Vancouver has many theatres and performing arts groups. Not many had shows in December last year due to COVID-19, but some did (or at least for a short time).
LIVE THEATRE ON HOLD
On November 19th the provincial government announced new restrictions with respect to their efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus. As a result, venues offering live theatres were ordered to cease operations until at least December 8th, 2020. Movie cinemas, however, could continue to operate, at least for a while. On December 7th new restrictions forced the closure of cinemas too.
Details about the restrictions may change. Hopefully theatre venues will be able to reopen soon. See venue websites for exact details about their current status of operations.
Vancouver Theatre in December
In 2020 the Arts Club Theatre had a couple of shows playing in December. They included Buffoon, with performances running until the first weekend in December at the Granville Island Stage, and Twelve Dates of Christmas, with shows running from November 19th until January 3rd at the BMO Theatre Centre.
Plays and other performances showing at Vancouver theatres in December last year included Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley at the Granville Island Stage, It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle at the BMO Theatre Centre, and The Nutcracker presented by Goh Ballet BC at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.
Other highlights of the 2019 season included The Sound of Music at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage and nightly improv comedy shows with Vancouver Theatresports on Granville Island. See below for further details about all of the above.
For a list of festive choir and other music performances, click Vancouver Christmas Concerts. (although most won’t be happening in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic).
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
December 5, 2019 – January 4, 2020
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley was a seasonal comedy based on the story by Jane Austen and related to her novel Pride and Prejudice. It showed at the Granville Island Stage at 1585 Johnston Street on Granville Island.
The play ran from December 5th until January 4th every day except Sundays and December 25th. Tickets started at $29.
The Sound of Music
November 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020
The Sound of Music is a Rodgers & Hammerstein musical about the von Trapp family and their nanny in pre-Second World War Austria at Vancouver’s Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage at 2750 Granville Street.
The 1965 Hollywood movie version of the play starred Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. Favourite famous songs from the play include “Maria”, “Do-Re-Mi”, “Sixteen Going on Seventeen”, “Edelweiss”, “My Favorite Things” and “So Long, Farewell”.
The show ran from November 7th until January 5th last year from Tuesday to Sunday. Admission started at $39.
It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle
November 21 – December 22, 2019
A Canadian comedy about Christmas-time challenges for a blended family at Vancouver’s Goldcorp Stage at the BMO Theatre Centre at 162 West 1st Avenue.
Ticket prices started at $29.
Click It’s a Wonderful Christmas-ish Holiday Miracle for more details.
Merry Kissmas and other Comedy Improv
November 20 – December 24, 2019
Vancouver Theatresports is a comedy theatre group that puts on shows at the Improv Centre on Granville Island. Tickets typically cost between less than $10 and less than $30, depending on the date and the show. Performances involve comedy improv, which means the actors make up their skits on the spot, often with input from the audience. It’s a lot of fun!
From late November until Christmas Eve last year the company’s feature Christmas special was Merry Kissmas – A Royal Romance. For the first half of the 90-minute show, actors did standard improv skits with a Christmas theme. After the intermission though, the Merry Kissmas production began. In it a member of the audience was selected to marry the prince and the cast of actors created a wonderful story.
Merry Kissmas took place on specific dates over the Christmas season. On other nights there were other shows including Rookie Night, Classic TheatreSports (on Tuesdays), OK Tinder – Swipe Right Comedy, Frisky Friday and The Late Show.
For more information see our article about Vancouver Theatresports, or click any of the above links to learn more about specific shows.
The Nutcracker Suite
December 20-22, 2019
The Nutcracker is a classic Christmas ballet about a couple of children, toys, mice and a nutcracker. It includes music by the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky and is one of the most famous and watched ballet productions in modern times.
For a list of shows at other times of the year, see Vancouver’s Shows & Entertainment Calendar.
For a list of other events this time of year, see the December Events Calendar.
For a list of festive choir performances in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Christmas Concerts.
For the Lower Mainland’s best winter holiday attractions, click Top Things to do in Vancouver at Christmas.