Theatre Under the Stars is an outdoor theatre which in 2019 features the musicals Mamma Mia! and Disney’s ‘Newsies’ in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
Dates for the two shows in 2019 are July 5th to August 17th.
Theatre Under the Stars
Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is an exceptional musical theatre company that offers live outdoor performances at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.
The theatre has been a Lower Mainland tradition for decades with performances from early July until mid to late August each year.
TUTS offers wonderful professional-quality shows and is definitely a best place to be in Vancouver for entertainment. We highly recommend you check it out.
Last year the musicals were 42nd Street and Cinderella and they ran from July 4th until August 25th. The season was originally scheduled to run until August 18th, but as happens most summers, it was extended for an additional week. The 2019 season will likely be similar.
Malkin Bowl is located in the middle of Stanley Park at 610 Pipeline Road. It’s within sight of the Stanley Park Pavilion and just a short walk south of the park’s main bus terminal near the Miniature Train.
2018 TUTS Productions
In 2018 Theatre Under the Stars’ summer performances were 42nd Street and Cinderella. Both were fantastic, as the theatre’s shows always are.
The same as they do every year, the two productions alternated evenings, with one showing every odd date and the other every even.
42nd Street is a music and dance show about an aspiring small-town actress named Peggy Sawyer who moves to New York. She starts her career in the chorus line of a big-name Broadway show – Pretty Lady. When the leading actress injures her ankle, however, Peggy gets her lucky break.
The play is itself a 1980’s Broadway musical based on a book and classic 1930’s movie. It features well-known numbers including “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” and “We’re in the Money.”
Directed in Vancouver by past Associate Director for Mamma Mia! on Broadway, Robert McQueen, 42nd Street features amazing music, tap dancing and a wonderful plot that’s fun for audiences of all ages.
Theatre Under the Stars’ other musical for 2018 was Rodgers & Hammerstein’s fairy tale Cinderella. The classic story about a poor girl, her ruthless stepmother, cruel stepsisters, fairy godmother, glass slippers and the handsome prince will no doubt create lasting memories for all its Vancouver audiences!
The musical was directed by Sarah Rodgers whose past TUTS productions have included West Side Story (2016), Hairspray (2015) and Shrek (2014).
Cinderella is a traditional fairy tale that composer Richard Rodgers and playwright Oscar Hammerstein transformed into a highly acclaimed musical production for television in 1957. Other musicals by this famous Academy and Grammy-Award-winning pair include Carousel, Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, South Pacific and The King and I.
Tickets for each show range from around $30 to $49 for adults (depending on your section), children ages 5 to 18 are $30, and kids 4 and under are free if they sit on an adult’s lap.
$20 Rush Student standby tickets are also usually available after 7 pm on the night of each performance for students with high school or post-secondary ID.
Subscriptions to TUTS cost about $70 for adults and $50 for children. They are a great deal as they include premium seats for both shows, which means about a $10 to $40 savings. Subscriptions are only available up until early May, however, so get them while you can!
Below are a couple of tips to help you save money.
TIP #1: Tickets are at a reduced rate on Preview Nights during the first few days of the season in July as well as on BC Day, which is the first Monday in August. On these days the cost is only around $20-$39 for adults and $20 for children. If you want a discounted show, buy your tickets early.
TIP #2: If hoping to get the $20 Rush Student standby tickets and want to know your chances of getting in, click TUTS Tickets and then “Buy Tickets” a few hours before the show. On that page you can get an idea about how many tickets are still available (recognizing that a fair number of tickets are also purchased at the gate just before show time). Also, don’t forget to take your student ID!
Theatre Under the Stars Venue
Theatre Under the Stars takes place in Stanley Park at Malkin Bowl which is at 610 Pipeline Road near the Stanley Park Pavilion.
The theatre is a beautiful outdoor venue, complete with a licensed beverage and snack bar. Theatre seats are plastic outdoor patio chairs with cushions available by donation (and we recommend you get a cushion!).
Below are suggestions on how to make the most out of your outdoor Stanley Park theatre experience.
TIP #1: Arrive early to get parking within reasonable walking distance of the venue. If arriving early, then go for a stroll and explore the beautiful park.
TIP #2: Take a warm sweater or two, and/or a blanket. It gets cool most evenings by the end of the show.
TIP #3: Cushions for seats are available by donation and are highly recommended. They are worth the extra few dollars and the money goes to a good cause.
TIP #4: Tickets are non-refundable. If you think there’s a chance of rain, either take a raincoat or pay the extra $5 at the time of booking for rain insurance (which allows you to reschedule for another evening if done before 8 pm on the night of your show).
TIP #5: As you’ll be in the area anyway, before the show spend some time exploring Stanley Park. Take a picnic, visit the Aquarium, go for a stroll along the seawall and have a wonderful day!
Past TUTS Performances
Theatre Under the Stars has been performing musicals at Stanley Park since 1969. Exceptional shows in recent years have included the following:
- 2018: 42nd Street and Cinderella
- 2017: The Drowsy Chaperone and Disney’s Mary Poppins.
- 2016: Beauty & the Beast and West Side Story.
- 2015: Hair Spray and Charles Dickens’ Oliver.
- 2014: Shrek and Legally Blonde
Click TUTS.ca for tickets and further information about Theatre Under the Stars.
For a list of other things to do in the Lower Mainland, check out any of the following:
- Stanley Park
- Vancouver’s July Calendar
- Vancouver’s August Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places