Nicola Cavendish and Nathan Barrett in the original Arts Club production of 4000 Miles. Photo by David Cooper.
Nicola Cavendish and Nathan Barrett in the original Arts Club production of 4000 Miles. Photo by David Cooper.

The Arts Club Theatre Company not only announced the line-up for its 52nd season in 2015/2016, it also announced programming for West First Stage, a new purpose built theatre in the Olympic Village area of False Creek.

“Next season will be a historic one for the Arts Club as we prepare for the opening of a new theatre space in Olympic Village,” says Artistic Managing Director Bill Millerd. “While still maintaining our roots at the Stanley and Granville Island stages, this exciting new addition will help us to expand our production of new works and allow our artists and playwrights to experiment with different seating configurations and original staging.”

In addition to productions of Peter and the Starcatcher and The (Post) Mistress, the new stage will play host to the premiere of Onegin, a new musical by Veda Hille and Amiel Gladstone adapted from the poem by Pushkin and the opera by Tchaikovsky.

The Stanley Theatre includes an eclectic mix including the Canadian premiere of Disgraced, the winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People, and Janet Munsil’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Musically the Stanley will see two productions based on films: A Christmas Story, The Musical, and Billy Elliott.

The Granville Island Stage opens with the premiere of  The Waiting Room from Moriss Panych in collaboration with Spirit of the West’s John Mann. It’s a Wonderful Life makes a return engagement over the holiday season followed by Rick Miller’s Boom presented in conjunction with the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.  The season on Granville Island also includes Joan MacLeod’s The Valley and the 80s tribute musical, Rock of Ages.

The Arts Club will also have three shows on tour this season including the jukebox musical Red Rock Diner, the premiere of Lucia Frangione’s In a Blue Moon and Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles.

“The upcoming season marks a turning point for the Arts Club with the opening of the new West First Stage. It will be an amazing season of productions at all three of our theatres, in three of the most exciting neighbourhoods in Vancouver,” says Executive Director Peter Cathie White.

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