Theatre Under the Stars is an outdoor theatre which in 2020 was going to feature the musicals Beauty & the Beast and Hello Dolly in Vancouver’s Stanley Park.
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Theatre Under the Stars at Stanley Park
Theatre 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.
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.
In 2020 the season was going to run from July 4th until August 29th and feature Disney’s Beauty & the Beast and Hello Dolly. Shows the year before were Mamma Mia! and Disney’s ‘Newsies’. As always, they were both exceptional and we expect next year’s productions to be the same! Dates and details for 2021 are to be confirmed.
For tickets and other details, see the official Theatre Under the Stars website.
2020 TUTS Productions
Until they got cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, in 2020 the Theatre Under the Stars’ summer performances were going to be Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Hello, Dolly! Both were expected to be fantastic, as the theatre’s shows always are.
The same as they do every year, the two productions were going to alternate evenings, with one showing every odd date and the other every even.
Both shows were going to be about two and a half hours in length including a short intermission. Doors were to open at 7 o’clock and the seating area at 7:30. The performances were to start at 8 pm.
The only exceptions were when the Celebration of Lights fireworks were going to take place. Consequently, on July 29th and August 1st the performances were to begin at 7 o’clock and everything else was to be similarly shifted one hour earlier.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Based on the 1991 film, Beauty and the Beast is a musical about a young girl named Belle who is captured by the Beast. The theatre production debuted in 1994 and ran on Broadway from 1994 until 2007. It’s based on a story originally written by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont with music added in the Disney film by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
This was not going to be the first time Theatre Under The Stars has done Beauty and the Beast. It was one of the shows performed in the 2016 season and was loved by all who saw it. In 2020, the same actors from 2016 were going to play Belle, the Beast and Mrs. Potts. If it was anything like it was 4 years ago (and we expect it would have been) it was going to be a play you wouldn’t want to miss!
To see our review of the 2016 production of this show click Beauty and the Beast in 2016. Dates and details for 2021 are to be confirmed.
2020 Stanley Park Dates
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was going to show every second day in Stanley Park from July 4th until August 28th. Preview nights were going to be Saturday July 4th and Monday July 6th. The official opening night was going to be Wednesday July 8th.
About the Show
The well-known Disney musical is about a prince who is cursed and turned into a Beast. The only way for him to reverse the curse is to fall in love and for someone else to love him in return, despite his appearance. Belle is a smart young lady from a nearby town. When her father, Maurice, goes missing she discovers him captured in the Beast’s castle. Belle takes his place as the Beast’s prisoner so her father can return home.
The Beast knows he must learn to love her and be loved by her in return if he ever wants the curse to be reversed. He only has so much time to do this and with help from his enchanted servants he tries to create an everlasting bond with Belle.
In the 2020 Vancouver production the Beast was going to be played by Peter Monaghan, Belle by Jaime Piercy and Gaston by Devan Coward. Maurice was going to be played by Matt Ramer.
Popular songs from the play include “Beauty and the Beast”, “Be Our Guest“, “Gaston” and “Something There“.
Directed in Vancouver by Shel Piercy, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features amazing music, dancing and a wonderful plot that’s fun for audiences of all ages.
Click TUTS Beauty and the Beast for tickets and more information.
Hello, Dolly! is a musical about a woman named Dolly Gallagher Levi who works as a matchmaker to find a match for a rich popular man named Horace Vandergelder.
The story is based on a book written by Michael Stewart. The musical has lyrics and music written by Jerry Herman and premiered in 1963 at a local theatre in Detroit and then moved to Broadway in 1964. The musical has since won 14 Tony awards, had 5 revivals and been made into a 20th Century Fox film.
2020 Stanley Park Dates
Hello, Dolly! performances were going to run from July 5th until August 29th. Preview nights were to be on Sunday July 5th and Tuesday July 7th. Opening night was officially going to be on Thursday July 9th.
About the Show
Dolly Levi earns her money through providing a “matchmaking” service. When she’s hired by a wealthy man named Horace Vandergelder, she travels to Yonkers, New York to find him a suitor.
Horace has his eyes set on a woman who owns a hat shop in Yonkers. Dolly, who secretly plans to marry Horace herself, invites Horace’s clerks and sets them up with the owner of the hat shop and her assistant.
Dolly continues to meddle in everyone else’s lives and makes a mess of everything. Will she be able to find everyone’s perfect match? You’ll have to go see the play to find out!
In the 2020 Vancouver version of the musical Dolly was going to be played by Beverley Elliott, Horace Vandergelder by Joel Wirkkunen, Mrs. Irene Malloy by Tessa Trach and Cornelius Hackl by Teo Saefkow.
Hit songs form the musical include “It Takes A Woman“, “Ribbons Down My Back“, “Hello, Dolly!” and “Love Is Only Love“.
Click Hello, Dolly! 2020 for tickets and more information.
Tickets for each show range from around $30 to $55 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.
Subscriptions to TUTS cost about $80 or so for adults and $50 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 early May, however, so get them while you can!
Below are some 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-$45 for adults and $20 for youth and children. 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, 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).
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 #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.
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
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
- Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Festivals & Events Calendar
- Vancouver’s Top 100 Places