Next Stage

Next stage is now All digital!

January 19-30, 2022

Returning. Transforming.

For this, our 15th Next Stage Theatre Festival, we are returning, and transforming. As we readjust to the new world and return to live theatre, we are offering you the best of the best in digital and in person. There’s something for everyone in this exceptionally strong and eclectic mix of artists and shows; humour, music, innovation, vulnerability from artists with strong and clear voices, who are ready for their next stage: an audience (you!).

We are pleased to announce the full slate of 2022 Next Stage Theatre Festival shows will now be presented online. Previously planned as a hybrid in-person and digital festival, the Festival will now be completely online in compliance with the Government of Ontario’s recent move to Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen.

A Message from Executive Director Lucy Eveleigh:

“We feel fortunate that we built resiliency into our planning for Next Stage, knowing that if sudden changes impacted our theatres, we would have a brilliant Digital Series still in place, and hopefully could still have space to safely record and create digital offerings of the in-person pieces. The artists have stepped into this realm with a wonderful enthusiasm, and we are so grateful that we still get to share the work of all these incredible companies and present our original slate of ten productions”.

Next Stage Theatre Festival will begin with Stories of a Dish and The Sunglasses Monologue available on-demand starting January 19, and with live digital presentations of The Complex opening January 19, and Saving Wonderland opening January 20.

Next Stage will then continue with digital drops of Bremen Town, Heart of a Dog, She’s Not Special, Stand Up Comedy, Tango In The Dark, and Ursa: A Folk Musical featuring live-to-tape performances for on-demand viewing. These shows will be made available in a staggered release schedule to watch online as early as January 22.

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