Will Canadian audiences return to the theatre this fall? In Quebec, shows are already selling out

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Canadian theatre companies may be ready to stage performances again, but are Canadians audiences ready to attend before a vaccine arrives?

, first out of the gate on this front in Ontario, is already a week into a run of Norm Foster’s two-hander– selling up to 50 seats a night in a 677-seat theatre. The comedy, which stars artistic director Jesse Collins and his fiancée, Viviana Zarrillo, is on stage to Sept. 4.

Some are. Wendy Fairbairn, general manager at the OOH, tells me she’s selling about 40 tickets a night to In Edmonton, meanwhile, Jessie van Rijn, producer at the Citadel, says tickets are almost sold out for Horizon Lab. Perhaps the strongest signs that audiences will return to theatre during the pandemic are coming out of Quebec.

, which performs at Montreal’s Place des Arts, announced late last week that tickets are selling well for its reconfigured fall season, which includes a pair of solo shows and a December remount of Catherine-Anne Toupin’s three-actor thrillerhas already completely sold out its 10 performances, and the short Duceppe season has sold 4,200 tickets in total to date.

 

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If someone offered me theatre or the symphony this fall.. I would be there without a single reservation.

I thought Quebec was part of Canada.

Yes we will! Restrictions need to be lifted!

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