Next Stage Plan Your Visit

Next Stage is one of the most intimate festivals in Toronto, where audiences can get up close and personal with some of the best actors, creators, playwrights, and directors in the country. With only 6 shows over 12 days, it is possible to see everything!

Please note, Buddies requires all audience members to be masked while attending Next Stage shows in their venue.

Click through the list below for tips and information to get the most out of your Next Stage experience.

  • Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

    Next Stage has a new home! After 13 years of hosting the festival at the Factory Theatre, we are very excited to welcome you in a new space and a neighbourhood.

    The 6 mainstage shows and The Rocky Horror Picture Show ASL-Interpreted Screening will take place in the Chamber. All other community programming will take place in the Cabaret.

    For full information about the venue, click here. 

    Please note, Buddies requires all audience members to be masked while attending Next Stage shows in their venue. 

  • Ticketless

    There are no physical or e-tickets at Next Stage! When you book your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email. Use this email (on your phone or printed) to check in at the door on the day of the show.

  • Safer Spaces

    When you attend Next Stage, you join a vibrant, diverse, inclusive, welcoming, and safe community. Creating an authentic safer space requires commitment, accountability, and support from everyone. Thank you for helping make Next Stage safer for everyone. 

    If you witness or experience harassment, violence, or discrimination, please tell us. We will listen, and we will help you.

    Click here for more information and ways to get in touch. 

  • Active Listeners

    New this year, Active Listeners will be available for audience members at Next Stage. Active listeners are there to provide compassionate, empathetic, and confidential support during or following a performance. Additional mental health resources can be provided if requested. 

    Find more information here.

  • Community Programming

    Join us at Buddies for additional programming in support of the festival shows and our community at large! 

    For more information, click here.

  • Land Acknowledgement

    Toronto Fringe acknowledges that our festival occupies spaces in the city known as Toronto, on lands and waterways that have known human activity for thousands of years. It has been the territory of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy of Six Nations, and more recently is also the territory of Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit, who are part of the Anishinaabe Nation. We acknowledge our privilege to stand on this land, our responsibility to uphold truth, and our shared stewardship of our home and each other. To all the people of Turtle Island, chi miigwetch.