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Vancouver’s Stanley Park Theatre Under the Stars Outdoor Theatre

Malkin Bowl Theatre at Night

Theatre Under the Stars is an outdoor theatre which in 2022 features the musicals Something Rotten! and We Will Rock You in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

The production was cancelled in 2020 and 2021. However, two musicals are scheduled to hit the stage in the summer of 2022!

 


This article includes info on the following topics:

2022 Productions | We Will Rock You | Something Rotten! | Admission Prices | Ticket Tips | Venue Location | Theatre Tips | Past Productions | Other Information


 

Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley Park

Theatre Under the Stars LogoTheatre Under the Stars (TUTS) is an exceptional musical theatre company that offers live outdoor performances at Stanley Park’s Malkin Bowl. It’s located at 610 Pipeline Road near the Stanley Park Pavilion.

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.

 


For the latest details, see the official Theatre Under the Stars website.


 

2022 TUTS Productions

Both the 2020 and 2021 seasons were cancelled due to the pandemic. Thankfully, theatre returns to Stanley Park in 2022! Malkin Bowl is set to host performances nearly every day in July and August this year.

This summer two musicals hit the stage! One is called We Will Rock You and the other is called Something Rotten!

The two productions feature in the outdoor theatre alternate evenings, meaning that each one plays every other day for the nearly two-month run of the shows.

Full details about the 2022 season are below.

 

We Will Rock You

Inspired by the well-known band Queen, this musical brings viewers along with the performers on a mission to fight for creative freedom and save the genre of Rock n’ Roll.

This theatre production debuted in 2002 in London, England, and has since then been seen all around the world. The story and script were originally written by Ben Elton. The show includes more than twenty songs by Queen.

The first preview for the show is July 3rd, 2022, and opening night is July 8th. The show runs every until August 27th.

 

Something Rotten!

Set in the sixteenth century, this musical is a Shakespearean-themed comedy about two brothers trying to make it in the theatre industry. Throughout the story, the brothers struggle to shine in the shadow of William Shakespeare himself.

Originally created by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, this show was first performed in New York about seven years ago. The musical made its way around America and was even performed in South Korea.

The first preview for the show is July 2nd, 2022, and opening night is July 7th. The show runs until August 26th.

 

Admission Prices

Regular admission prices for each show range from around $30 to $65 for adults (depending on the section). Children ages 5 to 12 cost $30 and kids ages 4 and under are free if they sit on an adult’s lap. If you buy tickets before June 17th, 2022, the early bird pricing is $10 cheaper for each ticket.

Subscriptions to TUTS cost about $90 or so for adults and $60 for children. They are a great deal as they include premium seats for both shows which means you save about $20 to $40. Subscriptions are only available up until May 18th, 2022.

 

Free Outdoor Movies

 

Ticket Tips

Below are some tips from previous years to help you save money.

TIP #1: Tickets are usually 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-$45 for adults and $20 for youth and children (although 2022 details are to be confirmed). If you want a discounted show, buy your tickets early.

TIP #2: Early-bird tickets cost $5 less than regular tickets and are available up until June 5th.

TIP #3: You can also order tickets over the phone by calling 1-877-840-0457. There is usually, however, an additional $5 charge per order by booking this way.

 

Theatre Under the Stars Venue

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.

The theatre is an attractive 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).

 

Outdoor Theatre Lobby at Stanley Park

 

Theatre Tips

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 (and especially in August).

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 exchange insurance which allows you to reschedule for another evening if done before 8 pm on the night of your show.

TIP #5: Exchange insurance is good for rainy days, but also in other cases where you find you need to change your dates. You have to buy the insurance though at the time you book your tickets.

TIP #6: 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!

TIP #7: As the sun goes down, you’ll also notice the little evening bugs that come out.  Bring your own form of insect repellent to help keep those little critters away.

 

Theatre Under the Stars Stage

 

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:

  • 2020: Beauty & the Beast and Hello Dolly (Cancelled)
  • 2019: Mamma Mia! and Newsies
  • 2018: 42nd Street and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 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

 

Other Information

Click TUTS.ca for tickets and further information about Theatre Under the Stars.

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