A Christmas Carol - He’s baaaaack! Canada’s own brilliant and outrageous puppet master, Ronnie Burkett, returns to The Centaur Theatre after wowing Montreal audiences with The Daisy Theatre in 2018. This time the raucous Daisy gang is getting into the festive spirit, putting their unique stamp on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Faded diva, Esmé Massengill, is Scrooge in this merry marionette mash-up. All your Daisy favourites pop by as Dickens characters to guide Esmé, in their not-so-subtle way, to redemption and the true meaning of Christmas. An adults-only holiday treat! AGE RESTRICTION: 16 years and over. Created & performed by Ronnie Burkett with Musical Arrangements by John Alcorn. Plays from November 19 to December 21, 2019 at the Centaur Theatre, Montreal. Visit centaurtheatre.com for details.

A Christmas Carol at The Campbell House Museum - The Three Ships Collective - with the support of Soup Can Theatre - is proud to announce the return of A Christmas Carol, the award-winning smash hit adaptation of Dickens’ timeless holiday classic! Set in the historic and picturesque Campbell House Museum, audiences are invited to step into the world of Victorian London and follow flinty miser Ebenezer Scrooge on his ghostly journey of redemption. With an original text by Justin Haigh, courtesy of Musical Director Pratik Gandhi, this production of A Christmas Carol illuminates the familiar tale in a fresh and meaningful way. Bringing this work to life is a stellar cast featuring returning performers Thomas Gough, Jim Armstrong, Chloe Bradt, and Michael Hogan, as well new cast members including Heather Marie Annis and Kat Letwin. A mirthful medley of magic, music, and the macabre, A Christmas Carol is a holiday experience unlike any other! Plays from November 30th to December 22nd, 2019. For tickets: ChristmasCarolTO.com. The Campbell House Museum is located at 160 Queen Street West, Toronto.

Bend It Like Bekham - Leading live-entertainment company Starvox Entertainment, Bend it Films and Kintop Pictures in association with TO Live, are thrilled to announce the cast of their upcoming North American premiere production of Bend It Like Bekham: The Musical. Arriving in time for the holiday season with a limited engagement from December 7, 2019 to January 5 at the Bluma Appel Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Performing Arts (27 Front Street East), the musical features a diverse cast of performers from Canada, the UK, and US. A heartwarming musical comedy about bending the rules and living life on your own terms, Bend It Like Bekham: The Musical is a vibrant and colourful story about a teen girl from a South Asian Sikh family who desperately wants to play soccer against the wishes of her traditional immigrant parents. Set in West London, the story follows two teenage girls from different backgrounds who share an aptitude for soccer and pressure from their families to conform. The musical marries contemporary British and South Asian music and dance, the joy of discovering your passion and fighting for it, an irreverent sense of humour, and a healthy dose of girl power. For tickets: For more information and tickets visit www.benditmusical.com

Cash Me If You Can - What would you do if you were instantly six figures richer? Horse & Hound Productions presents Cash Me If You Can, the incredible and hilarious true story of a down-on-his-luck man who cashed a $100,000 phony, junk mail cheque as a joke and fought the world's biggest bank when it actually cleared. Written, directed by, and starring Patrick Combs, the man himself, Cash Me If You Can is a true life David and Goliath tale that captured the imagination of millions. Cash Me If You Can makes its Toronto Debut after 400 performances, critical acclaim, and more than 100,000 tickets sold around the world. Initially undertaken without any background in acting, comedy, or theatre, Combs’s comedic one-man-show has been a smash hit since its Off-Broadway production over 15 years ago, with Combs and his stranger-than-fiction story featured on The Late Show, ABC Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and Good Morning America. Plays from December 10 to 21 at the Marilyn and Charles Baillie Theatre, 26 Berkeley Street (Historic Distillery Area, Toronto). For Tickets: https://www.tickets.ca/ON/Toronto/Berkeley-Street-Theatre-tickets or Ticketmaster.ca

CATS - Just in time for the holidays CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, returns to Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre for 6 weeks only, November 27, 2019 - January 5, 2020. Audiences and critics alike are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theatre — “Memory.” Winner of 7 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Featuring the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original scenic and costume design by John Napier, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation! Now onstage until January 5, 2020 . Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King Street West.Tickets are available exclusively through mirvish.com. For tickets: By Phone through TicketKing 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333. At the Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. West.

Cottagers and Indians - An Indigenous farmer begins planting wild rice along ancestral lakeshore, causing ripples throughout the local cottager’s association in Drew Hayden Taylor’s Cottagers and Indians, on at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) November 26 - December 15.The hilarious confrontation plays out between Arthur (Herbie Barnes), an Indigenous man whose ancestors once harvested wild rice along a lake now populated by cottages, and Maureen (Pippa Domville), a white woman who owns one of those cottages. Just in time for American Thanksgiving, Drew Hayden Taylor serves up a comedic dilemma with plenty of empathy, honesty and a generous helping of laughter. Cottagers and Indians premiered at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto in early 2018. The show received rave reviews and earned itself a second run at the same theatre in early 2019, as well as a successful production in Vancouver. Now that production has come to Ottawa, and GCTC Artistic Director Eric Coates is excited for local audiences to see the show. “Drew’s superpower is his ability to infuse contentious political debate with humour, precisely when you don’t expect it. This script serves as a brilliant microcosm of the challenges that continue to confront Indigenous people on this land, and Drew understands the power of smiling back while he digs in deeper.” The script is based on the true story of James Whetung, an avid wild rice grower from Curve Lake First Nation. Drew Hayden Taylor, who is also from Curve Lake, drew on this story to shed light on wider Canadian discussions about heritage and place. Cottagers and Indians deals with questions at the core of the cultural debate in Canada, and it does so with the positivity and humour for which Taylor has become known.

Hamilton - HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now. With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, HAMILTON is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.  Hamilton plays from Feb. 11 to May 17, 2020 at the Ed Mirvish Theatre. mirvish.com is the ONLY official ticketing site for the Ed Mirvish Theatre in Toronto and its upcoming engagement of HAMILTON in Toronto. can be purchased online from mirvish.com, by phone at TicketKing 416.872.1212 or 1.800.461.333 or directly from the Ed Mirvish Theatre box office.”  244 Victoria Street Toronto.

Piaf/Dietrich: A Legendary Affair - Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich were two of the greatest names in international show business during the early 20th century. The first of them enchanted the world with her singing, her moving life story, and unostentatious appearance, while the other did the same with her beauty, elegance, and bewitching stare, being one of the first European actresses to become popular in Hollywood. Based on a true story, Piaf/Dietrich is a musical drama that explores the intimate and entertaining portrait of a fascinating friendship between show business legends that began under the most unlikely of circumstances and lasted their entire lives. Featuring 20 of their unforgettable hits including La Vie En Rose, Milord, and Where Have All The Flowers Gone, and starring two of Canada’s leading actors, this will be an unforgettable theatrical experience. Starring Louise Pitre and Jayne Louis and directed by Broadway and West End director Gordon Greenberg,  Piaf/Dietrich: A Legendary Affair is written by Daniel Große Boymann and Thomas Kahry, and adapted by Erin Shields from an English language translation by Sam Madwar. It plays at the CAA Theater (651 Yonge St. Toronto) from Sept. 17 to Dec. 8, 2019. Tickets: available exclusively through mirvish.com; By Phone through TicketKing 416-872-1212 or 1-800-461-3333.

STARS: Together - STARS have spent their 20+ year career being a musical confidant to the innermost secrets of their fans’ lives. They tell the tales we keep in the darkest, and most hopeful parts of our souls. They have persevered as a band, friends, musical and social curators, staying true through countless tours and every imaginable obstacle. A collaboration between Montreal’s beloved indie-rock band STARS, Crow’s Theatre Artistic Director Chris Abraham, and writer and filmmaker Zack Russell, STARS: Together is a theatre/concert hybrid by one of Canada’s most theatrical indie-rock bands. The play meets the band where they live – in their practice space in Montreal. After more than 20 years, 8 albums, and more fights than anyone can remember – the band finally gets real and meets their destiny: to make a play together. STARS: Together is an intimate odyssey about the joys and pains of sticking by the ones you love.  STARS: Together runs November 26 to December 15 at Streetcar Crowsnest (345 Carlaw Avenue) in the Guloien Theatre. Get more information and buy tickets at crowstheatre.com  

The Adventures of Pinocchio - Young People’s Theatre (YPT) presents this year’s holiday musical, the Canadian premiere of The Adventures of Pinocchio.  Multi-award-winning actor Sheila McCarthy returns to YPT after more than 35 years to direct this rollicking new musical, which follows the beloved marionette on his mischievous quest to become a real human being. The Adventures of Pinocchio will be presented on the Mainstage from November 11, 2019 to January 5, 2020.  The Adventures of Pinocchio is written by Canadians Brian Hill (book) and Neil Bartram (music and lyrics) and had its world premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2011. The production has been freshly adapted for its Canadian premiere by YPT. Each production in YPT’s 2019.20 Season explores one of the Seven Ancestral Teachings of the Anishinaabe (Wisdom, Love, Respect, Bravery, Honesty, Humility and Truth), with The Adventures of Pinocchio focused on Honesty. “I love how the story brings Pinocchio to the realisation that honesty is a link between action and consequence - and a quality that binds people together,” said Allen MacInnis, YPT Artistic Director. “Being human is caring about how we affect others.” The Adventures of Pinocchio features Malindi Ayienga, Noah Beemer, Joel Cumber, Susan Henley, Arinea Hermans, Sierra Holder, Connor Lucas (as Pinocchio), Jacob MacInnis, Kelsey Verzotti and Shawn Wright. Recommended for ages 5 and up.  Tickets: Online: youngpeoplestheatre.org. Box Office416.862.2222 x2.  

The Solitudes - Eight women follow the thread of history and the bloodlines that brought each of them to this land, to this moment in their journeys towards home. Is home a house? Is home a “homeland?”Their offering: eight recipes for transforming our solitudes and an invitation to sit at the table. Inspired by the women of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Solitudes is a provocative, humorous, and visually charged experimental performance that conjures the many forces of separation that have overtaken our lives. This is a protest. This is an act of claiming space. This is a call to action: because a house can be invaded, but a home can never be taken away. Directed by Beatriz Pizano, the cast of Co-Creators/ Performers includes Lara Arabian, Brefny Caribou, Liliana Suarez Henao, Janis Mayers, Rosalba Martinni, Michelle Polak, Sofia Rodriguez, and Rhoma Spencer. The Solitudes plays from January 17 to 18th at Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West. Tickets: Main Box Office at 235 Queens Quay West; Phone:416 973 4000, press 1;Fax: 416 954 0366; tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com  

The Ward Cabaret - 'The Ward,' is an historic Toronto neighbourhood that teems with newcomers, activism, culture, exotic food and entrepreneurial energy. From the 1840s until the Second World War, 'The Ward' was a place where Jewish, Chinese, African-American and Italian immigrants, among others, lived and struggled, the seeding ground for this city's cultural diversity. The Ward Cabaret reimagines the powerful music and stories of this vibrant community that was the first home for many Canadians. Under the artistic direction of David Buchbinder, The Ward Cabaret's creative team includes Leah Cherniak (co-director) and Theatre Passe Muraille's Artistic Director Marjorie Chan (writer). The Ward's history reveals how a city of newcomers can embrace the power and richness of cross-cultural connections. In a period of rising anti-immigrant hostility, this is an important and timely story. Featured are actor/singers Aviva Chernick, Cara Krisman, Derek Kwan, Kaisha Lee, Mitch Smolkin and Jeremiah Sparks joined onstage by musicians David Buchbinder, Jacob Gorzhaltsan, Michael Occhipinti, Zi Wen Qin (Cynthia) & Louis Simão. Plays December 12 - 22, 2019 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay W. For tickets, call 416-973-4000 or visit the website at Wardcabaret.com.