Stanley Park Outdoor Theatre

Stanley Park Outdoor Theatre

Theatre Under the Stars

Theatre Under the Stars is an outdoor theatre which in 2017 features the musicals Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.

Theatre Under the Stars

In 2017 Theatre Under the Stars runs from July 7 to August 26. The season was originally scheduled to go until August 19 but has now been extended one week.

Malkin Bowl Theatre at Night
Theatre Under the Stars at Malkin Bowl

Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS) has been a Lower Mainland tradition for decades with performances taking place each year at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park from mid-July until the third week in August. The theatre offers exceptional shows and is definitely a best place to be in Vancouver for entertainment. We highly recommend you check it out.

2017 TUTS Productions

In 2017 Theatre Under the Stars’ summer performances are Disney’s Mary Poppins and The Drowsy Chaperone. You’ll find both are no doubt fantastic – they always are.

The two live theatre shows alternate evenings, with one showing every odd date and the other every even between July 9 and August 26.

Mary Poppins

Mary PoppinsMary Poppins is the Walt Disney Broadway musical about a magical nanny who flies with an umbrella and teaches the Banks family about love and imagination.

The original Disney movie was a classic, released in 1964 and featured Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

Well-known songs from the musical include “A Spoonful of Sugar”, “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”

In the Vancouver production, Mary Poppins is played by Ranae Miller and Bert is played by Victor Hunter.

For tickets and information, see the Theatre Under the Stars website.

The Drowsy Chaperone

Drowsy ChaperoneThe Drowsy Chaperone is a Canadian musical tale of Jazz-Age libation full of cheeky innuendo and hilarious tongue-in-cheek content that’s suitable for older audiences.

In the show, at home in his apartment, a musical-theatre enthusiast plays a record of his favourite show and as it plays characters of the fictitious 1920’s musical come to life and dance and sing around him.

In this Vancouver production, the Man in Chair is played by Shawn Macdonald and the Drowsy Chaperone is played by Caitriona Murphy.

For tickets and information, see the Theatre Under the Stars website.

Admission Details


Tickets for both shows range from $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 available after 7 pm on the night of each performance for students with high school or post-secondary ID.

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 usually just $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 Stage

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!).

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.

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).

Click for more information about Theatre Under the Stars.

If you enjoy live outdoor theatre and like Shakespeare, then also check out Bard on the Beach.