Vancouver’s Arts Club Theatre Company puts on plays and runs the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage and Newmont Stage.
LIVE THEATRE ON PAUSE
On November 19th, 2020, because of COVID-19, the provincial government announced new restrictions with respect to public gatherings and travel. As a result, the Arts Club cancelled all live in-person productions between November 20th and January 9th. On January 7th the government extended its ban on public gatherings until February 5th at the earliest, and then announced that the restrictions are in place indefinitely. Hopefully theatres will be able to reopen soon. Exact details, however, are to be confirmed.
See the Theatre’s Official Website for the most up-to-date COVID-19 safety measures and procedures as well as for details about what’s showing.
The Arts Club
Some of the best live theatre in Vancouver is put on by the Arts Club which is a non-profit organization and Canada’s largest theatre company west of Ontario. Over 250,000 people see its shows annually!
If you like high-quality live theatre, then shows by the Arts Club are great ones to see!
Arts Club Shows in 2020
The following plays were scheduled for the spring and summer of 2020 (but then got cancelled):
- Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave (March 19th to April 19th, 2020) (CANCELLED)
- Every Brilliant Thing (April 2nd to April 26th, 2020) (CANCELLED)
- ‘Da Kink in my Hair (April 16th to May 16th, 2020) (CANCELLED)
- Kinky Boots (May 21st to July 5th, 2020) (CANCELLED)
- Peter Pan Goes Wrong (July 25th to August 23rd, 2020) (CANCELLED)
The following plays took place over the fall and Christmas season of 2020/21. For some dates the shows took place as planned, for others they were cancelled, and for others the shows took place but in an online format only.
- No Child… (September 24th to November 8th, 2020)
- Buffoon (October 22nd to December 6th, 2020, but partially CANCELLED)
- The Twelve Dates of Christmas (December 8th, 2020, to January 3rd, 2021)
Arts Club Theatre Venues
Three different theatre venues belong to the Arts Club Theatre Company. They are the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage, Granville Island Stage and Newmont Stage. Performances take place at all three locations. Each venue is also available for private groups to rent.
Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage
The Stanley is a 650-seat theatre located at 2750 Granville Street, by 12th Avenue, so just a few blocks south of West Broadway. It’s the largest of the Arts Club’s three venues and its building has been hosting both films and live shows since the early 1930s.
Newmont Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre
The Newmont Stage is a 250-seat Studio Theatre located at 162 West 1st Avenue, so not far from Vancouver’s Olympic Village. (Note: This venue used to be called the Goldcorp Stage.)
Granville Island Stage
So you know what the Granville Island Stage venue looks like from the outside, and how close it is to the public market, take a look at the following video clip.
To see what’s showing and to buy tickets, click Arts Club Theatre.
Tips and Advice
Below are some suggestions and extra information to help you make the most out of your show experience with the Arts Club.
TIP #1: Give yourself lots of time to get to the venue and find parking. The last thing you want is the stress of getting stuck in traffic and arriving late.
TIP #2: Parking at Granville Island after 6 o’clock is free.
TIP #3: After arriving early, kill some time by going for a walk or having a refreshment at a nearby coffee shop, bar or restaurant. Olympic Village and the False Creek waterfront are close to the Newmont Stage, Granville Island is a great place to explore, and Granville Street around the Stanley Industrial Stage has a fair number of interesting shops.
TIP #4: The Stanley, Granville Island Stage and Newmont Stage are all located in parts of town with a good number of excellent bars and restaurants. Go early and enjoy dinner before the show.
TIP #5: The Arts Club has a number of theatre partner restaurants. Show your same-day theatre ticket to one of them and get a 15% discount off your bill. (Alcohol and already-discounted items are excluded.) Click Theatre Partner Discounts for details.
TIP #6: The Arts Club is a great theatre company. The odds of their shows being good and you liking them are very high.
For more information about the Arts Club Theatre Company, its shows and various venues, check out the Arts Club‘s official website.
For information about other shows, performing arts companies and major events in the Lower Mainland, check out the following:
- Shows & Entertainment Calendar
- Vancouver Theatre Companies and Venues
- Entertainment in Vancouver
- Festivals and Events Calendar