awards, and beloved by millions, Slava's Snowshow transcends all ages, languages and cultures. Show One Productions and Civic Theatres Toronto as they present the multi-award-winning, theatrical masterpiece Slava's Snowshow, onstage just in time for the holidays Dec. 7-16 at the Bluma Appel Theatre. 27 Front Street East, Toronto. Tickets: Tickets at ticketmaster.ca, by calling 1.855.872.7669, or in person at any Civic Theatres Toronto box office:

The Runner - ZAKA is an Orthodox Jewish volunteer force in Israel. They collect the remains of Jews killed in accidents. Presented by Human Cargo, this one-person play follows Jacob – a ZAKA volunteer – as he grapples with the political and moral fall out of saving a woman’s life. Based on a real-life Z.A.K.A member, The Runner has been created in Israel in collaboration with Nephesh Theatre, Tel Aviv and is being presented with the support of Theatre Passe Muraille. Written by Christopher Morris, Directed by Daniel Brooks, and featuring Gord Rand as Jacob, The Runner plays at Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace from November 25 (Opens November 29) to December 9.  16  Ryerson Avenue. Tickets: Passe Muraille Box Office: 416-504-7529

The Wizard of Oz - There’s no place like home… or to put a little twist on Dorothy’s iconic line… there’s no place like Toronto’s Elgin Theatre in December! The favourite destination for Ontario families for 23 years, Ross Petty Productions’ brand new version of The Wizard of Oz will have children and adults alike clicking their heels (more than 3 times) to pop songs, dances, jokes, ad libs and a generous helping of audience participation. Our story begins on Ossington Avenue, but before you can say Emerald City, you definitely won’t think you’re in Toronto anymore. We’re delighted to introduce Ottawa’s Camille Eanga-Selenge as Dorothy, a sensational young talent who recently starred on Broadway and Australia in the mega hit musical The Book of Mormon. Eddie Glen brings his lovable charm back to the Elgin for his 16th production. The Tin Man, Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion will Heart-ily welcome you for having the Brains and Courage to participate in all the fun. And of course the Wicked Witch of the West will enjoy sweeping away your tornado of Boos! Plays November 30 to January 5 at the Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge Street. Tickets: 647-438-5559; Toll Free 1-866-447-7849; Tickets: info@thegrouptixcompany.com

The Wonder Pageant - Created and directed by Kayla Lorette and Ron Pederson, The Wonder Pageant is an unscripted evening of improv comedy, merry music and holiday cheer, with a few ugly sweaters thrown in for good measure! Grab an egg nog and join in on the holiday fun, December 2 – 23 at the Coal Mine Theatre, 1454 Danforth Ave. Toronto. From audience suggestions each night, the cast of Canadian Comedy Award-winners, create new sketches and songs on the spot for an insane night of festive follies and Christmas comedy miracles! The intimacy of the Coal Mine Theatre is the perfect way to experience the wonder of improv. Kayla Lorette and Ron Pederson  will perform alongside their personal favourite improv superstars Matt Baram  Jan Carauna, Paloma Nuñez and Kris Siddiqi with Musical Director Waylen Miki. For more info + to purchase tickets, please visit www.coalminetheatre.com. 1-800-838-3000

Timothy Findley’s The Wars - Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, the Grand Theatre will honour the sacrifices of our soldiers past and present with the Governor General Award-winning story, Timothy Findley’s The Wars based on the book of the same name by one of Canada’s most distinguished authors. Adapted and directed by Grand Theatre Artistic Director, Dennis Garnhum, Timothy Findley’s The Wars launches the 18/19 season on the Spriet Stage, running from October 23 to November 11, Remembrance Day.  This Canadian classic follows young Robert Ross from his Toronto family home to the muddy battlefields of France. Intense and powerful, Timothy Findley’s The Wars reminds us, through one man’s journey, of the sacrifice of our soldiers in the “war to end all wars.” Timothy Findley’s The Wars stars Alex Furber  as Robert Ross and will feature a cast of 16 including Jan Alexandra Smith, Shannon Taylor, and Omar Alex Khan. During the run of the show The Grand will be displaying an exhibit called The World Remembers, recognizing the name of each of the 1,0003,167 soldiers, nurses and other military personnel from Canada and fiteen other participating nations who perished during the war. 471 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Tickets: 519-6772-8800.