Among its twenty show season, The Cultch presents two world premiere musicals, two dance pieces from Vancouver artists, and a brand new East Van Panto.

“Our 2016/2017 season has something for everyone: incredible international companies making their Canadian debuts, local companies with world premieres and an extra week of the East Van Panto,” says executive director, Heather Redfern. “Some old friends like Mump and Smoot and Ronnie Burkett return, and many, many new ones including a show in an ice rink and Shakespeare in Hindi.”

Two world premiere musicals will take to the York stage in 2017 with Zee Zee Theatre’s Elbow Room: The Musical, a candid look inside Vancouver’s most iconic eatery, and Urban Ink’s Children of God, the powerful story of two Oji-Cree children taken from their family and sent to a residential school in Northern Ontario.

Two dance pieces from celebrated local artists will also premiere as part of the season: am a from Mindy Parfitt and Amber Funk Barton, and How To Be, the newest work from Tara Cheyenne Performance.

The local premieres are rounded out by the return of Theatre Replacement’s holiday tradition, the East Van Panto. This year the writing and directing team of Mark Chavez and Anita Rochon will bring a wacky and wonderful take on Little Red Riding Hood, with Veda Hille returning for a fourth year as musical director.

The season also includes six Canadian premieres include Piya Behrupiya, a Hindi version of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; Fight Night from Belgium, a wickedly fun take on elections and voting systems; the American Helen & Edgar from the team behind The Moth; family-friendly The Pianist and romantic thriller The Elephant Wrestler, both from New Zealand; and the shocking La Merda from Italy.

The season is rounded out with the return of local successes Motherload, VACT’s Empire of the Son, and Cultchivating the Fringe winner The Fighting Season, along with national works from Toronto and Montreal.

Subscriptions for the The Cultch’s 2016/2017 season are now on sale. Single tickets go on sale August 8. Visit for more information.